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Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F (Intel Xeon D) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 4, 2015 2:11 pm
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.

 

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The X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard and Intel Xeon processor D-1540 uses ~40 watts at idle on the desktop. The X10SDV-TLN4F will jump up to ~88 watts at full load, which is very good for a board of this type. The X10SDV-TLN4F really just drinks power and uses even less power than a 100-watt light bulb.

 

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With the X10SDV-TLN4F, we see only peak power use of ~78 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~40 watts after the boot up is completed. Overall, power consumption is extremely good and boot up hardly stresses the system's power needs.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

With the release of the new Intel Xeon processor D-1540 processors, Supermicro is first out of the gate with its X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard. We saw all the presentations on the Intel Xeon processor D's, but we had no idea how well they would perform, except what Intel told us. So we were pretty excited to get our hands on one of these boards to test out.

 

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We have to say that we are very impressed with what Supermicro has come up with on the X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard. The X10SDV-TLN4F packs the D-1540 with 8 cores / 16 threads and takes advantage of the SoC capabilities of this new architecture, Supermicro has a real winner on its hands. This little Mini-ITX board has just about everything you could want, fast Gigabit and 10GBase-T ports, m.2 SATA, and a max of 128GB DDR4.

 

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Here we see a SuperServer 5018D-FN4T that uses the X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard. This is a great low power high performance system perfect for networking, storage, IoT, and microservers.

 

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The X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard is also the base for the SuperServer 5028D-TN4T Network Storage Appliance. This system has plenty of power to handle a large number of users. We can also imagine many users who would want to fit the X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard into a Mini-ITX case and build a complete system that can function as a desktop for small footprint, low power, and low noise type applications. There is a wide range of cases that can fit the X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard and these could end up serving just about any need.

 

We ran our test system in the lab for a while using Windows 8.1 and many applications that we use on a regular basis and found this platform to work very well for day-to-day use. We have only one wish for this board, and that is the ability to use video cards installed into the PCIe slot. We did try one of our NVIDIA Quadro cards and we could not get that to work, if it could use GPU's, it could make a powerful mini workstation and even a nice gaming platform.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money97%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro's X10SDV-TLN4F with the Intel Xeon processor D1540 is an impressive compact motherboard that is perfect for networking, storage, IoT, and microserver uses.

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