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So, you’ve decided to buy a Supermicro X11 Xeon E (Coffee Lake) board...

So, you’ve decided to buy a Supermicro X11 Xeon E (Coffee Lake) board...

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So, you’ve decided to buy a Supermicro X11 Xeon E (Coffee Lake) board... - A guide to popular Supermicro X11 Coffee Lake motherboards.

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Intel’s recent re-launch of the Xeon E line of processors, formerly known as Xeon E3, was accompanied by server motherboards, which were conspicuously absent during the initial launch. Much like the Supermicro X10...
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Yup, it's finally here, now that boards are actually showing up at distributors.

My unequivocal recommendation is the X11SCH-F, though I'm skeptical about the value proposition over an X11SSM-F with matching processor. I guess it's a decent option once 32 GB UDIMMs are supported, but the value proposition again seems dubious, compared to Xeon-D, Xeon-W or Xeon Scalable with RDIMMs. Hell, even Atom C3000 supports up to 256 GB right now...
 
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It is also the first model in the range to expose all eight SATA ports.
My plan is to get a X11SCH-LN4F and install Proxmox + VMs on a M.2 SSD Mirror and then passtrough the onboard SATA controller to a FreeNAS VM.
Do you know if this is possible with that board? (Is the SATA contollor in its own IOMMU group?)
 

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I don't, but I'd expect it to work much like a C3x C23x PCH.
 
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What's your opinion on the X11SCA-F? I was leaning towards it, but I don't know that I'll be using the iGPU anyways, so that has me leaning X11SCH-F, or -LN4F if same price or cheaper. I didn't care for X11SCA-F sharing IPMI port and having 219 Intel NIC as well as 210.
 

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It's a workstation board, which means more things you'll never use.
IIRC, the IGPU can be used for compute tasks even if graphics are not in use with a C2x6 PCH.
 

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Going through Intel's datasheet might help, but you may have to research further. Or maybe ask Supermicro.
 
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