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SUPERMICRO Super WorkStation SYS-5036T-TB Intel Core i7 / Xeon Mid-Tower Server Barebone, Win 7 Supported (BIOS Ver. R1.1a)

  • 1 x LGA 1366 Support Intel Core i7 / Xeon
  • 6 x 240Pin Memory Slots (Max 24GB)
  • Support 6 x SATA 300
  • 465W AC power supp
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Model

Brand
SUPERMICRO
Series
SuperWorkstation
Model
SYS-5036T-TB

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i7 990X, i7-980X, i7-975 and i7-965 Extreme Edition
Intel Core i7 series
Intel Xeon 5600/5500 series
Intel Xeon 3600/3500 series
CPU Socket
LGA 1366

Audio

Installed CPU
No CPU Installed
Max Processors
1

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel X58
South Bridge
ICH10R + PXH/V

Memory Supported

Memory Slots
6 x 240Pin
Max Memory Supported
24GB
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1333/1066/800
Channel Supported
Triple Channel
ECC Supported
Yes

Audio

Installed HDD
No Storage Installed

Storage Supported

Serial ATA
6 x SATA 300
SATA RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
2 (x16) PCI-e 2.0 slots
1 (x4) PCI-e slot (using x8 slot)
PCI
1
PCI-X
2 x 64-bit 133/100MHz PCI-X (3.3V) slots

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC883 7.1 HD audio

Communications

First LAN
Intel 82574L
Second LAN
Intel 82574L
Max. LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Expansion Bays

3.5" Bays
1 x 3.5" bay for floppy drive
5.25" Bays
2
Hot-Swap Bays
4 x 3.5" SATA

Panel Ports

Front USB
2
PS/2
2
Rear USB
8
RJ45
2
Rear Audio Ports
Realtek ALC883 7.1 HD audio
1x S/PDIF digital output

Power Supply

Max. Power
465W AC power supply, 80 PLUS Certified

Physical SPEC

Form Factor
Mid-Tower
Dimensions
20.9" x 16.8" x 7"
Weight
39 lbs.

Features

Features
CPU:
Intel Core i7 990X, i7-980X, i7-975 and i7-965 Extreme Edition
Intel Core i7 series
Intel Xeon 5600/5500 series
Intel Xeon 3600/3500 series

Color: Black

System Bus: QPI (up to 6.4 GT/s)

Super I/O: Winbond 83627DHG chip

4 x 3.5" SATA Backplane

Buttons:
Power On/Off button
System Reset button

LEDs:
Power LED
Hard drive activity LED
Network activity LED
System Overheat LED

4 x 3.5" SATA Backplane

Fans: 1 x 9.2cm Front Thermal Fan

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anthony H.
  • 10/1/2011 9:45:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRock solid ESXi server

Pros: Stable and reliable. Supports lots of RAM. Reasonably quiet even under load. Great airflow.

Cons: Needs a real RAID controller, you will get better disk throughput with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816117214

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  • Travis A.
  • 1/11/2011 8:29:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply Awesome

Pros: We have 3 of these boxes now, I add in the Adaptec 2258100-R PCI-Express x8 SATA / SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 5405 Kit Controller Card, and give the box 12GB of memory. We then install ESXi it and this little box is a powerhouse. One of the other reviewers mentions having to flash the bios, we have had to do that too.

Cons: No Cons, other then each time I buy this box it goes up in price. Hmm..

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  • IRA B.
  • 7/8/2010 11:28:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt is Windows 7 compatible

Pros: I'd like to report that we have many of these boxes running smoothly with Windows 7 64-bit. I did update to the latest BIOS prior to installing the OS, though. We are very happy with these systems, and will be ordering more.

Cons: None

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  • Adrian K.
  • 5/14/2010 11:08:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly....after a BIOS update

Pros: I picked this system up because its directly listed on the VMWare HCL for ESX 4.0 and quite enough to run in a home office. It also ends up being about the cheapest system on the list even though I put a 5520 and 12GB of RAM in. If your BIOS is up to date the installation is quick and painless also.

Cons: If you plan on using ESX or ESXi you need to be on firmware 1.0c or 1.1a. Even though it says 1.1a in the title the system shipped to me with 1.1 and it gives a PSoD on install unless APIC is disabled and even then won't shut down properly.

Other Thoughts: SuperMicro support wasn't aware of the issue, but they offered to work with VMWare on the issue directly if I supplied the kernel panic. I didn't have to beg, plead, or threaten, they just offered that up on the first call before I realized the BIOS was out of date. I'm extremely impressed that they handled it that way instead of blowing me off and telling me to RMA it or some other typical lazy tactic most support lines will give you. Even though this was for a home lab, that type of response would make me feel comfortable using their systems in production at work. You think you could get that type of escalation from Dell in under a week?

