Tuesday, January 12th 2016

GIGABYTE Launches Line of Server Boards Based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 Family

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, releases today its line of server motherboards based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, a System-on-a-Chip platform aimed at low power and high density server applications. This new lineup includes at launch four models of Mini-ITX boards mixing different SKUs of the Xeon D-1500 processors and different networking solutions.

Based on the Broadwell microarchitecture, the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family features System-on-a-Chip processors based on the 14nm process. Designed for high density and scale-out server infrastructures, these processors focus on high power efficiency while maintaining datacenter grade features. Through this density and computing power, this processor family aims at lowering the total cost of ownership of server, storage and networking applications.
MB10-DS4 Server Motherboard
  • Mini-ITX form factor
  • Intel Xeon D-1521 processor (4 cores, 8 threads)
  • Dual 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports + Dual GbE LAN ports
  • Up to 128GB of ECC DDR4 memory @ 2133MHz
  • 6 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Integrated Easy BIOS update utility
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM
MB10-DS3 Server Motherboard
  • Mini-ITX form factor
  • Intel Xeon D-1541 processor (8 cores, 16 threads)
  • Dual 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports + Dual GbE LAN ports
  • Up to 128GB of ECC DDR4 memory @ 2133MHz
  • 6 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Integrated Easy BIOS update utility
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM
MB10-DS1 Server Motherboard
  • Mini-ITX form factor
  • Intel Xeon D-1521 processor
  • Dual GbE LAN ports
  • Up to 128GB of ECC DDR4 memory @ 2133MHz
  • 6 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Integrated Easy BIOS update utility
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM
MB10-DS0 Server Motherboard
  • Mini-ITX form factor
  • Intel Xeon D-1541 processor
  • Dual GbE LAN ports
  • Up to 128GB of ECC DDR4 memory @ 2133MHz
  • 6 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Integrated Easy BIOS update utility
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Launches Line of Server Boards Based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 Family

#1
theJesus
SFP+ right on the board? Nice!
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I know this is a server board, and has remote management, but VGA only? Really? Some of us do still like to plug in a monitor, and my rack only has DVI now...
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Aquinus
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newtekie1, post: 3400660, member: 20670"
I know this is a server board, and has remote management, but VGA only? Really? Some of us do still like to plug in a monitor, and my rack only has DVI now...
At work every rackmount server we have has VGA. Simply put the ATI ES1000 and ASPEED graphics chips only can do analog IIRC and are very commonly used on server hardware because its low power and cheap. If it's a 1366 server board or a 2011(-3) server board, VGA is the thing you'll see more often than not. Simply put, most server hardware, aside from E3 Xeons, don't tend to have anything other than VGA onboard. Plus, remote management is the way to go nowadays. There is a reason why most server hardware has a variant with IPMI or some other remote management software.

I kind of wish I could replace my gateway server with one of these or one of the ones SuperMicro has already had on the market. They just cost too much (north of 800 USD.)
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#4
Octavean
theJesus, post: 3400620, member: 56474"
SFP+ right on the board? Nice!
Yeah, Dual 10GbE SFP+ is nice!!!!
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#5
theJesus
newtekie1, post: 3400660, member: 20670"
I know this is a server board, and has remote management, but VGA only? Really? Some of us do still like to plug in a monitor, and my rack only has DVI now...
Honestly, why would you bother with a monitor when you have IPMI KVM? On the off-chance that you do need to, you're probably just grabbing whatever 10-20yr old spare monitor is lying around in the datacenter, which is probably VGA only anyways.
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#6
ironwolf
Wow, lots of redundant info listed. They could have consolidated all the common features in one listing instead of listing them four times. :p
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#7
Solaris17
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Aquinus, post: 3400667, member: 102461"
At work every rackmount server we have has VGA. Simply put the ATI ES1000 and ASPEED graphics chips only can do analog IIRC and are very commonly used on server hardware because its low power and cheap. If it's a 1366 server board or a 2011(-3) server board, VGA is the thing you'll see more often than not. Simply put, most server hardware, aside from E3 Xeons, don't tend to have anything other than VGA onboard. Plus, remote management is the way to go nowadays. There is a reason why most server hardware has a variant with IPMI or some other remote management software.

I kind of wish I could replace my gateway server with one of these or one of the ones SuperMicro has already had on the market. They just cost too much (north of 800 USD.)
My supermicro board has VGA only as well but I mainly use IPMI. I do have a monitor hooked up so I can access the system in emergencies and thats power over ASPEED 2400
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xvi
Aquinus, post: 3400667, member: 102461"
I kind of wish I could replace my gateway server with one of these or one of the ones SuperMicro has already had on the market. They just cost too much (north of 800 USD.)
Ouch. I wonder if these will be any cheaper.
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Aquinus
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xvi, post: 3400886, member: 32389"
Ouch. I wonder if these will be any cheaper.
Doubt it. The CPU itself is worth just under 600 USD, so 800 USD is the low end of prices, it goes north from there. That is for the D-1541 8c/16t part, not the 1521 quad-core part.
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#10
xvi
Aquinus, post: 3401052, member: 102461"
Doubt it. The CPU itself is worth just under 600 USD, so 800 USD is the low end of prices, it goes north from there. That is for the D-1541 8c/16t part, not the 1521 quad-core part.
There go my dreams for a nice crunching rig. :cry:
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Aquinus
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xvi, post: 3401315, member: 32389"
There go my dreams for a nice crunching rig. :cry:
That 800 is for the motherboard and CPU though. In all seriousness, you're spending a similar amount for a 1P or 2P board and a similarly clocked E5 Xeon but, you're not getting an SoC, a small form factor, or a TDP that low. It's probably a preview of what we're going to be seeing with E5 v4s, at least I hope.
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