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Supermicro C7X99-OCE Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specifications
  2. Layout and Add-on Compatibility
  3. BIOS Overview
  4. Test System and Testing Metholody
  5. CPU Overclocking and Memory Profile benchmark
  6. SATA Performance Testing
  7. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
  8. Boot Load Timings
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: This motherboard is provided by Supermicro

Supermicro’s X99 chipset motherboard!

Supermicro is a known name within the server business, but it also has some consumer-class motherboards. One of them is the C7X99-OCE, an ATX motherboard for the LGA 2011-3 processors Haswell-E and Broadwell-E(?) SKUs. While these aren’t the new motherboard variants, it reminds me of the Gigabyte X99-UD4– a good X99 chipset motherboard with good layout options. There are some additional features, such as overclocking buttons and the debug LEDs, dual LANs and probably a few more. The Supermicro C7X99-OCE was around for a while (a year?) but I am curious to see how good the motherboard is. Intel X99 chipset is still around reinvigorated by the Broadwell-E lineup.

Supermicro has two variants of the X99 OC boards. The OCE-F has a VGA output for IPMI. But the OCE has ten SATA III ports. There are a couple of more differences but essentially is the same.

Packaging

Supermicro pitches its six key selling points- eight layered PCB (many motherboards have six), top grade ceramic chip capacitors, Nippon Chemi-con NPCAP solid caps, 15u gold plated socket pins and slots, a combination of digital PWMs, DrMOS and ferrite chokes followed by more components to reduce noise and boost reliability.

The packaging and accessories are nothing more than bare essentials. While Supermicro did provide a quickstart guide, the absence of a user’s manual is the first I’ve seen in a motherboard. Supermicro does have a PDF copy on its website. The rear I/O shield as the standard cushioning behind it, but the I/O holes are not punched out. Supermicro provides six cables, but none of those are with right angled connectors.

Specification

Product SKUs
MBD-C7X99-OCE -O C7X99-OCE (Gift Box Pack)
Physical Stats
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12″ x 9.6″, (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
Processor
CPU
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4/ v3, E5-1600 v4/ v3 family or Intel® Core™ i7 series (up to 160W TDP **)
  • Single Socket R3 (LGA 2011)
Core / Cache Up to 22 Cores / Up to 55MB Cache
Note BIOS version 2.0 or above is required

Note
** Motherboard supports this maximum TDP. Please verify your system can thermally support

System Memory
Memory Capacity
  • 8x 288-pin DDR4 DIMM slots
  • Supports up to 128GB DDR4 Non-ECC Un-Buffered memory (UDIMM) in 8 DIMM slots
Memory Type
  • Frequency up to 3300MHz(OC) non-ECC DDR4 SDRAM 72-bit, 284-pin (UDIMM) gold-plated DIMMs
  • Support overclocking up to 3300MHz*
    * Please check the operation manual for supported components
DIMM Sizes 8GB, 4GB, 2GB, 1GB
Memory Voltage 1.2V
On-Board Devices
Chipset Intel X99 chipset
SATA
  • SATA3 (6Gbps) via Intel X99 controller
  • 10x SATA3 ports: 6x iSATA (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10) and 4x sSATA
Network Controllers
  • Intel® i210-AT Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet
  • Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Audio RealTek ALC1150 High Definition Audio
Input / Output
SATA 10x SATA3 (6Gbps) ports
LAN 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
USB
  • 8x USB 3.0 ports (6 rear + 2 via header)
  • 4 of 8 USB 3.0 ports upgradable to 4x USB 3.1 (10Gbps) (2 rear + 2 via header) (This upgrade is BOM option for OEM only)
Audio 7.1 HD Jacks
Keyboard/Mouse 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
Serial Port / Header 1x header
TPM 1x TPM 1.2 20-pin Header
OS Compatibility Please reference the OS Compatibility Chart for details
Chassis ( Optimized for C7X99-OCE )
Important Chassis Notes To support motherboards based on Intel® Xeon® processor 5500/3500 series,Revision K or later chassis is recommended for most models. Please talk to your sales representative for details.
Expansion Slots
PCI-Express
  • 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (run at 16/16/NA/8 or 16/8/8/8)
  • 2x PCI-E 2.0 x1 (in x4) slots
    PCI-E slot #1 supports (x4) and slot #4 (x16) is disabled when Intel Core i7-5820K is installed
System BIOS
BIOS Type 128Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI BIOS
BIOS Features
  • Plug and Play (PnP)
  • APM 1.2
  • DMI 2.3
  • PCI 2.3
  • ACPI 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 / 4.0
  • USB Keyboard support
  • Hardware BIOS Virus protection
  • SMBIOS 2.7.1
  • UEFI 2.3.1
  • RTC (Real Time Clock) Wakeup
Management
Software
Power Configurations
  • ACPI Power Management
  • Keyboard Wakeup from Soft-Off
  • CPU Fan auto-off in sleep mode
  • Power-on mode for AC power recovery
PC Health Monitoring
Voltage +12V, +3.3V, +5V, 1.05 (PCH), 1.2V (VDIMM), 3.3V standby, Chassis intrusion header, Monitors CPU voltages, VBAT
FAN
  • Total of 5 fan headers supporting up to 5 fans
  • 5 fans with tachometer status monitoring
  • Status monitor for speed control
  • Status monitor for on/off control
  • Low noise fan speed control
  • Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) fan connectors
Temperature
  • Monitoring for CPU and chassis environment
  • CPU thermal trip support
  • I2C temperature sensing logic
  • Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) support
  • PECI
LED
  • CPU / System Overheat LED
  • Suspend static indicator LED
Other Features
  • Chassis intrusion detection
  • Chassis intrusion header
  • RoHS

The Supermicro C7X99-OCE motherboard is a standard ATX design with 8 DDR4 DIMM Slots, totaling the support up to 128GB 3300MHz. There are a total of 10 SATA III ports, of which 4 are sSATA. The motherboard has two gigabit ports using Intel i210-AT, total six USB 3.0 ports including the header. While it doesn’t have USB 3.0 Gen 2 Type A and C, SuperMicro could have provided more USB 3.0 in the rear panel.

There is a single keyboard/mouse PS/2 port, a TPM header and a serial port header. It only has a single BIOS EEPROM but it does have a chassis intrusion header which is not seen typically in consumer-class motherboards.  There a total five fan headers out of which 1 of them is labeled for CPU.

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