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Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards

Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards
With the release of the new Intel Haswell-EP Xeon processors, Supermicro is ready with a new line of motherboards to support these new CPU's and DDR4.
By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 1:10 pm

An overview of Supermicro's new DDR4 Xeon Server Boards

 

While we have all been waiting for the release of the new Intel Haswell-EP processors, Supermicro has been busy with their new line of X10 motherboards to support these new CPU's. We made a trip over to Supermicro last week, and picked up a good sampling of what Supermicro has in store for us.

 

The timing of the new processor release and samples has been very tight, and not all material was ready for us to do complete reviews. There was also not enough time for complete motherboard testing, so for now we will just be looking at the new boards provided to us.

 

We have had a chance to do some basic tests, and everything looks good so far, but we'll save that for later when we can really dig into these boards. Let's get started, and see what these motherboards have to offer.

 

 

Supermicro X10DRC-T4+

 

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This is a very large motherboard, and fits in line with another one from Supermicro that we reviewed before, the Supermicro X9DR7-TF+ (Intel C602J).

 

Maximum memory expansion with quad 10GBASE-T and SAS3 HW RAID.

 

Key Features:

 

  • Dual EP E5-2600 v3 (Socket R3), QPI up to 9.6GT/s
  • Intel C612 Chipset
  • 24 DIMM, 1.5TB Reg. ECC DDR4 up to 2133 MHz
  • Two PCIe 3.0 x16, three PCIe 3.0 x8, one PCIe 2.0 x4 (in x8 slot)
  • 10-port SATA3, six ports USB 3.0
  • 8-port LSI 3108 SAS3 controller
  • Dual x540 10GBASE-T (four ports)
  • 13.68" x 13" Form Factor

 

With maximum memory expansion capabilities, the X10DRC-T4+ can be loaded with up to 1.5TBs of DDR4. You would need to get 24x 64GB DIMMs for this, which might be hard to find at first.

 

A large number of SATA ports (10) gives this board plenty of storage capabilities, also throw in the 8-port LSI 3108 SAS3 controller, and you have a powerful storage system at your control. Dual x540 10 GBASE-T (four ports) gives ample network connections right out of the box. If that's not enough, then six PCIe slots allow for plenty of network expansion.

 

 

Supermicro X10DAi

 

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Next, we have the X10DAi, which is a fully equipped workstation motherboard that can sport three GPUs of your choice.

 

Key Features:

 

  • Dual HSW EP E5-2600 v3 (Socket R3 up to 160W), QPI up to 9.6GT/s
  • C612 Chipset
  • 16 DIMM, 1TB Reg. ECC DDR4 up to 2133 MHz
  • Three PCIe 3.0 x16, two PCIe 3.0 x8, one PCIe 2.0 x4 (in x8 slot)
  • Ten SATA3, eleven USB Ports (six USB 3.0)
  • Intel dual i210 GbE
  • 7.1 HD audio
  • Thunderbolt AOC support
  • 12" x 13" E-ATX Form Factor

 

This motherboard can handle up to 160W processors, which allows it to run the E5-2699 v3 (18 core) CPU's. Having ten SATA ports is very common on the new platforms, so you should have no issues with storage options.

 

This board also includes eleven USB Ports, and six of those are USB 3.0; this allows a large number of external devices to be connected. We always seem to need more USB ports on our workstations, and the X10DAi is equipped to handle that. 7.1 HD audio and Thunderbolt Add-On Card support is included to round out the features on the X10Dai.

 

 

Supermicro X10DRG-Q

 

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The X10DRG-Q is a GPU workhorse that allows up to four GPU's of your choice.

 

Key Features:

 

  • Dual socket R3 (LGA 2011) supports Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family; QPI up to 9.6GT/s
  • Intel C612 Express chipset
  • Up to 1TB ECC DDR4 2133MHz;16x DIMM sockets
  • 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (1 in x16), 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8)
  • Intel i350 Dual port GbE LAN
  • 10x SATA3 (6Gbps); RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
  • 5x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • 7.1 HD Audio with optical S/PDIF
  • 15.2" x 13.2" (38.6cm x 33.5cm) Form Factor

 

Just like the motherboards we listed before, the X10DRG-Q also has ten SATA3, but these can be used in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. A total of nine USB ports (five USB 3.0) gives plenty of ports for external devices.

 

For rack mount systems, Integrated IPMI 2.0 and iKVM allow easy access to system administers.

 

 

Supermicro X10DRi-T

 

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The Supermicro X10DRi-T is a general-purpose motherboard that replaces the X9DR3/i-F SKU, which is a high volume motherboard for Supermicro.

 

Key Features:

 

  • Dual EP E5-2600 v3 (Socket R3), QPI up to 9.6GT/s
  • Intel C612 Chipset
  • 16 DIMM, 1TB Reg. ECC DDR4 up to 2133MHz
  • Three PCIe 3.0 x16, three PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Ten port SATA3, six ports USB 3.0
  • Dual port Intel X540 10GBASE-T
  • 12" x 13" E-ATX Form Factor

 

As a general-purpose motherboard, the X10DRi-T can fill many roles. It fits into a typical Supermicro 4U tower case for workstations, or can be installed in 2U and 3U server cases for storage and other applications.

 

Install two Haswell-EP processors, DDR4, GPUs, Network and Storage cards, and with the new features of the Supermicro X10 platform, this motherboard can be the base of very powerful systems that are sure to sell well.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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The new Haswell-EP processors and chipsets add many features to motherboards that increase performance and options on motherboards.

 

Supermicro has added these new features to update the X9 series of motherboards that create better value for the new line. Depending how invested you are already in the X9 line, or picking out new systems, the X10 series offers a lot of bang for your buck. The addition increase in features and performance makes upgrading a no brainer in our opinion.

 

We will be completing our reviews of these motherboards soon, and will find out just how they perform. So, stay tuned for reviews on these boards.

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