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LIBRE-FRIENDLY WORKSTATION COMPUTER

Unleash new levels of work, action and intensity with powerful and libre software inside. Expertly designed to give you everything you desire in a modern computer that fully respects your freedom.

Limited Edition of 50

 

The Free Software Foundation's "Respects Your Freedom" hardware product certification

 

The Vikings D8 workstation fully meets the criteria for the FSF's hardware endorsement program and was certified on 2018-10-24

 

 

Boot firmware - Libreboot & coreboot

The Vikings D8 comes with coreboot or Libreboot. Both make use of SeaBIOS and work perfectly fine. That being said, Coreboot has a more up-to-date codebase and as such we choose coreboot as the standard option.

One of the good things about having a libre-friendly system is that you can replace the boot firmware from the user-space of your operating system. This is fairly easy even for the untrained and Vikings can send instructions on how to do that. What's more, you can order a 2nd chip (2M PDIP) for swapping your boot firmware or for other testing purposes.


CPU(s)

This system comes with an 8-core AMD Opteron 4200-series CPUs installed. Available is:

  • a high performant (95W TDP) 8-core Opteron 4284 CPU with 3.0/3.3/3.7 GHz (base/full load turbo/half load turbo)
  • a highly power efficient (35W TDP) 8-core Opteron 4256 EE CPU with 1.6/1.9/2.8 GHz (base/full load turbo/half load turbo)

You can order the Vikings D8 with a second CPU (increasing the available CPU cores to 16).


ECC Memory

ECC Unbuffered DIMMs this system comes with, contain error correction code (ECC). ECC parity helps detect and correct single-bit memory errors, which can cause sudden shutdowns, file corruption or data loss. Help prevent costly (or annoying) downtimes, which also ensure a higher level of data integrity.

8GB of ECC RAM are included, which is generally a good starting point for most computing needs in the office and at home. You can upgrade RAM in 8GB increments to suit additional needs.


Power supply

We've selected a good range of quiet, reliable and power efficient power supplies.

Vikings ships with a power plug that is commonly used at the recipients address.

 

Operating system preinstalled - Trisquel 8.0 LTS "Flidas"

Trisquel is a fully libre GNU/Linux computer operating system, without proprietary software, proprietary firmware or other non-free code (binary blobs). It can be personalized upon starting your system the first time. This includes up-to-date software packages and the current Linux-libre kernel.

Optionally you can order this system without a preinstalled operating system, e.g. if you would like to install it yourself. This may be what you want if you, for example, want to use non-free/binary firmware/drivers for the video card which is not something Trisquel will provide you with.

Note: Vikings does not recommend to use non-free software, with the exceptions of e.g. reverse-engineering or testing hardware.


USB3.0 - TUSB7340

Vikings had the opportunity to source a limited amount of USB3.0 cards with the TUSB7340 chip. This card doesn't doesn't require firmware and is, from the security standpoint, much better than other options currently available on the market that often pose security risks.


Midi tower computer case

The EM-01 midi tower convinces due to its thought-out and very robust design and has a variety of features. To ensure a vibration-free operation of the PSU you have a decoupled space for mounting in the bottom of the case. The EM-01 offers up to 7 options for fan mounting. Moreover, four of them can be fixed behind removable dust filters in the bottom and cap of the case.

Another highlight besides the well-thought-out cooling concept is the easy and quick installation of all components. The 9 vibration dampened mounting options for 3.5" HDDs (up to three screwless mountable) ensure a quiet and vibration free operation. All rounded up by screwless mounting of the 5.25" drives and the mounting option for 2.5" on the back of the motherboard tray. The great combination of intelligent cable management and the option to remove all 3 HDD cages makes the EM-01 a real space wonder which offers space for cards up to a length of 39cm.

 

Peace of mind - legal and commercial guarantee options

Vikings offers two service packages for the D8 Workstation:

  • 2-year E.U. legal guarantee (included): conditions see vkgs.io/eulegalguarantee
  • 3-year commercial guarantee: Extension of the E.U. legal guarantee to three years, waiver of the reversal of the burden of proof and payment of postage costs towards the customer for the entire period.

 

Motherboard
Boot Firmware Various options based on a de-blobbed coreboot, 2 - 16 MB firmware images
Processor/System Bus 2 x Socket G34, AMD Opteron™ 6200 series, HyperTransport™ Technology 3.0, 6.4 GT/s per link (triple link)
Graphics On-board (Aspeed AST2050 with 8MB VRAM) or PCIe expansion card
Expansion Slots Total Slots: 6 Slot Location 1: PCI 32bit/33MHz Slot Location 2: PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X8 Link) Slot Location 3: PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X16 Link), Auto switch to x8 link if slot 2 is occupied Slot Location 4: PCI-E x8 (Gen2 X4 Link) Slot Location 5: PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X16 Link) Slot Location 6: PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X16 Link), Auto turn off if slot 5 is occupied, For 1U FH/FL Card, MIO supported Additional Slot 1 : PIKE Slot for Storage expansion
Core Logic AMD SR5690, AMD SP5100
Form Factor SSI-EEB
On Board I/O 1 x PSU Power Connector (24-pin SSI power connector + 8-pin SSI 12V + 8-pin SSI 12V power connector), 1 x Management Connector , Onboard socket for management card, 3 x USB pin header , Up to 6 Devices, 1 x Internal A Type USB Port, 8 x Fan Header , 4pin (3pin/4pin fan dual support), 2 x SMBus, 1 x Serial Port Header, 1 x TPM header, 1 x PS/2 KB/MS port
Back I/O Ports 1 x External Serial Port, 2 x External USB Port, 1 x VGA Port, 2 x RJ-45, 1 x PS/2 KB/Mouse
Environment Operation temperature: 10℃ ~ 35℃, Non operation temperature: -40℃ ~ 70℃, Non operation humidity: 20% ~ 90% (non condensing)
Processor
# of cores 4 - 32
Clockspeed 1.6 - 3.3 GHz
Processor Cooler (included!)
Noctua CPU coolers (quiet) Includes low noise (L.N.A.) and ultra low noise adaptors (U.L.N.A). Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1600 RPM, Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1300 RPM, Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1000 RPM
Memory
Memory Type Brand: Crucial Form Factor: UDIMM Total Capacity: 8GB Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.35V • 1024Meg x 72 • ECC: YES Kit Qty: 1 Speed: 1600 MT/S Voltage: 1.35V DIMM Type: Unbuffered
Storage
SATA Controller 6 x SATA2 300MB/s (AMD SP5100)
SAS/SATA Controller 8x SAS2 6G (PIKE 2008 add-on card required)
Case Options
Vikings Convertible Workstation Cost efficient and robust workstation/full tower case that can be converted into a 5U server rack (affordable conversion kit required) 220x430x595mm (w/h/d)
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Midi Tower, 232x559x560mm (w/h/d)
Lian Li PC-A76X Full Tower, 285x710x683mm (w/h/d)
Corsair Obsidian 750D Full Tower, 235x560x546mm (w/h/d)

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