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Pros: E3 12xx v3 x 32 GB in a tiny package.
Runs on simple 12V supply.
Other Thoughts: Like this MB so much I bought a second one. My rule: If you depend on something, you better have two (e.g. we all have two sets of DNA, right?).
Boards have been rock solid for 5 months. BIOS flash upgrade direct from USB stick is a beautiful thing. Solid remote management from browser (recommend: firefox)
Pros: A truly marvelous motherboard and a flawless power up experience.
ASRock boosted memory to 32 GB ECC by extending the board only slightly beyond mini-ITX. This is really nice for those of us that want a small server with more oomph.
The board may be powered directly by 12 volts or by a standard ATX power supply. This is a really nice direction to see things going in. Who likes that huge wad of wires coming out of the power supply?
Cons: My package did not include a connector shield. I assume this was omitted by accident and I have asked ASRock support, which I have found to be excellent in the past, for one.
Other Thoughts: If you want a mini-ITX case, find one with an extra ~30mm on the right side (looking from the connector side).
The package includes a power adapter that merges a standard ATX power supply's main and 12 V connectors to feed the motherboard connector. Or, you can feed the motherboard from the back side with a single 8-pin 12 volt connector. NICE!
The package also includes a cable that allows the mother board to power up 6 SATA drives. Really NICE!
Pros: Everything you need to build a E3-12XX V3 lights-out server Linux server in mini-ITX form factor ... and ... it works flawlessly.
The motherboard / UEFI manual is excellent.
Prior to purchase I was concerned because the “IPMI Configuration Guide” is a bit, uh, sketchy, shall we say? However, once I saw the Megarac web GUI running, I realized I was never going to look at the IPMI manual again. The web GUI is always available over the LAN, even when the server is powered down.
Cons: A remote management quick-start cheat sheet would be a big help for noobies like me, during the initial period of fear, loathing, and disbelief we all go through with any new technology.
Other Thoughts: OK I admit it: I cheated and plugged a VGA display, keyboard, and USB key in to flash the UEFI (using the UEFI) and to configure the dedicated management LAN IP address. I also had a little “seeing is believing” session to convince myself that I really didn’t need a stinking display or keyboard on this little puppy.
I have no prior experience with IPMI, and no experience commissioning Linux boxen, but I found that after I enabled the BMC in the UEFI I could easily do everything else remotely. WOW!
A net install of Debian testing (debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso 2013-11-11 19:54 210M) and everything else over the LAN worked flawlessly.
Result: Remotely managed dual NIC E3-1240 V3 16GB 6x SATA3 SSD/HDs Linux server in a 8”W x 6”H x 9”D box drawing 30 watts.
What’s not to like?