Intel Xeon D-1531 Storage Server from QCT: QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH

QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Front Three Quarter
QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Front Three Quarter

Recently Quanta QCT released an Intel Xeon D-1531 based storage server. This is one of the first uses of the 45w TDP, 6 core 2.2GHz Xeon D-1531 part that we have seen. The QCT QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH storage server is interesting in that it packs a lot of storage in a 1U form factor. There is room for 6x 2.5″ SATA SSDs, 12x 3.5″ hard drives, and even a PCIe M.2 slot which means that one can fit up to 19 storage devices in this 1U form factor. Networking is provided by the Xeon D X552 dual port 10Gb SFP+ controller. QCT also touts an OCP mezzanine card slot which we have seen on other servers (e.g. in our ASUS RS520-E8-RS8 review.)

QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Front Three Quarter
QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Front Three Quarter

The QCT QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH is designed for scale out storage applications such as Ceph. We actually use an all-flash Ceph pool in our hosting cluster powered by Xeon D-1540 CPUs which works extremely well.

QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Rear Three Quarter
QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Rear Three Quarter

QCT QuantaGrid SD1Q-1ULH Specs

We pulled the product specs from the QCT website here:

Processor Type Intel® Xeon-D D-1531, SoC 6cores, 2.2GHz
Max. TDP Support 45W
Number of Processors 1
L3 Cache Up to 9MB
Memory Type 2133/1866/1600 MHz DDR4 RDIMM
Total Slots 4
Capacity Up to 128GB RDIMM
Memory Size 32GB, 16GB, 8GB RDIMM
Network Controller
Intel® X552 Dual Ports 10Gb SFP+
Optional NIC (more options refer to the CCL)
QCT Intel® I350 dual-port OCP mezzanine
QCT Intel® X540 dual-port 10GbE BASE-T OCP mezzanine
QCT Intel® 82599ES dual-port 10G SFP+ OCP mezzanine
QCT Mellanox CX3PRO dual-port 10G SFP+ OCP mezzanine
Storage Controller
Onboard (2) SATA 6Gb/s ports
Optional Controller (more options refer to the CCL)
QCT LSI® 3008 12Gb/s SAS mezzanine, RAID 0,1,10 (option)
QCT LSI® 3108 12Gb/s RAID mezzanine, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. RAID 6 with additional RAID key (option)
Onboard Storage
(1) PCIe 2280 M.2 SSD
Integrated AST2400 with 8MB DDR3 video memory
Rear I/O
(1) USB 3.0 ports
(1) VGA port
(1) RS232 serial Port
(2) 10GbE SFP+ Ports
(1) GbE RJ45 management port
TPM 2.0
1U Rack Mount
W x H x D (inch)
17.6 “x 1.7′ x 35”
W x H x D (mm)
448.2 x 43.2 x 881
(12) 3.5″/2.5″ Hot-Swappable 12Gb/s SAS HDD/SSD or 6Gb/s SATA HDD/SSD
(4) 2.5″ Hot-Swappable 7mm 6Gb/s SATA SSD
(1) PCIe 2280 M.2 SSD
(2) 2.5″ 7mm 6Gb/s SATA SSD for OS
Expanson Slot
(1) OCP Mezz 1Gb/10Gb SFP+/10GBaseT
(1) PCIe x8 G3 Slot for SAS Mezz Card
Front I/O
(1) USB 2.0 port
Power Supply
400W Platinum PSU, 1+1 redundant power supplies, 100- 240V AC
(5) 40x56mm Dual rotor fan
System Management
IPMI v2.0 Compliant, onboard “KVM over IP,” Quanta System Manager (QSM)
Operating Environment
Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
Non-operating temperature: -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F)
Operating relative humidity: 50% to 85%RH
Non-operating relative humidity: 20% to 90%RH



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