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This review is from: ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: - One, if not the only, x6 port SATA3 board in mini-ATX that supports ECC memory. This makes it ideal for FreeNAS.
- IPMI out-of-band management capabilities for a headless server
- USB2.0 slot on the main board so you can run your FreeNAS or ESXi off a thumbdrive from the inside of the case.
- BIOS is getting updated regularly at the moment.
- Easy to update BIOS on a headless server. Only need USB and I haven't tried, but IPMI remote mounts appear to work.
- Comes with 6 SATA cables
Cons: - Price is high and keeps slowly climbing since there aren't any alternate boards for this one right now.
- The SATA cables included are two right angle and four straight ones. I had to use some spare left angle ones in place of the straight ones on my case install.
- IPMI is annoying to start remote console. You have to acknowledge many java signing warnings and download the viewer each time. I am still researching ways to avoid this.
- Troubleshooting on this factor can be difficult. You would probably need to pull the CPU fan cable to replace RAM if you didn't run your cables loose.
Other Thoughts: I have experienced problems when the IPMI hung up and stopped the mobo from posting. I had to remove the power plug from for a little bit to cycle it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q25B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: - 5 hot pluggable bays
- This version supports both molex and SATA power connectors.
Thumb screw plate for PSU which helps on initial install and troubleshooting later on.
- Small footprint.
- Can take the sides off very easy without tools.
Cons: - A little harder to work on with the ATX PSU on top of it all.
- Pay attention to the mobo stand-off when you take it out so you put it back right. The bottom goes inside the case frame and the top outside of it. I could see doing this twice if you put the bottom on the outside.
Other Thoughts: One of the reviewers mentioned to get left angle SATA cables. If you do that, they will angle upward, not down. You are better off with two longer right angle ones for the top two bays, then 3 or more right angle slightly shorter ones as you move down the drive housing and get closer to the motherboard.
If anyone cares about this kind of thing the powerLED is blue.
Pros: Works in my ASRock E3C226D2I ITX mobo. Kingston's site said it would, but the ASRock didn't show it on the compatibility list. Well, it works so I think the ASRock site just needs updated with 8GB DIMM support capability.
Cons: Besides the higher cost of ECC memory, none.READ FULL REVIEW