ASRock Rack D1541D4U-2O8R review – mATX Xeon D with SFP+

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  1. _alex

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    Amazing Board, really tempted to get one.
    Wonder why the 2x 1gbe from the 1540-version are missing ...
     
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    Likely just to save on costs. They have the flexibility to add/ subtract lots of components.
     
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    Well, maybe ...
    But saving costs on such a high equipped board with such a relatively cheap component looks a bit weird.

    Really wating for a xeon-d board with onboard sas, dual sfp and rj45 + dual pcie.
    So far the older sku from asrock with the 1540 is the only i spotted.
     
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    Well, technically this fit all of those attributes, but is expensive. Maybe a lower end version without the $1.7K CPU onboard?
    Supermicro X10SDV-7TP8F - High-end Xeon D platform
     
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    Hi Patrick,
    the 1587 is way overkill ...

    This one looks good, i wonder why asrock didn't take this configuration and put the 1541 instead of the 1540 on it:

    ASRock Rack > D1540D4U-2T2O8R

    Those are listed for ca. 790 € excl. VAT in germany.

    Can't see any difference between the 2O8R and the 2T208R besides the CPU-Upgrade to 1541 and the missing dual 10G Ports.
     
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    Yea it is the same base motherboard.

    I think they did the production run of the 2T2O8R just before the D-1541 became available.
     
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    I wonder if we'll see a similar board with a second controller and m2 NVME(which would be great for a cache drive against a large batch of spinners)
     
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  8. Patrick

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    Well, TBH, I would much rather have U.2 rather than m.2 drives. Also, the Xeon D platform has limited PCIe lanes. With ASRock Rack's design they have lanes that need to service the two PCIe slots, SAS 3008, X540 controller (for the 2T variants) and then the Marvell controller for the m.2 drives. That is a lot of onboard components.
     
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  9. jgreco

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    The X10SDV-7TP4F is much less expensive (~$850-$900) and performs pretty well. We've got one in the shop here and have been playing with it. It's pleasantly close to being an ideal board if you don't need high core speeds. Our normal hypervisor recipe uses 4x 10G, so by adding a dual 10G card in one slot, and an LSI RAID controller in the other, this ought to be something that you could pop into an SC216BA, have eight drive bays for ESXi datastores on the RAID, then sixteen more attached to the LSI HBA on the 7TP4F, pass that through to FreeNAS, and have a relatively low power box.

    The primary problem with this is that the SQ supplies only come with the 920 or .. whatever the bigger one is.., so having ~1800 watts of PSU to drive a platform that's only chewing maybe 100 watts might be less than ideal.

    Supermicro really needs to offer a much smaller RPS in the SQ series.
     
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    Use the 500W platinum PSU, it is not obnoxious..
     
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  11. jgreco

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    I'm not aware of a part number that comes with a 500W RPS. Aside from the JBOD unit with the 740's, the smallest PSU sold with the 216's is the 216A-R900LPB. If you're suggesting that we should go and integrate a different PSU, that gets messy kinda fast.
     
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