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SUPERMICRO SYS-5037A-i Mid-Tower Server Barebone LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

  • 1 x LGA 2011 Support Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 and E5-2600/1600 v2 family
  • 8 x 240Pin Memory Slots (Max 256GB)
  • 4 x SATA 300 + 2 SATA 600
  • 900W 80PLUS Gold Level Power Supply

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SUPERMICRO SYS-5037A-i Mid-Tower Server Barebone


  • Single socket R (LGA 2011) supports Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 and E5-2600/1600 v2 family†
  • Up to 512GB ECC DDR3, up to 1866MHz; 8x DIMM slots
  • Expansion slots: 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16, 1 PCI-E 3.0 x4 (in x8), 1 PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8), 1x PCI-32
  • Intel® 82579LM and 82574L, 2x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
  • 4 USB 3.0 and 14 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4x 3.5" SATA3 HDD bays, 90° rotating hard drive cage, 4x 2.5" internal HDD/SSD bays (opt.)
  • 900W Gold Level Power Supply


Product SKUs
SuperWorkstation SYS-5037A-i (Black)
Motherboard MBD-X9SRA
  • Socket R (LGA 2011)
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 and E5-2600/1600 v2 family†
Note † BIOS version 3.0 or above is required
System Memory
Memory Capacity
  • 8x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots
  • Up to 512GB DDR3 ECC LRDIMM
  • Up to 256GB DDR3 ECC RDIMM
  • Up to 64GB DDR3 ECC/non-ECC UDIMM
Memory Type 1866/1600/1333/1066MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs
DIMM Sizes 32GB, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB, 1GB, 64GB LRDIMM
Memory Voltage 1.5 V, 1.35 V
Error Detection
  • Corrects single-bit errors
  • Detects double-bit errors (using ECC memory)
On-Board Devices
Chipset Intel® C602 Chipset
  • 2 SATA3 (6Gbps) and 4 SATA2 (3Gbps)
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Network Controllers
  • Intel® 82579LM and 82574L, 2x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Virtual Machine Device Queues reduce I/O overhead
  • Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Audio RealTek ALC889 7.1 High Definition Audio with S/PDIF header
TPM 20pin Header v1.2
Input / Output
Serial ATA
  • 2 SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)
  • 4 SATA 2.0 ports (3Gbps)
SCU 4 SATA 2.0 ports (3Gbps) via SCU
LAN 2x RJ45 LAN ports
  • 4 USB 3.0 (5Gbps; 2 rear, 2 via headers)
  • 14 USB 2.0 (8 rear, 6 via headers)
  • Total 4 USB 3.0 and 14 USB 2.0
Audio Line-in / Line-out / Microphone Ports
Serial Port / Header 2x Fast UART 16550 serial port (one header and one rear port)
Expansion Slots
  • 2 (x16) PCI-E 3.0 slots
  • 1 (x4) PCI-E 3.0 in x8 slot
  • 1 (x4) PCI-E 2.0 in x8 slot
  • 1 PCI 32-bit slot
System BIOS
BIOS Type 128Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI BIOS
BIOS Features
  • DMI 2.3
  • PCI 2.3
  • ACPI 1.0 / 2.0
  • USB Keyboard support
  • SMBIOS 2.3

Whats in the Box


Learn more about the SuperMicro SYS-5037A-i



CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 and E5-2600/1600 v2 family
CPU Socket
LGA 2011
Installed CPU
No CPU Installed
Max Processors


North Bridge
Intel C602

Memory Supported

Memory Slots
8 x 240Pin
Installed Memory Size
No Memory Installed
Max Memory Supported
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600/1333/1066
ECC Supported

Storage Supported

Installed HDD
No Storage Installed
Serial ATA
4 x SATA 300 + 2 SATA 600
4 x SATA 300 via SCU
RAID 0/1/5/10

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
2 (x16) PCI-E 3.0 slots
1 (x4) PCI-E 3.0 in x8 slot
1 (x4) PCI-E 2.0 in x8 slot
1 PCI 32-bit slot


Onboard Audio
RealTek ALC889 7.1 High Definition Audio with S/PDIF header


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

Expansion Bays

3.5" Bays

Panel Ports

Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0
Rear Audio Ports
Line-in / Line-out / Microphone Ports

Power Supply

Max. Power
900W 80PLUS Gold Level Power Supply


Hard Drive:
4x 3.5" SATA3 HDD Bays
90 degree rotatable tool-less hard drive cage

Fans: 1x 12cm rear exhaust fan


Form Factor

Dimensions & Weight

20.68" x 16.7" x 7.6"
20.68 lbs.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the SuperMicro SYS-5037A-i

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  • Kevin M.
  • 9/26/2015 1:34:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork Horse

Pros: Solid build materials. Excellent and reliable track record. Well thought out bare bones super server or workstation. Easy to access locations for all pluggable devices, cables, cpu, memory sockets. All connections on mobo labeled for easy viewing.

Cons: None so far and don't expect any!

