Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F Review AMD EPYC 3251 mITX Platform

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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.

Final Words

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.

Supermicro M11SDV LN4F AMD EPYC 3000 Passive Heatsink
Supermicro M11SDV LN4F AMD EPYC 3000 Passive Heatsink

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.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Aesthetics
9.3
Performance
9.7
Feature Set
9.3
Value
9.5
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19 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the informative review, Patrick. This board seems rather MPD to me. Four DIMMs, four SATA, four gigE. It’s not a storage machine: needs more SATA; it’s not much of a router: needs more gigE; it’s not great as a VM host: 128GB DIMMs are frightfully expensive. And any of these applications would benefit from 10gigE.

  2. Just a guy: I would guess this board is just a beginning in a set of boards from Supermicro build around this processor series.

  3. I’d prefer a single 10GbE SFP+ to quad GbE these days. The limited SATA isn’t concerning to me, it would be easy enough to add an HBA if one really wanted lots of disks.
    This would be a good upgrade from my C2558 if it had SFP+

  4. Is there any idea of pricing on these parts? I’m checking our typical SuperMicro supplier here and these parts aren’t even listed yet.

    @Bob these parts seem to have the same naming scheme as their Xeon D counterparts, so I would expect a TP4F suffix to have 10Gbit on board as well as (hopefully) some F variants for lower budget embedded appliances. The CPU performance/Watt is perfectly aligned with our edge caching use cases, so I’m eagerly awaiting parts and variants to be available.

  5. #David
    ive just bourght a M11SDV-8C+LN4F from poland and awaiting its arival. I gave 440 euro + shipping for it, to denmark

  6. Hello,

    Do you think that this motherboard will fit into the CSE-721TQ-250B chassis? This motherboard has the same dimensions as the supported Xeon boards, and the compact mini-tower chassis would be more useful (and quiet!).

  7. Did the RAM operate at 2666 Mhz? Page 16 of the manual (https://www.supermicro.com/manuals/motherboard/EPYC3000/MNL-2172.pdf) states “When the motherboard is fully populated with 4 modules of single rank DDR4 RDIMM, the memory will operate at speed of 2133MHz”. It gives other cases where RAM speed is diminished, to the point where I’m not sure what configuration of ECC DIMMs should be used to get full 2666 MHz memory speed when using all 4 DIMM slots.

    Any ideas?

  8. Patrick, yes I saw you used 2666 MHz DIMMs. My point was that the motherboard manual implies that the board can only use RAM at a maximum of 2133 MHz when all 4 DIMM slots are used (see the section I quoted in previous comment). Am I reading it wrong? Were you able to verify the RAM speed?

  9. MNL-2172.pdf (page 16)
    “When the motherboard is fully populated with 4 modules of single rank DDR4 RDIMM, the memory will operate at speed of 2133MHz.”

  10. I’m not sure why you guys care about RAM speed so much. It’s standard that most servers, even the E5’s and big EPYC will downclock when fully populated. That’s normal. You can always manually set RAM speed. Easy. It’s working in the boards we’ve deployed and its what you’d always do if you cared about RAM speed. Some companies have their autotuning defaults to keep speed the same and give it fancy names. I don’t see what’s different with this one.

  11. €700+ for the board.

    Yikes. According o the domain name servethehome, this is hardly appropriate product.

    How many homes can afford that for just a MoBo + CPU ?

    For a budget solution, one might be better of with consume grade stuff, downclocked CPU and ECC compatible board…

  12. Patrick Kennedy:
    Fine. But it still caries hefty pricetag for what it is…

    Epycs are better binned than off-the-shelf stuff, I understand that.
    ECC certification is wrth af few €, too since it already is working in all chips, so it is only the matter of official stamp and perhaps one testing step more during production ( if even that).

    So, what is left on the board that is worth those extra €300-400 ?

    For us not-exactly profeesionals it seems better to look for off-the-shelf stuff.

    R7 1700 is cheap these days ( not much more than €100!) and undeclocked should churn much more than Epyc3000. On one elcheapo uATX board should work just fine.

    If I opt for ECC RAM, I’d have to narrow my board choices and use unbuffered ECC, but that’s OK for my useage.

    Or perhaps Asus, Asroc or Gigabyte might decide one of these days to dip their toes in these waters…

  13. If the board does not meet your needs, and that is a realization after reading the review, then I think that is a success on our end. Our goal is to present all of the features so people can make decisions. For some, the embedded part makes a ton of sense. For others, it does not. That is the same with any platform and we just want to ensure people have access to enough information to make that decision.

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