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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SRi-2758F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: Quiet. Runs cool enough to keep in my closet with my switch. I use this with VMware 5.5 free to run a pfsense firewall, a FreeNAS home backup, and still have room to use as test bench for virtual projects at work. I can saturate two 1 GB NICs when maxing out FreeNAS. Has IPMI NIC additionally and you can set up all software without installing DVD on box itself. Mine has been up and running several months without single reset and stable. USB on motherboard for running VMware without worry of it getting knocked out of slot.
Cons: I could have used more SATA ports
It runs pretty warm when stressed, I added quiet fan to blow over processor.
My free VMware 5.5 did not recognize I350 NICs and need to be modified (lots of help online).
Other Thoughts: 1 processor, 8 cores, 8 logical cores (no hyper threading)
These are efficient enough for me not to feel like total heal for keeping a computer running 24/7. I tried this for SQL server in Windows 2012 and it felt pretty sluggish even with SSDs but it did run. For my BSD based FreeNAS and pfsense it is perfect and fast enough to saturate my NICs which is fast as I could hope for.
Pros: I swapped out the hard drive for an small intel SSD for complete silence and to allow to run cooler. I don't play games or watch movies or any video intense applications. I needed a small light duty computer than was dead silent, cool, energy efficient. We used this in a medical office for electronic records. It had enough power to run the program and antivirus program at a very acceptable pace. Finally no noise and heat issues with a computer tucked in a cabinet. We even were able to turn off the cabinet fan! I don't miss that rumble from the cabinet.
Cons: Would have been better with 4 GB memory and I would have liked faster than 800 speed.
Other Thoughts: The SSD really helped this unit act like a "normal" desktop in terms of perceived speed. The processor is no speed demon but honestly the processor is not the bottleneck in most computers. For most usage I am extremely pleased. I'm picking up a couple more for the kids at home for internet use. Build in wireless is a plus (haven't tried yet)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: areca ARC-1231ML-2G PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: I have experience of having the 1220 Areca products on several Windows 2003 Servers without incident. I have found them to be fast and efficient but the first one was a challenge to set up. The installation method I used for servers did work but.....
Cons: Windows 7 64 does not find card when installed to exisitng system. The install disk included does not assist as it only contains drivers which if you can't discover the card are useless. 3-4 conversations with Areca did not come up with anything but blame of motherboard, OS, chipset, and installer but not their lack of installation process. It does install fine on blank disk with new build of OS but I just don't have the energy or time to start from scratch on present computer which simply needs pure productivity. This card is in the pile for next build if not outdated by SATA 6 GB boards. Sorry this is one star for lack of install software and support.
Other Thoughts: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s with Windows 7 64 bit. 3 Intel SSD on motherboard RAID with single SATA for backup. Addition of Areca was in hope of adding 5 intell SSD (4 in RIAD 5 with hot spare) and 4 mechanical Western Digital disks for backup in RAID 5. This computer can't be taken off line for more then a few minutes at time.READ FULL REVIEW