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Supermicro X9DR7-TF+ (Intel C602J) Server Motherboard Review - Final Thoughts

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 10:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Final Thoughts




When you take this board out of the box, the first thing you will notice is that it's huge. Then you see miles of RAM slots and realize that this motherboard is a monster.


Looking at possible RAM load outs, you can start out with a usual 128GB of regular ECC/non-ECC RAM, but that is somewhat boring for a system like this. By moving to 32GB RAM sticks, you can pump that up to an incredible 768GB of RAM.


However, why stop there? You can get very crazy and take this board all the way to 1.5TB of RAM using 64GB LRDIMMs. We could not find a site that had these huge capacity sticks for sale and we do not think they would be very cheap.




Here you can get a little closer look at the X9DR7-TF+ with a full load of RAM. You can see we used large Noctua heat sinks, which would only work in a 4U case. They keep it nice and cool and do not make a lot of noise, which is nice if you have to work next to a machine like this.




With the passive heat sinks installed, you can get a better view of two banks of memory installed. This is a typical setup for this machine. Can you tell that we are impressed with the number of RAM slots this board has? We believe that this would be a fantastic board to use ULLtraDIMMs on when they become available.


The X9DR7-TF+ is the building block of several Supermicro systems that utilize Intel Xeon Phis or GPUs, which make for incredibly powerful high-performance systems. Not only does it do those systems well, it also makes for a powerful storage box with the Mini-SAS ports.


Supermicro provides a three-year warranty for labor and one-year warranty for parts. This limited warranty includes advance part replacement service covering a period of 30 days from Supermicro invoice date.


As we stated in the beginning, we only received the motherboard for review, so we based our award rating on what you should get when you purchase this motherboard.



PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X9DR7-TF+ Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Supermicro X9DR7-TF+ Motherboard retails for $849.99 at Amazon.




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