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Supermicro X10DRX (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 5, 2015 2:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Supermicro





The main supporting features of the X10DRX are the large number of PCI-E slots, with 10x PCI-E 3.0 x8 and 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 slots. 10x SATA3 ports provide for storage solutions and 9x USB ports supply additional I/O. We only received the X10DRX motherboard for our tests, but the retail package should contain:


  • Six (6) Serial ATA cables (CBL-0044L x6)
  • One (1) I/O Shield (MCP-260-00042-0N)
  • One (1) Quick Reference Guide (MNL-1725-QRG)


Optional accessories are:


  • Heat Sinks
  • TPM security module - TPM module with Infineon 9655, RoHS/REACH, PBF; Vertical or Horizontal depending on the server layout and expansion cards used
  • SuperDOM - Supermicro SATA DOM Solutions




Here we get a look at the block diagram of the X10DRX motherboard, which shows how all the input and output devices connect to the C612 Chipset.







With a size of 15.2" x 13.2" (28.6cm x 33.5cm), Proprietary form factor the X10DRX is a large motherboard that will fit systems such as SYS-6038R-TXR and SYS-6048R-TXR. If you choose to install this motherboard in non-Supermicro cases, be sure that the case allows for its size and the number of PCI-E slots that this board provides.


The overall layout of the X10DRX is clean, not cluttered, and the CPU Sockets are staggered to offer better airflow to the processor heat sinks. In addition, a large area in front of the PCI-E slots provides clearance for expansion cards. This area also should provide for good airflow for cooling expansion cards.




Here we see the PCIe slots, which are:


  • 10x PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots
  • 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot, located next to the RAM slots


Two VPP headers for NVMe add-on cards are located In-between PCI-E slots for solutions that require this.




Now we are looking at the lower left side of the motherboard. There are 10x SATA ports controlled by Intel PCH C612 chipset located in the lower left corner of the board. The position of these ports allows for easy access for cables without being hidden under expansion cards.




Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. There are only 4x fan headers located here and 4-pin Auxiliary power connector on the far right edge. This area is not cluttered and should provide good clearance for heat sinks.




The lower right side of the motherboard has its main power connectors over on the right edge on the motherboard. Fan headers are located on the edge and provide easy access. Again, we see nice clean areas that help to keep the board running cool.




Now we are looking at the back I/O ports. At the left, we see a COM port. Next, we find 2x USB 3.0 ports and a IPMI dedicated LAN port just above. Following that, we have 2x USB 2.0 ports. Then we find Two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Then there is a video output port at the end.




This is a close up of the new Socket 2011 R3. As you can see, it looks very much like the normal Socket 2011 that we have seen on past boards. However, last gen processors will not fit this new socket because it has a different pin configuration and notches inside the socket will only work on the new Haswell-EP E5-2600 v3 processors. The mounting holes for heat sinks are the same compared to those used on Socket 2011 systems so you should have no problems using those heat sinks. The Socket 2011 R3 that are used on the X10DRX are the narrow versions.

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