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SUPERMICRO SYS-5017C-LF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 1155 Intel C202 DDR3 1333/1066/800

  • 1 x LGA 1155 Support Intel Xeon E3-1200 & 2nd Generation Core i3 & Pentium
  • 4 x 240Pin Memory Slots
  • 32GB Max Memory Supported
  • 200W Low Noise AC-DC power supply with PFC

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CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Xeon E3-1200 & 2nd Generation Core i3 & Pentium
CPU Socket
LGA 1155
Installed CPU
No CPU Installed
Max Processors


North Bridge
Intel C202

Memory Supported

Memory Slots
4 x 240Pin
Installed Memory Size
No Memory Installed
Max Memory Supported
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1333/1066/800
ECC Supported

Storage Supported

Installed HDD
No Storage Installed
Serial ATA
6 x SATA 300
RAID 0/1/5/10


Nuvoton WPCM450RA0BX

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
1 x PCI-E 2.0 x8 slot


First LAN
Intel 82579LM
Second LAN
Intel 82574L
Max. LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Expansion Bays

3.5" Bays

Panel Ports

Rear USB

Power Supply

Max. Power
200W Low Noise AC-DC power supply with PFC


Color: Black

Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 family, Intel 2nd Generation Core i3 & Intel Pentium family processors.
*Note: supports CPUs with max. TDP <= 45 Watts.

IPMI 2.0 on Dedicated LAN port

Super I/O: Nuvoton NCT6776F

Power On/Off button
System Reset button

Power LED
Hard drive activity LED
2x Network activity LEDs
System Overheat LED

SAS/SATA HDD Backplane(SAS support requires optional SAS controller)

System Cooling: 2 x 8500 RPM 40x28mm PWM cooling fans

RoHS Compliant.


Form Factor
1U Rackmount

Dimensions & Weight

17.2" x 11.3" x 1.7"
11 lbs. (Gross)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Kevin E.
  • 5/8/2014 6:26:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUsless.

Pros: Notta!

Cons: 1st server blew out my ram so I got another with new ram, I think if I kept trying different ram I may get it working but please don't waste your time....

Other Thoughts: DONT BUY THIS! I am soooo ticked off I did....

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  • Joshua W.
  • 12/1/2013 1:19:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great

Pros: This worked fine, we ordered 3. It's small, lightweight, fairly quiet (for a server) and it's cheap. Works fine in both 2x SSD and single HDD configurations. See below for 4x SSD configurations.

Cons: BUYER BEWARE. This is officially listed as being able to support 4 SSDs, yet it only includes connectors for 2. We got Molex/SSD adapters for the other 2 but these blocked air flow and started causing over heating issues. We had to rig additional fans in to avoid this issue.

In addition connections are very close together and difficult to make when using 4 SSDs. We tried several brands before giving up and using adhesive to hold the trays down.

Case has limited airflow, overheating may be an issue if you put any expansion cards in.

1 had a bad RAM slot but not a huge deal, RMAed and it and it's fine.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy this barebone if you intend to use more than 1 HDD or 2 SSDs or an expansion card.

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  • Charles S.
  • 11/13/2013 1:22:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks As Intended

Pros: Affordable little ESXI server

Cons: Finicky RAM / Processor Requirements

Other Thoughts: I'm really only adding to this review due to people having issues selecting memory and processors.

My first one of these had the confirmed working i3 2120T processor with 4GB of Kingston Hynix C Model KVR13E9/4HC memory. Both of which are now discontinued on NewEgg.

I can confirm an i3 3220 (Item #: N82E16819116775) does work with this model. I've also been able to get 8gb of Kingston Model KVR16E11/4 (Item #: N82E16820239223) to work without hassle with this model. After speaking with SuperMicro about memory they really only say that the best rule of thumb when selecting memory for this device is that it must be either ECC unregistered or unbuffered.

Also, on another note, ESXI 5.5 is now current, but the trick listed in the comments from previous (for version 5.1) will work in getting the 2nd NIC card in ESXI 5.5 to display and work.

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  • Robert H.
  • 11/11/2013 11:57:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMemory support is junk.

Pros: Stable, runs well - when it works

Cons: Memory support for this product is horrible. I have purchased 64GB worth of memory that, according to specs, should work - but it doesn't. Now I'm stuck with a useless server and a ton of server memory I can't use.
This isn't the first one of these units I've purchased, and even purchasing the same memory I used in the previous server, it won't work. SuperMicro is of no help, they say it's a memory problem and leave it at that.

Other Thoughts: I'm pretty well done with SuperMicro at this point. I have multiple servers with SM boards in them, and about 10 of these 5017's in service. I'm going to look elsewhere from now on. Problems like this are unacceptable.

