Exclusive first look: Production Intel Xeon D-1540

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F - View
Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F - View

We now have additional Intel Xeon D-1540 systems hitting the STH lab. One of them is a Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F which is a production spec platform. This means that the system has a full speed Intel Xeon D-1540 2.0GHz processor, not the 1.9GHz version we saw in the Intel Beverly Cove microserver engineering system nor the Supermicro X10SDV-F we worked with during the announcement this week.

A few quick notes on what we will be returning with in terms of performance next week:

  • Production Xeon D-1540 – the new version runs at the full 2.0GHz base clock speed instead of the previous 1.9GHz base.
Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F - Intel Xeon D-1540 BIOS
Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F – Intel Xeon D-1540 BIOS
  • Additional RAM – we will be testing the Xeon D-1540 with a full 128GB of supported memory (4x 32GB Samsung RDIMMs), up from the 64GB we used for our initial tests
  • 10Gbase-T Ethernet – the new motherboard utilizes higher-speed networking in addition to the two gigabit Intel i350-am2 ports

We do have the Intel pre-production system setup with 6x Intel S3700 400GB SSDs and the Supermicro pre-production system running a Samsung XP941 PCIe 2.0 m.2 drive and a Virident FlashMAX II 550GB PCIe SSD along with 4x Intel S3500 800GB SSDs for storage and are actively exploring different configurations.

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F - View
Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F – View

One can see the addition of the PHY for the 10Gbase-T interfaces, along with some additional cooling on the SoC itself as compared to the pre-production and 10Gbase-T less X10SDV-F we looked at a few weeks ago.

Compare your server to the Intel Xeon D-1540

In preparation of releasing results next week, you can get ready to compare your server to the Intel Xeon D-1540 8 core / 16 thread processor. Run Linux-Bench by simply:

  1. Boot to a Ubuntu LiveCD
  2. Make yourself root: sudo su –
  3. Install curl: apt-get install curl -y
  4. Run Linux-Bench: curl http://linux-bench.com/linux-bench.sh | bash
  5. There is a ref_id number that you can go to http://linux-bench.com and check the results for (or you can read the raw log file.)

It should be an exciting week next week for those following the Intel Xeon D-1540 platform. For those that cannot wait, here is the Intel Xeon D-1540 performance comparison preview piece we did.


  1. Nice work! Really looking forward to the new test results with 128GB RAM as I am playing with the idea about getting such a machine for myself. Maybe it is possible to mention the part no. of the installed RAM used in the tests?

    According to this article those test results were planned for this week – did I miss something or will they be delayed a little bit?
    Thanks in advance

  2. Hi!
    Would it work with a PCI video card as a regular desktop (apps & games) for example with windows ? Would do the same with OS X (hackintosh)?? Thanks!

  3. According to Tweaktown, this motherboard does not support PCI video cards. Can you confirm/deny this from your testing?


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