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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

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 X10DRG-Q uses ~100 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 over time. The power use is slightly higher than regular server motherboards because we have the extra NVIDIA Quadro K5000 installed on our motherboard.




With the X10DRG-Q, we see only peak power use of ~250 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~100 watts after the boot up is completed.



Final Thoughts


We looked at the Supermicro X10DAi workstation motherboard with three PCIe slots, which you can see here. The X10DAi can handle three workstation video cards; we thought we had reviewed the most powerful workstation motherboard Supermicro had to offer.


However, we were wrong; the X10DRG-Q weighs in with four PCIe slots, which gives it huge computational capabilities.




The Supermicro X10DRG-Q has the ability to run four PCIe expansion cards, which can be either GPU's, Quadro, Tesla, GRID, or Intel Xeon Phi co-processor cards. All of this is on one motherboard powered by dual Intel E5-2600 v3 processors, and up to 1TB of new DDR4 memory. The X10DRG-Q is a massive motherboard designed for HPC applications, or high-end workstation uses. Supermicro included all the bells and whistles on this motherboard, including storage options that can be run in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 configurations.


The focus of this motherboard is its use on the Supermicro GPU SuperWorkstation 7048GR-TR. We have the building blocks for a 7048GR-TR here in the lab, and we will be getting one up and running soon.


We recommend getting the AOC-TBT-DSL5320 Thunderbolt Add-On Card for this motherboard because it will allow remote running of the machine, so it can be installed in a location separate from the user. These machines do make a fair amount of noise, so it is a good idea to install it in a separate room to keep the workplace less noisy.


Overall, this is a fantastic motherboard that has huge potential for HPC applications. One of the things we were not crazy about was the lack of iKVM when GPUs are installed, but the optional AOC-TBT-DSL5320 Thunderbolt Add-On Card takes care of this.



PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X10DRG-Q 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 X10DRG-Q retails for $559.95 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money96%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: HPC GPU systems can use as many expansion devices as they can get in enterprise applications. To handle this need, Supermicro designed the X10DRG-Q motherboard which can run four devices such as GPU's, Quadra, Telsa, GRID or Intel Xeon Phi co-processor cards, and they did a great job.

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