Supermicro X8DT3-F and X8DT3-LN4F Motherboard

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This article will provide details on the Supermicro X8DT3-F und X8DT3-LN4F Mainboard.

Motherboard Data

Supermicro X8DT3-F Motherboard (2x GBit LAN onboard)
Supermicro X8DT3-LN4F Motherboard (4x GBit LAN onboard)

Features

  • Differences between the Motherboard variants:
    • X8DT3-F: 2x GBit LAN onboard
    • X8DT3-LN4F: 4x GBit LAN onboard
  • Motherboard form factor: Extended ATX (30,5cm x 33cm)
  • CPU socket: 1366-pin
  • RAM:
    • Number of DIMM slots: 12
    • Memory type: 1333/1066/800MHz ECC Registered, ECC, oder Non ECC Unbuffered DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin DIMMs
    • Possible sizes of Memory Modules: 1GiB, 2GiB, 4GiB, 8GiB, 16GiB
    • Maximum Memory Capacity: 192 GiB (ECC Registered), 48 GiB (ECC oder Non ECC Unbuffered)
  • SATA chip: Intel ICH10R SATA 3.0Gbps Controller
  • SAS chip: LSI 1068E 8-Port SAS Controller
  • Expansion slots:
    • 1x PCI-E (x4)
    • 2x PCI 32-Bit (33MHz)
    • 3x PCI-E 2.0 (x8)(1x in x16 Slot)
  • Graphics chip: Matrox G200eW

Hardware Revisions

  • Version 2.01
  • The BIOS must not be flashed back to a version 1.x.
  • An internal RDX SATA drive cannot be used with this mainboard revision, as the RDX drive is only compatible with BIOS versions 1.x. The drive can only be used, when the onboard SATA ports are configured to AHCI mode. A usage of the onboard SATA raid is then not possible.
  • Version 2.00
  • The placement of the CPU sockets has been switched. CPU socket #1 is now located at the back side, CPU socket #2 at the front side.
  • Version 1.02

BIOS

BIOS Demo (clickBIOS)

Demo of this BIOS: clickBIOS X8DT3-F

BIOS Versions

Recommendation: After a BIOS update load the default settings of the BIOS, and adjust the configuration as suggested below at BIOS Configuration.

  • Version 2.0b
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 10.10.2011.
    • The Adaptec onboard RAID controller can now be used, when a SATA CD/DVD drive is connected (see issues of BIOS version 2.0a).
  • Version 2.0a
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 05.10.2010.
    • When a SATA CD/DVD drive is connected to the motherboard, the onboard Adaptec SATA Raid controller cannot be used. The system freezes after pressing "CTRL+A" to enter the RAID Controller BIOS.
    • This BIOS version is incompatible with Tandberg RDX SATA drives. Those drives cannot be used with this BIOS version.
  • Version 2.0
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 30.09.2010.
    • This BIOS version is incompatible with Tandberg RDX SATA drives. Those drives cannot be used with this BIOS version.

Warning: X8DT3-F and X8DT3-LN4F motherboards of hardware revision 2.01, which contain already a BIOS version of 2.x must not be flashed with 1.x BIOS versions. In case of such BIOS downgrades, the system will not boot up again.

  • Version 1.1c (not suitable for motherboard revision 2.01 or newer)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 07.04.2010.
    • Note: Is labeled as Version 1.1b within the BIOS screen.
    • Warning: This BIOS version may only be flashed on boards with hardware revision 2.00 (not on boards with hardware revision 2.01).
    • BIOS with Intel Xeon 5600 "Westmere" support.
    • Necessary when a internal Tandberg RDX SATA drive will be installed.
  • Version 1.1 (not suitable for motherboard revision 2.01 or newer)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 25.01.2010.
  • Version 1.0c (not suitable for motherboard revision 2.01 or newer)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 08.07.2009.
  • Version 1.0a (not suitable for motherboard revision 2.01 or newer)

BIOS Settings

At Thomas Krenn, after loading the default settings the following BIOS configuration adjustments are applied before a server with this motherboard gets its test installation and gets shipped:

Menu Item Advanced

Advanced > Boot Features                 > Quick Boot         > Disable
                                         > Quiet Boot         > Disable
         > PCI/PnP Configuration         > LAN1 Option ROM    > Enabled
                                         > LAN2 Option ROM    > Enabled
                                         > LAN3 Option ROM    > Enabled   (Nur bei X8DT3-LN4F)
                                         > LAN4 Option ROM    > Enabled   (Nur bei X8DT3-LN4F)
         > Hardware Health Configuration > System FAN Monitor > FAN Speed Control Modes > Balanced 

