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GIGABYTE GA-6LXSV Haswell Xeon Server Motherboard Review - Motherboard Layout

GIGABYTE GA-6LXSV Haswell Xeon Server Motherboard Review
With new Xeon E3-1200 V3 Haswell CPU's entering the market, there are plenty of motherboards to choose from. Let's take a look at GIGABYTE GA-6LXSV.
By: | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 2:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Motherboard Layout

 

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The general layout of the GA-6LXSV is nice and clean, which allows for easy access to jumpers and ports. DIMM slot placement is also orientated to allow good air flow and to help keep memory nice and cool for small cases and 1U server cases.

 

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The CPU socket area is also nice and clean, which helps with air flow and the use of many different air coolers that are on the market that can be used depending on case requirements. The power circuits are located behind the heat sink area, which might block air flow, but we did not find this a problem in our tests, as they ran fairly cool so this is not really an issue.

 

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The back panel I/O connectors have plenty of network connectors and USB ports to allow for good expansion options. The network connector on the far right is for the Aspeed AST2300 Baseboard management controller.

 

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On the front of the motherboard, we see the SATA port locations. The black SATA ports are 3GBs, while the white SATA ports are 6GBs. We also see four system fan controller connections and to the left of these a USB 3.0 header. To the right of the SATA ports, we find the TPM (trusted platform module connector).

 

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A top down view of this area also shows two more white SATA 6GBs ports on the left and a USB 2.0 Type A connector just below them. At the top left of this picture, we find a USB 2.0 header. The Intel C224 chipset is located at the center of the photo with an aluminum heat sink to keep it cool.

 

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At the back of the motherboard we find the Aspeed AST2300 Baseboard management controller and it also supplies 2D video graphics for onboard video support.

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