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Supermicro X10DRG-Q (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 5:55 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Supermicro





We only received the X10DRG-Q motherboard for our tests. The retail package should contain:


  • Two (2) SATA Cables - 57.5cm flat S-S PBF
  • One (1) I/O Shield
  • One (1) Quick Reference Guide


Optional accessories are:


  • Heat Sinks - Socket 2011-3 Narrow
  • 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 which uses new Intel microarchitecture 22nm process technology.


The PCH C612 chip provides Enterprise SMbus support and includes the following features:


  • DDR4 288-pin memory support on Socket R3
  • Hybrid clock support capable of extending to most 2S platforms
  • Support for Management Engine (ME)
  • Support of SMBus speeds of up to 400KHz for BMC connectivity
  • Improved I/O capabilities to high-storage-capacity configurations
  • SPI Enhancements
  • Intel Node Manager 3.0 for advanced power monitoring; capping and management for BMC enhancement (See the note below)
  • BMC supports remote management, virtualization, and the security package for enterprise platforms







Here we get our first look at the X10DRG-Q workstation motherboard. This is a very large motherboard, with a size of 15.2" x 13.2" proprietary form factor, and it was designed to be used with a Supermicro proprietary chassis as an integrated server platform.


The overall layout of the X10DRG-Q 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:


  • 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16 (double-width) slots
  • 2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (one in x16) slots
  • 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot


The first PCIe slot is in line with the RAM slots of CPU#1, so make sure that your expansion card will fit into this slot.




Now we are looking at the lower left side of the motherboard. There are ten SATA ports seen here. The Intel SCU controls the top four S-SATA Ports (0-3). The remaining six I-SATA Ports (0-5) are controlled by Intel PCH C612 chipset. These SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.




Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. There are only four fan headers located here, and an additional four pin power connector. The manual says the four pin power connector is required for proper operation.




The lower right side of the motherboard has its main power connectors over on the right edge on the motherboard. There are also four fan headers located on the edge of the motherboard.


Here we also see a close up of the new Socket 2011 R3. The X10DRG-Q uses the narrow version of Socket 2011-3. As you can see, it looks very much like the normal Socket 2011 that we have seen 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 compared to those used on Socket 2011 systems, so you should have no problems using those heat sinks.




Now we are looking at the back I/O ports. At the left, we see the COM port. Next, we find two USB 3.0 ports, and an IPMI Dedicated LAN port. Two USB 2.0 ports follow. Then we find two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. Finally, we have the video out port supported by ASPEED AST2400 BMC.

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