Other Thoughts: I've been using SuperMicro products for 15+ years with little problems. I've only had one super server motherboard go out over that 15+ years and support for that one incident was fast and excellent! SuperMicro products just work and work well. I'm using this 5037A-i bare bones server to build a Nas4Free storage server. I also used the SuperMicro heatsink and fan combo SNK-P0050AP4 with an Intel Xeon E5-2609 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.5 GHz LGA2011 80W CPU. Both performing well, keeping CPU cool and running FAST. Also installed four Kingston 8GB Registered ECC memory modules part number KVR13LR9D4/8HC for a total of 32GB ram. Ran MemTest86 v6.20 for 48hours with no problems. Will be populating the system with 4 Hitachi 3.5" 4TB SATA 7200 drives, to start with, for a Raidz1 array of 12TB. Will then purchase optional 2.5" drive cage (part # MCP-220-73201-0N) for an additional four 2.5" drive array. haven't decided what 2.5" drives to use yet.

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  • 12/19/2014 5:53:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat system for the money

Pros: Very stable system, allowing for pretty dense computing resources for a workstation. The system comes with absolutely nothing in it that is not explicitly requested in order, a con to some, but a huge pro to me. It also operates very quietly, and its heat production is also reasonable given my configuration (Xeon E5-2620, 32Gb RAM and 2 2050 GPUs) and usage.

Cons: I lost one of the pads at the bottom of the enclosure. Would be nicer if they were fastened with screws rather than glued.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this machine to anyone interested in doing computational work on a desktop (simulations involving simulations of large sets of ordinary and partial differential equations in my case).

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  • Qiushi M.
  • 10/16/2013 7:12:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood workstation barebone

Pros: Good workstation barebone with high build quality, and a motherboard with loads of features. 8 DIMM slots. Quiet and backed by a company with great tech support.

Cons: None that bothered me.

Other Thoughts: Two things that might help others considering this machine:

- The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO fits perfectly on this motherboard's (X9SRA) LGA 2011 mount with its hardware, and lines up with case fans to boot. It's quieter, cheaper, and better performing than the Supermicro option, and worth considering.
- The Supermicro MCP-220-73201-0N is a 4-bay toolless cage for 2.5 inch drives and is a great addition to this case for SSDs. Newegg doesn't carry it, but it can be found at other retailers.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat System

Pros: Very easy assembly. Good, solid board. Power supply is nice. Quiet fans (2 included - power supply and rear case fan, 5 M/B 4 pin fan connectors). Case looks nice. Front side USB 2/3 and audio ports. SATA connectors do support hotswap, RAID 5 (also with auto rebuild). 2 onboard LAN. More USB ports than I could ever need. Tech support is a big plus here - they answer the phone and actually know stuff (this is important because the manuals are not as good as they used to be).

Cons: I think screwless cases are generally junk, and this one is no different. The drive never seems secure in the case and the mounting mechanism. Screwless drive bays seem to be a solution looking for a problem. I guess now people everywhere with computers but no screw drivers can rejoice (but they won't be able to actually open the case...). The single 3.5" bay besides also being screwless, mounts funny, in that if you want to secure a drive there you have to knock out a structural metal from the case and it has to be exposed to the face (not even the plastic covers it). If yu want to keep the 3.5" bay internal, say for example to mount your SSD with an adapter, you can't actually secure it to the case - it just sits there. Also the case feels a bit flimsy on the inside. My first Supermicro case from 1996 was a tank and much heavier metal, also better finishing on the edges (this is not that, but it is good and when closed and built it's a solid case). No onboard VGA - something to think about if you are looking to use this as a VM host. Occupying the 3.5" drive bay makes it hard to release the swing out 3.5" 4 drive cage which is below.

Other Thoughts: A bit of confusion - this system comes with only SATA ports, 2 SATA3 (6Gb/s), and 8 SATA2. SCU supports RAID 5 (4 ports, numbered 0-3). Another board "X9SRA-3" has SAS connectors. Intel AHCI is 6 ports 2 of which are SATA3. This seemed contradictory from what was written in the manual. Space at bottom/front of case is for 2.5" drive cage, but without he cage it just becomes a weird dead space. Very good workstation rig. I can't comment on SLI or Xfire. Weird thing, I can't seem to get the RAM to 1600MHz. Even if I "force" it to 1600 MHz in the BIOS, it is still posting as 1333 MHz. UEFI BIOS is a bit confusing.

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  • ravi b.
  • 3/18/2013 4:09:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsno heatsink, no onboard video, cheapskates

Pros: Feature rich, price point looks good on paper

Cons: one of two DOA, super picky with memory that isn't typically an issue.

No onboard video of any kind


Other Thoughts: This could be a great system as a workstation, featureset is there and supermicro has always been great for support but no heatsink really sucks, you can get a better system for the additional $50 that does include a HSF.

By the time you add a video card to the mix, we're looking at roughly an additional $100 bucks, this could get you a much better barebones system that includes these features.

I wouldn't buy this one again.

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  • Kurt V.
  • 2/24/2013 8:19:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid

Pros: Fast, reliable, and clean.

Cons: Doesn't come with a heatsink for the CPU like their server barebones, no eggs taken off, I knew that going in.

Other Thoughts: This
Intel E5-1650
Corsair SSD
32GB DDR3 1600
AMD W7000

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