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SUPERMICRO MBD-H8DCL-6F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual Socket C32 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

  • Dual Socket C32
  • AMD SR5690
  • 8 x 240pin

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MBD-H8DCL-6F-O

SUPERMICRO MBD-H8DCL-6F-O ATX Server Motherboard

Features

MBD-H8DCL-6F-O
  • Dual AMD Opteron™ 4000 series processors (Socket C32) 8/6/4-Core ready; HT3.0 Link support
  • AMD SR5690 + SP5100 Chipset
  • Up to 256GB DDR3 1600MHz ECC Registered DIMM; 8x DIMM sockets
  • Dual Intel® 82574 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • LSI 2008 8-Port 6 Gbps SAS Controller RAID 0, 1, 10; RAID 5 optional
  • 6x SATA (3.0 Gb/s) ports via AMD SP5100 controller, RAID 0, 1, 10
  • Expansion slot: 1 PCI-E 2.0 x8 (in x16 slot) 3 PCI-E 2.0 x8 1 PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8 slot) 1 PCI
  • Integrated Matrox G200eW Graphics
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 with Dedicated LAN

Specifications

Product SKUs
MBD-H8DCL-6F H8DCL-6F (Standard Retail Pack)
Physical Stats
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12" x 10"
Processor/Cache
CPU
  • Dual 1207-pin Socket C32
  • Supports two 8/6/4-Core ready AMD Opteron™ 4000 Series processors
  • HT3.0 Link support
Chipset AMD chipset SR5690 + SP5100
System Memory
Memory Capacity
  • 8 DIMM sockets
  • Supports up to 256GB Registered ECC or 64GB Unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR3 1600/1333/1066 SDRAM in 8 DIMMs
  • Dual channel memory bus
  • For Dual CPUs: Recommended that memory be populated equally in adjacent memory banks
Memory Type Registered ECC or unb. ECC / non-ECC DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs
DIMM Sizes 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Memory Voltage 1.35V or 1.5V
On-Board Devices
SATA AMD SP5100 (RAID 0, 1, 10)
SAS
  • LSI 2008 8 port SAS controller
  • RAID 0, 1, 10; RAID 5 Optional
  • Optional: AOC-SAS2-RAID5-KEY RAID 5 support
IPMI
  • Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0
  • IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM over LAN support
  • Winbond® WPCM450 BMC
Network Controllers
  • 2 Intel® 82574L single-port Gigabit Ethernet Controllers
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T support
VGA Matrox G200eW 16MB DDR2
Super I/O Winbond® W83527 chip
Input / Output
SATA 6x SATA (3Gb/s) ports
SAS
  • Integrated LSI 2008 SAS2 Controller
  • Eight Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) ports
LAN
  • 2 RJ45 LAN ports
  • 1 RJ45 Dedicated LAN supports IPMI
USB
  • 7x USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 rear, 1 Type-A, 2 headers for 4 ports
VGA 1x VGA port
Serial Ports 2x Fast UART 16550 serial port (one header & one port)
Power
  • SSI 24-pin + 8-pin + 8-pin power connectors / EPS12V
  • Note: Two 8-pin connectors are required to support 2 CPUs due to SSI spec
Others 1 SATA DOM power connector, TPM header
Expansion Slots
PCI-E
  • 1 PCI-E 2.0 x8 (in x16 slot)
  • 3 PCI-E 2.0 x8
  • 1 PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8 slot)
  • 1 PCI
System BIOS
BIOS Type 16Mb SPI Flash ROM with AMI® BIOS
BIOS Features
  • Plug and Play (PnP)
  • DMI 2.3
  • PCI 2.2
  • ACPI 2.0
  • USB Keyboard Support
  • SMBIOS 2.3
Management
Software
  • IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) 2.0
  • SuperDoctor® III
Power Configurations
  • ACPI Power Management
  • Wake-On-LAN (WOL) header
  • Keyboard Wakeup from Soft-Off
  • Power-on mode control for AC power loss recovery
PC Health Monitoring
CPU
  • Monitors CPU Core Voltages, +1.8V, +3.3V, +5V, +12V, +3.3V Standby, VBAT, HT, memory, chipset
  • CPU switching voltage regulator
FAN
  • Up to 6-fan status tachometer monitoring
  • Up to 6x 4-pin fan headers
  • Status monitor for speed control
  • 4-pin fan support (w/o speed control)
  • Low noise fan speed control (4-pin fan only)
  • Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) fan connectors
Temperature
  • Monitoring for CPU and chassis environment
  • CPU Thermal Trip Support
  • Thermal control for 8x Fan connectors
  • I2C Temperature Sensing Logic
LED
  • CPU / System Overheat LED
  • +5V Standby Alert LED
Other Features
  • Chassis Intrusion Detection
  • Chassis Intrusion Header

