Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F Power Consumption
We used our pair of Extech TrueRMS Power Analyzer 380803 units to take measurements at different points of the Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-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: 4.5W
- OS Idle: 24.3W
- 100% Load: 48.6W
- Maximum Observed: 50.4W
These are solid results. The Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-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.
The AMD EPYC 3201 on the Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F is surprisingly fast. It is also refreshing. AMD did not just differentiate its line by small MHZ increments. Instead, there are real differences between the SKUs. Supermicro has done a great job of keeping pricing close for options that our readers may try to decide between. That is especially welcome on a first-generation platform.
There is a segment of the market that wants to diversify from Intel for at least a portion of their portfolio. In the past, that meant going to an Arm server involving porting code. The Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F changes this paradigm. Most code can be run out-of-the-box on its AMD EPYC 3201 processor. 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.
We still wish that Supermicro had found a way to add the AMD EPYC 3000 series quad 10GbE networking onboard. One could argue that there is little to no extra room on the motherboard to put 10GbE cages and that a 10Gbase-T PHY would use too much power and space as well. We understand the design direction, even if we still wish there was a possibility.
Sharing many of the same I/O placements as Supermicro’s other embedded offerings making integration as alternatives to the company’s other Intel offerings as easy as changing the motherboard part. The platform has worked well for us during testing out-of-the-box. For our readers looking to an alternative to Intel platforms that is low power yet highly performant, the Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F should be high on the list of options.