Depending on the server configuration, the following boot options will be configured:

Menu Item Boot

Boot     > Boot Device Priority          > Floppy
                                         > CD/DVD
                                         > Festplatte
                                         > Netzwerk

BIOS Screenshots

Screenshots can be found in the article BIOS Screenshots Supermicro X8DT3-F und X8DT3-LN4F Mainboard

IPMI

IPMI Sensors

Output of all sensors using ipmi-sensors --output-sensor-state --interpret-oem-data (FreeIPMI version 1.0.4.beta0):

ID | Name           | Type              | State    | Reading    | Units | Event
7  | CPU1 Temp      | OEM Reserved      | N/A      | N/A        | N/A   | N/A
8  | CPU2 Temp      | OEM Reserved      | Nominal  | N/A        | N/A   | 'Low'
9  | System Temp    | Temperature       | Nominal  | 36.00      | C     | 'OK'
10 | CPU1 Vcore     | Voltage           | N/A      | N/A        | V     | N/A
11 | CPU2 Vcore     | Voltage           | Nominal  | 1.05       | V     | 'OK'
12 | CPU1 DIMM      | Voltage           | N/A      | N/A        | V     | N/A
13 | CPU2 DIMM      | Voltage           | Nominal  | 1.59       | V     | 'OK'
14 | +1.5V          | Voltage           | Nominal  | 1.52       | V     | 'OK'
15 | +3.3V          | Voltage           | Nominal  | 3.29       | V     | 'OK'
16 | +3.3VSB        | Voltage           | Nominal  | 3.26       | V     | 'OK'
17 | +5V            | Voltage           | Nominal  | 5.02       | V     | 'OK'
18 | +12V           | Voltage           | Nominal  | 12.08      | V     | 'OK'
19 | VBAT           | Voltage           | Nominal  | 3.24       | V     | 'OK'
20 | Fan1           | Fan               | Nominal  | 1080.00    | RPM   | 'OK'
21 | Fan2           | Fan               | Nominal  | 1080.00    | RPM   | 'OK'
22 | Fan3           | Fan               | N/A      | N/A        | RPM   | N/A
23 | Fan4           | Fan               | N/A      | N/A        | RPM   | N/A
24 | Fan5           | Fan               | Nominal  | 945.00     | RPM   | 'OK'
25 | Fan6           | Fan               | N/A      | N/A        | RPM   | N/A
26 | Fan7           | Fan               | Nominal  | 1890.00    | RPM   | 'OK'
27 | Fan8           | Fan               | Nominal  | 1890.00    | RPM   | 'OK'
28 | P1-DIMM1A Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
29 | P1-DIMM1B Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
30 | P1-DIMM2A Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
31 | P1-DIMM2B Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
32 | P1-DIMM3A Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
33 | P1-DIMM3B Temp | Temperature       | N/A      | N/A        | C     | N/A
34 | P2-DIMM1A Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 40.00      | C     | 'OK'
35 | P2-DIMM1B Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 40.00      | C     | 'OK'
36 | P2-DIMM2A Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 41.00      | C     | 'OK'
37 | P2-DIMM2B Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 40.00      | C     | 'OK'
38 | P2-DIMM3A Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 46.00      | C     | 'OK'
39 | P2-DIMM3B Temp | Temperature       | Nominal  | 43.00      | C     | 'OK'
40 | Intrusion      | Physical Security | Nominal  | N/A        | N/A   | 'OK'
41 | PS Status      | Power Supply      | Nominal  | N/A        | N/A   | 'OK'

Note: dependent on the type of server, the list of sensors can be shorter as sensors for not available fans might be removed.

IPMI Versions

  • Version 2.05
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 05.08.2011.
    • During an update of version 2.03 to 2.05, the IP address configurations remains intact even if the option Preserve Configuration (Unchecking this option will restore the factory default settings of BMC) is unchecked. This has the advantage, that there is no need to configure the IPMI IP address again afterwards within the BIOS.
    • The temperature of each DIMM module is displayed in the sensor readings. In our test case we uncheched the checkbox Preserve Configuration (Unchecking this option will restore the factory default settings of BMC) when we upgraded the firmware.
  • Version 2.03
  • Version 1.38
    • Occasionally, chassis intrusion warnings may arise for no reason.
  • Version 1.32
    • corrects wrong thresholds of CPU1 DIMM and CPU2 DIMM
  • Version 1.31
  • Version 1.11

Software Tools

  • Intel ESB2 SATA Matrix Storage Manager
  • ICH10R Management Tool (Adaptec)
  • Supero Doctor
  • IPMI View

Servers with Supermicro X8DT3-F und X8DT3-LN4F

  

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