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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2P AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: The price is great for a smallish microATX board. The three expansion slots were sufficient for my needs. This is the basis, along with a 5150, for a 6-disk NAS system. I had to add a separate PCIe board to reach 6, but I had one lying around already. The single VGA port is no big deal, since nas4free is based on BSD and is text-mode. I use a web GUI for most purposes anyway. Runs cool and requires about 40-45 watts max when pushed.
Cons: The onboard Realtek NIC kept going back to 100mbps, so I threw an Intel NIC into the PCI slot - another spare part I had lying around. Now I can get nearly gigabit speed reliably. Perhaps BSD has a few problems with Realtek NICs. I don't know and don't care. The onboard NIC is the only thing keeping me from giving the board a 5.
Other Thoughts: The Athlon 5150 handles all the data I can throw at it, and the board perfectly met my needs. One of the needs was a narrow board - it's the same depth as a miniITX board while being longer to provide three expansion slots.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive, low power usage, 4 sata ports. Their rapid response to a support question was also appreciated.
Cons: Functionality of the PCIe slot is questionable. I am using this for Nas4Free (FreeBSD base) and booting from an SD flash card. I wanted to add an inexpensive eSata card that supports the port multiplier function, but the two I had on hand (both PCIe x1) both failed to be recognized by the system. (They work on other systems under Windows Server 2008R2, so the cards are good). Thinking nas4free might have a problem with the chipset I loaded Windows Server on an SSD and it, too, failed to recognize either card.
I asked ECS support and they said their S6M2 eSata card would work, but no one seems to have any available for me to purchase. The slot is good, since an old nVidia graphics card worked. I see, reading other reviews, that the PCIe slot can present problems.
Other Thoughts: Were it not for the PCIe slot problem I would rate this 5 eggs. Perhaps it's something I've missed, but I really think that the PCIe slot is incapable of handling a variety of PCIe x1 cards. I don't have any spare NICs or USB cards lying around to test this theory, nor do I wish to tear apart other machines for their cards. Such is life. Had I known this was going to be a problem I would not have purchased the product.READ FULL REVIEW