What's in the Box

MBD-H8DCL-6F-O

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 3/22/2016 7:43:14 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent all-rounder server board

Pros: About a year ago, I was in the market to replace my aging virtual machine host and NAS combo (yay feature creep!) with something a bit more modern, and actually aimed at what I was using the hardware for. I also needed to replace my aging (and long out of driver support) RAID card. That meant finding something that could have plenty of CPU cores, gobs of RAM, and lots of HDDS. And, for the value-minded customer, this board is it.

This is one feature-packed board, all in a rather miniscule ATX package: dual socket C32 CPUs, max 256GB of RAM, 8 SAS and 6 SATA HDDs. And all the parts are quality chips: the NICs are Intel 82574L, the SAS is an LSI 2008 chip, heck, and even the built-in video is a Matrox G200e! There are plenty of PCIe slots, 1 in x16 and 4 in X8; just about any kind of card combo you can think of will fit, although you need to be mindful that the x16 slot only has 8 lanes attached. All of the fan headers are PWM (I guess I'm showing my age when that feels like a nice feature …) There's even an IDE plug if you still have an old DVD-RAM drive kicking around that you just happen to want to plug in … <_<

Setup was pretty easy, even in a tight case. The ATX size for a dual CPU board means that everything is really tightly packed, though most things are positioned far better than other boards I've used: power is all together near the front edge, the 12 drive connectors are all clustered (but not, sadly, along the front edge of the board, angled 90 degrees). Sadly, with all these items, some cramping happens (especially with having an IDE plug in the mix); all the USB headers are pushed to the back of the case, which isn't ideal (I had to use an extension to get the front case USB plugs to work).

The BIOS is actually a pretty good server board one. Of note is that the default for SATA is IDE emulation (bleah!), so changing that to AHCI is a good idea. Other options include being able to enable or disable just about everything the board has to offer, which is nice for those that want to lock down this or that.

On the OS side of things, whatever OS you choose should have built-in drivers for pretty much everything. Windows 2012 R2 has drivers for all but the GPU (although I can't see what you'd get extra from the Matrox driver, I installed it anyway, because I have a lot of love for them from the 90s and wanted the warm-fuzzies). You can update the SAS driver from LSI's page, but it isn't really needed. Both FreeBSD 10 and CentOS 7 were a similar story of everything "just working" out of the box.

I've paired this board with an AMD 4386 and 32GB of RAM (for now), and it's been running both cool and quiet ever since. The electricity bill is actually about the same as the Core2 Quad era Xeon setup it replaced, for a lot more capabilities. And while the manual says it needs a "proprietary power supply," all it really needs is two 8-pin power connectors for dual CPU usage.

Cons: There's a huge lack of heatsinks designed specifically for the bolt-down socket C32, so you'll likely have to go with a clip-down desktop heatsink. And also due to the size of the board, you'll have to be careful about the size and orientation that the heatsinks will be in so you don't have them running into each other.

As feature-packed as this board is, having only two gigabit NICs kinda sucks. And while the IPMI will run over them just fine, the third NIC is actually dedicated for IPMI (it's connected directly to the management chip and unusable by the OS). While it's easy to toss a multi-NIC card into one of the PCIe slots, I wouldn't have complained to have lost one of them to have a couple more built-in.

The only nitpicky thing I can say about the IPMI is the webpage console redirection is done via a Java applet. Having banished Java from my browser, it hasn't been as good of a use to me as I'd had hoped. I've not tired the SuperDoctor software yet, mainly because version III won't install on Windows versions after 7.