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  • Bryan W.
  • 3/31/2010 9:33:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNot Windows 7 Compatible

Pros: Good platform for building a relatively inexpensive high performance system. Benchmarks very well with Intel i7 960 CPU. Very quiet unless you need to add the supplemental fan. Well laid out chassis design. Ample USB ports.

Cons: BIOS R1.1 is incompatible with Windows 7 64-bit! Was not able to install Windows 7 because it was so painfully slow (it would have taken days at the rate it was going). Had to revert BIOS back to 1.0c to install Windows 7. Disappointed in SuperMicro support because they don't have any warning or work around posted about the incompatibility. I got a verbal confirmation from their European support that the problem is real but they don't have a solution other reverted the BIOS. I had to call back to the older 1.0c BIOS. I wasted a lot of time trying to figure this out which could have been easily avoided if SM was forthright about the BIOS problem.

Other Thoughts: Windows XP SP3 32-bit runs fine on either BIOS R1.1 or 1.0c. I would have rated this system much higher if not for the Windows 7 incompatibilities.

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  • empty n.
  • 8/27/2009 8:20:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWho is the nut case

Pros: Loved the case, guess i should have read closer that it has pretty much no fans on it. Actually it has none at all except the power supply fan.

Cons: Whoever hired the monkey that put TWELVE zipties on ONE freaking power cable that i had to cut just to get it to reach the video card... needs to be fired immediately.

Other Thoughts: Fire the monkey too.

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  • Marguerite L.
  • 8/8/2009 7:34:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Virtulization

Pros: Reasonably sized system, well laid out mother board with good documentation, all the right screws, cables and connectors included out of the box. 24G MAX memory capacity with DDR3 - though your best price bet these days is with 2G DIMMS, meaning you top out at 12G, which is still a heck of a lot.

System as shipped runs cool, and is nearly silent. Produces some noticeable heat, but would be fine in an office or cubicle. I added on the optional fan (S/M Part FAN-077L4) which made it a bit louder that most people might want though.

MoBo has onboard full sized USB slot if you want to run ESXi off a USB key and have a diskless system.

Cons: Onboard RAID is software RAID (aka "fakeraid") and you must load drivers before you can install Windows on this box.

If you're going to use it with VMWare, you're probably going to need to add a real RAID controller.

The original CPU FAN shipped with the screws installed for LGA 775 format CPU, and no instructions. Took about 30 minutes before I figured out I could pull the screws out of the base of the heat sink and move them to the 1366 holes, and then it mounted fine.

Did not come with a SATA Cable for a CD/DVD drive. Normal I guess, but make sure you pick one up if you need it.

Other Thoughts: Wanted to build a lab machine for use with VMWare ESXi with hardware that was on the VMWare Hardware Compatibility List.

This box may be the lowest cost system on that list - though once you add on CPU, Disk, Memory and a RAID controller, you're still in the 1200-1500 range.

VMWare ESXi 4.0 loads out of the box on this system, no problems. 3.5 did not see the drives when connected to the onboard disk controller, but 4.0 did, albeit not as RAID just as individual disks. Would have worked that way, but I added a Adaptec 2045 for actual RAID.

CPU: Intel i7 920
RAM: 6 x 2gb Crucial

Note: I had a ton of memory error issues when I first got this box. Swapped out RAM, PCIe cards, everything, and ended up RMA'ing the system (Thanks NewEgg!) - but problems persisted even with the new system. Turned out to be the CPU - RMA'd that with Intel and the problems went away - should have thought of it sooner, since DDR3 memory controller is now on CPU instead of on the sticks itself.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/24/2009 9:01:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: - Very inexpensive
- well documented (comes with a very nice manual that explains the bios settings and the motherboard layout)
- I consolidated 3 servers into one (using free Hyper-V Server) and they all are running great

Cons: - no integrated video
- My shipment was missing the heat sink, after 3 calls to supermicro I was finally able to get them to send me one... be careful which dept you get connected to, for missing parts call the RMA department.

Other Thoughts: I plan on buying more of these as I consolidate servers at another location. The closest thing I could find from Dell was in the $5,000 range and was a bit overkill (did not need dual processors).

I spent under $2,500 including video card, RAM, 4 hard drives (with 5 year warranty's), RAID 5 controller, SAS to SATA cables, etc...

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  • Chris W.
  • 2/26/2009 2:26:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNICE!

Pros: A very nice case and motherboard. It was easy to use, parts fit well and it has been the most stable X58 motherboard I've worked with. We are in the process of tossing our Dell's for I7's running supermicro barebones towers and rack PC's. These things SCREAM compared to what you can get from Dell and are a LOT cheaper. We are using these for Virtualization and the power requirement is way less and the performance is way more.

Cons: uh...... I'll have to get back to you on that. So far I've been about as happy as could be expected. These things aren't flashy, but they work 24X7.

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