Supermicro X9DBL-iF Motherboard

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In this article you will find detailed information about the Supermicro X9DBL-iF Motherboard.

Motherboard Data

Supermicro X9DBL-iF Motherboard

Features

  • Motherboard form factor: 12" x 10" (30.48cm x 25.4cm)
  • CPU socket: Dual Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
  • RAM:
    • Number of DIMM slots: 6
    • Memory type: 1600/1333/1066/800MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM, 72-bit, 240-pin DIMMs
    • Possible sizes of Memory Modules: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, (32GB - RAM Modules are not currently available for this motherboard)
    • Maximum Memory Capacity: Supermicro: 192 GB (ECC Registered memory (R/LRDIMM) or 48 GB (ECC/non-ECC Un-Buffered memory (UDIMM)), currently at Thomas-Krenn: 96 GB.
  • SATA chip: Intel® C602 chipset
    • Das Mainboard has 4x SATA 2.0 (Port 2-5) and 2x SATA 3.0 (Port 0-1) ports.
    • Die Ports are labeled with I-SATA on the motherboard.
    • The onboard SATA-Controller supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10.
    • The onboard SATA-Controller supports the Intel RAID Mode.
    • The SCU Controller has 4x SATA 2.0 ports, these are marked with S-SATA/SAS 0-3.
    • The SCU Controller does not support SAS Drives.
    • The SCU Controller is displayed during the booting process with a private POST (Only when a hard drive is connected).
    • Please Note: Problems may arise when using the SCU with the Intel SATA controller simultaneously.
      • The following problems have been encountered during our product testing:
        • Hard Drives are no longer recognized by the Raid.
        • Raid is no longer available after a reboot.
        • Installating operating systems is not possible.
  • SAS chip: not available
  • LAN-Chip: 2x Intel® 82574L
  • Expansion slots:
    • Please Note: Two CPUs must be installed on the motherboard in order to use all PCI slots! With PCU1 only PCI slots 1,Mit CPU1 können nur die PCI-Slots 1, 2 and 6 can be activated. The 3, 4 and 5 PCI slots are assigned to the second CPU.
    • 1x PCI-E 3.0 (x16) Slot (Slot 6)
    • 3x PCI-E 3.0 (x8) Slots (Slot 3,4,5)
    • 1x PCI-E 3.0 (x4 (in x8)) Slots (Slot 2)
    • 1x PCI-32
  • Internal I/O ports:
    • 1x USB (Type A)
    • 6x SATA Ports
    • 4x SCU Ports
  • External I/O ports:
    • 6x USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear, 4 via header)
    • 1x Realtek RTL8201F PHY (dedicated IPMI)
    • 1x Serial (COM) Port
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse
    • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
  • Graphics chip: Matrox G200eW
    • Graphic interfaces:
      • 1x VGA
  • IPMI chip: Nuvoton WPCM450R IPMI Chip with ATEN-Software

Hardware Revisions

  • Version 1.02
    • The Debian installation process can be carried out with certain hardware configurations in english only. Language packs can be installed after the installation.

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.

  • Version 2.0a
    • Version to update our quality assurance was released on: 5/16/2013.
  • Version 2.0
    • Version to update our quality assurance was released on: 3/21/2013.

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:

Advanced          > Boot Feature                    > Quiet Boot                    > Disable
                  > Chipset Configuration           > North Bridge                  > QPI Configuration    > Isoc   > Enabled
                  > PCIe/PCI/PnP Configuration      > Load Onboard LAN1 Option ROM  > Enabled
                                                    > Load Onboard LAN2 Option ROM  > Enabled

Another option is managing the SATA Raids settings depending on the server configuration.

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

IPMI

IPMI Versions

  • Version 3.15
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 29.11.2013.
    • When updating this firmware the hook should remove the Preserve Configuration - (Unchecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), this is the only way to ensure tha all updates applied and the sensors are properly displayed. The removal of the hook sets the IPMI modules back to the factory defaults and the IP addres and all settings must be reconfigured using ipmicfg or other means - see IPMI Configuration for Supermicro Systems
    • NOTE: This IPMI version resolves security vulnerability issues. For additional information, please see our Wiki article Supermicro IPMI Security Updates November 2013.

NOTE: A 3.xx firmware version may not be reflashed to an underlying (2.xx / 1.xx) version. This can damage the IPMI modules.

  • Version 2.24 ( IPMI Firmware 2.24 Release Notes)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 4/19/2013.
    • When updating this firmware the hook should remove the Preserve Configuration - (Unchecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), this is the only way to ensure tha all updates applied and the sensors are properly displayed. The removal of the hook sets the IPMI modules back to the factory defaults and the IP addres and all settings must be reconfigured using ipmicfg or other means - see IPMI Configuration for Supermicro Systems
    • The KVM console can only be opened after the server has started.
  • Version 2.17 (IPMI Firmware 2.17 Release Notes)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 4/18/2013.
    • When updating this firmware the hook should remove the Preserve Configuration - (Unchecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), this is the only way to ensure tha all updates applied and the sensors are properly displayed. The removal of the hook sets the IPMI modules back to the factory defaults and the IP addres and all settings must be reconfigured using ipmicfg or other means - see IPMI Configuration for Supermicro Systems
    • The KVM console can only be opened after the server has started.

Software Tools

Servers with Supermicro X9DBL-iF

  

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