Broadwell Xeon D lands on Mini-ITX boards

— 9:13 AM on March 27, 2015

Intel introduced its Broadwell-based Xeon D server SoC earlier this month, and already, the chip has popped up in a couple of interesting Mini-ITX boards. Super Micro's X10SDV-TLN4F and X10SDV-F both feature the Xeon D-1540, which has eight cores, 16 threads, and a peak Turbo speed of 2.6GHz. Here are some painfully small board shots pulled from Super Micro's website:

The TLN4F is on the left, while the F is on the right. The former's extra characters apparently refer to the presence of dual 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectors—and a fan for the integrated heatsink. Since both boards feature the same 45W CPU, I presume the fanless design is meant for enclosures with ample internal airflow.

Up to 128GB of ECC-infused DDR4 memory can be added via quad memory slots, though that total only applies to registered DIMMs. The maximum for unregistered memory is 64GB. Expansion options include one PCIe x16 slot and one M.2 x4 slot, both of which are connected to Gen3 lanes in the SoC. The boards also have six Serial ATA ports, dual GigE jacks, and a mix of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Integrated graphics is present, but output is limited to an old-school VGA port.

According to Japanese site Akiba PC Hotline, the boards should be available toward the end of April. The site quotes pricing in the ¥150,000-130,000 range, which works out to around $1091-1260 USD with a direct exchange-rate conversion. That price should include the CPU mounted on the motherboard.

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