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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

BIOS

 

The BIOS for this motherboard is standard for server motherboards, so we will only show a few BIOS screens, and go over new menu options.

 

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This is the main BIOS screen, which shows basic system information.

 

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The Advanced tab brings you to the main advanced screen.

 

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This is the advanced Boot Feature menu. There are many options in this area, and most work just fine with default settings.

 

Hardware Prefetcher (available when supported by the CPU):

If set to Enable, the Hardware Prefetcher will prefetch streams of data and instructions from the main memory to the L2 cache to improve CPU performance.

 

Adjacent Cache Prefetch (Available when supported by the CPU):

Select Enable and the CPU will prefetch both cache lines for 128 bytes as comprised.

 

DCU (Data Cache Unit) Streamer Prefetcher (available when supported by the CPU):

The DCU Streamer Prefetcher will prefetch data streams from the cache memory to the DCU (Data Cache Unit) to speed up data accessing and processing to enhance CPU performance.

 

Direct Cache Access (DCA):

Intel DCA (Direct Cache Access) Technology will improve the efficiency of data transferring and accessing.

 

X2APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller):

Based on Intel's Hyper-Threading architecture, each logical processor (thread) is assigned 256 APIC IDs (APIDs) in 8-bit bandwidth. When this feature is set to Enable, the APIC ID will be expanded from 8-bit (X2) to 16 bit to provide 512 APIDs to each thread to enhance CPU performance.

 

AES-NI:

Select Enable to use the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) New Instructions (NI) to ensure data security.

 

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This is the CPU Configuration screen.

 

CPU P-State Control (available when Power Technology is set to Custom):

This includes EIST (P-States), Turbo Mode, and P-State Control.

This feature is used to change the P-State (Power-Performance State) coordination type. P-State is also known as "SpeedStep" for Intel processors. Select HW_ALL to change the P-State coordination type for hardware components only. Select SW_ALL to change the P-State coordination type for all software installed in the system. Select SW_ANY to change the P-State coordination type for a software program in the system.

 

CPU C-State Control (available when Power Technology is set to Custom):

This includes CPU C3 Report and Enhanced Halt State (C1E).

 

CPU T-State Control (available when Power Technology is set to Custom):

This includes ACPI (Advanced Configuration Power Interface) T-States.

CPU T-States supports CPU throttling by the operating system to reduce power consumption.

 

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Now we are looking at the North Bridge IIO configuration menu.

 

EV DFX (Device Function On-Hide) Feature:

When this feature is set to Enable, the EV_DFX Lock Bits that are located on a processor will always remain clear during electric tuning.

 

IIO0 Configuration:

IIO1 Port 1A, 2A, and 3A Link Speed.

Use this item to configure the link speed of a PCI-E device installed on the PCIE slot specified by the user. The options are Gen1 (2.5 GT/s), Gen2 (5 GT/s), and Gen3 (8 GT/s).

 

IIO1 Configuration:

IIO2 Port 1A, 2A and 3A Link Speed.

Use this item to configure the link speed of a PCI-E device installed on the PCIE slot specified by the user. The options are Gen1 (2.5 GT/s), Gen2 (5 GT/s), and Gen3 (8 GT/s).

 

IOAT (Intel® IO Acceleration) Configuration:

Enable IOAT

Select Enable to enable Intel I/OAT (I/O Acceleration Technology) support, which will significantly reduce CPU overhead by leveraging CPU architectural improvements and freeing the system resource for other tasks.

 

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The VT menu focuses on Intel's virtualization technology.

 

Intel VT for Directed I/O (VT-d):

Select Enable to use Intel Virtualization Technology support for Direct I/O VT-d support by reporting the I/O device assignments to the VMM (Virtual Machine Monitor) through the DMAR ACPI tables. This feature offers fully-protected I/O resource sharing across Intel platforms, providing greater reliability, security, and availability in networking and data-sharing.

 

Interrupt Remapping:

Select Enable for Interrupt Remapping support to enhance system performance.

 

Coherency Support (Non-Isoch):

Select Enable for the Non-Iscoh VT-d engine to pass through DMA (Direct Memory Access) to enhance system performance.

 

Coherency Support (Isoch):

Select Enable for the Iscoh VT-d engine to pass through ATS to enhance system performance.

 

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Here we are looking at the QPI General Configuration menu.

 

Link Frequency Select:

Use this item to select the desired frequency for QPI Link connections. The options are 6.4GB/s, 8.0GB/s, and 9.6GB/s.

 

Isoc Mode:

Select Enable for Isochronous support to meet QoS (Quality of Service) requirements. This feature is especially important for Virtualization Technology.

 

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Here we are looking at the Memory Configuration menu.

 

Data Scrambling:

Select Enabled to enable data scrambling to enhance system performance and data integrity.

 

DRAM RAPL (Running Average Power Limit) Baseline:

Use this feature to set the run-time, power-limit baseline for the DRAM modules.

 

Set Throttling Mode:

Throttling improves reliability, and reduces power consumption in processors via automatic voltage control during processor idle states.

 

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Now we are looking at the PCH SATA Configeration menu.

 

Configure SATA as:

Select IDE to configure a SATA drive (specified by the user) as an IDE drive. Select AHCI to configure a SATA drive (specified by the user) as an AHCI drive. Select RAID to configure a SATA drive (specified by the user) as a RAID drive.

 

Support Aggressive Link Power Management:

When this item is set to Enabled, the SATA AHCI controller manages the power usage of the SATA link. The controller will put the link into a low power state when the I/O is inactive for an extended period of time, and the power state will return to normal when the I/O becomes active.

 

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This is the Intel Thunderbolt Configuration menu.

 

Security Level:

Use this item to set the security level for Intel Thunderbolt features. The options are Legacy Mode, Unique ID, One Time Saved Key, and DP++ only.

 

AIC Support:

Select Enabled for the system to execute the Go2Sx command before going to sleep.

 

Thunderbolt PCIe Cache-line Size:

Use this item to set the PCI-E cache-line size to be used in the Thunderbolt subtree. The options are 0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128.

 

SMI/Notify Support:

If this item is set to Enabled, SMI (Structure of Management Information) notification will be provided for Thunderbolt Technology support.

 

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The last menu is the Boot options menu.

 

 

Software

 

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Here we see the drivers and tools menu. We are happy to see that Supermicro has included a driver ISO file that we can download to install drivers and tools.

 

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The Supermicro SuperDoctor 5 is a hardware-monitoring program that functions in a command-line or web-based interface in Windows and Linux operating systems. The program monitors system health information such as CPU temperature, system voltages, system power consumption, fan speed, and provides alerts via email, or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

 

SuperDoctor 5 comes in local and remote management versions, and can be used with Nagios to maximize system monitoring. With SuperDoctor 5 Management Server (SSM Server), you can remotely control power on/off, and reset chassis intrusion for multiple systems with SuperDoctor 5, or IPMI. SD5 Management Server monitors HTTP, FTP, and SMTP services optimize the efficiency of your operation.

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