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SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SCM Micro ATX Server Motherboard Socket C32 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333

  • Socket C32
  • AMD SR5650
  • 4 x 240pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Nitin R.
  • 8/18/2014 8:48:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs8-pin CPU power connector

Pros: Great board --> just have to bring attention to the con I ran into.

Cons: Look at the 8-pin CPU power connector. Notice that cap directly beneath it? Now go look at your PSU of choice and take note of the clip size on the 8-pin cable. I have several $$$ PSU's from Corsair (AX, RM and TX Series) that won't work due to that cap and having looked at a range of other Power Supplies here there appears to be compatibility issues with several other PSU's unless you are willing to get out an XACTO knife on your cable...

Other Thoughts: At home I have a handful of ECS FM2 boards that have a cap in the same spot --> ECS flipped the 8-pin CPU power connector 180 degrees thus no problem.

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  • Brian G.
  • 6/10/2013 10:55:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMakes a great ESXi server

Pros: I love this board. It works great in my home server and has been reliable for several months of uptime now. The build in Female USB slot on the motherboard is great for people that want to run an OS/Hypervisor off a bootable USB stick.

Supports 3TB HDD.

IOMMU passthrough works great with ESXi. I have been able to pass through several PCIe nics, and a M1015 Serveraid card.

Onboard Nics each came with their own PCIe channel.

Bios is basic and easy to work with. The heat alarm and automatic shutdown function great. I mismounted my CPU cooler originally and was pleasantly surprised to hear the alarm go off. Its good to know that if something goes wrong in the future this will shutdown before serious damage occurs.

I also love the range of available CPUs that work with this board. Newegg doesnt have a huge selection but the market is full of used C32 chips at very affordable prices.

Cons: Onboard RAID chip is software based RAID. It works fine if you are just putting something like Ubuntu on the machine, but ESXi will not recognize the array and will see each drive individually.

Successfully passedthrough a PCI wireless NIC to different VM's. Although PCI passthrough worked, I wouldnt recommend it, and I stopped using it because the PCI slot shares a channel with the onboard VGA. Not a big deal for me though. I just put in a PCI ethernet nic and use that for my ESXi management interface. PCIe passthrough works great.

Northbridge runs hot. I installed an aftermarket Enzotech NB cooler that I got on newegg and it works well. Some of the cheap heat tape on the stock cooler was stuck on the NB chip and wouldnt come off. I gently removed what I could and used some artic silver with the new piece and it works well.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board used from someone who was upgrading their equipment and am happy with my purchase. I would recommend this board for anyone looking at a budget priced server.

I am running using a 4171 HE CPU, and 8GB of Unbuff ECC RAM. Currently running ESXi 5.1u1 with a pfsense VM as my router, and Ubuntu 12.04 Server running PLEX for my media. Side VM's for testing include a LAMP server with Joomla, and several desktop OS's. My lack of RAM prevents me from running as many VM's as I would like.

All in all a great little box to serve my home needs, and test new stuff.

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  • Robroy G.
  • 7/4/2012 11:15:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality, highly compatible mainboard.

Pros: This compact mainboard's a high-quality piece. I've tried it with FreeBSD 9.0-R, Ubuntu 12.04 x86_64, and Windows XP x64 Edition so far. It works very well with all of these. I also had a number of technical questions for Supermicro, which they answered over e-mail, usually on the same day; their support's excellent.

Cons: The Supermicro Superdoctor application shows some of the temperatures (System, Air and NB) running kind of high--113F, 91F, and 122F, respectively. This despite that my configuration's very low-power (HE-class CPU, SSD disks, mild video board, etc). This gives me the impression that the board's running a little warm, but maybe this isn't a concern at all. On the upside, I ran a few hours of load tests and didn't see the temperatures go up at all.

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  • George N.
  • 5/9/2012 9:02:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow up information

Pros: Forget about the Dynatron F558 cooler I mentioned in my earlier review. Yes, it works just fine, but it's a bit noisy, at least for home use. I recently discovered the Noctua NH-U12DO A3 cooler which is head and shoulders better than the Dynatron. Yes, it's spendy at about $69, but it is whisper quiet, nearly silent, and it cools amazingly well! I'm seeing 34 C under 100% load. With the Dynatron, 100% load gave about 56 C. A huge difference!

Cons: The NH-U12DO A3 was not available here on new egg, I found it at another online retailer. Also it's a very large cooler, huge even.

Other Thoughts: The NH-U12DO A3 can mount in any orientation, and it includes brackets for all Socket F, C32, and G34 boards, both 3.5" and 4.1" bolt spacing. Also it includes two of Noctua's very nice 120 mm fans, and a tube of thermal grease.

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  • George N.
  • 3/1/2012 2:15:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLittle powerhouse!

Pros: As configured in my system, 8 Opteron cores, 16 GB of registered ECC @ 1333 Mhz, all in a Micro-ATX footprint! Loads of power in a tiny space!

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 AMD64 and it works perfectly, all onboard stuff works, dual NIC, Video, etc. I also added an NVidia Geforce 460GTX in the x16 slot and it works perfectly. Note that you need to disable the adjacent x8 slot in the BIOS in order to get full x16 speed to the x16 slot - no big deal since the double width GTX460 takes up that adjacent slot anyways.

Supermicro high build quality, this is a real workstation/server board, not a tinker toy peecee board with neon lights and bright colors for the kids.

