Super Micro C2SEA G45

Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 25 August 2008. Page 3 of 7. 2 Comments

BIOS:

The BIOS Super Micro uses for the C2SEA and its other motherboards are from American Megatrends Inc (AMI). Within the C2SEA BIOS setup utility are all of the normal features you would expect on a modern desktop motherboard but without all of the advanced tweaking and overclocking options you would find on an ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard. The hardware health area of the monitor allows the user to monitor the fan RPM, Vcore, AVCC, 3.3Vcc, 12V, V_DIMM, 5V, -12V, 3.3Vsb, and Vbat lines. When it comes to the system and CPU temperature, all that was reported was a "low" string.



System Setup:

As we have shared in other articles now, the only problem we are running into with the newer motherboards using the ICH10/ICH10R Southbridges is the disk controller not being properly detected on anything but the latest (~2.6.26) kernels. Some have used AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) enabled for the ICH10 to work on older kernels, but for some (including a few of our tests) it caused problems with transfer rates and other issues. For our testing we were using Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 with the Linux 2.6.26 kernel, GCC 4.3.0, and X Server 1.5.0 RC5. Aside from the ICH10's Serial ATA issue with older kernels, the only other Linux compatibility problem we experienced with the Super Micro C2SEA motherboard was the LM_Sensors support. LM_Sensors 4.0 only detected the coretemp module for the Intel Core 2 processor. LM_Sensors hadn't spotted the Winbond 83627DHG-P Super I/O ASIC to read any of the sensors off the motherboard.

For our testing we had used an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor, 2GB of OCZ DDR3-1333MHz memory, Western Digital 160GB Serial ATA 2.0 hard drive, and SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF power supply. We have already delivered a number of benchmarks from the Super Micro C2SEA to showcase the performance of the Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, so check out that article if you are interested in the IGP results. This time around with the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 Beta 2 we ran timed PHP compilation, timed Apache compilation, timed Gzip compression, LAME MP3 encoding, GnuPG file encryption, IOzone, OpenSSL, RAMspeed, and Sunflow Rendering System. We had compared the performance of the G45-based C2SEA to the ASRock P45R2000-WiFi, Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R, and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L motherboards, which are based around the Intel P45 with the ICH10/ICH10R. A review on the Gigabyte motherboards can be found here.


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