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Intel Xeon D-1500 platforms from Supermicro

by Patrick KennedyMarch 9, 2015

Supermicro announced two new platforms based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 processor family. The X10SDV-TLN4F and X10SDV-F will both feature the top end (at launch) Intel Xeon D-1540. The Xeon D-1540 SoC is an 8 core 16 thread processor running at 1.9-2.5GHz and with a TDP of 45w. The Broadwell-DE based platform is built on Intel’s newest 14nm process and is a 64-bit processor based on standard Broadwell cores. As we mentioned in our Intel Xeon D launch piece, the SoC supports VT-d/x, TXT, AES-NI, SR-IOV, and Xeon RAS. [Update: Intel has confirmed to us that the Intel Xeon D-1500 family does not support SR-IOV] The SoC also integrates built-in dual 10GbE. In addition, the Broadwell-DE platform can accept UDIMMs or RDIMMs and DDR3 or DDR4. The Supermicro X10SDV offerings use DDR4 and have four slots feeding the dual channel memory controller with 2 DIMMs per channel. This gives the X10SDV up to a 128GB memory capacity. The Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F and X10SDV-F are compact mITX based solutions and are targeted at network security appliances, SMB server/storage, web hosting and dedicated server markets.

Here is a shot provided to STH of the X10SDV-TLN4F which is the top end SKU:

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F

One can see that the Intel Xeon D-1540 is the largest package and the only one on the entire board with a heatsink. The m.2 slot here exposes 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes for storage and is next to a full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for a total of 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes exposed in the mITX form factor. The Intel Xeon D does support SODIMMs but Supermicro’s choice to go with full size DDR4 DIMM slots makes finding memory easier. These four DDR4 DIMM slots take up so much room that they impact the rear panel configuration. On the X10SDV-TLN4F network ports dominate the rear I/O landscape:

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F rear IO

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F rear IO

Overall the PCB is packed with components and is largely made possible by the new SoC.

Key Features of the Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F and X10SDV-F

  • 4 DIMMs, 128 GB of  2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM or 64GB UDIMM
  • 6 x SATA3.0, 1 M.2 slot (M key for SSD, 2242/2280,  PCIe3.0 x4), 2 USB3.0, 4 USB 2.0
  • PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Quad LAN ports with SoC dual 10GbE and I350-AM2 dual GbE (-F with dual GbE only)
  • IPMI 2.0 with KVM and dedicated port
  • 0-60C operating temperature
  • 4 pin 12V DC and ATX power source
  • Mini-ITX 6.7”x6.7”

Pricing and Availability

Pricing wise we have heard around $800 estimated street pricing for the Supermicro X10SDV-F and availability in the mid-April time frame. The Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F should cost around $80-$100 more and end of April production ramp. Supermicro does have limited production boards shipping to large customers at launch from what we understand, but it will likely be a few weeks until we see these fully stocked in the channel.

Get involved: Discuss the Intel Xeon D-1500 / Broadwell-DE launch on the forums

About The Author
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.
3 Comments
  • Christopher
    March 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Why can’t they have two m.4 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots? Mirrored NVMe for 3GB/s throughput mirrored.

  • Rob
    May 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for this Article Patrick. Leave it to STH to have spotted this Processor.

    PS: It supports TSX.

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+D-1540+%40+2.00GHz

    Your SM Chassis Reviews are +1 also !

  • Donald Coleman
    July 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wonderful website. For an old geek who just likes to tinker with ESXI, this is still quite tempting. I am afraid that 10gb ethernet will send me down the dark road of new managed switches. I am going instead with a recommendation that I believe I saw here which was for the X10SRL and then pick my own Broadwell.

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