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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SLH-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: ECC memory, PCIe3, 6 SATA III + RAID, USB3, IPMI/headless/VGA, 5 FAN headers all 4 pin PWM, 2 NIC's + IPMI NIC, support for Xeon v3 CPU's.
Responsive support.

Cons: Trouble with low RPM FAN's.
BIOS upgrade via IPMI requires an extra $20 license.
Poor documentation you have to call support.

Other Thoughts: Great server/workstation board. Here some info people may find useful:

You can use any fan header for hooking up the CPU fan.

The FAN speed is configurable via IPMI but has limitations. It assumes you are running server fans (high RPM). If you install low RPM high efficiency fans (for a server hosted in an small business office) the fan controller thinks the fans are not functioning properly and is spinning up *all* fans to max RPM. Then the fans RPM decreases because the temps were low anyway and controller thinks again that the fans are malfunctioning and spins them up to max. This will go on forever. There is no way to adjust the lower limit for the fan alert in IPMI. Support did not have any solution. The fix for me was to change all the high efficiency fans from PWM (4 pin) to 3 pin by using the fan's included adapters (Noctua). The fans still change speed with the load but because of the open feedback loop the controller stopped spinning them up to max.

I should have take one start from the review for the fan issue but given the workaround I'll leave it in. BUT for someone planning to use the IPMI alerts for monitoring in a datacenter this is a deal breaker.

When upgrading the BIOS and/or IPMI firmware make sure you first upgrade the BIOS and then the firmware. If not you may brick your board.

If you want to use the IPMI to remotely upgrade your BIOS you need to buy a license. The part number you need is SFT-OOB-LIC. Search on Inet for it. It took more than one week to get it via email when there is not shipping involved. Add to this that this is an additional $20 instead of being included with he board.

You do not have to buy IPMI software to get to the IPMI UI. Just set the IPMI NIC IP address via BIOS and then just go to http://<yourIpmiNicAddress>. If you want to get the remote console working you will have to install Java.

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Intel Xeon E3-1240V3 Haswell 3.4GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Server Processor BX80646E31240V3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All that you need in a server CPU and none that you do not need

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Use this with a Supermicro Motherboard Ultra ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 MBD-X10SLH-F-O mobo.

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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excelent product for a server or workstation 09/14/2013

This review is from: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Up to 13 drives: 2 SSD on the bottom (with custom bracket to hold to each other), 6x 3.5 bays, 5x 3.5" bays (with a iStarUSA BPU-350SATA to convert 3x 5.25" bays into 5x 3.5" bays)
Fit ATX mobo
Plenty of ventilation
front access to the drives
small footprint for the capacity

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This an excellent case for a home server or an workstation.

I have the Illusion variant of this case used as a workstation.

For my home server I picked this one as I wanted to replace all the fans with quiet fans for my 24x7 server.

I can get 13 drives (2 are SSD's at the bottom). That is plenty of storage.

Unlike other cases this has a clean simple exterior design making it compact on the outside for the inside space is offers.

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Display Name: doru n.

Date Joined: 08/24/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/14/08
  • Last Review: 11/16/13
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