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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

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.




The X10DAi uses ~100 watts at idle on the desktop, which is about 40 watts 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 in the end.




With the X10DAi, we see only peak power use of ~245 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~100 watts after the boot up is completed.



Final Thoughts


The new Intel Xeon Haswell-EP processors really pack a punch in performance, so upgrading your workstation motherboards to support the new CPUs is a no brainer.


The new Supermicro X10DAi workstation motherboard is a next-gen powerhouse that is able to take on even more demanding workloads, and get them done faster.




If your workflow demands high-end video cards such as NVIDIA Quadro K5000, K6000, or AMD W9000, W9100, then you are looking at serious graphics power, and need a motherboard to keep up with them. Supermicro designed a no compromise workstation motherboard to be the backbone of the system that supports the latest E5-2600 v3 processors and DDR4.


Many graphics applications such as Auto-CAD, Auto Desk Maya, 3DS Max, Solidworks, and many others, can use all this processing power. With up to 1TB of DDR4, the X10DAi gives you plenty of RAM to build and manipulate huge files.


While running our tests on the X10DAi, we found this motherboard to be rock-solid, and it had performance to run demanding tests. We only had one NVIDIA Quadro K5000 in the lab to test this out with, and upgrading to three GPUs would turn this system into a very high-end system.


When it comes to cases for the X10DAi, Supermicro has several to choose from. Cases recommended for this board are typical Supermicro cases, which come in 2U, 3U, and 4U Tower/Rackmount, such as the SuperChassis 747TG-R1400B-SQ.


The X10DAi workstation motherboard is a well-balanced motherboard in feature load out. There are plenty of SATA ports on this motherboard to build on with your storage needs. If you require a more robust storage setup, then the X10DAC would fit your needs very well with its LSI 3008 SAS3 storage controller.


We did feel the absence of IPMI/BMC on this board, as it helps IT administrators manage systems and rack mount solutions. Most deployments using the X10DAi would usually be stand-alone systems, so this is not much of an issue.



PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X10DAi (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard 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 X10DAi-O (Retail Pack) retails for $403.00 at Amazon, and the Supermicro X10DAi-B (Bulk Pack) retails for $395.00 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro's X10DAi workstation motherboard is a feature rich and high performing workstation product. We found this motherboard to be rock solid, and had the performance to run demanding tests.

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