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Supermicro X10DRL-CT (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 7, 2015 2:58 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%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 X10DRL-CT uses ~100 watts at idle on the desktop. The X10DRL-CT will jump up to ~455 watts at full load, which is very good for a board of this type.




With the X10DRL-CT, we see only peak power use of ~250 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~100 watts after the boot up is completed. Overall, power consumption is about what we would expect to see for these types of boards.



Final Thoughts


Supermicro again designs another powerful motherboard and this time in the smallest form factor, we have seen in the lab. Motherboard size is one thing, but Supermicro also included a complete solution with high-speed storage and network options right on the board.




We thought there might be performance penalties with such a small motherboard, but the X10DRL-CT showed some impressive benchmark numbers, mostly in Stream and CPU2006. Space is at a premium on this board and only 4x memory slots per processor somewhat limit maximum memory capacity, but it made up for that with the ability to run memory at full rated DDR4 speeds of 2133MHz. This gives it quite a punch when it comes down to feeding fast storage and networks. Speaking of fast storage and networks, the X10DRL-CT comes with impressive LSI 3108 controller with 8x mini SAS3 12Gbps ports and 2x Intel X540 Dual 10GBase-T ports.




Here we see a typical Supermicro SYS-1028R-MCT 1U server which has a short depth making it easy to fit into a wide variety of racks and it's easy to handle and install and still packs an impressive storage array. Other servers built for this motherboard like the SYS-1028R-MCTR, which includes dual redundant power supplies. We also think enthusiasts will really like this board as it will fit into a wide range of popular cases that might even be able to handle high-end water cooling setups.


We were very impressed with the X10DRL-CT motherboard; we only had a few things on our wish list. One would be the ability to have overclock abilities as the X10DAX can, and a second would be to have a version with PCI-E slots that can run SLI GPU's, two slots would be perfect. That would turn this motherboard into a great machine running 2x NVIDIA GeForce Titan X's and 4K video capabilities. Yes, wishful thinking I know, but I can dream. There might be better boards for that, but the size and features of the X10DRL-CT makes a very compelling case.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money97%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro's X10DRL-CT is built on a small form factor 12" x 10" motherboard making it ideal for short depth servers and it also packs in high speed storage and network options that decrease expansion cards needs.

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