Supermicro packs a lot of power into a small package with the SYS-6016T-NTRF server barebone system. It is based on the new Super X8DTU-F motherboard and accepts up to 2 Intel Xeon processors with 2 or 4 cores each. To support all the processing power you can install up to 96GB of fully buffered ECC memory.
The front of the chassis has 4 hot swappable 3.5" drive bays. The motherboard has 6x SATA ports and supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10.
All these fit into a slim 1U chassis. The whole thing is powered by a 1+1 650W redundant power supply, so the system will get all the power that it needs. The back panel has 2x USB 2.0 and 2xGigabit Ethernet ports.
This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-6016T-NTRF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone Intel 5520 Dual LGA 1366 Dual Intel Xeon 5600/5500 Series
Pros: These are some of the best Barebone servers I have ever ordered. Currently have about 12 in operation. We raid the 4 hot swap drives and are getting about 400MB/s of storage bandwidth.
Cons: Updating the bios from the original is kind of no go. You need to use a boot cd since they didn't include USB support in this version only problem is We could never get CD drivers for dos to support the DVD drive that comes with these. And no IDE ports to use an older drive.
Other Thoughts: We use these for our private test clouds and they were great. We currently have 11 with dual 2.26GHz Xeon E5520 Nehalem CPUs and 24GB of ram. And one newer one with dual 2.4GHz Xeon E5620 Westmere CPUs.
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