Enable internal graphics in SUPERMICRO servers

Here are the steps to enable your internal graphics – the CPU internal video chip in your Intel processor. Multiple Intel processors have video unit in it, which could be used for hardware decoding and encoding of video streams. We have two kind of processors:

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1585 v5 @ 3.50GHz


Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1285 v4 @ 3.50GHz

the two processors packed with the right motherboard will give you a big advance in hardware decoding and encoding with your server! Intel calls it “Intel Quick Sync Video” and to use it your chipset should support it, so when using SUPERMICRO your motherboard must be equipped with C226 (for v4 CPU) and C236 (for v5 CPU)! Your CPU could have video unit in it, but if your chipset does not support internal graphics you won’t be able to use it, so be careful to have C226 or C236 Chipsets!
So if you have another setup (not Supermicro) you should check the chipset of your motherboard if it support internal graphics this is very important, because there are numerous motherboard, which have BIOS options for Enable/Disable of the internal graphics, but you cannot use it!
Here are the compliant platforms to use the video unit properly:

Intel Xeon E3-1200 v4 Family with C226 chipset
Intel Xeon E3-1200 and E3-1500 v5 Family with C236 chipset

If you enabled the internal graphics properly you’ll see it in hardware devices Device manager in MS Windows and in linux with “lspci”:

[root@srv ~]# lspci |grep -i display
00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation Device 193a (rev 09)

Your BIOS menus could vary, but for SUPERMICRO there are vary similar:

STEP 1) The SUPERMICRO server is intializing you. Hit “DEL” button on your keyboard to enter BIOS Setup.

main menu

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