Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F Review Low-Cost AMD EPYC 3101

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Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F AMD EPYC 3101 Benchmarks

For this exercise, we are using our legacy Linux-Bench scripts which help us see cross-platform “least common denominator” results we have been using for years as well as several results from our updated Linux-Bench2 scripts. At this point, our benchmarking sessions take days to run and we are generating well over a thousand data points. We are also running workloads for software companies that want to see how their software works on the latest hardware. As a result, this is a small sample of the data we are collecting and can share publicly. Our position is always that we are happy to provide some free data but we also have services to let companies run their own workloads in our lab, such as with our DemoEval service. What we do provide is an extremely controlled environment where we know every step is exactly the same and each run is done in a real-world data center, not a test bench.

We are going to show off a few results, and highlight a number of interesting data points in this article.

Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark

This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:

AMD EPYC 3101 Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark

Here we wanted to shows the range that the AMD EPYC 3000 single die SKU stack offers. On the Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F, the range of the low-end AMD EPYC 3101 to the higher-end AMD EPYC 3251 is about 2.5x and there are only four SKUs (three shown.) In comparison, Intel has many current SKUs between these points and most use more power.

c-ray 1.1 Performance

We have been using c-ray for our performance testing for years now. It is a ray tracing benchmark that is extremely popular to show differences in processors under multi-threaded workloads. We are going to use our 4K results which work well at this end of the performance spectrum.

AMD EPYC 3101 C Ray 4K Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 C Ray 4K Benchmark

In c-ray, AMD “Zen” architecture performs very well. A slight victory here for the AMD EPYC 3101 over the Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 with twice as many cores shows the impact of having higher clock speeds and the Zen architecture.

7-zip Compression Performance

7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.

AMD EPYC 3251 Production 7zip Compression Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3251 Production 7zip Compression Benchmark

Here the AMD EPYC 3101 passes the AMD Opteron X3421 by a solid margin. These are similar TDP parts which make this an interesting AMD-to-AMD embedded comparison.

Sysbench CPU test

Sysbench is another one of those widely used Linux benchmarks. We specifically are using the CPU test, not the OLTP test that we use for some storage testing.

AMD EPYC 3101 Sysbench CPU Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 Sysbench CPU Benchmark

We wanted to point out that the AMD EPYC 3201 has a 30W TDP while the Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F utilizes the AMD EPYC 3101 at 35W TDP. We tested the M11SDV-4CT-LN4F head-to-head with the M11SDV-8CT-LN4F with the AMD EPYC 3201 and this seems like a reasonable spec. Our review of that platform will be forthcoming.

OpenSSL Performance

OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:

AMD EPYC 3101 OpenSSL Sign Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 OpenSSL Sign Benchmark

Here are the verify results:

AMD EPYC 3101 OpenSSL Verify Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 OpenSSL Verify Benchmark

The AMD EPYC 3101 is not able to keep up with the higher cost and power SKUs like the Intel Xeon D-2123IT and Intel Xeon Bronze 3104 here. There are limits to having four cores.

UnixBench Dhrystone 2 and Whetstone Benchmarks

Some of the longest-running tests at STH are the venerable UnixBench 5.1.3 Dhrystone 2 and Whetstone results. They are certainly aging, however, we constantly get requests for them, and many angry notes when we leave them out. UnixBench is widely used so we are including it in this data set. Here are the Dhrystone 2 results:

AMD EPYC 3101 UnixBench Dhrystone 2 Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 UnixBench Dhrystone 2 Benchmark

Here are the whetstone results:

AMD EPYC 3101 UnixBench Whetstone Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 UnixBench Whetstone Benchmark

The per-core clock speed helps the quad-core AMD EPYC 3101 of the Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F keep pace with the Intel Xeon bronze 3106 again. The Intel Xeon D-1518 pulls ahead due to having 8 threads instead of four.

Chess Benchmarking

Chess is an interesting use case since it has almost unlimited complexity. Over the years, we have received a number of requests to bring back chess benchmarking. We have been profiling systems and are ready to start sharing results:

AMD EPYC 3101 Chess Benchmark
AMD EPYC 3101 Chess Benchmark

Here again, we see a performance that bookends the Intel Atom C3758 8-core CPU in conjunction with the AMD EPYC 3201. That is a strong showing from the AMD EPYC 3101 and Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F.

Next, we are going to look at the Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F power consumption followed by our final words.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Aesthetics
9.3
Performance
9.1
Feature Set
9.2
Value
9.7
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Patrick has been running STH since 2009 and covers a wide variety of SME, SMB, and SOHO IT topics. Patrick is a consultant 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 server, storage and networking, building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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  1. Thanks for reviewing this motherboard. I actually have two of these motherboards running pfSense. They run great for my application.

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