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ASRock Rack has announced two microATX LGA 1700 motherboards. They have two 10 Gigabit LAN ports (Intel X710 chipset) and two Gigabit LAN ports (Intel X210 chipset) managed by a Realtek RTL8211F. The Z690D4U-2L2T supports 12th Gen Intel Pentium, Celeron, and Core processors, but the W680D4U-2L2T only supports the latter.

Both have similar specs. Each support up to 32 GB DDR5-4400 non-ECC memory and feature various PCIe slots, including an M.2 slot (M-key, PCIe 3.0×4). Display connectivity includes HDMI, D-Sub VGA, and DisplayPort. There are also four OCuLink connectors.

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Z690D4U-2L2T Specifications (ASRock Rack)

Physical Status
Form FactorMicro-ATX
Dimensions9.6” x 9.6” (244 mm x 244 mm)
 Processor System
CPUSupports 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® and Celeron® series processors
SocketSingle Socket LGA 1700
Thermal Design Power125W
ChipsetIntel® Z690
 System Memory
Supported DIMM Quantity4 DIMM slots (2DPC)
Supported TypeDDR5 288-pin non-ECC UDIMM
Max. Capacity per DIMM32GB
Max. DIMM Frequency4400MHz (2DPC-1DIMM) / 4000MHz (2DPC-2DIMM 1R)
Voltage1.1V
 PCIe Expansion Slots (SLOT7 close to CPU)
PCIe x 16SLOT6: PCIe4.0 x16* [CPU]
*SLOT6 auto-switch to PCIe4.0 x8 when SLOT4 occupied
PCIe x 8SLOT4: PCIe4.0 x8* [CPU]
PCIe x 1SLOT7: PCIe3.0 x1 [PCH]
 Other PCIe Expansion Connectors
M.2 slot1 M-key (PCIe3.0x4) [PCH]; support 2280/2260/2242/2230 form factor
OCuLink1 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4) [CPU]
1 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4 or 4 SATA 6Gb/s) [PCH]
2 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4) [PCH]
 SATA/SAS Storage
PCH Built-in StorageIntel Z690 (up to 8 SATA 6Gb/s; RAID 0/1/5/10):
4 SATA 7-pin, 1 OCuLink
 Ethernet
Additional GbE Controller2 RJ45 (10GbE) by Intel® X710
2 RJ45 (1GbE) by Intel® i210
 Server Management
BMC ControllerASPEED AST2600: iKVM, vMedia support
IPMI Dedicated GLAN1 RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port by Realtek RTL8211F
 Graphics
ControllerASPEED AST2600:
1 DB15 (VGA)
Intel® Integrated Processor Graphics:
1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
VRAMDDR4 4Gb(256Mbx16)
 Rear I/O
UID Button/LED1 button w/ LED
VGA Port1 DB15 (VGA), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
Serial Port1 DB9 (COM)
USB 3.2 Gen1 Port2 Type A (USB3.2 Gen1)
RJ452 RJ45(10GbE), 2 RJ45(1GbE), 1 dedicated IPMI
 Internal Connector/Headers
Power Connector1 (24-pin, ATX main power), 2 (8-pin, ATX 12V)
Auxiliary Panel Header1 (18-pin): chassis intrusion, system fault LED, LAN1/LAN2 activity LED, locate, SMBus
System Panel1 (9-pin): power switch, reset switch, system power LED, HDD activity LED
VGA header1
Speaker Header1 (4-pin)
Buzzer1
Fan Header7 (4-pin)
Thermal Sensor Header1
TPM Header1 (13-pin, SPI)
SGPIO Header1
SMBus header1
PMBus header1
IPMB Header1
Clear CMOS1 (contact pads)
USB 3.2 (Gen1) Header1 header (19-pin, 2 USB3.2 Gen1)
USB 2.0 Header1 header (9-pin, 2 USB2.0)
NMI Header1
ME/SPS Recovery1
 LED Indicators
Standby PWR LED 5vsb1
80 Debug Port LED1
Fan Fail LED7
BMC heartbeat LED1
 System BIOS
BIOS TypeAMI 512 Mb SPI Flash ROM
BIOS FeaturesASRock Rack Instant Flash, ACPI 5.0, SMBIOS 2.3, Plug and Play (PnP)
 Hardware Monitor
TemperatureCPU Temperature Sensing
MB/Card side/TR1 Temperature Sensing
CPU/Rear/Front Fan Tachometer
CPU Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
CPU/Rear/Front Fan Multi-Speed Control
VoltageVoltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, V1.0M,+BAT, 3VSB, 5VSB
 Environment
TemperatureOperation temperature: 10°C ~ 35°C / Non operation temperature: -40°C ~ 70°C
HumidityNon operation humidity: 20% ~ 90% ( Non condensing)
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W680D4U-2L2T Specifications (ASRock Rack)

