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We now have additional Intel Xeon D-1540 systems hitting the STH lab. One of them is a Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F which is a production spec platform. This means that the system has a full speed Intel Xeon D-1540 2.0GHz processor, not the 1.9GHz version we saw in the Intel Beverly Cove microserver engineering system nor the Supermicro X10SDV-F we worked with during the announcement this week.

A few quick notes on what we will be returning with in terms of performance next week:

  • Production Xeon D-1540 – the new version runs at the full 2.0GHz base clock speed instead of the previous 1.9GHz base.

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F – Intel Xeon D-1540 BIOS

  • Additional RAM – we will be testing the Xeon D-1540 with a full 128GB of supported memory (4x 32GB Samsung RDIMMs), up from the 64GB we used for our initial tests
  • 10Gbase-T Ethernet – the new motherboard utilizes higher-speed networking in addition to the two gigabit Intel i350-am2 ports

We do have the Intel pre-production system setup with 6x Intel S3700 400GB SSDs and the Supermicro pre-production system running a Samsung XP941 PCIe 2.0 m.2 drive and a Virident FlashMAX II 550GB PCIe SSD along with 4x Intel S3500 800GB SSDs for storage and are actively exploring different configurations.

Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F – View

One can see the addition of the PHY for the 10Gbase-T interfaces, along with some additional cooling on the SoC itself as compared to the pre-production and 10Gbase-T less X10SDV-F we looked at a few weeks ago.

Compare your server to the Intel Xeon D-1540

In preparation of releasing results next week, you can get ready to compare your server to the Intel Xeon D-1540 8 core / 16 thread processor. Run Linux-Bench by simply:

  1. Boot to a Ubuntu LiveCD
  2. Make yourself root: sudo su –
  3. Install curl: apt-get install curl -y
  4. Run Linux-Bench: curl http://linux-bench.com/linux-bench.sh | bash
  5. There is a ref_id number that you can go to http://linux-bench.com and check the results for (or you can read the raw log file.)

It should be an exciting week next week for those following the Intel Xeon D-1540 platform. For those that cannot wait, here is the Intel Xeon CPU D-1540 performance comparison preview piece we did.

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