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This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5017R-MTF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Pros: I bought this as my backup server for my operation. It runs VMware ESXi 5.1 with the following setup: - Adaptec 5405 with flash module - 4 x 16 GB of RAM - 4 x 2 TB SATA drives in RAID 10
There aren't too many boards with a single CPU but supports more than 32 GB of RAM. It supports up to 256 GB. I don't need that much but nice to know that I can add more if I need it.
Aside from ESXi not having built-in driver for the raid card, the installation was straight forward. ESXi supports many of the onboard sensors, such as - mb, CPU temperatures - individual fan speeds - various component voltages, including the CPU - chassis intrusion
The board has temperature sensors, and it controls the speed of the fans such that when the CPU and disks are idle, the fans reduce their speeds to the point where I could barely hear them.
I had another SuperMicro case from several years ago. Unlike the old case, this case has extra fan slots so that two of them can point straight at the addon card slot. Since the Adaptec 5405 card doesn't have a fan, and the heat sink gets very hot. The extra fans should keep it cooler.
Cons: The board has only 5 fan headers, none of them is for the CPU fan. I would prefer having a fan and a copper heat sink. The stock fan is aluminum, although it seems to be able to keep the CPU at around 39 C with no load.
The chassis has 4 x 40mm fans, with two place holders. I have spare fans but could only install one because the mb has only 5 fan headers.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a solid setup. Should I need more blade servers, I would for sure buy more of these.
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