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Supermicro X10DRG-Q (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 5:55 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Supermicro



AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.




Memory bandwidth for the X10DRG-Q is looking very good. All though these are not huge increases of bandwidth, the X10DRG-Q is showing strong bandwidth numbers.


Again, we see all motherboards using the new C612 chipset and Haswell-EP processors are performing very close to each other.





Intel Optimized LINPACK Benchmark is a generalization of the LINPACK 1000 benchmark. It solves a dense (real*8) system of linear equations (Ax=b), measures the amount of time it takes to factor and solve the system, converts that time into a performance rate, and tests the results for accuracy.


LINPACK is a measure of a computer's floating-point rate of execution ability, measured in GFLOPS (Floating-point Operations per Second); ten-billion FLOPS = ten GFLOPS.


LINPACK is a very heavy compute application that can take advantage of the new AVX2 instruction. Since it puts a very high load on the system, it is also a good stress test program.




LINPACK shows strong bandwidth numbers, and is comparable to other motherboards we have tested. These results are almost twice as fast as our Ivy Bridge-EP tests, and show just how well the new Haswell-EP platforms perform. These speeds, coupled with fast DDR4, should give a real boost to application performance.





PCMark 8 is the latest version in the series of PC benchmarking tools by Futuremark. It is fully compatible with Windows 8, and can be run under Windows 7.




Our PCMark 8 tests were completed on a basic system; we used only one NVIDIA Quadro K5000 here. Using more video cards would increase this score a great deal, so this is only for reference.



Sony Vegas Pro 13


Sony Vegas Pro 13 is a leading video editor that is used by many people. In Vegas Pro 12, Sony introduced a benchmark that renders a Mercedes convertible like one you might see in a commercial. Even though Sony has removed this test, you can still find it on the internet.


We will be using this benchmark to render in Sony Vegas 13 Pro in 720p, 1080p, and 4K resolutions with our NVIDIA Quadro K5000.




Just like our PCMark 8 tests, our Sony Video Pro benchmark was completed on a basic system. We used only one NVIDIA Quadro K5000 here; using more video cards would increase this score a great deal, so this is only for reference.





SPECwpc_v1.0.2 is a workstation benchmark that measures key aspects of workstation applications.




These tests do put a huge load on the system, and take approximately eight hours to run on this system. SPECwpc puts a heavy load on the GPU.


Even small increases in scores show a big improvement in performance. Certain parts of this test rely on storage, so using setups with SSDs and RAID 0 would increase those scores.



Geekbench - Stream


Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. It also includes STREAM based memory tests, which we will include in our reviews.




Here we are looking at the single-core STREAM memory tests. Bandwidth is about where it's expected to be for single-core applications.




Now we are looking at multi-core STREAM tests. The speeds we are seeing are a little faster than advertised bandwidths for our Crucial Memory kits, which shows these new X10 platforms from Supermicro can squeeze out fast memory bandwidth.


Passmark - PerformanceTest 8 - Memory


We will also start using Passmark Performance Memory tests on our reviews.


According to Passmark:

This memory test suite contains a number of tests that exercise the memory sub-system of the computer (RAM). All tests use a combination of 32-bit and 64-bit data when reading or writing from or to RAM.


Memory - Allocate Small Block:

This test measures the time taken to allocate and free small zeroed memory blocks (around 100KB block size).


Memory - Cached:

This test measures the time taken to read a small block of memory. The block is small enough to be held entirely in cache (if one is present).


Memory - UnCached:

This test measures the time taken to read a large block of memory. The block is too large to be held in cache.


Memory - Write:

This test measures the time taken to write information into memory.




Just like in Geekbench STREAM Memory tests, we see very good speeds in our tests with Passmark 8. We have noticed that the X10DRG-Q is a little bit slower in memory benchmarks; its BIOS is optimized for PCIe/Graphics card use.

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