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Supermicro X10DRi-T (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 29, 2014 2:02 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 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.

 

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The X10DRi-T uses ~85 watts at idle on the desktop, which is about 45 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.

 

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With the X10DRi-T, we see only peak power use of ~310 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~85 watts after the boot up is completed.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

General-purpose server motherboards need to be able to handle a different system needs and requirements; the X10DRi-T can handle many different types of workloads with ease.

 

The new Supermicro X10DRi-T is based on the new Haswell-EP processors, so this server motherboard can pack a punch in performance.

 

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The Supermicro X9DR3/i-F SKU's were Supermicro's top sellers because they filled many different roles, and were top performers. The X10DRi-T is geared to bring performance to a new level in the same roles.

 

One thing we like about these new motherboards is the low power use on idle states. This is where power use can really start to cost a lot in power bills; in addition, it helps to keep the server cooler. We have not had any heating issues whatsoever in the new Haswell-EP based servers. Supermicro has done a nice job implementing power saving features on the new line up of motherboards, and the X10DRi-T is no different from the other Supermicro boards we have tested.

 

When it comes to cases for the X10DRi-T, Supermicro has many cases to pick from; we counted thirteen different cases - everything from 2U, all the way to big 4U storage boxes.

 

We have to say, we really like the performance of the new Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and DDR4 memory. The X10DRi-T makes use of the new C612 chipset, allowing this high performance server motherboard loaded with features to fill a variety of server needs.

 

There is not much to dislike about the X10DRi-T; it really did everything we expected it to do with ease. We find BIOS optimizations, chipset feature list, and network and storage options make the X10DRi-T a well-designed server motherboard that is able to deliver high performance, and use lower power than previous motherboards.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X10DRi-T 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 X10DRi-T retails for $550.17 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money97%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: Designing a high-volume server motherboard requires just the right balance in performance and features. That is just what Supermicro did with the X10DR-T. It has the ability to fill many different server needs, and is energy-efficient to lower running costs.

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