We now have been reviewing the one socket or entry Intel Xeon motherboards from Supermicro since at the least 2010 (see Supermicro X8SI6-F within the historical archives.) Over a decade later, there may be now a STH motherboard line that happened merely as a result of product naming conventions. Nonetheless, we’re going to have a little bit of enjoyable with that in our Supermicro X12STH-LN4F evaluation as we take a look at what this Intel Xeon E-2300 sequence with quad LAN help presents.
Supermicro X12STH-LN4F Overview
When it comes to the board itself, the platform is a mATX motherboard with a singular cutout on the backside edge (pictured to the left under.) That is for different variants of the motherboard such because the X12STH-SYS that we noticed in our current Supermicro SYS-510T-MR Assessment the place there’s a horizontal PCIe connector. Nonetheless, it offers that backside edge a distinct form.
The star of the present is clearly the Intel Xeon E-2300 sequence processor. This can be a socket H5/ LGA1200 sequence platform that may take tenth gen Intel Pentium or Xeon E-2300 sequence CPUs. Together with this, we get DDR4-3200 help. That is an ECC enabled model of chips Intel additionally makes use of with its shopper line, so we get DDR4-3200 help. The large change is that this platform helps ECC UDIMMs for the server market.
When it comes to airflow, that is arrange with commonplace front-to-back airflow we see on servers. We generally get questions on whether or not shopper coolers will match. The reply is that they are going to, nevertheless, one should be a bit cautious in regards to the orientation within the chassis. Servers and extra conventional workstation designs are all designed for entrance to rear airflow.
We will occasion see virtually each header and cable connector follows this front-to-back design.
One of many greatest options of this platform is the brand new PCIe Gen4 help. Right here we get a PCIe Gen4 x16 slot, we then get a PCIe Gen4 x4 in a x8 slot. Lastly, we get a PCIe Gen3 x4 additionally in an x8 slot. This Gen3 slot is serviced through the Intel C256 PCH. When Intel transitions between generations, we regularly get this mixture of PCIe speeds and that’s what is occurring right here.
Though on many shopper platforms the Gen4 x4 lanes are devoted to M.2 storage, right here the M.2 storage is serviced through the Intel PCH.
There’s extra storage. The Mini-SAS (SFF-8643) connector carries 4 lanes of SATA. There are additionally 4 SATA ports onboard. These 7-pin ports have two gold ports that may energy SATADOMs with out cables.
As well as, we are able to see an inside USB 3.1 Sort-A header and a USB 3 entrance panel header.
On the rear of the motherboard, we get a well-known rear I/O structure. There are serial and VGA ports to the left. Then there are two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports. Above the USB 2.0 ports, there’s a devoted administration port. That is related to the ASPEED AST2600 BMC that we’ll present in our administration part.
The large function, and what offers us the “4” within the mannequin identify is the quad-port 1GbE. These 4 NICs are serviced by Intel i210 1GbE NICs. If we may have had enter into this “STH” motherboard, it could have been to make use of the i225 for quad 2.5GbE. Most knowledge facilities will not be utilizing 2.5GbE, however it could be a extremely fascinating SMB answer with that. Intel i225’s record worth is barely about $1 greater than the i210, however bundling the associated fee may be extra important. By the point it makes it to a last product, that swap would value a good quantity extra. Nonetheless, it could have made this actually intriguing for a few of our readers.
Subsequent, allow us to get to the block diagram and administration.