GIGABYTE MD60-SC0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review (Page 8)

| Feb 11, 2015 at 9:15 am CST
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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 MD60-SC0 uses ~100 watts at idle on the desktop, and it peaks at ~545 watts under full load. The power use is slightly higher because of the added CRA220-8 SAS controller card.

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With the MD60-SC0, we see peak power use of only ~350 watts during the boot up process. The system settles down to ~80 watts after the boot up is completed.

Final Thoughts

This our first look at the dual socket 2011-E server motherboards offered by GIGABYTE, and we were very happy with the results the MD60-SC0 provided.

The MD60-SC0 will find its way into storage servers, and can support a large number of different storage options and setups with just the base motherboard. Adding the CRA220-8 allows even more storage capacity with high-performance 8x SAS ports.

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Having a lot of storage capability is great, but you also need to move the data to and from the server with fast pipes, and the MD60-SC0 has onboard capabilities to handle your needs with two GbE LAN ports and a 10 GbE QFSP+ LAN for high-speed access needs. This works out great for virtualized systems, is capable of load balancing, and handles low latency requirements.

The MD60-SC0 we received was very simple to get up and running, the BIOS is simple to navigate, and for the most part, we had no issues. The controller menus are very typical of any system that uses these, and you should feel right at home.

Performance of the MD60-SC0 is very much like other storage/VM related motherboards we have tested in the lab, so we had no real surprises here. Overall, we are pleased with the motherboard, and it performed to our expectations. Our multi-core tests came out very good. This motherboard can take on heavy VM tasks without issues, and coupled with its high-speed network options, this allows the MD60-SC0 to be useful without any additional network cards. There are several more PCIe slots available for network options if that is required.

Packaging for the MD60-SC0 is very much like the MW50-SV0 we reviewed earlier, and we find GIGABYTE serves up a retail package aimed at lowering costs.

We liked the new IPMI 2.0 features, and we had no issues getting this setup over iKVM. The new BIOS flash abilities should make managing these features very easy, and will not require you to have extra CPUs laying around to keep the boards updated.

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT

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Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money95%
Overall Rating95%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's MD60-SC0 server motherboard is packed with storage abilities and impressive network capabilities, making this board very useful for storage and VM applications.

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William Harmon started working with computers back in 2005 and began overclocking all kinds of different setups. My focus back then and even now is extreme cooling using Single Stage Phase units, Cascades and Liquid Nitrogen. During this time I was also in several competitions that GIGABYTE had sponsored, GOOC 2009 and 2010. Using technics in overclocking and cooling that I have learned over the years I started building high speed workstations and servers for clients who needed higher performing systems. Many of these systems are used in high frequency trader companies and work stations used in all kinds of professions. At TweakTown, I provide and develop accurate test and benchmark methods for servers and other equipment to help make purchasing decisions easier.

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