1U Supermicro Server 6x 10GBE RJ45 X10SLH-LN6TF LGA 1150 H3 X10SLH-N6-ST031

EasyRhino

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has anyone tried using a non xeon cpu in this? I'm wondering if a Pentium I have laying around will work.
 

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Hi everyone! I took the plunge and picked up one of these beauties from The Server Store. It came with the BIOS reflashed so no password issues. I put a couple of SSD's in it and install pfSense w/ZFS mirrored. Works perfectly and I had no problems at all. A previous post about installing a NVMe PCIe adapter to boot off NVMe has me a little excited, but cautious. I wanted to see if anyone here has gotten this motherboard to boot from NVMe? Many thanks in advance :)
 

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well I just got this motherboard from ebay pdneiman (the server store). It arrived in copious amounts of bubble wrap.

Initial impressions, after I assembled it into a bunch of leftover parts:
* a old HTPC microATX case
* a Pentium G3220T
* 14GB of mismatched SODIMMS in DIMM adapters

The board is long. it extends past the end of the intended motherboard tray. I put some electrical tape on the lip of the tray just to ensure there wasn't contact. It almost butts against the front of the case. it really maxes it out.

this board had the 3.2 BIOS and no BIOS passwords, and the IPMI used the default ADMIN/ADMIN

the heatsinks for the CPU and everything else on the board really need some air running across them. When I had the CPU under a stress test, and on an open bench but with no airflow, the CPU temp got up to 85C. And that was a CPU that was only consuming 16 watts with prime 95.

The board seems to recognize the CPU, and the integrated GPU, fine. I was able to use the GPU for some quick sync acceleration tests.

this is not a board for power efficiency. Even with a light build it was consuming 60W at idle (At BIOS). I tried disabling the jumpers for all three NIC chips, and it dropped to 50W. Just guesstimating, the CPU is only consuming about 5 watts, the RAM probably 10 watts, the SSD another 5... so that still leaves 25W or 30W just consumed by the motherboard chipset, the PLX PCIe bridge, and the Aspeed BMC. It certainly seems like there is something wasteful going on there.
 
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I thought I'd follow up with fun pics of my janky router build.

It was kind of a miracle that it fit into this old htpc case. The one side effect of the motherboard longness is I no longer had enough space to put the front 80mm fan. But the old pentium is relatively cool so it's not a problem. You can also see the difficulty in cable management.
I also installed two DVD rom drives. one is broken and neither are plugged in, they're just used as slot covers and to attempt to route more airflow over the CPU and the passive heatsink it came with.

I installed OPNsense bare metal. first time I've used it but it's been working pretty well. A bit better than my old Netgear router when under load for QoS of things like video calls, or when pounding it with a bunch of small connections (like a steam/epic games download) over my gigabit cable modem connection.

The CPU is so slow that it doesn't consume more than 10W even under a prime95 stress test. The upside is that it doesn't get hotter than about 55C even with poor cooling. The downside is that it's super slow. I figure i'm good to software route about 2gbps total in any direction, because 1gbps takes up around 50-60% CPU.

The good news is that if I want to upgrade to get more CPU speed or to virtualize it then things like a low end Xeon E3-1220 v3 are really cheap on ebay, and vastly faster than what I have now.

The biggest thing lacking so far is I don't have any 10GbaseT devices to plug this into. I have a couple of 10GBps cards in my machines in the basement, but they are SFP+ and separated by a long line of Cat 5e.
 

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X10SLH-N6-ST031

Is the part number/board I have. Anyone have a manual to this? I'd like to find out what all the jumpers are for....

Also, I got it installed into a CoolerMaster HAF-X case without issue.

I'd like to get this into a sort of a case like the one above my post, but don't know where to look.. Also, would like to see if there are any updated BIOSes, and what mods there are?

The cpu I have installed is a Core I5-4440 with 8GB DDR3 desktop memory..
 
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except for BIOS linked in this long thread, I don't think there's an official way to get a BIOS for this board. my version is 3.2.

