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

BlueFox

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NOT 10GbE
SuperMicro X10SLM-F

Most H3 socket motherboards don't have 10GbE built in. I would say native boards that have 10GbE or Fiber on an H3 socket are less than my fingers on one hand in a semi common form factor.

A home router at my house is not idle in the slightest, Mother-In-Law streams TV just to have background noise I swear... and she's constantly downloading something that she shouldn't. She thinks she needs a VPN to play her games on her iPhone so that she won't get a virus but gets scammed into buying the apps. So power is based off of a processor with load even if its not all the time. Plus Copper is easier to mate to existing networking even though I have a TurboIron 24x switch the fiber patch or copper converter is still 30-40 bucks. 6 copper 10GbE is just right for future proofing and if I buy 4 copper Converters for the 10GbE its about paid for itself to buy the Server board in this thread..

Buying a second one to play with to have one at my parents would just be for learning and setting up Site to Site.

Marsh

Pitting 4c4t against 4c8T both are close in watts so maybe not a power difference. Both have 8mb L3 which I find interesting wouldn't think a 4c4t would have that cache size. But maybe the 8mb Is standard on most E3 v3's.
I'm well aware there's no 10GbE on that board. It doesn't sound like you need it at all however (you couldn't run pfSense at 10GbE speeds with an 1150 setup anyway). I think you also vastly overestimate the CPU power required to do basic firewall/routing/VPN at the kind of speeds one has in a residential setup. A decade old Atom CPU will do it. If you need to use spare hardware, the X10SLM-F will make for a far better router (though still overkill) as it's cheaper to buy and considerably cheaper to run.
 

Prof_G

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I'm well aware there's no 10GbE on that board. It doesn't sound like you need it at all however (you couldn't run pfSense at 10GbE speeds with an 1150 setup anyway)

They run PFsense on atoms with less power at 10GbE... your statement doesn't make sense.
Also can't run at 10GbE this board has 6 of them on an 1150.... ???? why is this board here?? with 1150 socket and 10GbE.

I probably would agree if you said that 6 10GbE will not be able to keep all connections at 6x10GbE full load the processor wouldn't keep up. My point is 10GbE is where we are going to network wise and these sound like a value.

Keep in mind my processors are 1265Lv3 35w and if I have a need for more duty that just routers it fits the need. In a multi tool pliers like Leatherman you often use 2-4 tools but having the others in a pinch is better than not having them. It fits me. I'm Well aware that PFSense and Sonicwall box's for years have been ran on things like 800 Mhz single/dual arms.

I have plenty of equipment at home to use this. I'm also bringing my work servers into home because one the business I bought them for is not taking off as fast as I would have liked, needs further development at home. I can have them run on my house where I can put solar and save money and close where I was keeping them saving money. I have about 10 X56xx intel systems that these board boxes are power savings candidates and about close to equivalent process power . Dual x56xx systems are far more base power than these. In the process of carving a room out in the garage to close off as a server room. Wife said if we can save money by putting it in the garage, build the room. Here's to 3,500 dollars to convert a portion of the 3 car garage.

I also have bench top CNC in my garage that my school is loaning me because of covid-19.

While for Just a router I would agree with you the board you selected is far more cost effective and for most at home more than enough to put routing duty across. I do understand where your coming from your just trying to save me money by not over buying something and not using the capabilities. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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They run PFsense on atoms with less power at 10GbE... your statement doesn't make sense.
Also can't run at 10GbE this board has 6 of them on an 1150.... ???? why is this board here?? with 1150 socket and 10GbE.

I probably would agree if you said that 6 10GbE will not be able to keep all connections at 6x10GbE full load the processor wouldn't keep up. My point is 10GbE is where we are going to network wise and these sound like a value.
I stated that an Atom CPU can handle the kind of bandwidth that one would find in a residential setup. Do you have 10Gbit WAN? 1Gbit? It's probably considerably less since even 1Gbit is very uncommon in the US. I wish I had even 1Gbit at home...

As for all the NICs, saturating multiple 10GbE connections isn't difficult. Routing/IPS/etc on the other hand is. 1150 CPUs will struggle with that.
While for Just a router I would agree with you the board you selected is far more cost effective and for most at home more than enough to put routing duty across. I do understand where your coming from your just trying to save me money by not over buying something and not using the capabilities. Thanks for the heads up.
That was pretty much the goal. Have nothing against future proofing or interesting toys as I can't be one to talk with a stack of dual 100GbE NICs on my desk.
 

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So weird thing, with this board I cannot get into the bios of my lsi2308 card, and the bios clock keeps automatically resetting. I set it for my time then it automatically adjusts ahead 4 hours.... going to try and replace the cmos battery and clear it obviously. as part of the problem I am also having is with proxmox. I cannot pass the lsi2308 to freenas or anything for that matter as proxmox reports no iommu. I have researched and tried everything i could find. I think part of my problem is firmware for my lsi2308 is 16 not 20 and possibly the clock issue.

If I should have posted this elsewhere I am sorry and feel free to move it.
Updated the FW to 20 and still IOMMU problem in proxmox.... till working on this. Has anyone tried the BIOS update provided by another poster? I want to try it but dont want to brick my board.
 

Medikherb

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Mine came a few weeks ago and realized I couldn't boot from the NVME addon card - had the same problem with an X10DRI until I learnt how to mod the SMC bios.

Have included the modded 3.2 Bios from Bluefox. You will need to reset CMOS after install - did mine from a Rufus FreeDos USB.

As usual I accept no responsibility ... yada yada ... use at your own risk :D

has anyone tried this bios? I would like to.
 

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Very encouraging network performance using these boards.
using Proxmox and virtual vyos 1.2.x router ,
Getting 9 Gbits/sec routing between 2 subnet.

10G Network direct connect between 2 X10SLH machines , no switch
1 machine has E3-1240v3 , 1 machine has E3-1226v3
Proxmox6.2 hosting virtual vyos router ( LAN1 10.222.222.1 <=> LAN2 10.222.223.1 )
all vm are 2vcpu , 1gb ram

vyos 1.2.x VM in proxmox host X10SLH E3-1220v3 16gb ram
CPU 28%

ubuntu 18.0.4 buster1 and buster2 vm in proxmox host X10SLH E3-1240v3 16gb ram
CPU 26%
buster1 as iperf3 client to server 10.222.223.200
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 GBytes 9.07 Gbits/sec receiver
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 GBytes 9.10 Gbits/sec receiver
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 GBytes 9.09 Gbits/sec receiver

buster2 as iperf3 client to server 10.222.222.200
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 GBytes 9.08 Gbits/sec receiver
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.7 GBytes 9.16 Gbits/sec receiver
[SUM] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 GBytes 9.10 Gbits/sec receiver

Ran iperf3 3 times

IP
buster1 = 10.222.222.200
buster2 = 10.222.223.200

I may not even want to test on baremetal , the number looks great.
 
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Hello this is Justin from Unix Surplus, we have the BIOS and unlock all the boards and systems for you guys now, you can see we have updated all the listings it let me know if you have any questions, TO THE ADMINS DELETE MY POST IF NOT ALLOWED to put the links. thanks don't want to impose.

 
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Hello this is Justin from Unix Surplus, we have the BIOS and unlock all the boards and systems for you guys now, you can see we have updated all the listings it let me know if you have any questions, TO THE ADMINS DELETE MY POST IF NOT ALLOWED to put the links. thanks don't want to impose.

Welcome to the forums, Justin. Normally posts with links to eBay auctions from commercial sellers are discouraged - but in the context of this item and the long discussion about it here I think it is just fine. Thank you for taking the time to share status with us.