Here we get a look at the overall motherboard layout. CPUs and RAM are located on the right side of the board, leaving clearance room on the left side for expansion cards.
The CPUs are off set to allow for better airflow and cooling, and the bulk of the I/O connections are located on the left corner for easy access to hard drives and other devices.
The CPU area has plenty of stuff going on here, which is the norm for these dual-CPU motherboards. There is plenty of clearance for brick air coolers or the large Noctuas that we used for testing. These would also work well when installed into a 4U size case. We had no RAM clearance problems, and airflow was very good.
The back I/O area of this board is simple and does supply everything you need. At the left, we have the ID LED button. At the next stack, we have the VGA port and the COM1 port. The next two stacks are USB 2.0 ports. The last stack has the IPMI port and one GbE LAN connection.
This is the bottom left corner of the motherboard. Starting at the top left of the picture, we have the USB 2.0 Type A port. Just below that is an HDD SMB header and a mini SAS connection. The two blue headers are for USB 2.0 port. Below those, we find a Poweville LED Pin Header (LAN LEDs). The front panel header is next. Right next to that is a small Intruder header.
Starting on the bottom row, we have a SAS SGPIO header followed by four (Black) SATA2.0 ports and two SATA3.0 ports.
At the top left of the motherboard, we find a COM2 header and a small jumper block for COM select. Next is a 4-pin power connector for additional power needs. Below that, there are headers for front panel LAN LEDs.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Packaging & Specifications]
- Page 3 [Layout]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Software]
- Page 6 [Remote Management]
- Page 7 [Test System Setup]
- Page 8 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [SPECwpc_v1.0.2]
- Page 12 [UnixBench 5.1.3]
- Page 13 [SPEC CPU2006v1.2]
- Page 14 [Power Consumption]
- Page 15 [Final Thoughts]
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