Physical Status
Form FactorMicro-ATX
Dimensions9.6” x 9.6” (244 mm x 244 mm)
 Processor System
CPUSupports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ series processors
SocketSingle Socket LGA 1700
Thermal Design Power125W
ChipsetIntel W680
 System Memory
Supported DIMM Quantity4 DIMM slots (2DPC)
Supported TypeDDR5 288-pin ECC/non-ECC UDIMM
Max. Capacity per DIMM32GB
Max. DIMM Frequency4400MHz (2DPC-1DIMM) / 4000MHz (2DPC-2DIMM 1R)
Voltage1.1V
 PCIe Expansion Slots (SLOT7 close to CPU)
PCIe x 16SLOT6: PCIe4.0 x16* [CPU]
*SLOT6 auto-switch to PCIe4.0 x8 when SLOT4 occupied
PCIe x 8SLOT4: PCIe4.0 x8* [CPU]
PCIe x 1SLOT7: PCIe3.0 x1 [PCH]
 Other PCIe Expansion Connectors
M.2 slot1 M-key (PCIe3.0x4) [PCH]; support 2280/2260/2242/2230 form factor
OCuLink1 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4) [CPU]
1 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4 or 4 SATA 6Gb/s) [PCH]
2 OCuLink (PCIe4.0 x4) [PCH]
 SATA/SAS Storage
PCH Built-in StorageIntel W680 (up to 8 SATA 6Gb/s; RAID 0/1/5/10):
4 SATA 7-pin, 1 OCuLink
 Ethernet
Additional GbE Controller2 RJ45 (10GbE) by Intel® X710
2 RJ45 (1GbE) by Intel® i210
 Server Management
BMC ControllerASPEED AST2600: iKVM, vMedia support
IPMI Dedicated GLAN1 RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port by Realtek RTL8211F
 Graphics
ControllerASPEED AST2600:
1 DB15 (VGA)
Intel® Integrated Processor Graphics:
1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
VRAMDDR4 4Gb(256Mbx16)
 Rear I/O
UID Button/LED1 button w/ LED
VGA Port1 DB15 (VGA), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
Serial Port1 DB9 (COM)
USB 3.2 Gen1 Port2 Type A (USB3.2 Gen1)
RJ452 RJ45(10GbE), 2 RJ45(1GbE), 1 dedicated IPMI
 Internal Connector/Headers
Power Connector1 (24-pin, ATX main power), 2 (8-pin, ATX 12V)
Auxiliary Panel Header1 (18-pin): chassis intrusion, system fault LED, LAN1/LAN2 activity LED, locate, SMBus
System Panel1 (9-pin): power switch, reset switch, system power LED, HDD activity LED
VGA header1
Speaker Header1 (4-pin)
Buzzer1
Fan Header7 (4-pin)
Thermal Sensor Header1
TPM Header1 (13-pin, SPI)
SGPIO Header1
SMBus header1
PMBus header1
IPMB Header1
Clear CMOS1 (contact pads)
USB 3.2 (Gen1) Header1 header (19-pin, 2 USB3.2 Gen1)
USB 2.0 Header1 header (9-pin, 2 USB2.0)
ME/SPS Recovery1
 LED Indicators
Standby PWR LED 5vsb1
80 Debug Port LED1
Fan Fail LED7
BMC heartbeat LED1
 System BIOS
BIOS TypeAMI 512 Mb SPI Flash ROM
BIOS FeaturesASRock Rack Instant Flash, ACPI 5.0, SMBIOS 2.3, Plug and Play (PnP)
 Hardware Monitor
TemperatureCPU Temperature Sensing
MB/Card side/TR1 Temperature Sensing
FanCPU/Rear/Front Fan Tachometer
CPU Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
CPU/Rear/Front Fan Multi-Speed Control
VoltageVoltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, V1.0M,+BAT, 3VSB, 5VSB
 Environment
TemperatureOperation temperature: 10°C ~ 35°C / Non operation temperature: -40°C ~ 70°C
HumidityNon operation humidity: 20% ~ 90% ( Non condensing)

Source: Guru3d

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5 comments

  1. We REALLY need some decently priced home routers/switches for 10 gig networking over cat 6e.
    Cat6a?

    Second time I've seen '6e', maybe not a US/NA spec...

    Anyway, it really depends on what you want in a '10gb router'. Routing isn't hard. But filtering? IPS? Load balancing?

    You can throw an Intel X540-T2 server pull in just about anything with an 8x or larger PCIe 2.0+ slot and get the routing part done.
  2. Cat6a?

    Second time I've seen '6e', maybe not a US/NA spec...

    Anyway, it really depends on what you want in a '10gb router'. Routing isn't hard. But filtering? IPS? Load balancing?

    You can throw an Intel X540-T2 server pull in just about anything with an 8x or larger PCIe 2.0+ slot and get the routing part done.
    CAT6 is sometimes also called Class E (with 6A being Class Ea, and CAT7 being Class F), since it requires at least Class E wiring for the specification -- the Class dealing with SNR/Crosstalk specifications at specific frequencies of just the cable / twisted pairs, and the CAT dealing with the entire overall communication specs. Higher classed cable will support higher transmission rates over longer distances.

    Nothing really stopping you from implementing a CAT5e cable with Class F Cable, just don't go expecting to get 10GB out of it unless every part of the connection (RJ45 connectors, patch panels, jacks, etc) is up to the CAT7 standard (or, at least, for very long cable runs, you might get lucky with small pigtails)

    Could also just be confusing it 6a with 5e, which is an easy thing to do as well.

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