Intel Xeon D-1500 Series Discussion

Deslok

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I looked at that board but only 2 of the 6 SATA ports are 6Gbps. If I'm making an all SSD storage server I don't want my storage interfaces being the bottleneck. I do think the Avaton is a great option for my needs I just can't seem to find one with the storage interfaces I want while also allowing me the ability to upgrade to 10GbE.
/me facepalm you're right there's only 6 SATA6, 2 intel and 4 marvell but you're still short two ports to hit 8.
Supermicro did make a SATA6 16 port avoton board but it was a custom form factor unfortunately.
 

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Thanks for the insight @Patrick, it's much appreciated.

I looked at that board but only 2 of the 6 SATA ports are 6Gbps. If I'm making an all SSD storage server I don't want my storage interfaces being the bottleneck. I do think the Avaton is a great option for my needs I just can't seem to find one with the storage interfaces I want while also allowing me the ability to upgrade to 10GbE.
It has Marvell SAS controllers, but how about this? P9A-I/C2750/SAS/4L - Specifications

C2750 with a total of 18 ports (2 sata or 1 sata/1 M.2, 16 SAS), plus a PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot for 10Gb. Each of the 2 SAS chips are connected to the SOC via PCI-E 2.0 x4 lanes, which is roughly 2GB of bandwidth per 8 drives.
 

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It has Marvell SAS controllers, but how about this? P9A-I/C2750/SAS/4L - Specifications

C2750 with a total of 18 ports (2 sata or 1 sata/1 M.2, 16 SAS), plus a PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot for 10Gb.
That board appears to have just about everything I'd want and I did look at it but in digging deeper I found a ton of user reviews claiming the storage controller doesn't work with any Linux based storage OS and that's a huge issue. Basically people claim ASUS completely dropped the ball on what could/should have been a fantastic storage board.
 

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That board appears to have just about everything I'd want and I did look at it but in digging deeper I found a ton of user reviews claiming the storage controller doesn't work with any Linux based storage OS and that's a huge issue. Basically people claim ASUS completely dropped the ball on what could/should have been a fantastic storage board.
I had looked at some of the C2750 boards for my new file server build as well but had to give up and wait for the Xeon-D's as I need to be able to support a lot more than 32GB of ram as I plan on using ZFS. I didn't even look at support for the drive controllers based on that limitation.
 

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I had looked at some of the C2750 boards for my new file server build as well but had to give up and wait for the Xeon-D's as I need to be able to support a lot more than 32GB of ram as I plan on using ZFS. I didn't even look at support for the drive controllers based on that limitation.
The C2750 is capable of 64gb of ram as is the C2550, granted Xeon-D moving this to 128gb makes me look forward to replacing old E54xx servers with them to get some more powerful hyper-v nodes(at least in my use case)
 

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The C2750 is capable of 64gb of ram as is the C2550, granted Xeon-D moving this to 128gb makes me look forward to replacing old E54xx servers with them to get some more powerful hyper-v nodes(at least in my use case)
For both the file server and ESX builds I needed the benefit of the 128GB capacity. When I started searching the Xeon-D's were just coming out and so I quickly skipped over the C2750/2550's for the Xeon-D's. I'm finishing the planning phase now and working on finances but should be building soon.
 

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The C2750 is capable of 64gb of ram as is the C2550, granted Xeon-D moving this to 128gb makes me look forward to replacing old E54xx servers with them to get some more powerful hyper-v nodes(at least in my use case)
This is correct. The ASRock Avoton boards all supports 64GB from what I understand. It's just the boards with only 2 DIMM slots that appear limited to 32GB.
 

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There is a practical limit on Avoton since the number of 16GB DDR3L ECC UDIMMs/ SODIMMs out there is very small. I basically equate 8GB/ slot as the limit of an Avoton platform.
 

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@JimPhreak - I don't think Patrick was suggesting Avoton boards with 4 dimm slots are hard to find (they are not). He was suggesting that 16GB DDR3L ECC UDIMMs or SODIMMs are so scarce/expensive that they might as well be considered mythical beasts.

For all practical purposes, Avoton is limited to 32GB. Not because of its own limitations - but because the means to deploy 64GB isn't readily available.
 
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@JimPhreak - I don't think Patrick was suggesting Avoton boards with 4 dimm slots are hard to find (they are not). He was suggesting that 16GB DDR3L ECC UDIMMs or SODIMMs are so scarce/expensive that they might as well be considered mythical beasts.

For all practical purposes, Avoton is limited to 32GB. Not because of its own limitations - but because the means to deploy 64GB isn't readily available.
Point well taken @PigLover.
 

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Wave -1 had a limitation in that only one of the two USB controllers is being used.
Do you happen to know if they changed that with wave-2?
 

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Has anybody seen either of these boards for sale yet ?

X10SDV-4C-TLN2F with D-1521 (the wave 2 update cpu)
X10SDV-4C-TLN4F with D-1518

I figure they are the 2 lowest power Xeon-D options right ? And reasonably priced.
Normally I would say SM would be lower power than Gigabyte and ASRock from what I understand of past products, anybody think their new boards will be better than SM ?
 

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I'm trying to buy a Supermicro Xeon-D board in Europe.
I find the site "lambdatek" (anybody know it ?) who list a lot of Supermicro references. But on this site, sometimes, a board appears two times at different price. Example for the X10SDV-8C-TLN4F: "X10SDV-8C-TLN4F-SINGLE" (more expansive) and "X10SDV-8C-TLN4F-O". What's the difference ?
Thks