Supermicro has been very busy lately and as expected is releasing a new motherboard lineup for Haswell. The Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 series uses a LGA1150 socket, so it is not compatible with the previous generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 V1 and V2 motherboards based on LGA1155. Supermicro is launching its new LGA1150 motherboard lineup to coincide with the release of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 series. This year, Intel is releasing the Xeon E3 series alongside its desktop counterparts. As we have seen in the desktop Haswell review, the processors show significantly lower idle power consumption and similar to higher power consumption. We will be exploring this in the server arena over the next few weeks. Here is the full Supermicro X10S Haswell series motherboard lineup:
Some of the most interesting boards including the Supermicro X10SLM-F which offers two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots and one PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, making it a solid choice for a highly customizable server. The Intel C224 PCH motherboards have 4x USB 3.0 ports as well as 4x SATA III 6.0gbps ports. Intel C222 motherboards only have two of each. For those keeping track the Supermicro X10SLH-F should be able to take advantage of the third generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 series processors with onboard graphics. These typically end in a “5” such as the Intel Xeon E3-1275 V3. The Supermicro X10SLM+-LN4F appears to have four gigabit ports (LN4). Of course, we would imagine the Supermicro X10SL7-F given the “7” in the code would mean a motherboard with an onboard LSI SAS2308 controller. This year we will start to see the LSI SAS3008 controller put onto select motherboards as the first generation 12gbps SAS SSDs are just starting to hit the market these days. We do have a few Haswell Xeon E3-1200 V3 motherboards in the lab already including the Supermicro X10SL7-F so expect a review shortly. Taking a step back, at launch all of the motherboards listed above except for one, the Supermicro X10SLL-S have IPMI 2.0 onboard. This is a clear industry trend to include IPMI management functionality. It appears as though Supermicro in the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 series is building a majority of motherboards with IPMI. More on this as we start reviewing the Haswell motherboards but there are certainly some changes this generation. One other major note is that Supermicro is now primarily using the Intel i210 series network controller on their motherboards. This is important because it is much newer than the Intel 82574L for example. Using original Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media will not recognize the network controller without loading drivers manually. In addition to these motherboards Supermicro has the following LGA1150 Haswell server/ workstation/ desktop parts:
- Additional motherboards: C7Z87, C7Z87-OCE, X10SAE, X10SAT, X10SLQ (embedded)
- UP server barbones: SYS-5018D-MTLN4F, SYS-5018D-MTRF, SYS-5018D-MTF, SYS-5018D-MF, SYS-1018D-73MTF
- UP server/ workstation/ desktop systems: SYS-5038A-IL, SYS-5038D-I, SYS-5038AD-T
- 12-node Microcloud: SYS-5038ML-H12TRF
- 8-node Microcloud: SYS-5038ML-H8TRF
Stay tuned! More to come on the Haswell Xeon launch.