This Arm gaming server can run 16 Crysis instances simultaneously


Supermicro unveiled an Arm-based server – the ARS-210M-NR – in December 2022 and Servethehome took it for a spin, load it with four Nvidia A16 cards. The test server shipped with a 128-core Ampere Altra Max Arm processor, running at 3 GHz, with 16 DDR4 memory modules (512 GB total memory), two 25 GbE-compliant SPF28 ports, 16 2.5-inch bays and a pair of 2 kW power supplies, all nicely mounted in a tool-less chassis.

The icing on the cake is the quartet of Ampere-based Nvidia A16 graphics cards. Each card comes with 64 GB of GDDR6 ECC memory and four GPUs sitting on a full-height, dual-slot, passively cooled circuit board. The A16 isn’t the most powerful data center card Nvidia has; that would be the A100; however, it hits a sweet spot for service providers looking to get the maximum number of concurrent users on a single board.