The Sandy Bridge based Xeon E5-2600 processors were launched by Intel yesterday, and Supermicro wasn't far behind in launching a host of solutions supporting / based on these processors. The new generation X9 Xeon E5 family based platforms offer a number of improved features over previous offerings from Supermicro, including but not limited to:

  1. Support for up to 768 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory in 24 DIMM slots
  2. SATA 3.0 and SAS 2.0 (6 Gbps) support
  3. ConnectX FDR/QDR InfiniBand ports
  4. Dual 10 GbE Ethernet / Quad Ethernet LAN
  5. PCIe 3.0
  6. LSI 2008 (Software RAID) and LSI 2108 (Hardware RAID) controllers

More than 100 product platforms have been updated / newly created by Supermicro for the new Xeon E5 processor family.

Supermicro's X9 solutions can be broadly divided into the following categories:

  1. Supermicro Servers
  2. Supermicro Serverboards
  3. Supermicro SuperBlade

The servers are built around the boards in the second category, and just build upon the existing chassis / PSU combinations. The SuperBlade configurations and some of the serverboards in the X9 generation have only been announced on paper.

The table below summarizes the specifications of Supermicro's single socket LGA2011 serverboards which are currently available.

Supermicro X9 Single Socket LGA2011 Serverboards
Model Number Form Factor DRAM Chipset PCI-E Configuration LAN Storage USB Misc. Notes
X9SRA ATX 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 2 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x4 PCI-E 3.0 (in x8), 1 x4 PCI-E 2.0 (in x8), 1 PCI 32-bit Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10) 14x v2.0 (8 rear + 6 headers), 4x v3.0 (2 rear + 2 headers)  
X9SRi / X9SRi-F ATX 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 1 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 (in x16), 1 x4 PCI-E 2.0 (in x16) Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10) 9x v2.0 (2 rear + 6 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN ("F")
X9SRE / S9SRE-F ATX 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 1 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 (in x16), 1 x4 PCI-E 2.0 (in x16), 3 PCI-X 64-bit Intel i350 Dual GbE ("F") 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10) 9x v2.0 (2 rear + 6 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9SRG-F Custom (7.71" x 16.64") 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 2 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2 (RAID 0,1,5,10), 4x SAS2 (RAID 0,1,10) 6x v2.0 (2 rear + 4 headers)  
X9SRW-F / X9SRW-3F Custom (8.15" x 13.05") 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 ("F"), Intel C606 ("3F") 2 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2 (RAID 0,1,5,10), 4x SATA 8x v2.0 (2 rear + 6 headers) 4x SATA extra ("3F")

The table below summarizes the specifications of Supermicro's dual socket LGA2011 serverboards which are currently available.

Supermicro X9 Dual Socket LGA2011 Serverboards
Model Number Form Factor DRAM Chipset PCI-E Configuration LAN Storage USB Misc. Notes
X9DAi E-ATX 16 DIMMs (512 GB) Intel C602 3 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 2 x8 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x4 PCI-E 3.0 (in x8) Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 8x SATA2 7x v2.0, 4x v3.0 2x 1394a headers + Realtek ALC889 7.1 HD 8 Channel Audio w/ SPDIF header
X9DR3-F / X9DRi-F E-ATX 16 DIMMs (512 GB) Intel C602 ("i"), Intel C606 ("3-F") 3 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 3 x8 PCI-E 3.0 Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA2 extra ("i"), 8x SAS (RAID 0,1,10) ("3-F") 11x v2.0 (4 rear + 6 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DR3- LN4F+ / X9DRi- LN4F+ EE-ATX (13.68" x 13") 24 DIMMs (768 GB) Intel C602 ("i"), Intel C606 ("3") 4 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x4 PCI-E (in x8) Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA2 extra ("i"), 8x SAS (RAID 0,1,10) ("3") 9x v2.0 (4 rear + 4 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DRL-3F / X9DRL- iF ATX 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 ("i"), Intel C606 ("3") 2 x8 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 (in x16), 1 x4 PCI-E 2.0 (in x8), 1 x1 PCI-E 2.0, 1 PCI Intel 82574L GbE LAN with Dual GbE Ports 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA2 extra ("i"), 8x SAS (RAID 0,1,10) ("3") 9x v2.0 (4 rear + 4 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DRT-H F / IBQF / IBFF Custom (6.8" x 16.64") 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 1 x24 PCI-E 3.0 and special x8 connector for SMC add-on Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 5x SATA2 4x v2.0 (2 rear + 2 header) Infiniband QDR (40 Gbps / "QF" - Infiniband FDR (56 Gbps / "FF") - IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DRW-3F / X9DRW-iF E-ATX 16 DIMMs (512 GB) Intel C602 ("i"), Intel C606 ("3") 1 x32 PCI-E 3.0 Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2, 4x SATA2 extra ("i"), 8x SAS (RAID 0,1,10) ("3") 8x v2.0 (4 rear + 4 header) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DRG- HF / X9DRG- HTF Custom (7.71" x 16.64") 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 4 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0 (in x16), 1 x4 PCI-E 2.0 (in x16) Intel i350 Dual GbE ("HF") - Intel X540 Dual 10Gb Base-T LAN ("HTF") 2x SATA3, 8x SATA2 6x v2.0 (2 rear + 4 header) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
X9DRD-iF E-ATX 8 DIMMs (256 GB) Intel C602 1 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 4 x8 PCI-E 3.0 Intel i350 Dual GbE 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2 7x v2.0 (4 rear + 2 headers + 1 Type-A) IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN

If you want to take a look at the systems based on these boards / upcoming boards, head on over to Supermicro's X9 page. It must also be noted that Supermicro supplies a number of integrated solutions for workstations, storage and data centers, and all of these have been updated with support for the new Xeon E5 processor family.

Source: PR Newswire

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  • meloz - Thursday, March 08, 2012 - link

    I would like a detailed review of this class of hardware, particularly 2U Superserver. A detailed llok at BIOS options and hardware, and what it can do. Perhaps you guys can contact Supermicro and ask them to lend the hardware. Reply

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