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Supermicro X10DAi (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Supermicro





We only received the X10DAi motherboard for our tests. The retail package should contain:


  • Six (6) SATA Cables - 61cm flat S-S PBF
  • One (1) I/O Shield
  • One (1) Quick Reference Guide


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
  • AOC-TBT-DSL5320 Thunderbolt Add-On Card




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







Here we get our first look at the X10DAi workstation motherboard. With a size of 12" x 13" E-ATX form factor, it can fit many different cases that include rack mount types and 4U tower cases. Please note that a Revision M chassis is recommended for this motherboard. The overall layout of the X10DAi is clean, not cluttered, and the CPU Sockets are staggered to offer better airflow to the processor heat sinks.




Here we see the PCIe slots, which are:


  • 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16
  • 3x PCI-E 3.0 x8
  • 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8)


When installing video cards, the first slot clears the RAM slots of the first CPU socket. The last PCIe slot is close to the edge of the board, and our NVIDIA K5000 did hang over the edge, so keep this in mind when deciding what case to use.




Now we are looking at the lower left side of the motherboard now. There are ten SATA ports seen here. 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. The X10DAi does not have the LSI 3008 SAS3 12Gbps controller that the X10DAC does, so those locations are empty.




Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. There are only two fan headers located here, and the audio front panel connector just to the right of the first USB stack.




The lower right side of the motherboard has its main power connectors over on the right edge on the motherboard.




Now we are looking at the back I/O Ports. At the left, we see the audio front panel header. Next, we find two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Following those, we have the 7.1 channel high-definition audio outputs. Then we find two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The last stack is two USB 3.0 ports.




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 saw on past boards. However, last gen processors will not fit this new socket because it has a different pin configuration, and 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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