New Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 LGA2011 UP Preview

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Posted August 22, 2012 by Pieter in Servers

Supermicro is adding another motherboard to the burgeoning list of current LGA 2011 Intel Xeon E5 offerings with their X9SRL and X9SRL-F. The main difference between the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard and the X9SRL motherboard is that the Supermicro X9SRL-F has IPMI 2.0 remote management capabilities while the Supermicro X9SRL motherboard does not. This makes the Supermicro X9SRL motherboard slightly less expensive. Here’s the deal, the Supermicro X9SRL-F is an ATX motherboard with seven PCIe slots. The two physical x16 slots  are PCIe x8 electrical so users looking to use x16 electrical cards such as GPUs or storage cards like the LSI 9202-16e may want to look at dual socket offerings. With that said, most cards are fine on a PCIe 3.0 x8 bus these days. The Supermicro X9SRL-F has tons of expansion options with a very small ATX footprint.

Most of the newer Intel Xeon E5 motherboards, even the Xeon E5-1600 series motherboards such as the ASUS P9X79 WS have run a bit larger. Being ATX size, there are many chassis and configuration options that open up. Supermicro also does a good job of keeping the space to the rear of the PCIe 3.0 slots free on the board. This means that SAS controllers and similar cards have space behind the slots.

New Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard

Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard

If one remembers my ordeal fitting the ASUS P9X79 WS into the Corsair Carbide 500R, having a smaller motherboard does make life easier as there are several smaller form factor workstation enclosures that cannot handle EATX or larger server or workstation motherboards.

Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Specifications

Here is a quick look at the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard specifications which appear to be great for those using many PCIe 3.0 x8 devices in a UP Intel Xeon E5 server:

Physical Stats for Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12″ x 9.6″, (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
Processor/Cache
CPU Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/E5-1600 family (up to 8 cores and up to 130W)
Single Socket R (LGA 2011)
System Memory
Memory Capacity 8x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Supports up to 256 GB DDR3 ECC Registered memory (RDIMM)
Supports up to 64 GB DDR3 ECC and non-ECC UDIMM
Memory Type 1600/1333/1066MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs
DIMM Sizes 32GB, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB, 1GB
Memory Voltage 1.5 V, 1.35 V
Error Detection  (using ECC memory) Corrects single-bit errors
Detects double-bit errors
On-Board Devices
Chipset Intel C602 chipset
SATA SATA3 (6Gbps) and SATA2 (3Gbps)
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
IPMI Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0
IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
Nuvoton WPCM450RA0BX
Network Controllers Intel® 82574L Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet
Virtual Machine Device Queues reduce I/O overhead
Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Video Matrox G200eW 16MB DDR2 graphics
Input / Output
SATA 2x SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)
4x SATA 2.0 ports (3Gbps)
SCU 4x SATA ports (3Gbps) via SCU
LAN 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
1x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
USB 9x USB 2.0 ports total (2x rear + 6x via header + 1x Type A)
Video 1x VGA port
Keyboard/Mouse 2x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse ports
Serial Port / Header 1x serial port, 1 by headers
DOM 1x DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
TPM 1x TPM 1.2 20-pin header
Expansion Slots
PCI-Express 2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (in x16) slots
2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots
2x PCI-E 3.0 x4 (in x8) slots
1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot
System BIOS
BIOS Type
128Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI BIOS
BIOS Features Plug and Play (PnP)
APM 1.2
DMI 2.3
PCI 2.3
ACPI 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 / 4.0
USB Keyboard support
Hardware BIOS Virus protection
SMBIOS 2.7.1
UEFI
RTC (Real Time Clock) Wakeup
Management
Software IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) v1.5 / 2.0 with KVM support
SuperDoctor III
Watch Dog
NMI
Power Configurations ACPI / APM Power Management
Keyboard Wakeup from Soft-Off
CPU Fan auto-off in sleep mode
Power-on mode for AC power recovery

Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Pricing

Price wise I did not see these on Newegg, but Amazon.com had the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard for around $325. At $325, one might want to look at dual socket motherboards with onboard devices already built-in to save some money, especially if you are looking to build a similar configuration through add-in cards. One of the big bonuses here is that the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard still uses a relatively small ATX form factor so it can be used in a variety of cases.


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Pieter

Pieter is perhaps best known as the one behind laptopvideo2go.com. He has been a regular contributor in the STH forums and has been detailing his learning, specifically in the area of LSI controllers on STH. He is quickly becoming the resident LSI controller guru.

5 Comments


  1.  

    I’m looking at this motherboard for a home lab server but it’s not on either VMware’s HCL or Supermicro’s OS compatibility list for vSphere. I’m hoping that’s simply because it’s new? The X9SRW-F is listed as compatible and the only real difference looks to be the proprietary MB size, NIC model and some PCI 3 support.

    Has anyone got one of these and tried to install ESXi v5 yet?




  2.  
    odditory

    This board looks ABSOLUTELY killer.




  3.  
    Doodie-Doo

    I’ve got this running on ESXi v5… runs like a top!




  4.  
    Neil

    Is (free) ESXi still limited to 32GB RAM at v5.1? I’m seriously looking at this board for home AV/lab server, with a major plus being the option to go 32 then later 64GB. But pretty sure I may have to get to grips with Xen to leave the door open!




  5.  
    Erik Bussink

    Watch out for the LGA2011 Socket R and the Heatsinks you are planning to use. This LGA2011 socket has Narrow ILM screws, most LGA2011 cooling (or watercooling) solutions will NOT fit.
    Check http://www.servethehome.com/narrow-ilm-square-ilm-lga2011-heatsink-differences/





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