My 8 core Intel Xeon D-1541 arrives by mid February, no ETA on 12 and 16 core models

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 3 2016 (updated on Feb 11 2016) in
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  • It's time. By mid-February, I'll have a new Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower to tinker with for a bit. Since word got out last November, perhaps you've been patiently waiting for this 2nd wave to arrive, of the beloved Xeon D-1500 SoC (System on a Chip). This article gives you a summary of what to expect.

    Here's what I know, so far

    • This SuperServer system SKU of SYS-5028D-TN4T stays the same

    • The included motherboard SKU X10SDV-TLN4F also stays the same, note the specs page for the motherboard already show both CPUs:

      Intel® Xeon® processor D-1540/1541,
      Single socket FCBGA 1667;
      8-Core, 16 Threads, 45W

    • Same SKUs also means no changes in order pages at TinkerTry or Wiredzone:
      Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions

    • I plan to make sure that SR-IOV works under VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 1b

    • I will have a good look at the BIOS, and see if there are any changes since my recommended 1.0b settings, other than just the addition of SR-IOV

    • The availability of Supermicro's 12 core and 16 core variants of the growing Intel Xeon D 1500 product line aren't yet known, the family is called X10 UP (Uni-processor), 45W for the current 8-Cores and upcoming 12-Cores model, 65W for the 16-Cores, seen pictured below - that extra 20 watts would be about $26 extra cost per year, if left running 24x7

    • I don't yet know how to determine what date the Wiredzone inventory will cut over, but I suspect by the 3rd week of February it's likely any new orders will have the Xeon D-1541 on board, I'll keep the order page information up to date

    Here's what I'm currently planning to test

    Here's in depth coverage you might enjoy

    5028D-TN4T chassis, X10SDV-TLN4F, X10SDV-12C-TLN4F, and X10SDV-16C+-TLN4F motherboard specs. Note that all 3 have the same motherboard features, only the pre-installed soldered-on CPU specs vary.

    Intel ARK (CPU specs)

    Here's the relevant ARK pages:

    and here's the comparison page, Xeon D-1540 versus Xeon D-1541:

    Feb 06 2016 Update

    It's here! My Xeon D-1541 loaner arrived on Feb 5 2016, in the same SYS-5028D-TN4T form that I'm accustomed to. Basic testing has already begun, BIOS 1.0b versus 1.0c BIOS comparisons coming up. For now, see also:

    Feb 11 2016 Update

    See also at TinkerTry

    I also plan to do some thermal testing of my various SSDs, should be fun!

    Video and Audio sped-up 4X, showing Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVMe during initial power-up. You'll even hear the BIOS speaker beep at the end of POST.