Supermicro SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP Power Consumption
Power consumption is significant in this platform. It has 25GbE, 10Gbase-T, 1GbE and four memory channels. We also have the DIMMs, fans, and the SSD. The biggest power-using component though is the 100W TDP Intel Xeon D-2775TE.
In the context of a system with redundant cooling, here is a look at a max power consumption run down to idle. We never hit 200W, for the entire system, with its redundant power supplies, but we also were well above a 1A 120V inexpensive colocation power envelope that we could stay within years ago. This is more of a 1A 208V solution.
Power is up with this generation, but it is a much smaller gap than we saw from the Xeon D-1500 series to the D2100 series.
Overall, the SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP is an interesting unit. The networking is a really interesting mix of 1GbE, 10GbE, and 25GbE. Also, systems with front I/O are preferred by many organizations.
The Intel Xeon D-2775TE is faster than the previous generation and brings features like that 25GbE but also PCIe Gen4 and more. It also provides continuity so that one can migrate VMs directly from Ice Lake servers to the edge devices while maintaining the same underlying architecture.
There are a few parts that we wish were designed differently. The CPU airflow shroud, the screws on the PCIe expansion slot, and the 2.5″ drive bay are prime examples. Trade-offs were made to make the platform compact, but there is room for improvement.
Price wise, the Xeon D-2775TE adds a huge cost to this system, making it a $3500+ system. That is mostly due to Intel’s pricing of the Ice Lake D line, but it puts the 16-core offering at a high price point to start.
Overall, if you need a 16-core edge solution with front I/O, a short-depth chassis, and lots of built-in networking, the SYS-110D-16C-FRAN8TP is a really interesting option.