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Supermicro X10DAi (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Test System Setup




We would like to thank Supermicro,Crucial,SPEC, Yokogawa,NZXT,SanDisk, and Noctua for their support in providing parts for our test system.




The X10DAi uses the Wellsburg (Intel C612) and new Haswell-EP processors. The processor we will be using is the Intel Xeon E5-2698 v3, which features 16 cores, with hyper-threading used on these tests, and it will supply the processing power.




The Wellsburg Platform (Intel C612) will have support provided for 4 to 18 cores with dual socket capability. TDP ranges from 55W up to 160W for workstations.


Memory is now DDR4, and can give a frequency of up to 2133 MHz. The E5-2600 v3 processors use two QPI 1.1 channels with up to 9.6 GT/s. These processors support PCIe 3.0 with up to 8 GT/s and 40 lanes. The chipset will be Wellsburg PCH. This gives support for a huge number of SATA ports at ten. A large number of USB devices can be used with six USB 3.0, and eight USB 2.0 ports. Wellsburg (C612) also supports DMI2 with 4x lanes.




In our tests, we will be using the new Crucial DDR4 memory, which has a speed of 2133 MHz, and is rated at CL15.


We have already taken a look at these memory kits, which you can find here: Crucial DDR4 Memory Performance Overview Early Look vs. DDR2 & DDR3




Here we can see the timings of the Crucial DDR4 memory that we will be using in our tests.




Here we see how memory in Slot /DIMMs per channel can effect memory speed.

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