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Supermicro X9SRL-F-O (Intel C602) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Power Consumption


We have upgraded our power testing equipment and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.


To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state to hitting the power button to turn it on and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.




Here we can see that the system with Xeon E5-2689 uses a little more power. Power use jumps right up when we start the tests to a peak of about 135 watts. In some of our SPEC CPU2006 tests, we did see peak power use in the range of 180 watts.




The X9SRL-F-O with a Xeon E5-2689 uses about 1 watt when turned off to keep IPMI active. After hitting the power button, power jumps to about 60 watts and then a peak of about 120 watts. After a brief run up of the server and booting the OS, the X9SRL-F-O motherboard will settle down to the 72 watt range.


This is useful to know when powering up a rack of these servers what the boot up power demands would be like.



Final Thoughts


The Supermicro X9SRL-F-O motherboard fits into the embedded appliance market very well, offering higher bandwidth and lower power consumption. It offers a large number of PCIe slots for many possibilities in expansion cards to fill many different roles.




For a UP motherboard, the X9SRL-F-O also has an impressive load out of storage options, giving this board lasting value right out of the box.


It is also a perfect fit for cost optimized servers, I/O and networking expansion, communication, storage, medical equipment, kiosk and a variety of mainstream embedded server applications. We were impressed with the X9SRL-F-O with its ease of setup and configuration and the single socket 2011 enables the X9SRL-F-O to use powerful CPU's if needed for your application. The small form factor of the motherboard also allows it to be used in smaller cases to conserve rack space.


This general-purpose motherboard is hard to beat in performance, and then factor in power savings and ease of use, it is a winning combination, and it should have a long life cycle.



PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X9SRL-F-O 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 X9SRL-F-O retails for $271.49 at Amazon.


Canada: The Supermicro X9SRL-F-O retails for CDN$345.14 at Amazon Canada.




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