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SUPERMICRO C7X99-OCE Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: SUPERMICRO

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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SUPERMICRO is a vendor you really don't hear much about anymore, unless you are dealing with datacenter and server builds. However, they are looking to make a comeback into the enthusiast crowd with their Intel X99 chipset-based offering, the C7X99-OCE motherboard. The board features a blue and black aesthetic with stylish heat sinks covering all the important areas with support for all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory in up to a quad channel configuration. Offered at a $329.99 MSRP, the SUPERMICRO C7X99-OCE remains reasonably priced in comparison to Intel X99 offerings from other manufacturers.

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SUPERMICRO built the C7X99-OCE to appeal to the enthusiast crowd, powered by a more than adequate 8+4 phase digital power delivery system. The following features were integrated into the board: 10 SATA 3 ports; dual RJ-45 Intel i210-AT Gigabit NICs; four PCI-Express x16 slots; two PCI-Express x4 slots; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, and overclocking buttons; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Continue reading our review of the SUPERMICRO C7X99-OCE motherboard!

Technical Specifications (taken from the SUPERMICRO website)

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® 4th gen. Core™ i7 series, Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/ 1600 v3 family (up to 160W TDP **)
Single Socket R3 (LGA 2011)
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 64GB 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 2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
USB 8 x 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 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
Serial Port / Header 1 x header
TPM 1 x TPM 1.2 20-pin Header
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 4 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (run at 16/16/NA/8 or 16/8/8/8)
2 x 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 SuperDoctor® III
Watch Dog
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

 


May 8, 2015 | 02:03 PM - Posted by Anton V (not verified)

Glad to see Supermicro in prosumer market. I like their sys. boards and chassis. Good quality products.

May 8, 2015 | 02:16 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

What's next, you'll be telling me about DFI's X99 LAN Party board?

May 13, 2015 | 10:30 PM - Posted by MrNovi (not verified)

If DFI releases a new LanParty board I'm no board for it.

May 8, 2015 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Prodeous

Ahh..DFI how I miss thee, design wise it was very impressive for it's times..

Still, as for this board, it looks quite good, but I'd stick to other manufacturers for the desktop segment.

May 8, 2015 | 04:41 PM - Posted by funandjam

apparently this board isn't that good if it didn't get at least a silver award for CMOS battery placement.

May 8, 2015 | 05:41 PM - Posted by biohazard918

How come all the images provided by super micro show a vga port that isn't in the photos you took morry?

May 9, 2015 | 05:57 PM - Posted by AlbertJ (not verified)

suspect it could only used for IPMI - so for consumers they decided to just drop it?

May 9, 2015 | 08:29 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

unfortunately, that is the only one I could find of the rear panel...

May 29, 2015 | 07:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The review is for the C7X99-OCE, thus video port is missing.

VGA/video port is only included with the C7X99-OCE-F (IPMI) variant.

May 9, 2015 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

PS/2 is very welcome. The only thing missing is m.2 for me.. but nothing a PCIE adapter can't handle. Interested to see a review of this board.

May 9, 2015 | 11:54 PM - Posted by BillDStrong (not verified)

4x8GB is 32GB isn't it?

May 10, 2015 | 12:40 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

you are correct.  Thanks for the heads up...

May 11, 2015 | 06:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Cool! Xeon E5 support right out of the box.

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