Cons: It needs a firmware update to work the with new 4200 series Opterons. My board shipped with BIOS version 1.1, but it requires version 2.0 for the 4200 series. Unfortunately, you need an older 4100 series processor installed in order to boot up and perform the update! I ended up buying an older used 4130 on e bay for $60, did the BIOS update, then resold the 4130 on e bay. 4200 series has been out for months now, this board really should ship to the customer with a 4200 compatible BIOS already installed.

As for those complaining about northbridge heat, I don't think their case is set up properly. Most of my cases are Lian Li, and have large fans that blow directly at the area where the northbridge heatsink is, so it stays nice and cool.

Other Thoughts: Those complaining that they can't find a socket C32 cooler don't know what they're talking about. This board ships with a bracket that allows any AM2/AM3 cooled to be used. Alternatively, if you want a beefy server grade cooler, any of the older Socket F coolers work perfectly. The C32 has the same 3.5" thread spacing as the old socket F boards, so same coolers. I'm using a Dynatron F558 I found on another retailer, nice and quiet, automatic fan speed, great cooling. Buy the Dynatron F558.

Another thing worth noting is the memory speeds. 1333 Mhz operation is NOT supported in all memory configurations! Many memory configurations only go to 1066 Mhz. See the Supermicro web page for this board and look at the memory configuration/speed chart and choose what works best. I am using two sticks of Crucial CT102472BB1339 which is a Registered ECC module. The pair of sticks work perfectly in this board.

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  • Renzo R.
  • 1/30/2012 7:07:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard, it's stable running VMware vSphere 4.1 with 2 active Linux guest OSes (32- ad 64-bit), FreeBSD and Windows Server 2003. Memory used is 1 pair of Newegg part number N82E16820139271, Opteron 4180 running the show on a single 160GB HD.

Cons: When I first installed the motherboard, it worked great the first day. Used an older ATX power supply with this setup. I shut it down and turned it on a few days later and the computer would not POST. I ended up sending it to California for RMA and it turned out the BIOS had lost its programming. One reflashed BIOS and new Antec power supply later and the system has been stable for 2 months straight running 24/7.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard supports 4/6/8 core Opteron 4000-series processors and is great for a home lab setup or for production use, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2011 12:19:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsmemory timings

Pros: see other

Cons: see other

Other Thoughts: when the BIOS forced my memory to CLK 1066 i was curious. i emailed the vendor and asked why this was, why didn't it show up at 1333? the vendor kindly pointed me at the following document (don't think i can link)

supermicro - aplus_memory_support_H8SCM

it explains the timings you will get with different types and different ranks

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/7/2011 6:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsits everything!

Pros: ipmi monitoring
bios configuration
fan headers
PCIE slots
6x SATA

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: see previous and then come back: here's the build

h8scm-f
opteron 4174he
4x4 mushkin ecc reg (#991736 at mushkin)
mushkin callisto 40gb ssd (boot drive)
areca arc-1222
8x hitachi 2.5" 750gb
4x snt dual 2.5" sata backplane
(configured as 4.5gb raid6 - two xfs partitions)
ocz revodrive 2 - 100gb
intel pro 1000gt (left over from old server - i use one nic each for laptop and desktop, the intel is for web access)
3x gelid 120mm pwm (i prefer scythe, but their base rpm is so low that the board would throw low non-recoverable critical errors; the gelid fans run at ~700rpm)
1x scythe kama flex 135mm@1200rpm
noctua u9d0 a3
1x scythe kama flex 92mm pwm (replaced noctua 92mm - runs at ~ 784rpm)
enzo slf-1 (replaces northbridge cooler - i have a 5v sunon to replace it if its loud)
seasonic 560w 80gold (could have gone with 460w fanless)
lian-li v354 (removed front usb - mounted on back via bracket)

its quiet, it runs my house services, database (on the revo), media storage

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/6/2011 9:13:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggstoxic

Pros: see previous

Cons: see previous

Other Thoughts: get the enzo northbridge heatsink/fan (the 'egg has it!). it has a 59mm mounting pitch, and its less than 13.5mm high, so it won't mess with PCIE cards! pull the useless aluminum heatsink. there are two sets of mounting holes underneath, the ones the aluminum heatsink was using, and another set closer together, which have a 59(+/- 1mm) pitch; yes it means the enzo will mount a little cockeyed. if you think you're going to hear the little high-speed fan, undervolt it. northbridge temps are currently 42C, down from high 50s if not 60s.

pleased as pie!

longshadow - i suggest you use R2 memory. i'm using 4x4G Reg ECC mushkin; no problem (newegg doesn't carry it - so i went direct).

others - why are you wasting your time with an onboard software raid controller from adaptec? use linux and md, or get an areca. and please don't tell me you want to boot from it; get a 40G SSD for that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2011 1:44:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsworks for me

Pros: micro atx server board
max ram capacity
dual nics
ipmi

Cons: north bridge temperatures

Other Thoughts: i have the -f version of this board, and i'm pleased with it. i'm using a 4174he, and temperatures overall are great. the north bridge seems to have issues, as noted by another poster. my temps are in the high 50s, but this is still a cause for concern, although well within spec. i'm considering hitting it with decent thermal paste and throwing a 40-60mm fan on top. has anyone tried separating it from the white pins?

if you're going to live with this type of gear, and not throw it in a data center, get the noctua cooler, not like you have any choice. i'm using the 90, as the HE doesn't need any more.

supermicro has a thing about memory compatibility, i don't; if its good it should work. i threw in 4x4 from mushkin in and didn't think twice about it.

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