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Supermicro X10DAX (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 5, 2015 2:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Power Consumption


We have upgraded our power testing equipment, and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.


To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.




The Supermicro X10DAX shows power levels that are normal for systems like this. Turning on Hyper-Speed to level three does increase power usage by ~50 watts when under full load.




Under our boot power tests, we do not see a significant increase in power usage. We also noticed that the X10DAX booted faster with Hyper-Speed at level three, which is a nice bonus.



Final Thoughts


The feature list of the X10DAX is very similar to the Supermicro X10DAi we previously reviewed; in fact, these two boards look very much alike if you place them side by side.


The X10DAX does offers several key features not found on the X10DAi. The first is the ability to run GeForce TRI-SLI or Quad SLI using two Dual GPU video cards. This can give you serious graphics power using NVIDIA Titans or Titan Zs. It also has the ability to run NVIDIA Quadro video cards for applications that need these.




Besides the graphics options available on the X10DAX, it can also utilize Supermicro's Hyper-Speed technology to boost performance, which is one of the main selling points of this board. Hyper-Speed technology features proprietary motherboard-level optimizations that accelerate CPU, memory, and PCIe cards to improve performance. These features are also important for low latency and jitter optimizations in systems like those used for high frequency trading.


In our memory tests, we did see improvement in bandwidth, and a reduction in latency; these factors, combined with OS optimizations, improve this workstation motherboard even further, which makes these systems ideal for applications that can take advantage of this.


We did like the added performance boost for CPU tests vs a stock system. Supermicro's Hyper-Speed technology makes it very easy to set the desired level in the BIOS and reboot. Besides a little higher power draw on fully loaded systems, we did not notice any shortcomings in using Hyper-Speed. Our test system was very stable throughout our bench sessions.


Supermicro is known for building motherboards that insure quality and longevity, which means a great deal to customers. The X10DAX is also idea for enthusiasts who want a motherboard that is stable, can run multiple video cards, can overclock, and use the maximum amount of memory for these platforms. It may not have the bling factor with shinny heat sinks, but it does have rock-solid stability, and good performance.


One of the problems we noticed with the X10DAX is the location of the SATA ports on the edge of the motherboard. If you install a full-size GPU in the slot closest to the edge, it will cover up these ports. You will need to use left angle and right angle connectors to use both sets of ports. We did do a few Google searches, and found several suppliers for these cables.


We also noticed the placement of the battery is right under the release lever of the second PCIe slot. This is really a minor concern when you consider how many times you are going to need to access the battery (most likely never).


We would like to see a motherboard from Supermicro that combines both features of the X10DAC and the X10DAX into one board. This would give you Hyper-Speed, GPU support, and 8x SAS3 (12Gbps) ports w/ LSI 3008 controller. The location on the motherboard is there, it just needs to be installed.



PRICING: You can find the Supermicro X10DAX Workstation Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Supermicro X10DAX retails for $440.00 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build97%
General Features96%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: With Hyper-Speed and support for 3-way GeForce SLI and 4-way SLI support with dual GPU cards, the Supermicro X10DAX has the best performance we have seen in the lab yet.

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