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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

Power Consumption

 

We have upgraded our power testing equipment, and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds 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 the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and taking it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.

 

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The X10DCR-T4+ uses ~110watts at idle on the desktop, which is about 40watts less than Ivy Bridge-EP setups we have run. The max power use is also very good. We find this system to be energy efficient, which will save on power bills.

 

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With the X10DCR-T4+ turned off, we see only ~5watts of power use to keep IPMI active, and a peak power use of ~260watts during the boot up process. The system settles down to ~100watts after the boot up is completed.

 

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

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Like we said in the beginning, we have several Supermicro motherboards to test, but this one just had to go first on the benching table. The X10DRC-T4+ has so many features, which made it hard to do this write up. We think Supermicro went all out when designing this board, and left nothing off the table.

 

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With a system like this, multi-threaded performance is really what you need to have, and this is where the X10DRC-T4+ really shines. With 24 DIMM slots, RAM load out should not be an issue with this board. We ran 16x sticks of 8GB Crucial 2133 MHz DDR4, and this only scratched the surface of what this board could handle.

 

Per Core P-States (PCPS) also helped to reduce power usage on these new systems, which in turn helps reduce running costs and keep heat down. CoD (Cluster-on-Die) also helps give multi-threaded performance and VM workloads a huge boost, which we saw in our UnixBench and CPU2006 multi-threaded runs.

 

The storage options on the X10DRC-T4+ seem unlimited; eight SAS3 (12Gbps) ports with the LSI 3108 controller give storage performance a big boost, and ten SATA ports give this board plenty of storage capabilities.

 

Dual x540 10 GBASE-T (four ports) gives ample network connections right out of the box, unless you require faster connections like 40GbE, or Infiniband. If you need more storage or network options, then you have six more PCIe slots to allow for plenty of expansion.

 

When it comes to cases for the X10DRC-T4+, Supermicro has several to choose from. Cases recommended for this board are typical Supermicro cases, which come in 2U, 3U, and 4U sizes. 2U Chassis: SC826BAC4-R920WB, and SC826BE1C-R920LPB.

 

3U / Mid-Tower Chassis: For rack mount GPU/MIC Servers SC835BTQ-R1K28B, and high performance storage servers SC836BE16-R920B.

 

4U / Tower and Rack Mount Chassis: SC745TQ-R920B, and SC847BE1C-R1K28LPB.

 

The X10DRC-T4+ was truly a wonderful motherboard to review, it has so much potential built right into it. We are also happy to see that Supermicro has DVD ISOs for drivers to download now. All in all, this is a very powerful motherboard that can handle just about anything you can throw at it. If manage to use all of the networking and storage options with motherboard, you will find expansion capabilities are almost unlimited.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X10DRC-T4+ 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 X10DRC-T4+ retails for $1,039.95 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build97%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro's X10DRC-T4+ is so featured packed that it's hard to imagine anything else to add to this motherboard. It also has the performance to handle multi-threaded applications with ease and use less power while doing so.

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