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  • Tim W.
  • 3/26/2013 9:10:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood light-duty server, needs more USB ports

Pros: 1U, light weight, very quiet, IPMI, dual network ports, RAID support on the motherboard.

Cons: Only 2 USB ports. There are connectors for more on the motherboard, but even adding a PCI bracket with more ports is tricky due to space constraints. I would love to see Supermicro dump the two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports and replace them with at least two more USB ports.

Out of the box, the system only supports 1 3.5" device internally. It does allow for two brackets that hold 2 2.5" devices each, allowing for up to 4 internal devices. But these brackets are not included (search for part number MCP-220-00044-0N if you need them). You'd think that for a server, even a small one, at least 2 drives would be used and Supermicro would include a bracket by default.

Other Thoughts: We are using two of these as redundant domain controllers in a small environment. We run with 8GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3S8E9SK2/4G) and Core i3-2120T processors, plus two hard drives in RAID1. They have been flawless so far.

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  • Robert F.
  • 2/15/2013 8:46:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1U, half depth.
Win7 install from usb stick was under 5 minutes to the desktop.
System is very simple and easy to set up.

Cons: Could have done a better job with the drive mounting.
Air flow design isn't the greatest.

Other Thoughts: Running this with a E3 1230V2 and 16G ram.
Vsphere 5.
Windows Server 2008R2 and Win7.
180G Intel ssd for running vm's, 500g 2.5" 7200 for additional storage.

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  • Nicholas A.
  • 1/24/2013 5:59:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little server so far

Pros: Quiet, Powerful, Compact

Cons: Already mentioned, but RAM is picky. 2nd NIC needs help under ESXi 5.1 (see note below).

Other Thoughts: This RAM works:

This is the ESXi 5.1 NIC fix:

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  • Daniel F.
  • 11/14/2012 2:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLimited hardware compatibility

Pros: Compact, not heavy, loud or hot, has IPMI, supports ECC memory

Cons: very limited selection of CPUs and memory.

Uninformative manual, the shroud mentioned in the manual (page 6-6) to improve airflow is not actually supplied.

Need a special bracket to install a second 2.5" disk drive. The part number is MCP-220-00044-ON (not given in the manual). Newegg has this.

The manual does not specify the login or password for the IPMI. Both are "ADMIN" (all caps).

Other Thoughts: There is no list of compatible CPUs on the Supermicro website. We found that an i3-2120T does work. There is no list of compatible memory either. We found that several brands that appeared to meet the requirements of the 5017C listed in the manual did not work. However, the "memory error" beeps (5 short, 1 long - see page A-1) did not occur either, so we were not sure it was a memory problem. Eventually memory from a vendor that allowed us to specify the target motherboard was purchased and functioned.

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  • Rusty H.
  • 7/29/2012 3:33:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPower & Efficiency in a small box

Pros: Newegg inventory currently has the 2.0 BIOS and full support for the v2 processors. I'm running with the XEON E3 1230V2 3.3G 4CHT. Holds up to 32gb RAM.

Easy to build and setup. IPMI works great. Small footprint. Runs pretty cool.

Cons: You need a bracket to mount a 2.5" drive which is not included. (I hacked it for now and just put in a single screw to hold the 2.5" drive.

It appears that the eth0 and eth1 ports are flipped from the description in the manual.

Initial power on boot time somewhat slow due to IPMI initialization; I think you can disable the wait for that in the BIOS settings.

Other Thoughts: You need ram with hylinx chips. N82E16820239133 Kingston 4GB KVR13E9/4HC works great, best performance if you install 2 at a time.

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  • Chase R.
  • 6/14/2012 1:34:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsOK once you upgrade BIOS

Pros: Supermicro tends to be decent quality. Haven't spent a ton of time on this server but it seems up to par with their other models. Good price for what it offers.

Cons: If your server ships with BIOS 1.1a, don't bother wasting any time to flash it to 2.0. ESXi 5.0 wouldn't recognize the Intel card (Intel E1G44HT) I installed (which is confirmed compatible with ESXi 5.0). Once I flashed the BIOS to 2.0, everything worked great.

1.1a is simply buggy from what I can tell. 2.0 resolves a number of issues. Not sure why Supermicro doesn't have this documented. I had to figure this out on my own even though I reached out to them for support. Perhaps my e-mail to them will force them to document this issue (as it's extremely frustrating not having a usable PCI-e interface with ESXi).

Also worthy of noting, only 1 of the 2 on-board Intel NICs will be recognized with ESXi 5.0. Haven't bothered exploring drivers yet, but at first glance this is truly the case (supermicro was already aware of this particular issue).

Other Thoughts: Time will tell how reliable this particular motherboard turns out to be.

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