Scalability and performance
IBM x3690 X5 Motherboard offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:
- IBM X3690 X5 Motherboard supports up to two high-performance Intel Xeon E7 families. allowing you to upgrade as business needs require.
- Supports the Intel Xeon E7-2800. E7-4800, and E7-8800 families of high-performance processors. up to 10 cores each, offering superior system performance.
- Intel Turbo Boost Technology dynamically turns off unused processor cores and increases the clock speed of the cores in use, by up to three model frequencies. For example, with 7-10 cores active, a 2.4 GHz E7-2870 10-core processor can run the cores at up to 2.53 GHz. With 5-6 cores active, it can run those cores at 2.67 GHz; with only 1-4 cores active, it can run those cores at 2.8 GHz
- Each processor includes two integrated memory controllers, to reduce memory bottlenecks and improve performance. Memory access is at up to 1066 MHz frequency, depending on the processor model and memory used.
- The MAX5 V2 adds an additional four memory controllers for a total of eight memory controllers to maximize memory parallelism and performance.
- In processors implementing Hyper-Threading technology, each core has two threads capable of running an independent process. Thus, an 8-core processor can run 16 threads concurrently.
- Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT) integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.
- Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology for processor-to-processor connectivity and Intel Scalable Memory Interconnect (SMI) processor-to-memory connectivity:
a. Intel QPI link topology at up to 6.4 Gbps with four QPI links per CPU
b. Intel SMI link topology at up to 6.4 Gbps with four SMI links per CPU
Up to 32 dual inline memory modules (DIMMs) in the base system (16 on the system planar and 16 on an optional memory mezzanine inside the server), plus an additional 32 DIMMs with an optional 1U MAX5 V2 memory expansion unit, for a total of 64 DIMM sockets.
Support for 32 GB DIMMs for a maximum of 2 TB per x3690 X5 with MAX5 V2
The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of, traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support up to 100 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) than a typical HDD.
Up to 24 x 1.8-inch SSD bays, or up to 16 x 2.5-inch bays together with the option of an optical drive. provide a flexible and scalable all-in-one platform to meet your increasing demands.
Availability and serviceability
The x3690 X5 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
- Support for machine check architecture (MCA) recovery. a feature of the Intel Xeon processor E7 family. enables the handling of system errors that otherwise require the operating system to be halted. SAP HANA is one of the first applications which leverages the MCA recovery to handle system errors to prevent the application from being terminated in case of a system error.
- Extensive memory protection with Chipkill, and, with DIMMs containing x4 DRAM modules. Redundant Bit Steering (RBS) (also known as Double Device Data Correction or DDDC) is also supported. The combination of Chipkill and RBS provides very robust memory protection. that sustains two sequential memory DRAM chip failures without affecting overall system performance.
- Redundant CPU-to-I/O hub interconnects links. provide the ability to self-recover from CPU failure. If the primary CPU fails then eX5 systems can use the second CPU to boot the OS as they still have access to the integrated I/O devices because of redundant links. between CPUs and I/O hubs.
- Memory mirroring and memory rank sparing for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
- Hot-swap drives, supporting RAID redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime.
- Four redundant hot-swap power supplies and five redundant hot-swap fans to provide availability for business-critical applications.
- The power source independent light path diagnostics panel. and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. which simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability.
- Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (processors, VRMs, memory, HDDs, fans, and power supplies). operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of a possible failure. therefore increasing uptime.
- Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs for greater uptime.
- Built-in Integrated Management Module Version II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters. triggers alert and perform recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.
- Built-in diagnostics, using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot. speed up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
- Three-year customer-replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty. 9×5 next business day. Optional service upgrades are available.