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Pros: Great 2U package for DP setups, with 2.5" disks. Install was flawless and build quality is unmatched.
A full configured system, with fast procs and ssd raid arrays is crazy fast. I'm currently running 5 vms and a dbase/joomla setup at the iron level. The system laughs at every load I've thrown at it. Even boot storms pass in the blink of an eye. A standard 2012 vm reboots in about 5 seconds. A normal Joomla page loads in less than 0.35 secs. Admin actions with heavy writes, ~1 sec.
Cons: The pci slot area suffers from insufficient air flow. After installing two raid cards, temps on the cards were approaching 80c under load. With a pci slot cooler and a couple of suspended 40mm fans, temps are normal. But I'm not thrilled with my hack job or losing a pci slot. I wish SM would engineer a spot for a couple 40mm fans in the pci area.
IPMI is nice but slow to report on any non-local system.
Need a better bios update function. System was picky about usb bootable disks.
I can live with the last two issues but inadequate cooling is a serious design issue.
Other Thoughts: Please review the manual before spec'ing and populating ram. A misconfiguration here can slow you way down. Also review cpu world for your particular processor when trying to figure out the correct turbo speeds. The advertised turbo speed assumes you've enabled only one core. For example, a E5-2690 is advertised for 3.9 turbo, but that assumes only one active core. But with all cores installed, that value is only 3.3.
This system is designed for installation of discrete raid cards. You can certainly run storage through the board but you will have to rewire from the backplanes with standard sata cables.
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