Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F Review with AMD EPYC 3201 in mITX

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Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F Management Overview

These days, out of band management is a standard feature on servers. Supermicro offers an industry standard solution for traditional management, including a WebGUI. This is based on the ASPEED AST2500 solution, a leader in the BMC field. The company is also supporting the Redfish management standard. On this motherboard, we see similar features as we would across the Supermicro X11/H11 ranges. That means whether you are using an embedded Intel motherboard or a 4U EPYC storage server, you will have a similar look and feel to the management experience.

Supermicro BMC New User With Access Levels
Supermicro BMC New User With Access Levels

In the latest generation of Supermicro IPMI is an HTML5 iKVM. One no longer needs to use a Java console to get remote KVM access to their server.

Supermicro X11 HTML5 IKVM
Supermicro HTML5 IKVM

Currently, Supermicro allows users to utilize Serial-over-LAN, Java or HTML5 consoles from before a system is turned on, all the way into the OS. Other vendors such as HPE, Dell EMC, and Lenovo charge an additional license upgrade for this capability (among others with their higher license levels.) That is an extremely popular feature. One can also perform BIOS updates using the Web GUI but that feature does require a relatively low-cost license (around $20 street price.) That is a feature we wish Supermicro would include with their systems across product lines.

This pricing differential for a serviceable iKVM functionality is a big deal in this segment. Adding a $200 license to a server can add 10% or more in the embedded platform costs. Supermicro’s iKVM feature is extremely popular due to its inclusion with the server.

Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F Topology

One area that we are keenly aware of today, and will be increasingly so with future multi-chip packages, is system topology.

AMD EPYC 3201 Test Platform Topology
AMD EPYC 3201 Test Platform Topology

The AMD EPYC 3201 we are testing is a single die part. Higher-end AMD EPYC 3000 SKUs are dual-die parts where Infinity Fabric bridges the two. PCIe topology is relatively simple here, but that may not be the case for higher-end CPU SKUs.

Next, we are going to take a look at our Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F AMD EPYC 3201 benchmarks, we are then going to focus on power consumption then conclude with our final words on the processors.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Aesthetics
9.3
Performance
9.2
Feature Set
9.2
Value
9.7
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Patrick, LOVE these reviews and glad to see a website focused to the whitebox datacenter/homelab folks.

    I always wondered why you don’t run PassMark benchmarks? I know they aren’t the most representative of real-world perf, but the Single Thread Rating is, in my opinion the best way to compare IPC.

  2. There is no excuse for not offering the 10G option, it’s mandatory for a server board these days. And for embedded use, it’s simply overkill in most cases. They completely missed the correct positioning, as usual. Nothing new, they completely killed Denverton by giving up the flexible IO and offering unreasonable options. It seems they cannot even design a compact chassis: what the hell is this CSE-E301 pie? What about designing a decent compact 1.5U or a 2U with 60mm/80mm fans and a PCI card slot at the top like on any server on earth? And maybe add an AC/DC board on the side? I’m not asking for something as fancy as a Mac Mini, but I mean… is it too difficult for you guys? What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong? I wish the were alternative brands.

  3. Any opinions on getting this board vs waiting for Supermicro Xeon D-1600 options? Is the D-1612 likely to be performance competitive with this board, but with 10GbE?

  4. I’m wondering as well. Also, when can we expect Intel Denverton successors? I’m in the market for a new home server / NAS but I’d like to buy future proofed HW.

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