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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL+-F Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C202 DDR3 1333
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Very poor expansion card compatability 08/21/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL+-F Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C202 DDR3 1333

Pros: Nice board, quality components, IPMI

Cons: 4 out of the 5 expansion cards I've tried have required BIOS upgrades or downgrades to get working. Right now it won't detect a quad port Intel "PT" NIC and crashes (hard locks) with a dual port Intel "PT" NIC installed. Previously, I had to get a beta BIOS from support to use an LSI SAS controller & before that I had to downgrade the BIOS to get an Adaptec RAID controller to be detected.

Other Thoughts: It's a real nice board if you don't want to use any PCI-e cards in it, otherwise expect it to take a week or 2 for Supermicro support to churn you out a beta BIOS...assuming you can sell them on supporting the issue.

This lack of compatibility with common PCI-e cards makes for a very poor experience bringing up a home ESXi box or a FreeNAS server.

Overall I'm very disappointed with these boards (I have 2). Coming from Supermicro I expected a lot more out of them , in fact I think it's fair that I should be able to expect them to work with common, brand name add-on cards.

As it is now I would have a tough time recommending anyone use one of these boards

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Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed it in a new Gigabyte motherboard, came up at 1333 when I powered it on. Memtested it for 3 cycles (took 8hours, 16Gb takes a while) without error. Working great ever since.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Dirt cheap, works great.

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POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Hear it's a fast card.

Newegg granted a one-time exception so I could just RMA the card.

Cons: Card is way to picky about what systems it will work in.

Got the card last Tuesday and installed it that night. I was very disappointed to find that while the system powered on and made all the right beeps & noises I never got even a blip of video out of the card. Contacted Powercolor support and they insisted that my PSU was marginal for the card (550 watt SeaSonic) and that unless I was willing to swap it out for a more powerful unit there wasn't much they could do to help. This despite their own product page calling for at least 450 watts

To date I have tried the card in 4 different systems (2 Intel, 2 AMD) each one equipped with at least a 500 watt PSU and with 5 different PSU's in the board that I actually purchased the card for.

Out of all those systems the card has worked in exactly one, ironically one with an old 485 watt Enermax PSU. In that system it POST's, loads Windows and will even run the FurMark stability test for an hour.

Have not heard back from Powercol

Other Thoughts: This card has a replacement-only return policy on it.

Kudos to Newegg for being kind enough to grant me a one-time exception and issue an RMA so I can simply get my money back.

I think Powercolor's suggestion that the 550 watt PSU was inadequate to be suspect given their posted product specs (card has a 108 watt TDP).

It's a shame because I really wanted this card to work, and given that this card seems to be simply a reference design it's tough to say if a replacement would actually fix anything at all.

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Display Name: William W.

Date Joined: 01/15/03

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  • Last Review: 08/21/12
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