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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.

Ready to go! Included in the base price is:

  • 1 CPU with quiet heat sink/fan
  • 8GB ECC RAM
  • Silent graphics card
  • Sound card
  • USB3 card
  • HDD (SSD recommended)
  • Efficient power supply
  • Midi tower case
  • Trisquel 8.0 LTS preinstalled

 

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 2019-02-07

 

 

Boot firmware - Libreboot & coreboot

The Vikings D8 comes with coreboot or Libreboot. Both come with SeaBIOS.

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 highly 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 and requires the Seasonic PSU).

A quiet cooling solution is always included.


ECC Memory

The server-grade RAM this system comes with, contains 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.


Graphics

An Nvidia Geforce GT 710 with 1GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI and DL-DVI-D interfaces for office use and the occasional game. It has a heat sink without fan and is absolutely silent.

You can order this system without a discrete GPU, e.g. if you would like to install a graphics card yourself.

 

USB3.0 - TUSB7340

Vikings had the opportunity to source a limited amount of USB3.0 cards with the TUSB7340 chip. This card 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.


Audio

The ASUS MIO Audio 892 sound card delivers a high definition audio experience. With an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio and 7.1 surround sound, this card offers great sound quality and complements the robust video power of this workstation.


Power supply

We've selected a good range of reliable and efficient power supplies.
Budget solution: The COBA (80Plus Silver certified) is a robust budget power supply that won't fail you. Its fan is audible in a quiet environment. This PSU only works with one CPU. For two CPUs, please choose the Seasonic PSU.
Quiet solution: The Seasonic power supply is the quieter and more power efficient (80Plus Platinum certified) option. With this power supply, your system will be almost inaudible in a quiet environment.

Vikings ships with a power plug that is commonly used at the recipients address at no additional charge.


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.


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 an upgrade to the current Linux-libre LTS kernel.

Optionally you can order this system without a preinstalled operating system, e.g. if you would like to install an operating system yourself. Your options are almost limitless; Vikings recommends using an operating system that follows the FSF guidelines for a free system distribution.


 

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 coreboot/Libreboot
Processor/System Bus 2 x Socket C32 (LGA1207), AMD Opteron™ 4200 series, HyperTransport™ Technology 3.0, 6.4 GT/s per link (dual link)
Graphics On-board (Aspeed AST2050 with 8MB VRAM) and/or PCIe expansion card
Expansion Slots Total Slot : 6 Slot Location 1 : PCI 32bit/33MHz Slot Location 2 : PCI-E x8 (Gen2 X4 Link), Auto turn off if PIKE is occupied, MIO supported Slot Location 3 : PCI 32bit/33MHz Slot Location 4 : PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X8 Link) Slot Location 5 : PCI 32bit/33MHz Slot Location 6 : PCI-E x16 (Gen2 X16 Link) Additional Slot 1 : PIKE Slot for Stroage expansion
Core Logic AMD SR5670, AMD SP5100
Form Factor ATX
On Board I/O 1 x PSU Power Connector , 24-pin SSI power connector + 8-pin SSI 12V power connector*1 1 x Management Connector , Onboard socket for management card 1 x Internal A Type USB Port 2 x USB pin header , Up to 4 Devices 2 x SMBus 1 x Chassis Intruder 1 x Serial Port Header 8 x Fan Header , 4pin (3pin/4pin fan dual support)
Back I/O Ports 1 x Serial Port 2 x USB 2.0 Port (USB 3.0 is optional) 1 x VGA Port 2x 1Gbit/s LAN 1 x BMC (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 8/16 (1/2 CPU(s))
Clockspeed various, e.g.: 3.0 GHz, 3.3 GHz, 3.7 GHz (Base, Full Load tubro, Half Load turbo) (Opteron 4284)
CPU heat sink/fan
HSF quiet water or air-cooled heat sink
Memory
Memory Type ECC
Storage
SATA Controller AMD SP5100, 6 x SATA2 300MB/s
SAS/SATA Controller 8x SAS2 6G (PIKE 2008 add-on card required)
Case Options
Midi Tower EM-01 470mm x 200mm x 520mm / 18,5″ x 7,9″ x 20,5″

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