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Replacement for an Supermicro X10SL7-F

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Hello Community,

 

Happy New Year 2019!!

 

I have started 2019 with a motherboard I need to replace. It is an Supermicro X10SL7-F. It's out of warranty and I've tried to get a replacement but it's looking more expensive here in AUS to buy the board now than it is to buy a new one. So, I'm thinking upgrade. Happy to spend some money if the upgrade is worth it.

 

The board was excellent as it had just the right amount of sata ports as well as IPMI. I also run 3 VM's (1 with a low powered Nvidia GC) and a handful of dockers which only test the CPU every now and then.

 

Last year I considered 2 x gaming / 4k VMs (requiring 2 x16 GC's) but the board only had an x8 and an x4 PCI slot which was the only limitation I ever found (speed and number of slots) which meant I just left things as they were. 2 x Gbe - plus 1 for IPMI - has been fine (dont and cant see need for 10Ge).

 

On the board there is an Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1241v3 (8M Cache, 3.50 GHz), 2 x Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3/DDR3L-1600MT/s (PC3-12800) DR x8 ECC UDIMM Server Memory and is powered by a Corsair HX850i 80 Plus Platinum 850W Power Supply.

 

I'd like to reuse parts if possible.

 

Has anyone upgraded the same board recently and or would like to chime in with some suggestions or thoughts!?!

 

Thanks in as advance.

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I had that board (technically still have it). There's no "direct" upgrade for it, that supports E3 Xeons. If you are willing to go up to the E5 line there's the X10SRM-F, which can take up to 128GB of ram if you use 32gb RDIMMs though most people find 32 or 64 to be more sane. The 2680v3 is a big jump in cores (12) and a step down in clock speed (2.7/3.3) from the E3 you have. There's also the 2660v3, which is the 10 core version, slightly higher clock speeds, and cheaper.

 

E5's draw more power (the 2680v3 is 120TDP, the 2660 105, vs 80 for your CPU) but in day to day use I haven't found that to be an issue.

 

You can find all of this retail or on Ebay. This is my setup:

 

Supermicro X10SRM-F ($280, new)
E-2680v3 ($290, used)
64gb DDR4 ECC RDimms 16x4 ($115x4/$460, new)
Intel x540 10GBase-T NIC ($140, used, the SFP+ variants are usually cheaper)
$1170 total. Only the CPU and NIC are used, and I'm not worried about Intel failing on me.

 

You can find the board and ram used to if you want to go cheaper (or maybe it's cheaper that way via Ebay in AUS?). Mine is installed in a Node 804, like so:

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I'm running almost the same motherboard.  X10SLH-F.  This is one of the few haswell E3 boards that have 3 pcie slots.

 

 

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