Center stage of the motherboard is the CPU and RAM areas, using more than half the board space to fit all of this. Offsetting both banks of CPU/RAM allows for better airflow and better cooling. The Supermicro cases that support this board come with plastic air shrouds that channel air from the middle support bar that has several high-speed fans to keep all this cool.
Things can get very tight with all these RAM slots and other features, but this spacing works very well with the passive heat sinks used for compact servers.
Here we see the heart of the storage components used on the X9DR7-TF+. These are two SAS2 mini connectors using LSI 2208 with 1GB cache seen on the left. This gives a total capacity of 16 drives as default. If you need more HDD capacity, contact Supermicro for a special SKU that allows this expansion.
The left side of the motherboard has all the main connections used on this board. From the top, we first find an IPMB header with a COM2 port header right below. Next is the TPM (trusted platform module) header. Just below that is the USB 2.0 Type-A port. Then we find two USB headers followed by a T-SGPIO header. Next up are two SATA2.0 connectors (black) and another T-SGPIO header. Last are two more SATA2.0 connectors (black) with two SATA3.0 connectors (white) right below.
Looking at the rear I/O area on the left, we have a COM port followed by the dedicated IPMI port with two USB ports below. The next stack has two more USB ports. The last two are Gigabit LAN ports with a VGA connector at the end.
The TPM (trusted platform module) header can use two different kinds of modules. Trusted platform modules are a security hardware device on the system board that will hold computer generated keys for encryption.
The one shown here is model number AOM-TPM-9655V for use in cases that can allow space for this one.
The one shown here is model number AOM-TPM-9655H for use in cases that have space requirements to allow this.
Here we can see a typical setup using the X9DR7-TF+ and passive heat sinks that would be used in actual servers. These heat sinks are Supermicro part number SNK-P0048P.