A google search turned up a PDF of a manual in... romania? The part number is ever so slightly different but it's worked with the board. It's too big to attach to this post but the filename is X10SLH-LN6TF.pdf

For a case, you want one where it can take a micro atx board but allows a few inches of extra length. ironically some new 'gamer' cases might be suitable for this if they leave space in front for liquid cooler radiators or cable management grommets.

my bootleg old case above had a removable motherboard try. Since this board stretched over it I put down a layer of electical tape on the edge of the tray just to avoid shorts.
 

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Been looking for a cheap thin client for PfSense for a couple of months now. Might just get the bare board. Will have to find a smaller case. 1U server is overkill for PfSense. Don't need the 4x3.5" bays for sure.
 

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The BIOS I posted earlier is the only one. I figured I might as well host the manual too: https://drunkencat.net/misc/X10SLH-LN6TF.pdf

Been looking for a cheap thin client for PfSense for a couple of months now. Might just get the bare board. Will have to find a smaller case. 1U server is overkill for PfSense. Don't need the 4x3.5" bays for sure.
You should be aware of how much power this board uses on account of the PLX chip and 3 x Intel X540 NICs, even at idle. It's orders of magnitude more than a thin client or the likes. Expect 50W+ when idle.
 

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The BIOS I posted earlier is the only one. I figured I might as well host the manual too: https://drunkencat.net/misc/X10SLH-LN6TF.pdf


You should be aware of how much power this board uses on account of the PLX chip and 3 x Intel X540 NICs, even at idle. It's orders of magnitude more than a thin client or the likes. Expect 50W+ when idle.
Well I haven't been able to find a reasonably priced thin client for some months now.
 

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Something like a fractal node 804 would be a stylish new micro ATX case.

Can it handle the extra length of this board? Dunno.

I actually ordered a Node 202 for the same purpose. I will need to do some high level Dremel-FU though (need to cut some of the internals to make a clearance for the motherboard and maybe to holes for some extra 40mm fans to get the air moving).
I will also try to add a x540-sr2 with a riser to get some SPF+ cages to connect some fiber. No idea how to manage the PSU situation. Not sure if I can even fit a Flex ATX in there. Was thinking maybe I can go with the 160w picoPSU with 200w peak - my "questimation" is that the system will not exceed 140w with all the bells and whistles at max.

Node 202 — Fractal Design
 

duckAsylum

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oh a fractal focus mini G is on sale now too:

Again, I think you would have to remove these optical drive bay's too in order to fit the motherboard. And again I can't tell if that's possible.
I don't think you can get away without some dremeling, It looks like the motherboard sits in a mATX sized depression so it is possible that the extra 30mm of the motherboard PCB will come in contact with the metal parts of the case. Looks like you might need to cut off parts of the optical drive cage and a piece of the motherboard "tray".
 

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Hey guys, just got finished reading through this entire thread. I actually found this server first and from looking for more information on it found the thread. Wanted to get an idea of how well this will work for my plan for my overpowered home network.

Currently have a Brocade 6610 switch and a HP 380 server that I'm planning on slowly increasing the vms on over time. The brocade has 8 sfp+ ports and I swapped the 380 to have a 2 port sfp+ card on it as well. Right now the ISP supplied router goes straight to the switch.

Would it be possible to swap that NIC out with a sfp+ card so that I can run it like so. ISP router --> supermicro with pfsense --> switch --> segregated vlans for DMZ, internal network, development network... etc? This would make it to where all traffic would go on one (or two) links between the supermicro and the switch for firewalling over the sfp+.

My main goal here is to setup more than one client VPN connection out of the house to the internet, and I want to setup more than one VPN server for remote access back into the house depending on which network I'm accessing. (I want certain people I'm going to give access to to end up in certain segregated networks) I want all internal traffic at 10Gbps and I want the VPN connections to be able to handle over gig internet speed, not all at one time.

From ya'lls experience, will this machine do what I need? And can I even swap that NIC for sfp+? Oh and how much RAM do I need to do that?
 

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I don't think you can get away without some dremeling,
Fractal rep on reddit confirmed that case would be a badarch for this board. The node 804 is still a contender though.

And can I even swap that NIC for sfp+?
Nope the 10gb-t is integrated in the motherboard.

There is a pcie x16 slot so you could add a sfp nic... But the board doesn't make much sense if you don't want copper.