GIGABYTE W480M Vision W

The smallest of GIGABYTE's W480 models is the W480M Vision W with its micro-ATX frame. It is identical in design to the more jumbo W480 Vision W with its black heatsinks and heavily visible traces on the PCB. The most notable features of the W480M Vision W includes dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, dual Ethernet ports with one Intel 2.5 GbE Ethernet controller, and a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec.

Despite the smaller micro-ATX size, the GIGABYTE W480M Vision W crams in a solid feature set. Included are two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which operate at x16, and x8/x8, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there is a pair of PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, with eight SATA ports that include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Memory support includes both ECC and non-ECC memory, with speeds of up to DDR4-2933 listed and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB across four available memory slots.

On the rear panel is a good selection of input and output for a micro-ATX model, with two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports. For users looking to use Intel's UHD integrated graphics, there's two DisplayPort 1.4, one D-Sub, and one HDMI 1.4 video output. At the same time, a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port allows the use of legacy peripherals. Looking at networking, there are two Ethernet ports with one port powered by an Intel 2.5 GbE Ethernet controller, while the other port is a standard Intel Gigabit port. However, GIGABYTE hasn't specified which controllers are being used. Finishing off the rear panel is five 3.5 mm audio jacks and an S/PDIF optical output which is controlled by a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec.

The GIGABYTE W480M Vision W is a solid alternative for users looking to use Intel's Xeon and Xeon W-1200 series processors, but need something with a smaller desktop footprint such as micro-ATX. There's plenty of features on offer including dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, an Intel 2.5 GbE Ethernet controller, and eight SATA slots with full chipset support on RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. GIGABYTE hasn't unveiled pricing at this moment, but it will likely be the cheapest of the three models showcased in this overview.

GIGABYTE W480 Vision W Supermicro X12SCZ-TLN4F & X12SCZ-F
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  • Deicidium369 - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    Most people who opt for this board will use it as a small office server - and most would not even need to expand. Add a couple sticks of ECC or not memory, a couple of SATA drive and they would be set. several USB3.2 ports, 2.5Gb/s Ethernet and integrated graphics. Perfect small business server. Reply
  • MDD1963 - Saturday, June 27, 2020 - link

    had a person on a forum tentatively planning on using an X299/ i9-7900X as the basis for a simple home media/file server build....(undoubtedly on a 1 GbE network at home, no less) Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    I think the lack of PCIe 4.0 is the sole deal breaker. Intel has it on their high end server platforms, why hasn't this filtered down to the workstation...you'd think they would just tweak the same chipset - the silicon support IS THERE in Comet Lake CPU's as they have already announced Rocket Lake (the same microarchitecture as Comet Lake) will support PCIe 4.0 later this year. I mean what is that going to require yet another chipset?

    Two totally different platform launched in the same year, really Intel?
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  • Deicidium369 - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    Vast majority of small businesses who would opt for this CPU could care less about PCIe4 or more cores.

    Rocket Lake S will be built on the same process as Comet Lake - but will be basically a Tiger Lake in architecture (Willow Cove, Xe LP 24EU). Z490 will support PCIe4 on some boards - but Rocket Lake will launch with the Z590 which will be PCIe4. Will be great to finally have PCIe4 reach mainstream status. Same LGA1200 socket, different chipsets.
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  • Samus - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    You are joking right? Why would somebody buy a high end workstation in June 2020 with PCIe 3.0, when PCIe 4.0 SSD's have been out for months and even the PlayStation 5, a VIDEOGAME CONSOLE, will have a PCIe 4.0 SSD next year, all the while Intel will be revising these CPU's and presumably the chipset around PCIe 4.0 within 6 months?

    Anybody buying into this platform is getting screwed. To say someone who wants a W1200 doesn't care about PCIe 4.0 is as ridiculous as saying someone who buys a Corvette doesn't care about 0-60.
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  • PixyMisa - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    Intel themselves are selling PCIe 4.0 SSDs. They just don't have anything that can use them at that speed. Reply
  • Foeketijn - Thursday, June 25, 2020 - link

    No. These servers are the cheapest servers. That is the sole purpose. You want high end? You need a different platform. Box from the shelve. Install Windows server. Done.
    No upgrades, no performance parts. Just run it as long as it runs.
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  • timecop1818 - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    nobody cares about pcie4, and definitely not the target audience for this cpu/boards. Reply
  • PixyMisa - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - link

    Intel doesn't offer PCIe 4.0 on any of their CPUs yet. Not even Cooper Lake, which launched last week. Reply
  • Foeketijn - Thursday, June 25, 2020 - link

    Even if they would be PCIe 2.0 they would sell. Current xeon servers are still also sold with iron drives.
    The box will say, Intel and Xeon, Windows server will run on it, and the barebone is less then 600 bucks. All potential customer needs.
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