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Item#: N82E16813182207

SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SI6-F-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1156 Intel 3420 DDR3 1333

  • LGA 1156
  • Intel 3420
  • 6 x 240pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Chris D.
  • 9/30/2012 4:49:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsStrong server board, but has limitations

Pros: Supermicro quality. This board, like most of the server boards, has exceptional reliability and build quality.
Integrated LSI2008 (actually a MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i) is a 6GB/s SAS RAID controller (which you can flash to JBOD if you like). It's compatible with HP SAS 6GB/s expanders, so if you need to run 16, 24, etc. disks - this is for you.

Cons: The 9240-8i is limited to RAID-0, RAID-1, and RAID-10. (Newegg's listing claims RAID5 in Windows, I never loaded Windows on the box, so I can't speak to that). ESX is troublesome on this board because of the HBA (more on that below). I ran Linux with the HBA flashed to JBOD mode, and used mdadm to manage a 24-disk RAID6 array. This worked well, especially since I used an expansion card for LAN (again, see below).

The Intel 82574L uses the e1000e driver under Linux and ESX. Sadly, this driver is badly flawed in several versions of ESX (and probably other systems), and can cause system lockup under heavy load. For ESX or Linux applications, better to find a LAN chipset that will use the igb driver instead.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board, and the RAID HBA isn't something you'd expect to see on a uniprocessor server board. But it's not without flaws and limitations. Because of the limitations of the HBA and the LAN chipset, I have migrated my ESX VMs to the excellent X9DRH-7F board (LSI 2208 HBA and Intel I350 LAN)

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  • David A.
  • 6/6/2010 5:22:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Integrated LSI SAS controller. Easy connections when using SuperMicro case. Plenty of BIOS options. Solid, stable board with X3440 processor. Using it for Server 2008 & Hyper-V. No issues so far.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Placement and style of connectors is optimized for SuperMicro cases. Pairing this board with one of their cases will result in easier setup.

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