Dense, simple, and inexpensive storage solutions can sometimes be hard to come by, especially at scales of half a petabyte or more. If you ask for solutions from the top OEMs, depending on your storage needs, you’ll likely be presented with a 2U server with one or more HBAs to connect to additional 2U or 3U disk shelves to make up any large capacity requirements.
Supermicro’s mighty mini ITX Xeon board can make for a powerful compact number cruncher, but pricey server-class part requirements means most consumers should opt for X299 or Threadripper alternatives.
Supermicro sent us their C621 chipset X11SPA-T motherboard, which does support the new Xeon W CPUs. You can also take into consideration the number of PCI-E slots you would like, in the case of this motherboard there is a PEX8747 chip that takes x16 lanes and outputs x32, so that we have a total of seven PCI-E slots.
Today we have a Supermicro X11SPA-T motherboard in for review, and it is something special. This is Supermicro’s single-socket workstation platform designed to be a halo product for the Intel Xeon W-3200 series from Intel.
One of the great parts about the second generation AMD EPYC processors is the diversity of platforms that we are seeing. Supermicro was a pioneer in the first generation, and our first dual-socket EPYC system was from the company.
The Supermciro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 is one of the more obtuse model names, but it is certainly one of the most exciting embedded servers we have seen in some time. It takes the same CSE-300 chassis footprint and adds extra space for more storage. By stretching the case from 1U to 1.5U, the expansion capabilities of the chassis increase dramatically.
Earlier this year we posted Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory data in our review of the Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT platform. Supermicro was one of the first out of the gate with Intel persistent memory support and the dual-processor 2U system has done great work as a persistent memory test bed.
The entire AMD EPYC 3000 lineup is fascinating. With four single-die SKUs, AMD offers different looks at the lower-power options in terms of cores and features. Onboard the Supermicro M11SDV-4C-LN4F is an AMD EPYC 3151 SoC.