Supermicro SuperServer 5015M-UR
Posted on: 02/10/2007 06:00 AM


The BIOS on the supplied LSI SAS RAID controller is really easy to use, as you can tell by the above pictures. I configured a 4 disk RAID10 array with 4x 250GB Seagate drives which gave me a capacity of ~500GB. Not bad at all. I would have preferred a controller that was capable of RAID5 so I could have done a 3 disk RAID5 array with a hot spare, but I won't complain too much about this.

One of the great things about SAS is the fact that you can use low cost, high volume SATA drives for your storage subsystem. If you are more interested in higher performance, you could opt for 10k rpm SATA drives or go with a 15k rpm SAS drive like the Fujitsu MAU3147 (I have one. Great drive).

SAS is all about flexibility, which is why it's such a great combination with the 5015M-UR because it whispers the same mantra.

Test Systems

When looking at a system like this, to be honest, performance isn't the first thing on my mind. That said, it's not like we weren't going to run it through our gauntlet of tests. We decided to test the 5015M-UR against our Dual Woodcrest and Clovertown (4 and 8 cores) systems to see how it would measure up.

Here's a breakdown of the test systems:

Not exactly a fair fight, but the results should be interesting nonetheless.


I used the following versions of our test applications:

SiSoft Sandra 2007 SP1
Black & Scholes Kernel (Optimized x64, custom VS2005 compile)
SunGard Adaptiv Credit Risk Analysis 3.0
Pegasys' TMPGEnc Plus v2.524.63.181
POV-Ray 3.70 beta 16a
Futuremark's PCMark05

All benchmark numbers presented were an average of three runs, except for 3ds Max which is listed as the highest of three runs.

All test systems' desktops were set at 1024x768, 32bit color with a 75Hz refresh rate. "Optimized Defaults" were used in the BIOS on all machines. Hyperthreading was enabled on the "Xeon 50xx" machine for all tests.

With the exception of the Black & Scholes kernel, all of our testing methods are publicly available and easily reproducible. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tests, feel free to discuss them in our forums.

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