Designed for optimal performance, the dual-processor SuperServer 7047 series support the QPI (8.0 GT/s) format 8-core Xeon E5-2600 Series processors in a high-density 4U form-factor. The 7047 SuperServer has excellent expansion capability and feature set.
This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-7047GR-TRF 4U Rackmountable / Tower Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
Pros: Generally well built, well thought-out system.
Cons: The side panel has a latch/handle that you are meant to pop open to access internal components, but the panel is also secured by two, small screws at the back. Without the screws, I have trouble securing the door fully (even when latched, the bottom edge seems to want to pop out a bit. So, the screws are necessary, but they are also quite small. For example, if the case were rack-mounted with the optional rail kit, in a data-center environment, I could so see one of those little screws dropping through the ventilation holes on your raised floor, never to be seen again (ya, you know you've had that happen at least once in your DC). What's the point in having tool-less, hot-swapable fans in the case, if you need a tool to access them anyway? Considering how modular and well thought-out the rest of the case is, these tiny screws just stand-out to me as an oversight. They should be replaced with captive thumb screws for securing the back edge of the access panel. Supermicro, are you listening?
Other Thoughts: This is a data-center grade, 4u server, which happens to come with feet instead of rails, so you can set it on its side and use it on/under your desk as a tower workstation. It has all the typical server features: lights-out management (IPMI) provides system monitoring, power control, and KVM, independent of the OS, over a dedicated LAN port; redundant, hot-swapable PSUs; hot-swapable fans, which cover the whole motherboard with excellent, front-to-back air-flow.
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