Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F Power Consumption
We used our pair of Extech TrueRMS Power Analyzer 380803 units to take measurements at different points of the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F use on 120V power in the embedded lab. Embedded platforms tend to spend more time at the edge in offices rather than in higher power data centers, hence why we do our testing at a lower voltage. Here are the figures:
- Power off BMC only: 4.4W
- OS Idle: 28.4W
- 100% Load: 66.5W
- Maximum Observed: 71.3W
These are solid results. The Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F performs well and at a lower power level than many of the Intel Xeon D-2100 performance competitive solutions. In the embedded market, low power is key.
In the embedded market, the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F is one we need to succeed. It would have been nice if it had a handful of additional SATA lanes and exposed the AMD NIC’s 4x 10GbE interfaces. At the same time, this is a conservative take on a brand new platform which we appreciate. Success for the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F and other AMD EPYC 3000 platform is key to ensuring supplier diversity in the embedded x86 market. When new security vulnerabilities like Foreshadow/ L1TF are found in an architecture well into its lifecycle, having another vendor that is or may not be vulnerable is important.
Beyond the supplier diversity question, the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F is a great platform. Supermicro’s inclusion of the higher-end Intel i350-am4 network controller means that the platform works out of the box on many distributions. Supermicro’s product team did a great job building a platform that scales with the AMD EPYC 3000 SKU stack while being an easy transition for its existing customers.