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Supermicro X10DRC-T4+ (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 1, 2014 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Specifications

 

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Made to handle the heaviest VM workloads, the X10DRC-T4+ is fully loaded with the ability to handle high-speed storage options with the SAS3 (12Gbps) LSI 3108 controller, and an additional ten SATA ports. Without any add-in cards for network, this board comes with Quad Intel® X540 10GBase-T network ports as standard features. For memory hungry applications, 24 DIMM slots can provide up to 1.5TB of fast DDR4.

 

We only received the X10DRC-T4+ motherboard for our tests. The retail package should contain:

 

  • Two (2) SATA Cables (CBL-0044L x2) (X10DRC-LN4+/T4+ Only)
  • Two (2) SAS Cables (CBL-SAST-0532 x2) (X10DRC-LN4+/T4+ Only)
  • Six (6) SATA Cables (CBL-0044L x6) (X10DRi-LN4+/T4+ Only)
  • One (1) I/O Shield (MCP-260-00042-0N)
  • One (1) Quick Reference Guide (MNL#1560-QRG)

 

Optional accessories are:

 

  • Heat sinks
  • TPM security module - TPM module with Infineon 9655, RoHS/REACH, PBF; Vertical or Horizontal
  • (depending on the server layout and expansion cards used)
  • SuperDOM - Supermicro SATA DOM Solutions
  • SuperCap TFM module
  • I/O Cables - Internal Mini-SAS HD to Mini-SAS HD 50cm, 30AWG,12Gb/s

 

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Here we get a look at the block diagram, which shows how all of the input and output devices connect to the C612 Chipset.

 

 

Layout

 

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Here we get our first look at the X10DRC-T4+.

 

With a size of 13.68" x 13" (34.74cm x 33cm), this is a large motherboard that is packed with features. If you plan to use this motherboard in a Supermicro case, please note that a Revision M chassis is recommended for this motherboard.

 

Everything is laid out very well on this motherboard. Remember to provide good airflow across the motherboard when running. We found that the LSI 3108 controller does get very warm, so be sure to have a fan blowing on it during operation.

 

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To provide adequate cooling, the two Dual Intel X540 Ethernet controllers are located under the heat sink, just above the PCIe slots. Just below the X540 heat sink, we find the PCIe slots, which are:

 

  • Two PCI-E 3.0 x16
  • Three PCI-E 3.0 x8
  • One PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8)

 

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Now we are looking at the lower left side of the motherboard. There are ten SATA ports here; one is actually at the top, and not shown in this picture. The top four S-SATA ports are controlled by the Intel SCU. The remaining six I-SATA ports are controlled by Intel PCH C612 chipset. There are eight SAS 3.0 ports just to the left of the aluminum LSI 3108 SAS controller heat sink at the bottom.

 

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Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. There are only two fan headers located here. Just above the eight-pin power connector seen at the bottom right of this picture, there is a IPMB system management bus header for IPMI 2.0.

 

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This is a close up of the new Socket 2011 R3. As you can see, it looks very much like the normal Socket 2011 that we have seen on past boards. However, last gen processors will not fit this new socket because it has a different pin configuration, and the notches inside the socket will only work on the new Haswell-EP E5-2600 v3 processors.

 

The mounting holes for heat sinks are the same as those used on Socket 2011 systems, so you should have no problems using those heat sinks.

 

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Here we get a look at the eight SAS 3.0 ports. The LSI 3108 SAS controller supports these SAS 3.0 ports. These SAS ports provide serial-link signal connections, which are faster than the connections of Serial ATA (SATA).

 

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Now we are looking at the back I/O ports. At the left side, we find COM Port One, then two USB 2.0 ports with the IPMI dedicated LAN port. The next stack consists of two USB 3.0 ports, followed by two stacks with four 10G LAN ports. The last port is for VGA output. Off to the far right, not shown in this picture, is a UID Button.

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