Supermicro X8SIL and X8SIL-F Motherboard

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This article will provide details on the Supermicro X8SIL and X8SIL-F Motherboards. This motherboard reached its end-of-sale date, its successor is the Supermicro X9SCM-F Motherboard.

Motherboard Data

Supermicro X8SIL Motherboard (no IPMI, 4 SATA Ports without RAID)
Supermicro X8SIL-F Motherboard (with IPMI, 6 SATA Ports with RAID (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 supported))

Features

  • Differences between the Motherboard variants:
    • X8SIL: no IPMI, 4 SATA Ports without RAID
    • X8SIL-F: with IPMI, 6 SATA Ports with RAID (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 supported)
  • Motherboard form factor: Micro ATX (24.4cm x 24.4cm)
  • CPU socket: 1156-pin
  • RAM:
    • Number of DIMM slots: 4
    • Memory type: 1333/1066/800MHz ECC Registered, Unbuffered
    • Possible sizes of Memory Modules: 1GiB, 2GiB, 4GiB, 8GiB
    • Maximum Memory Capacity: 32GiB (ECC Registered), 16GiB (Unbuffered)
  • SATA chip: Intel BD3420 PCH
    • On the X8SIL-F motherboard six SATA ports are available RAID operation. The X8SIL motherboard, however, has only four SATA ports and there is no RAID function available.
    • The chassis being used and the specific configuration of your server will determine the number of disks that can be connected onboard.
  • LAN-Chip: Intel 82574L
  • Expansion slots:
    • 2x PCI-E 2.0 (x8)
    • 1x PCI-E (x4 in x8 Slot)
    • 1x PCI 32-Bit (5.0V to Board Revision 1.01 / 3.3V from Board Revision 1.02)
  • Graphics chip: Matrox G200eW 16MB DDR2

Hardware Revisions

  • Version 1.02
    • As part of the revision an Energy-Saving Jumper has been added, which affects the function of IPMI module and the AC Power Loss BIOS option. For more information and other changes, see Revision_changes X8SIL-F.
    • PCI 32-Bit slots only support 3.3V after this revision
  • Version 1.01
    • PCI 32-Bit slots supports 5.0V

BIOS

BIOS Versions

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

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    > Load Onboard LAN1 Option ROM  > Enabled
                                             > Load Onbaord LAN2 Option ROM  > Enabled
                  > Hardware Health Monitor  > Fan Speed Control Mode        > Balanced

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

Menu item Boot

Boot              > Boot Device Priority     > 1st Boot Device               > CD/DVD
                                             > 2nd Boot Device               > Festplatten

IPMI

IPMI Versions

Remote management is only available on the Super X8SIL-F motherboard version. IPMI modules cannot be retrofitted on the X8SIL motherboard!

  • Version 2.66
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 29.11.2013.
    • When updating this firmware, the hook should remove the preserved configuration - (Unckecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), as a way to ensure that all updates are applied, and the sensors are properly displayed. The removal of the hook sets the IPMI modules back to factory defaults and the IP address and all settings must be reconfigured, e.g. by ipmicfg or for other examples - see IPMI configuration for Supermicro systems.
  • Caution: This firmware is not the same as the older version 2.58 that was released on 22.05.2012.
  • Version 2.58
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 07.05.2013.
    • When updating this firmware, the hook should remove the preserved configuration - (Unckecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), as a way to ensure that all updates are applied, and the sensors are properly displayed. The removal of the hook sets the IPMI modules back to factory defaults and the IP address and all settings must be reconfigured, e.g. by ipmicfg or for other examples - see IPMI configuration for Supermicro systems.
  • Caution: This firmware is not the same as the older version 2.58 that was released on 27.10.2011.
  • Version 2.66
  • Version 2.58
  • Version 2.27
  • Version 2.02
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 27.08.2010.
  • Version 1.37
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 01.06.2010.
  • Version 1.30
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 17.02.2010.
  • Version 1.28
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 13.01.2010.

Software Tools

  • SATA Management - Intel(R) Rapid Storage Manager
  • Supero Doctor
  • IPMI View

Servers with Supermicro X8SIL und X8SIL-F

  

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