New Intel Xeon D platforms starting to arrive

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Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F sticker
Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F model identification

With the Intel Xeon D line we have become accustomed to a longer duration between announce and general availability. We covered the massive new expansion in the Xeon D SKU lineup that happened in November 2015. For lack of a better name, we are calling it Xeon D wave 2. This week we covered the Gigabyte Xeon D motherboard announcement, based on the Xeon D-1541 and D-1521 chips. We are told those motherboards have orders and are still being shipped to distributors.

Yesterday we managed to pick up our first in-the-lab Xeon D wave 2 motherboard, the Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F. This motherboard appears to be a production version based on the Intel Xeon D-1518. The Xeon D-1518 is a networking accelerated SKU with 4 cores/ 8 threads a 2.2GHz clock speed and DPDK.

Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F sticker
Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F model identification

The X10SDV-4C-TLN4F follows a similar mITX form factor that we have seen in previous versions of the X10SDV family.

Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F overview
Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F overview

Needless to say we are working to get benchmarks and information up as soon as possible. The new 35w TDP brings it significantly closer to the Intel Atom C2758/ C2558 which have been our recommended platforms for firewall appliances based on pfSense among other distributions.

What this also means is that AMD is going to have a tough time peddling the AMD Opteron A1100. We posted this chart yesterday, prior to receiving the new X10SDV.

Comparision Select Intel C2000 Xeon D AMD Opteron A1100 series
Comparison select Intel C2000 Xeon D AMD Opteron A1100 series

Now we can confirm that approximately two years after announcement we still do not have an AMD Opteron A1100 part, but we already have Xeon D wave 2 part in the lab. That is from a product line that was not even in existence until over a year after the AMD ARM chip was announced. We received a lot of mail yesterday after our editorial on the A1100 and this is likely the answer. Supermicro and Intel delivered a working Xeon D wave 2 board that works with existing software before the A1100 showed up.

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  1. Have you heard anything about a storage focused motherboard? A board similar to C2750D4i (12 SATA ports)? The storage accelerated Xeon-D was announced some time ago so shouldn’t we start to see such a motherboard? One manufacturer should add one more controller to some of the Xeon-D boards, right?

  2. Interesting motherboards, small, low power, feature rich. Good for nas and fw. Im really looking forward to benchmarks on these.

  3. I’m looking forward to these for a homebrew NAS update as well. Is it just me or are the existing Xeon D boards hard to find? I was looking for where I could find some of the ASRock Rack boards and it seems like they exist only on the ASRock site. I was looking along the lines of something like this ASRock Rack’s E3C224D4-16RE with the LSI 3x SAS onboard, but it seems like it’s a tough search!

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