all the above listed Supermicro boards have the ASPEED AST2400 BMC on-board graphic controller which I plan to use only for troubleshooting and installation then disable it to save energy in production deployment. Does the integrated GPU on the Xeon E3-1225 interfere with disabling the ASPEED controller somehow? I guess theses boards could only use the ASPEED to drive the on-board VGA connector and the IGP on the E3-1225v5 should be no problem because it is not enabled / initialized by the BIOS. Right?
Note that VGA can only be enabled/disabled with a jumper.
Additionally, don't expect significant improvements in power consumption, since that only disables the VGA circuitry.
Actual graphics adapter functionality has to keep working to allow for IPMI's remote console.
Those sound like reverse
breakout cables. You need forward
breakout cables going from an HBA or expander with an SFF8087/whatever the new one is called to 4x SATA on the disks.
ASPEED is only used for the IMPI and doesn't do anything for displaying on the VGA port
Yes it does. The ASpeed 2400 BMC is responsible for IPMI, sensor management and basic video adapter duties. It cannot be disabled.
OK.... Let me add some fresh new info for you. I have the X11SSH-LN4F. What a mess! If all you plan to use is the SATA RAID then go for it! But if you plan on adding ANY other boot drive (i.e. M.2 on the X11SSH-LN4F or a add on SATA card) forget it! The chipset can't handle it. I'm currently working with Supermicro to resolve the issue. Their might be a beta BIOS I'll be testing. Stay tuned!
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Well, PCI-e cards are generally expected to provide their own extension ROMs to allow for booting and internal configuration. Like LSI SAS adapters do.
As for M.2 not booting properly, that doesn't surprise me. The BIOS is still very buggy and incomplete. The Windows 7 install compatibility option, for instance, does nothing and doesn't even work with Windows 7