Supermicro X8DTT-F+ part 1


Looking for a motherboard to build a workstation and a management ESXi,
My choice is (as always) Supermicro.

There will be

-Supermicro X8DTT-F+: Mod Cooler Master HAF STACKER 915R
-Supermicro X8DTT-F+: Mod a power supply
-Supermicro X8DTT-F+: connection and update BIOS, IPMI
-Supermicro X8DTT-F+: ESXi Installation

The X8DTT-F+ seems to be the right motherboard, there are several standard versions and the InfiniBand version. After looking on ebay, an opportunity to reach into the mechanics.
Choosing a SGI Octane X8DTT III-F-SG007 Rev. 2.0, but the card is rebadged X8DTT is a standard, cheap ~50€ on ebay, with a Cooler Master HAF Cabinet Mini Tower case STACKER 915R.

Spec :

1. Intel® Xeon® processor 5600/5500

 2. Intel® 5520 (Tylersburg) Chipset
 3. Up to 192GB** DDR3 1333/ 1066/
 4. Dual Intel® 82574L Gigabit
 5. 1 (x16) PCI-E 2.0 slot
 6. Integrated Matrox G200eW Graphics
 7. Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and
8. 1 PCI-E 2.0 x8 supports SMCI SAS

and Adaptec w/ Hardware RAID

On arrival the first problems are there, cool !!

Please do not plugged a standard power connector, even if he goes perfectly, and looked at it:


Yellow son are power + 12v, black ground, purple + 5V Standby and green is the DC. So the wiring connector is not standard.

See a power supply to change it. There is this principle of RAIL who asks, what is it? I made you a little simplified diagram

Without RAIL:

power supply no RAIL

With RAIL:

power supply RAIL

The difference is a maximum protection by RAIL 18 to 20A + 12V. It will be easy to change this.

To finish photo ESXi installed, and the simple case mod

esxi x8dtt haf

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5 Responses to Supermicro X8DTT-F+ part 1

  1. John bongeh says:

    Can you post a more detailed explanation and walk through of installing this board into the 915r?

  2. John bongeh says:

    Thank you!

  3. I intend to use this motherboard to build a medium gaming machine and video render workstation. Is the PCI-E slot recognize VGA card?
    Have you ever tried Xeon 56xx CPUs on this motherboard? I have a pair of E5620 and a pair of E5530 laying here.

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