All of the Opteron chipsets are getting very long in the tooth and lack a lot of rather nicer new things. There's no UEFI, USB 3, PCIe 3.0, or SATA 3. The upside is that missing drivers aren't even a passing concern with any modern OS; everything is going to work out of the box with minimal fuss. If you have any performance needs, just hook your HDDs to the SAS controller and just act like the SATA ports don't exist.

One part of the BIOS that did annoy me a lot, was the seriously old-school way the boot drive selection works. The way it works is very much server mentality that should have died out in the early 2000s. It has a list of devices, and you sort it to pick a device; but that list isn't adaptive or generalized in any way. If you have a CD drive permanently installed, you can place it higher than the boot HDD; but if you want to boot off of USB? Well, that's tougher, as this list isn't dynamic at boot and you can't put a place-holder of "USB bootable device" in the order. To boot off USB, you have to boot up with it plugged in, enter the BIOS, change the order to have it above other bootable media, and then restart with it plugged into the same place. Even el-cheapo Dells let me mash F12 and choose from the enumerated boot devices. (In a bigger environment, I could use a PXE server as a boot choice and have that always higher that the local disk; problem is, in my home environment, this server IS my PXE server, so …)

Flashing the LSI 2008 to IT mode is a bit harder than it should be (this is really LSI's fault). SuperMicro has, buried on their FTP site, a DOS batch file that more-or-less does it, but I'd say you should hop onto LSI's site to get the latest firmware to use in the process. I had to make a DOS bootdisk (yes, for a board made in 2014) to get the flash utility to actually overwrite the IR firmware with the IT one; some people have had luck doing so with the Windows tool, but all I got was errors.

Other Thoughts: I've not looked at or messed with the SATA RAID options, but the documentation mentions Dot Hill drivers; Dot Hill is the company that, ultimately, owns the Ciprico RAID tech. Having owned own of their old cards, all the heavy-lifting of the RAID is done in software instead of dedicated hardware. And it was actually pretty decent on the performance front. Take that aside as you may, though.

In a lot of ways, AMD is hurting and is retreating out of the Opteron server arena that they've done so well in serving for over a decade. Intel has been on the warpath with more calculations per clock at even lower power needs, but with their edge over AMD, they've slid back into charging sky-high prices while also fragmenting their Xeon lines into an unholy mess. AMD, while no saint when it comes to complicating their CPU lines (why are there TWO different dual CPU capable sockets and CPU lines?), they've at least tried to keep all their lines up to the same CPU architecture, while also keeping the costs in a reasonable realm. And this board is yet another notch in their belt for delivering quality goods at a reasonable price. It's just too bad that it's near impossible to find now.

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  • Richard L.
  • 2/7/2016 11:40:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent board

Pros: This is a great server board.. 2 chip sockets (C32). It also has 6 SATA and 8 SAS connections making it capable of quite a lot of drives.. Excellent for future expansion.

Cons: It's socket C32.. Which seems to be a challenge to find CPU coolers for. The ones that fit the socket tend to be vertically too tall for a 3U rack case.

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  • John P.
  • 11/29/2015 4:13:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKVM/Storage Box

Pros: On-board LSI-2008. Dual socket. RAM capacity. Lots of SAS & SATA ports. Dual NIC's. Dedicated IPMI port.

Cons: In a dream world this would have 14 SAS ports all on the LSI 2008 but that's not really a complaint... just a dream.

Other Thoughts: I currently running 10 KVM instances on this build as well as a storage array that is shared among a number of them. It's up 24/7 without a glitch so far. With 32GB of RAM and single Opteron 4386 there's a whole heck of a lot more I can throw at this beast. It's overkill for what I'm using it for but I have bigger plans for it in the future and look forward to the day when I have to add a second proc!

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  • Patrick M.
  • 3/17/2015 8:02:09 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreeNAS box

Pros: Integrated LSI SAS2008 controller, which can easily be flashed with the IT firmware. Very useful when running FreeNAS as the OS should have direct access to the disks. This board offers plenty of room for upgrades as they are needed.

