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 [...]
For those that did not see the article this morning, my Intel vPro article looking at the last three generations of Intel vPro technology went live on Tom’s Hardware this morning. See Intel vPro: Three Generations of Remote Management! One of the big reasons I did this piece was to learn the ins and outs of working with vPro as opposed to IPMI 2.0-based solutions. I have a ton of users that consistently ask whether or not a Q57 or Q67 based board, with its KVM-over-IP is worthwhile for a home user or to use as a home server platform.
Although Intel’s Atom CPUs have made a splash in the mini ITX space, many users prefer the small form factor yet want more computing power than the Atom can muster. In response to this need, motherboard manufacturers have started to build standard socket motherboards in small form factors such as mITX.
Over the past decade, features such as video, audio, and network interfaces have moved from occupying expansion slots to being integrated directly on the motherboards. For many users onboard video, audio, and LAN obviate the need for add-on cards in a system. With all of this basic functionality onboard, smaller motherboards have become possible, such as mini ITX.