Supermicro Show Off Their Latest Motherboards and Systems
Peter Donnell / 2 years ago
We’re big fans of Supermicro here at eTeknix. Typically, I would say they don’t always have the best-looking motherboards. However, what they do focus on is reliability, build quality, and performance. Given their enterprise and server history, this should come as no surprise. Of course, they put that knowledge into the consumer market too. There’s nothing quite new on this line up (above, but close-ups below). However, it’s a solid and competent lineup for Z390 and X299, offering everything from full-size solutions down to mATX and mITX. This includes their superb C9Z390-PGW, which set a world record of 7511.11 MHz with the i9-9900K. Of course, that was with the help of a lot of LN2.
Also on display is their more affordable B360 board, which still comes with RGB headers and a great range of other features.
Their current flagship X299 board too, it’s been out since mid-last-year though, but still a great looking board.
Now this one is exciting, their new server case with E-ATX support. It’s still a work in progress, so expect some refinements. However, it features room for many GPUs, eight hot-swap HDD bays in the front and other ease-of-use features. It is also sporting their new X111SPA-TF motherboard. This board supports all the latest Xeon processors, with 12 DIMM slots for 1.5TB of DDR$, and 7 full-size PCIe lanes. Combined, if you’re building a server, rendering rig, or some doomsday device, this will be a great combo.
This amazingly little beast really stole the show for us though. It’s a small form factor system with a C9Z390-CG-IW motherboard inside. Although, it will likely be sold as barebones anyway. However, you’ll notice it appears to be two chassis stuck together.
In the left side, you’ll find the GPU chamber, kind of like an eGPU solution.
You could technically buy the slim version for use with just the CPU and iGPU. However, you can clamp on the other module for adding GPU support. More so, they’re freely modular. So if you can take the whole thing to another office, or just the GPU or CPU side of it. It’s pretty clever. A business could buy 20 of the small ones, and 5 add ones, and move the GPUs around in a flash to other systems as needed.
It’ll handle up to an RTX 2080 in size, but even still, there’s custom loop cooling in here, plenty of fans, and much more. For such a small system to hold so much power is simply amazing.
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