Recently we posted several articles on the new server motherboards for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 series. These motherboards are based on the new Intel Haswell architecture and utilize the LGA1150 socket. We took all of the server motherboards, extracted key stats and built a table with the offerings. For those looking to build or purchase an Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 based server, this should be a good starting point. We have included ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel, Supermicro and Tyan server motherboards in the comparison table.
Here is the table. One request, if you spot something that looks off, or a LGA1150 server motherboard that is not on here, please let us know. We will do our best to keep this as accurate as possible but from time to time typos happen. Please feel free to contact us here or on the forums if you spot an error.
As you can see, there are a few trends. First, the Intel C222 chipset is the most popular building block. Next, we can see quite a few of the LGA1150 motherboard options still retain the PCI slot. The addition of USB 3.0 on socket LGA1150 server motherboards is great for those applications where one boots VMware ESXi off of a USB 3.0 flash drive for example.
We see almost all of the newest generation server platform motherboards adopting IPMI 2.0. Most of these motherboards also have dedicated IPMI ports which is something Supermicro and Tyan have been advocating for some time.
Five motherboards support LSI SAS controllers. Three utilize the LSI SAS2308 chipset while two from Tyan utilize the LSI SAS2008 chipset. As we saw in our Supermicro X10SL7-F review, the motherboard with integrated SAS2308 costs less at $255 than a new LSI 9207-8i card (also based on the LSI SAS2308) at around $280. The premium there is under $100 over the non-SAS version of the motherboard so the value is certainly there.
Three motherboards support onboard 10GbE. Interestingly enough, Broadcom got design wins here with SFP+ based dual port controllers. Whereas Intel provides the leading 1GbE server network controllers, 10GbE in socket LGA1150 favors Broadcom.