Based on the Intel C602 chipset, the SUPERMICRO SYS-7047A-T server barebone is a high-end server that supports dual Intel Socket R (LGA 2011) Xeon CPUs and up to 512 GB DDR3 ECC memory, delivering stunning computing power to deal with your most demanding applications. Three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 3.0 x 8 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x4 slot provide substantial I/O bandwidth for current and future needs. 2x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports enable bottleneck-free data transfer.
The chassis comes with 8x hot-swap 3.5" HDD bays for easy drive insertion and removal. Keeping everything cool is key to system reliability and stability. Three fans are pre-installed to ensure efficient ventilation. A 1200W PSU with 80 PLUS Platinum certification delivers abundant and robust power for the whole system with superior energy efficiency. The whole system runs with optimized acoustics with mere 27dB noise level, bring peace of mind for both you and co-workers.
Pros: Its very quiet with normal use (and I have E6-2687W, 150 Watt processor and GTX590). I assume when it heats up a bit, it will get a bit noiser, but I was worried I would need to augment the silence with some additional "silent pc" techniques, but this at least meets my tolerance. I wanted to have an LGA2011 system that I could start with one processor and add another if I needed, or upgrade later to IvyBridge (will have to wait and see if BIOS and chipsets will support it, but it is supposed to). I am running single GPU, so was OK with the number of PCIe slots.
Cons: Caution, to boot from USB thumb drive you need to use one of the USB 2.0 ports (not clear from the manual). The BIOS is a little basic. I would have preferred thumbscrews on the case cover (I had some and replaced the two case cover screws), most of the rest of the interior is tool less. The documentation is a little weak. As others have pointed out, to add another SATA drive you have to route the cable a bit funny.
Other Thoughts: I actually preferred the workstation model with the onboard LSI2008 RAID, but Newegg doesn't offer that model
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Pros: -Extremely quiet
Cons: Four hot swap drives are on a SAS backplane, and the other four are on SATA. This is somewhat annoying, but whether a problem depends on what you're using the chassis for.
Other Thoughts: Outside of an annoying problem I had installing a graphics card so I could install and set up the OS (would not boot with the card in a certain PCIe slot), using this chassis for my newest server was painless. I'd strongly recommend it if you can live with the (minor) problems and if you're using this in a setting outside a datacenter, especially as a workstation, its noise - or lack thereof - make it a winner.
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Pros: I dont own this machine yet, however i was curious if anyone was able to manage to actually find 32gig memory sticks so you can actually run it with 512gb of memory?
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Great product with a design flaw
Pros: 1. Quiet operation
Cons: 1. Not enough room for a third GPU even though the motherboard is capable. This case is not suitable for the motherboard included otherwise i would have considered five stars.
Other Thoughts: If you are buying this for GPU computing and plan on installing three PCIe 3.0 GPUs you will be disappointed as the case wont allow you to install the third card.
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