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Supermicro X10DAX (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 5, 2015 2:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Specifications

 

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The product specifications for the X10DAX are very similar to the X10DAi. The X10DAX has added workstation features like audio outputs, but the big difference between these boards is that unlike the X10DAi, the X10DAX supports 3-way GeForce SLI (4-way SLI support for dual GPU video cards), and includes Supermicro's Hyper-Speed features.

 

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Here we get a look at the block diagram, which shows how all of the input and output devices connect to the C612 Chipset. Let's move on and take a look at the motherboard.

 

 

Layout

 

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Here we get our first look at the X10DAX workstation motherboard.

 

The X10DAX can fit many cases, including different rack mount types and 4U tower cases. It also has a nice, clean layout, and CPU sockets that are staggered to offer better airflow to the processor heat sinks. The X10DAX should run nice and cool.

 

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Here we see the PCIe slots, which are:

 

  • 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16
  • 3x PCI-E 3.0 x8

 

The 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots support 3-way GeForce SLI (4-way SLI support for dual GPU video cards). Just to make a note of the battery location, it is right under the release tab of PCIe slot number two, which does make it difficult to remove the battery if you need to.

 

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Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. There are only two fan headers located here, in addition to the audio front panel connector just to the right of the first USB stack. A third fan header is located just to the left of the memory slots on the left side.

 

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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. The Intel PCH C612 chipset controls the remaining six I-SATA Ports. The X10DAX does not have the LSI 3008 SAS3 12Gbps controller that the X10DAC does, so those locations are empty.

 

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The lower right side of the motherboard has its main power connectors over on the right edge of the motherboard.

 

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Now we are looking at the back I/O ports. At the left, we see the audio front panel header. Next, we find two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Following the first four USB ports, we have the 7.1 Channel High-Definition audio outputs. Then we find two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The last stack features two USB 3.0 ports.

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