Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,217 Reviews & Articles | 52,115 News Posts

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

BIOS

 

The BIOS for the X10DAX workstation is the same as the X10DAi, with the exception of a few added key features that support Hyper-Speed.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_14

 

This is the main BIOS screen, which shows basic system information.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_15

 

The Advanced tab brings you to the main advanced screen. The difference here is the first menu called "SMC Performance Tuning."

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_16

 

This is the SMC Performance Tuning menu. We can see the listed functions that support Hyper-Speed.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_17

 

The CPU Vcore Voltage menu allows you to adjust Vcore in small increments, should you need to do so. For our testing, we did not need to increase the Vcore at all, so we left the VID-Offset at 0m Volts.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_18

 

Looking at the Supermicro Hyper-Speed features. These are very simple to select. This area shows three levels with a fourth that is not recommended. The reason level four is not recommended is that some CPUs may not function at this setting.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_19

 

In the memory timing section, you can adjust several memory related functions.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_20

 

Here we are looking at the Boot Feature menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_21

 

Here we are looking at the CPU Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_22

 

Now we are looking at the Advanced Power Management Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_23

 

Now we are looking at the North Bridge IIO Configuration menu.

 

Intel VT for Directed I/O (VT-d):

Select 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.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_24

 

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.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_25

 

Here we are looking at the Memory Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_26

 

Here is a list of all memory frequencies that the X10DAX supports. Not all memory kits will support every frequency listed here.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_27

 

Now we are looking at the USB Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_28

 

Here we see the SATA Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_29

 

Now we are looking at the sSATA Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_30

 

Now we are looking at the PCie/PCI/PnP Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_31

 

Now we are looking at the Intel Thunderbolt Configuration menu.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_32

 

In addition, we see plenty of boot options for the X10DAX.

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_33

 

The final screen we see is the Save & Exit screen.

 

 

Software

 

supermicro-x10dax-intel-c612-workstation-motherboard-review_34

 

The downloads page for the X10DAX includes a Driver CD ISO, which you can mount to install the drivers you need to bring this board alive.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts
View Our Latest Videos

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading