Provantage has 10 x X13SAE-F for sale right now at ~$477: PROVANTAGE: Supermicro Motherboard-X13SAE-F-O Supermicro MB Motherboard-X13SAE-F-O W680 LGA1700 No Memory ATXStill waiting for a reseller to actually have one to buy... or even be listed for that matter. Wondering on the timing...
you can desolder the PCI slot or just ignore em. there is no processor PCIe lane stolen for it.I'm waiting for a board that supports Alder Lake CPU, plus ECC RAM, but does not have a slot for "backward compatibility" to a standard that is 29 years old (plain old PCI).
thinking about pulling the trigger but can't find any DDR5 ECC for saleProvantage has 10 x X13SAE-F for sale right now at ~$477: PROVANTAGE: Supermicro Motherboard-X13SAE-F-O Supermicro MB Motherboard-X13SAE-F-O W680 LGA1700 No Memory ATX
Between the processor and the chipset, there are plenty of PCIe lanes, but every motherboard manufacturer so far is choosing to use the reference design with all PCIe slots coming from the processor and none from the chipset.and the x8 only x4 instead then ? where to get the PCIe lanes ?
The block diagram in the manual says yes, they are only PCIe 3.0 x1. With the x8 DMI 4.0 connecting the CPU and PCH, you really aren't going to bottleneck much, so I'm a little puzzled why the PCH doesn't have more PCIe connectivity. And, if you do bottleneck, it's likely the 2x M.2 on the PCH or maybe a PCI 5.0 x8 HBA. All the rest of the hardware hanging off the PCH barely makes a dent compared to those.And another question is, are those x4 slots on X13SAE-F indeed x1-only from chipset, or are they Gen 3 PCIe x4?
The two x16 form-factor slots are PCIe 5.0, but share 16 lanes, so you get x16 or x8/x8. This would make a great base for a storage server with 2x HBA that use PCIe 5.0 x8 slots, and on-CPU video. Each HBA could handle 4x M.2 or U.2 at PCI 4.0 x4 speeds, so 10x NVME total (plus one for boot). You could use the on-board SATA for spinning capacity.good question, also are the 16x slots really PCI-E 5.0?
If you find a deal on RAM, let me know. Close to pulling the trigger myself. Their Tested Memory List is pretty barren, I can't even find their listed ECC stick for sale, and DDR5 ECC is pretty rare overall to start with.thinking about pulling the trigger but can't find any DDR5 ECC for sale