Cons: None that I can think of. This build runs 24/7 without issue.

Other Thoughts: Did a lot of research to find the right server board for my FreeNAS build. I only populated one CPU socket. Don't really need the second with FreeNAS but the option to add another is useful in case I plan to run additional plugins that are more demanding. Currently have two 16 GB sticks of registered ECC for 32 GB total. Having the ability to add 6 more sticks will be useful as I upgrade the ZFS array in the future.

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  • William A.
  • 4/1/2014 6:20:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVOIP_SYS

Pros: Great motherboard for my VMWARE server. Cheap and has dual CPU and Memory slots.

Cons: None

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  • Atlantis S.
  • 12/14/2013 1:57:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDOA?

Pros: I have two of these already. They are incredible boards and a great value. I got this one DOA. :-( Sad. NewEgg RMA is always fast and happy... I'm sure I'll have the replacement in a week or so.

Cons: None really. I've been ordering Supermicro for server boards for the last 6 months and they are really so good, I'm ordering their cases now.

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  • Ryan F.
  • 11/17/2013 1:30:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value for the money

Pros: Good price. IPMI works great.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard, does exactly what it promises to do. Strongly recommend.

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  • Ann J.
  • 4/7/2013 2:42:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFull orchestra audio workstation

Pros: With this motherboard setup, I've finally got the power at the cost I need to mock-up a realistic sounding, full symphony orchestra using a music notation program (Sibelius 7.1), rather than a sequencer. The difference? I can write an orchestral score just as I might on paper and still obtain a reasonable rendering of the music, something that was beyond the cost of the typical PC as recent as 2010. No pops or clicks. 16bit CD quality (44100 kHz)

I've pushed this machine at times: 16 cores running at 99% utilization (~12 GBs of data loaded in RAM) for 8 hours straight about 10 times in the last six months. Lots of shorter multi-hour runs as well. When on occasion Sibelius or Kontakt gets flaky and crashes, I now know it is not because of lack of resources.

Although this is a smaller board, the layout is well-designed, and even though I'm using the enormous Noctua CPU cooling fans installation was pretty straightforward. It is in Supermicro's standard tower case, BTW, despite using two Noctua units (one of the 5.25" fans wouldn't fit, but no problem for the other three).

Cons: Should come with more than 2 rear USB ports, and a single PCI slot is only barely enough for a workstation. Has trouble booting from Acronis Trueimage so I'm using a freeware Linux backup utility off from Hiren's Boot CD 11.1. NOTE: most cooling solutions will be LOUD and so this may not meet the requirements of most live recording artists, unless they connect remotely (say, via network) so that the actual machine resides in another room than the studio).

Other Thoughts: Hear the results on Youtube; search for the Novaclassica channel. I'm buying another entire system as a spare. In more than a dozen years, this is the first system under $3,000 that will handle the demands I require, and it is reliable.

Software:
Sibelius 7.1 music notation (18 staves, 70 instruments, 100+ pages)
Kontakt 5.03 sample player (up to 410 simultaneous voices)

Hardware:
* Windows 7 Pro 64bit
* 2 x AMD Opteron 4284 Valencia 3.0GHz Socket C32 95W
8-Core Server Processor
* 2 x Noctua NH-U12DO A3 for AMD Opteron Servers CPU Cooler
* SUPERMICRO MBD-H8DCL-6F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual Socket C32 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
* 4 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Hynix C Model KVR16R11D4/8HC
* M-AUDIO Audiophile2496 Soundcard PCI 4-In-4-Out Professional Audio (26 ms latency as measured by Kontakt, 92.88 latency as measured by Sibelius)
* EVGA 512-P3-1300-LR GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card
* PLANAR PX2710MW Black 27" Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor
* 3 x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500GLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
* Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
* SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HD
* ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
* SuperMicro PWS-865-PQ 865W Single Server Power Supply
* SUPERMICRO CSE-733TQ-645B Mid-Tower & Workstation Server Case
Software:
Sibelius 7.1 music notation (18 staves, 70 instruments, 100+ pages)
Kontakt 5.03 sample player (200 - 300 simultaneous voices)

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