According to Intel classification, Xeon D series processors are designed for use in network gateways and NAS-Ah entry-level Enterprise-segment. At its core, the Xeon D is a SoC with 4 to 16 cores, an integrated PCI South bridge, 32 PCI Express 3.0 channels, and four built-in 10-Gigabit network controllers. In February 2018, the Xeon D series was updated to the second generation with an index of 2100, in which the processors are divided into two categories: “IT”-version and “NT”-version. The latter is characterized by support for hardware security instructions QuickAssist Technology, which significantly increases the speed of encryption operations, including openssl libraries. Although, the built-in hardware engine AES-NI already provides more than acceptable encryption speed for such applications.
Nevertheless, the main asset of the Xeon D series is the compactness of the SoC-solution, so that even on the smallest motherboards of the Mini-ITX type, you can install 4 DDR4 slots, 8 SATA ports, M2 and PCI Express slots, and actually assemble a full-fledged server in half-depth cases with a heat package of 80-100 W per machine, that is very quiet, which can be installed in a room with staff. Today we will test just such a highly integrated Board from Asrock Rack, model D2143D4I2-2T.
When you are holding a regular, 9-color Megaminx, how often do you think about the fact that this little toy contains 10^68 possible combinations (for comparison, the number of atoms in the universe is approximately 10^80). We are used to the fact that small things can amaze with their capabilities, and Asrock Rack D2143D4I2-2T is such an option.
- The Xeon-D 2143IT: 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.2-3.0 GHz, 11 MB cache
- Passive cooling
- 2 network ports 10GBase-T (Intel X557-T2)
- 2 ports M2 PCI Express
- 4 slots DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz (up to 512 GB in 4-channel mode)
- 4 oculink ports:
- 2 fan-out ports 1 Oculink x 4 SATA 600
- 2 ports - PCI express for SSD connection (share lines with M2 ports)
- 1 x PCI Express 16x slot
- ASpeed 2500 Processor:
- New generation of iPMI with HTML5 interface
- Connect Virtual Media from CIFS/NFS network resources
- KVM via HTML5, with JAVA or without it
- New 4-pin power connector (ATX 24-pin adapter included)