New Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 LGA2011 UP Preview


Supermicro is adding another motherboard to the burgeoning list of current LGA 2011 Intel Xeon E5 offerings with their X9SRL and X9SRL-F. The main difference between the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard and the X9SRL motherboard is that the Supermicro X9SRL-F has IPMI 2.0 remote management capabilities while the Supermicro X9SRL motherboard does not. This makes the Supermicro X9SRL motherboard slightly less expensive. Here’s the deal, the Supermicro X9SRL-F is an ATX motherboard with seven PCIe slots. The two physical x16 slots  are PCIe x8 electrical so users looking to use x16 electrical cards such as GPUs or storage cards like the LSI 9202-16e may want to look at dual socket offerings. With that said, most cards are fine on a PCIe 3.0 x8 bus these days. The Supermicro X9SRL-F has tons of expansion options with a very small ATX footprint.

Most of the newer Intel Xeon E5 motherboards, even the Xeon E5-1600 series motherboards such as the ASUS P9X79 WS have run a bit larger. Being ATX size, there are many chassis and configuration options that open up. Supermicro also does a good job of keeping the space to the rear of the PCIe 3.0 slots free on the board. This means that SAS controllers and similar cards have space behind the slots.

New Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard
Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard

If one remembers my ordeal fitting the ASUS P9X79 WS into the Corsair Carbide 500R, having a smaller motherboard does make life easier as there are several smaller form factor workstation enclosures that cannot handle EATX or larger server or workstation motherboards.

Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Specifications

Here is a quick look at the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard specifications which appear to be great for those using many PCIe 3.0 x8 devices in a UP Intel Xeon E5 server:

Physical Stats for Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12″ x 9.6″, (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
CPU Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/E5-1600 family (up to 8 cores and up to 130W)
Single Socket R (LGA 2011)
System Memory
Memory Capacity 8x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Supports up to 256 GB DDR3 ECC Registered memory (RDIMM)
Supports up to 64 GB DDR3 ECC and non-ECC UDIMM
Memory Type 1600/1333/1066MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs
DIMM Sizes 32GB, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB, 1GB
Memory Voltage 1.5 V, 1.35 V
Error Detection  (using ECC memory) Corrects single-bit errors
Detects double-bit errors
On-Board Devices
Chipset Intel C602 chipset
SATA SATA3 (6Gbps) and SATA2 (3Gbps)
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
IPMI Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0
IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
Nuvoton WPCM450RA0BX
Network Controllers Intel® 82574L Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet
Virtual Machine Device Queues reduce I/O overhead
Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Video Matrox G200eW 16MB DDR2 graphics
Input / Output
SATA 2x SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)
4x SATA 2.0 ports (3Gbps)
SCU 4x SATA ports (3Gbps) via SCU
LAN 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
1x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
USB 9x USB 2.0 ports total (2x rear + 6x via header + 1x Type A)
Video 1x VGA port
Keyboard/Mouse 2x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse ports
Serial Port / Header 1x serial port, 1 by headers
DOM 1x DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
TPM 1x TPM 1.2 20-pin header
Expansion Slots
PCI-Express 2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (in x16) slots
2x PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots
2x PCI-E 3.0 x4 (in x8) slots
1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot
System BIOS
128Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI BIOS
BIOS Features Plug and Play (PnP)
APM 1.2
DMI 2.3
PCI 2.3
ACPI 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 / 4.0
USB Keyboard support
Hardware BIOS Virus protection
SMBIOS 2.7.1
RTC (Real Time Clock) Wakeup
Software IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) v1.5 / 2.0 with KVM support
SuperDoctor III
Watch Dog
Power Configurations ACPI / APM Power Management
Keyboard Wakeup from Soft-Off
CPU Fan auto-off in sleep mode
Power-on mode for AC power recovery

Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Pricing

Price wise I did not see these on Newegg, but had the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard for around $325. At $325, one might want to look at dual socket motherboards with onboard devices already built-in to save some money, especially if you are looking to build a similar configuration through add-in cards. One of the big bonuses here is that the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard still uses a relatively small ATX form factor so it can be used in a variety of cases.


  1. I’m looking at this motherboard for a home lab server but it’s not on either VMware’s HCL or Supermicro’s OS compatibility list for vSphere. I’m hoping that’s simply because it’s new? The X9SRW-F is listed as compatible and the only real difference looks to be the proprietary MB size, NIC model and some PCI 3 support.

    Has anyone got one of these and tried to install ESXi v5 yet?

  2. Is (free) ESXi still limited to 32GB RAM at v5.1? I’m seriously looking at this board for home AV/lab server, with a major plus being the option to go 32 then later 64GB. But pretty sure I may have to get to grips with Xen to leave the door open!

  3. Do you know if the PCI-e slots can support more than 25 watts of power? My storage cards need 50.

    p.s. it is a joke that vendors can get away with putting x16 connectors on an x8 slot…. the proper way to do this is to use open-ended connectors like they do on the X9DR7-LN4F

  4. Mark – that is something you would need to ask Supermicro. What cards are you using that take 50w? You might try the STH forums with that information to see if anyone has tried a similar setup.

  5. Great Product. Terrible end user support


    Good basic board – IPMI, SATA ports, PCI-e slots, 8 DIMMs…


    1. This requires a small CPU cooler.
    2. Supermicro customer support does not exist for end users. Not even a user forum.4
    3. Only usb 2.0.


    I have had issues getting this motherboard to work with a AX-860-i (Corsair) PSU. On power down the PC flicks on and off continuously until I unplug it. Corsair provided an RMA of the unit without question. I replaced the unit. Same problem. Out of desperation I used a Corsair TX650 PSU and I do not have these same issues. There is no way for me, an end user to report these types of things to Supermicro to request a BIOS update for controlling the digital PSU. According to Corsair, when they contacted Supermicro, their response is that I should use a Supermicro PSU.

    Lesson learned. Corsair has great customer support. Supermicro doesn’t care unless you are an integrator. I wonder what company will get follow on business from me…

    The board itself is a great server class motherboard. I would give it five stars. On the other hand, I give the company 0 stars.

    Current Build:
    Motherboard Supermicro x9srl-f
    Processor Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1650 v2
    Intended Power Supply AX-860-i (Corsair) Current Power Supply Corsair TX650
    Case 780T (Corsair)
    Memory 32gb (4 * 8gb ecc modules.)
    Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 960 – 2gb
    Intel 730 SSD – 480 GB



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