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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

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, 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 Advanced Power Management 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.

 

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.

 

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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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Here we are looking at the Memory RAS Configuration menu.

 

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Now we are looking at the PCH SATA Configuration menu.

 

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Now we are looking at the PCH SATA Configuration 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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The last menu is the Boot Options menu.

 

 

Remote Management

 

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We find our remote access IP address located in the BIOS under the IPMI Tab. In our case, this was 192.182.1.11. Enter that into your browser, and you will see the login screen.

 

To login use:

Username: ADMIN

Password: ADMIN

 

As a best practice, Administrative users should change factory default Username/Password logins before connecting any new server to their network.

 

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After logging in, we come to the home screen and see system information displayed.

 

There is also a remote control option for iKVM.

Please note that when video cards are installed iKVM will not be available.

 

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The next tab is the Sensor Readings menu.

 

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The Configuration menu allows you to change many features on the server, Active Directory settings, DNS, LDAP, and much more.

 

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The Power Control and Status menu allows you to power on, shut down, restart, and cycle the server.

 

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The Virtual Media menu allows you to mount or share virtual media such as Floppy Disks and CD-ROM images.

 

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The Maintenance menu allows you to update the firmware, and restore factory defaults.

 

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The Miscellaneous menu allows post snooping, SMC RAKP enable/disable, UID control, and BIOS recovery.

 

 

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 your system monitoring needs. 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 to optimize the efficiency of your operation.

 

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IPMIView is a GUI-based software application that allows administrators to manage multiple server systems through BMC. IPMIView monitors and reports on the status of servers, and also supports remote KVM and Virtual Media.

 

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Supermicro Power Manager (SPM) is a power management tool that allows you to improve system power utilization. Administrators can configure policies by data center, room, row, rack, target machine, or logical groups, and can be triggered by condition, power, or temperature thresholds.

 

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Supermicro Update Manager (SUM) remotely updates the BIOS and BMC/IPMI firmware, and system settings. The X10 based machines through in-band and OOB (out-of-band) BMC/IPMI communication channels.

 

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Supermicro Server Manager (SSM) provides capabilities to monitor the health of servers, and many other features.

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