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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

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 X10DRX uses ~150 watts at idle on the desktop. The X10DRX does use more power than most of our motherboards we have tested; this is because of the added PCI-E slots on the motherboard.




With the X10DRX, we see peak power use of ~340 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~150 watts after the boot up is completed.



Final Thoughts


Supermicro is well known for creating motherboards and systems that meet many different client needs, in this case a motherboard that can handle the maximum number of PCI-E slots. As high-density systems evolve, there is a need to provide as much connectivity that can fit in standard boxes, in this case 10x PCI-E 3.0 x8 and 1x PCI-E 2.0 x8 slots.




The X10DRX is designed to handle the needs of Network Gateways, Surveillance DVR, Industrial Server Solutions, Head-node controller, and Flash Array Appliances. These systems can use as many PCI-E slots as they can get, with 11 PCI-E slots available the X10DRX can serve these needs very well.




Systems designed by Supermicro such as SYS-6038R-TRX and SYS-6048R-TRX provide the maximum I/O installed in standard boxes. Standard features such as 1TB DDR4, 8x Hotswap storage bays, Intel Gigabit LAN and Redundant power supplies are also included on these platforms.


We found the X10DRX to perform as expected, but its true capabilities will be unleashed when it is fully loaded with expansion cards, this is the focus of this motherboard, it should be a high performer in applications it is designed for. The X10DRX is a beast of a motherboard and offers up huge amounts of I/O capabilities that would normally take several other servers to handle.


We were very pleased with operating the X10DRX, benchmarks could be higher, but as we have said, this board is tuned for PCI-E performance. Overall, this board operates just like other Supermicro boards, ease of IPMI and iKVM setup and use makes managing the X10DRX effortless. Setup was also a breeze and we had our system up in running in short order. We only wish we had enough PCI-E expansion cards to fully test out the motherboard.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro takes advanced I/O servers to the next level with the X10DRX which provides the maximum number of PCI-E 10x PCI-E 3.0 for 11 total slots making this the most powerful I/O board you can get.

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