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PRODUCT REVIEW

SuperMicro’s Plain-Looking Motherboard Manufactured for All the Right Reasons

By: Alvin Buencamino

06/20/2017
 

Supermicro X11SAE

Released by the infamous eco-friendly computer manufacturer company SuperMicro, the X11SAE is in line, obviously, with the X11 family wherein all of its motherboards support the Intel® Xeon, 7th Generation Core™, Pentium® and Celeron® processors. Although it isn’t a traditional gaming board, it still has the capability to support gaming components such as high-end GPUs, first-rate RAMs, and blazing-fast SSDs without any setbacks. SuperMicro motherboards are commonly attributed to server motherboards that are basically for workstation. And the X11SAE is no exception.

A standard ATX-sized single CPU board, the X11SAE contains the Intel
® CP236 chipset that further bolsters the board’s storage up to 8x SATA3 6Gbps. This board can generally support DDR4s up to 64GB at 2133MHz unbuffered ECC and non-ECC UDIMM ECC through 4x 288-pin sockets. Its expansion slots are up to 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x1 and 2x 5V PCI 32bit. For the audio components, it has an advanced 7.1+2 High-Definition sound quality provided by Realtek® ALC888S, 5x audio stereo jacks, and 1x optical audio slot. As for the USB slots, the board contains 6x USB 3.0 ports (2x rear, 4x header), 8x USB 2.0 ports (2x rear, 6x header) and 2x USB 3.1 ports (2x rear).

In light of this product review, the X11SAE has been tested out through the PassMark Performance Test, and this is what we got.

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With an astonishing PassMark Rating of 4710, the X11SAE has impressively surpassed some of the gaming motherboards that are mostly used as baselines for benchmark comparisons. By and large, this server motherboard can deliver a highly optimized performance in real-time.

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When it comes to the board’s aesthetics, it won’t entice most consumers in an instant due to its appearance that is very similar to the typical motherboards in the market. Plus, the packaging means business. It does not show any gimmick or taglines that will help consumers drool over it. However, looks aren’t fundamental when it comes to conventional stuff. A superb performance is what matters and this motherboard apparently delivers to its fullest potential.


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Verdict:

As for the X11SAE’s value-based integrity, it is affordable yet top-notch considering that it’s a workstation motherboard. Through a series of test drive and benchmarking comparisons, it has shown no signs of instability during the course of three hours. This motherboard has managed to showcase its reliability on handling multi high-end gaming components such as Apacer’s Blade Fire and Panther DDR4s, Galax’s Gamer SSD, and Galax’s GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti EXOC White. The board surely lives up to its tagline “High Efficiency, High Performance.” Ultimately, SuperMicro’s X11SAE deserves a 5/5 rating.

 
 
 
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