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Gigabyte Debuts Four New Mini-ITX Xeon D-1500 Motherboards

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Gigabyte announced four new mini-ITX motherboards for the Intel Xeon D-1500 SOC product family aimed at low-power and high-density server applications.

Gigabyte’s MB10-DS4, MB10-DS3, MB10-DS1 and MB10-DS0 are mini-ITX server motherboards that each feature a specific Intel Xeon D-series processor using BGA 1667. The DS1 and DS4 come with an Intel Xeon D-1521 processor that has four hyperthreaded cores (for a total of 8 threads) clocked at 2.4 GHz (2.7 turbo), and the DS0 and DS3 motherboards feature a D-1541 processor with eight cores and 16 threads clocked at 2.1 GHz with a 2.7 GHz turbo boost.

The feature sets of the motherboards are mostly the same, but the variances in processors and networking capabilities define a clear target consumer for each board. Here are the full specs of each motherboard:

ProcessorIntel Xeon D-1541Intel Xeon D-1521Intel Xeon D-1541Intel Xeon D-1521
MemoryUp to 128 GB DDR4 RDIMM, Up to 64 GB DDR4 UDIMM
VideoIntegrated Aspeed AST2400 2D Video Graphics Adapter
Storage5x SATA 6 Gb/s, 1x SATA 6 Gb/s supporting SATA DOM
LANDual gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel i210), 1x  10/100/1000 management portDual 10 GbE SFP ports, Dual gigabit Ethernet Ports (Intel i210), 1x 10/100/1000 management port
Expansion Slots1x PCI-e 3.0 x 16 slot
Rear Ports2 x USB 3.0, 1x VGA, 3x RJ452x USB 3.0, 1x VGA, 2x SFP+, 3x RJ45

All of the motherboards can sport up to 128 GB of DDR4 RDIMM memory or 64 GB of DDR4 UDIMMs. The memory can also be ECC or non-ECC modules, with support for single- and dual-rank DIMMs. In addition, all of the boards feature an integrated Aspeed AST2400 video graphics adapter and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, with one of the SATA ports supporting SATA DOM. There’s also one PCI-e 3.0 x 16 slot.

The networking features are the only major difference in the specs, with each Intel Xeon D processor-equipped motherboard having the option of additional dual 10-gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports. This makes the DS3 and DS4 motherboards more suited for heavy networking workloads than its DS0 and DS1 counterparts.

It seems whether you need heavy processing power in a low-power package, high-speed networking capabilities, or both, Gigabyte’s new MB10-DS-series motherboards have an option for you in a mini-ITX form factor that seems to pack a lot of punch.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.