SuperMicro never lets a gamer down with their latest dual CPU motherboard for EATX chassis or server boxes. The new X12DPL-NT6 is ATX compatible,
- 12.23″ x 10″ (31.06cm x 25.4cm)
- 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors
- Dual Socket LGA-4189 (Socket P+) supported
- 2TB RDIMM, DDR4-3200MHz maximum
- Intel C621A controller for 12 SATA3 (6 Gbps) ports
- 2 RJ45 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- 5 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (2 rear + 2 via headers + 1 Type A)
- VGA port
- 4 PCI-E 4.0 x16
- M.2 Interface: 2 PCI-E 4.0 x4 key M
- UEFI BIOS
No question that for CPU bound games etc the X12DPL-NT6 can handle much more RAM and cores. The Intel processors probably can play many games using only the CPU for rendering.
In addition to providing a new socket for Ice Lake, these LGA-4189 sockets have support for PCI-Express Gen 4. Intel Cooper Lake is the code name for this new socket and processors. Aside from a few microarchitectural changes, Cooper Lake’s microarchitecture is mostly identical to Skylake,
Parking a Quadro card is likely the most common scenario. The CPU performance with cast amounts of RAM can handle many supercomputer class tasks in stride. The 10GBASE-T support affords excellent performance for remote access or file sharing. SATA SSD prices have fallen sharply. Optical fiber PCIe cards can provide faster networking.
This board would easily fit in the Corsair Obsidian 750D but a pair of processors is a bit steep for the studio at $2,700 per processor for top 6348H Gold models with 24 cores and 48 threads. The cheapest Xenon Gold 5318H CPU is $1273 offering 18 cores and 36 threads. Less costly Silver and Bronze class processors are available for dual socket systems.
The Intel roadmap shows the direction in servers beside desktops/ The Cooper Lake brings PCIe 4.0 which is an improvement over previous server class machines.
Prices for 2TB of RAM is even more brutal. Prices are $22,000 to $24,000 for 8x256GB memory sticks depending on the speed. Prices at this point also fall the market saturates.
The Supermicro X12DPL-NT6 still has the UPI interface between dual processors. Intel however with larger machines can provide 8 socket performance which can handle many supercomputer workloads previously needing a Cray. Intel sells processors for 8 socket boxes at $3000-$13,000 each making them comparatively affordable vs an old Cray.