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Supermicro AOC-S40G-iQ2 Review: A Low-Power 40GbE NIC

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Adapters in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 6:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Test System Setup


For our test today, we're using two dual Xeon systems, each with a Supermicro AOC-S40G-iQ2 40GbE NIC installed. We're testing through a Supermicro SSE0X3348TR switch with the latest firmware, and the AOC-S40G-iQ2 cards connected to the switch's 40Gbps Ethernet ports. The test software is iXChariot from IXIA.



Supermicro SSE-X3348TR 10GbE / 40GbE Switch




With a switching fabric of 1284 Gbps through forty-eight 10GbE ports, and four 40GbE QSFP+ connectors, the SSE-X3348TR is our switch of choice for testing SMB and enterprise network products.



Benchmarks - Throughput




We used the industry standard IXIA ixChariot to test the Supermicro AOC-S40G-iQ2. In this first test, we used two Supermicro dual Xeon systems, each loaded with an AOC-S40G-iQ2, and connected to a Supermicro SSE-X3348TR switch.


With sixteen instances of iXChariot's Ultra High Performance profile test, we observed a one way transfer speed of roughly 36.8 Gbps on average.

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