The Supermicro SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP is an Intel Xeon D system based on Ice Lake D. This is a 1U server designed with front I/O and plenty of networking. At STH, we get a lot of asks about servers with front I/O and short depth, so we wanted to take a look at this one that is higher on the performance and power side.
Supermicro SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP External Hardware Overview
The SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP is a 1U front I/O system that is relatively short depth at 15.7in or 399mm.
The I/O is quite expansive. This has a management port, a VGA port, and two USB 3 Type-A ports for basic connectivity. There are also four 1GbE ports, two 10Gbase-T ports, and two SFP28 25GbE ports. Across the eight ports, that is a great mix of 1GbE, 10Gbe, and 25GbE.
On the side of the system, there are slots for additional I/O. We will look at the risers later.
The rear of the system has fans and power supplies. On the left side of the below picture, one can see that our system did not have the two additional fans for higher power PCIe I/O. Those are optional. Instead our chassis has blanks.
Each dual fan module is placed on a small hot-swap carrier and can be removed without tools. One item we wish is that the relatively simple mechanism was upgraded to provide smoother insertion.
The power supplies are redundant hot-swap 800W 80Plus Platinum units. That is plenty for a system like this.
Opening the lid is very easy and done via a front thumb screw.
Next, we are going to take a look inside the system.