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July 30, 2012

New Supermicro Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 LGA2011 MP Motherboards

Supermicro has just released a couple of Quad Xeon E5-4600 based motherboards. These boards are behemoth in size, much like quad AMD Opteron G34 motherboards, for obvious reasons. Packing Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 CPU’s, 32x DDR3 DIMM slots capable of up to 1TB ECC memory and a few expansion slots to boot makes these new Supermicro Quad Intel Xeon motherboards very tightly packed despite their gargantuan size. They have options for built-in LSI SAS2208 RAID controller, Intel X540 Dual 10GbE LAN and  IPMI v2.0. Strangely enough, there are only two PCIe 3.0 x16 and two PCIe 3.0 x8 slots for a total of 48 PCIe lanes from a total of 160 (40×4) available through the CPUs. Clearly [...]

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May 1, 2012

Supermicro X9DRH-7TF Preview Ultimate Server Motherboard

Just spotted this new board over at Supermicro, I can only think that this motherboard was released after my comment on the Tyan S7053 server board, being my board of choice currently  I have a  feeling this motherboard could replace the S7053 and take the overall crown of king of all Intel Xeon E5 LGA 2011 server boards. Supermicro and Tyan have the server boards pretty well sewn up unless you go to a pre-built Dell, HP or IBM server. Let’s have a quick look at this monster server board.

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April 19, 2012

Gigabyte Server Motherboard IPMI Walkthrough – Part 1

Gigabyte has released their new Intel Xeon E5 series server motherboards recently. As most server vendors do, Gigabyte has a IPMI 2.0 interface for the new LGA 2011 motherboards. After looking at both the Supermicro IPMI web management interface and the Tyan IPMI web GUI, I wanted to give a quick tour of the Gigabyte IPMI 2.0 web management implementation. Gigabyte uses a different web management solution versus what one gets from Supermicro, Intel and Tyan. Those three typically use the MegaRAC interface and then add customizations on top of that. Gigabyte went with the Avocent MergePoint solution which Dell also uses on PowerEdge servers. I am breaking this into two parts because [...]

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March 12, 2012

Download Supermicro IPMIView Latest Version

Several readers each week read articles about Supermicro IPMIview and various mentions each week and want to give it a try but cannot find where to download the program. I will note, many things like KVM consoles will not work with IPMI 2.0 from other vendors, but you can see the machines using its search feature so the utility is very useful. It turns out that Supermicro’s website does not do a great job of pointing one to the newest IPMIView version so that they can download it.

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