Supermicro X9DRi-F Motherboard

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This article will provide details on the Supermicro X9DRi-F Motherboard.

Motherboard Data

Supermicro X9DRi-F Motherboard

Features

  • Motherboard form factor: E-ATX, 12" x 13" (30.5cm x 33.2cm)
  • CPU socket: Dual Socket R (LGA 2011)
  • RAM:
    • Number of DIMM slots: 16
    • 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 modules are currently not available)
    • Maximum Memory Capacity: 512 GB (ECC Registered memory (RDIMM)) or 128 GB (ECC Un-Buffered memory (UDIMM)), currently available at Thomas Krenn: 256 GB ECC RDIMM
  • SATA chip: PCH C602
    • The motherboard has 8x SATA2 and 2x SATA3 ports:
    • The onboard SATA controller supports only the Intel RAID mode (no other RAID modes)
    • The SATA port division is as follows:
      • 2x SATA3 ports (individual ports)
      • 4x SATA2 ports (individual ports)
      • 4x SATA2 ports (multilane - SCU)
    • Important notes regarding the SATA ports:
      • SATA2 and SATA3 ports should not be put together in a single RAID.
      • Each controller has its own management BIOS.
      • Only one of the two 4x SATA2 controllers can be used in the RAID mode. The installation of operating systems can run into problems when RAID mode is activated for both controllers.
  • LAN-Chip: Intel I350
  • Expansion slots:
    • Note: The PCIe root complex is located within the CPU. PCIe slots 1, 2, and 3 are are controlled by CPU1. PCIe slots 4, 5, and 6 by CPU2. To enable the use of all PCIe slots, two CPUs must be installed.
    • 3x PCI-E 3.0 (x16) Slots (Slot 2/4/6)
    • 3x PCI-E 3.0 (x8) Slots (Slot 1/3/5)
  • Internal I/O ports:
    • 6x SATA Ports (2x SATA 3.0, 4x SATA 2.0 Ports)
    • 4x SCU Ports
  • External I/O ports:
    • IPMI 2.0
    • 2x Fast UART 16550 Connection: 9-pin RS-232 Port
    • 4x USB Ports Rear (USB 0/1, USB 2/3), 6x USB Headers (USB 4/5, USB 8/9, USB 10/11), 1x Type A (USB 7)
  • Graphics chip: Matrox G200eW
    • Graphic interfaces:
      • 1x VGA port
  • IPMI chip: Nuvoton WPCM450R IPMI Chip with ATEN-Software

Hardware Revisions

  • Version 1.11A
    • Starting with BIOS version 1.0a, the BIOS displays 'X9DR3-F' as the name of the motherboard.

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 3.0a (BIOS-Date 07/31/2013)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 09.09.2013.
  • Version 1.1 (BIOS-Date 10/03/2012)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 03.12.2012.
  • Version 1.0b (BIOS-Date 04/19/2012)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 24.05.2012.
    • Starting with this BIOS version, Emulex NICs can be used with this motherboard.
    • Starting with BIOS version 1.0a, the BIOS displays 'X9DR3-F' as the name of the motherboard.

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
                  > PCIe/PCI/PnP Configuration      > Load Onboard LAN1 Option ROM  > Enabled
                                                    > Load Onbaord LAN2 Option ROM  > Enabled

Depending on the server configuration, thethe SATA Raids settings options can be configured:

Boot              > Boot Options 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 preserved configuration - (Unckecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), only to ensure that 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 by ipmicfg means or another way, see IPMI Configuration for Supermicro Systems
    • NOTE: This IPMI version resolves security vulnerability issues. For more 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: 19.04.2013.
    • When updating this firmware the hook should remove the preserved configuration - (Unckecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), only to ensure that 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 by ipmicfg means or another way, see IPMI Configuration for Supermicro Systems
  • Version 1.76
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department: 31.01.2013.
    • When updating this firmware the hook should remove the preserved configuration - (Unckecking this option will restore the factory default setting of BMC), only to ensure that that all updates are applied and the sensors are properly displayed.
  • Version 1.63 (IPMI Firmware 1.63 Release Notes)
    • Signed off for general usage by our QA department on: 29.05.2012.

Software Tools

Servers with Supermicro X9DRi-F

  

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