Server motherboard maker SuperMicro is planning a return to the consumer market. The company abandoned this market in favor of focusing on workstations, servers, and storage solutions, but now SuperMicro plans to make a name for itself in the gaming market.
Vik Malyala, the Senior Vice President in charge of Field Applications Engineering and Business Development for SuperMicro, explains SuperMicro develops everything in-house and has complete control over every aspect of a product. Combined with what they learned from making server/workstation boards, they believe they will be able to offer a "secret sauce".
Gaming is all about performance, so what can SuperMicro realistically offer?
Vik explained that, currently, everything is DDR4, but this will transition to DDR5 very soon. Changes in PCI-Express will also be important, whether you are looking to add GPUs, next generation solid state drives or even to improve the overall speed/throughput of your network. Today’s PCI-Express Gen-3 will give way to Gen-4 pretty soon, giving graphics cards twice the bandwidth they have today. SuperMicro is working with its partners to bring these (and other) technologies to market in a quick and stable way.
Learn more at KitGuru. New SuperMicro gaming motherboards are expected later this year. The firm was one of the big names back in the 1990s, so it will be interesting to see if the server king can reclaim their former glory in the gaming/enthusiast market.