“LeMakerâ€™s â€œCelloâ€ is a $299, server-oriented single board computer with a quad-core Cortex-A57 AMD A1120 SoC and a 96Boards Enterprise Edition form factor…
…The specs currently posted on the Lenovator pre-order page for the LeMaker Cello lack much in the way of detail, and thereâ€™s no posting yet on LeMakerâ€™s site. The LeMaker Cello backs up the Opteron A1120 with dual DDR3 sockets. This presumably lets you load up to 16GB of RAM, the recommended RAM allotment for the EE spec. A microSD slot is also available.”
See First “96Boards EE” SBC debuts with AMD ARM SoCWell, it’s not state of the art by any means, but this is the first motherboard I’ve seen which comes close to what I want to replace Beast. It’s only quad core and only has two SATA connections but it has sockets for two DDR3/4 RAM modules. It uses an AMD A1120 Opteron. It will ship in Q2 of 2016. I like it. No doubt there will be more competition in this space giving better options or lower prices.
I think this thing uses a bit too much power but it’s a huge improvement over Beast. I think at $299 USD it’s a bit too expensive but compared to what I paid for Beast, it’s fine. I have 4GB of ECC DDR3 RAM available from Beast but I could install 16gB or so for ~$100. It has no display interface, which is fine because I can use thin clients. This is feasible and I am impatient… It will be a big incentive to rest Beast’s ancient keyboard for a newer model using USB.