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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600
Pros: Does exactly what I want it to. Great features, a good price, and rock solid so far. IPMI is especially nice on a mobo in this price range.
Cons: It might have been nice to have two 8087 ports rather than 8 individual SAS ports. I'll need to use a SAS reverse breakout cable if I want to connect to a backplane or expander.
Other Thoughts: Installed Proxmox. Flashed SAS chipset to IT mode and passed it through to a NAS VM using VT-d. Works great.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CRU-DataPort 2.5" to 3.5" Metal HDD/SSD Adapter Bracket 5220-0000-02
Pros: Does exactly what I needed: Lets me put 2.5" drives in the 3.5" bays of my Dell servers. Other adapters that put the drive in the center of the bay don't work for me, since they don't align the SAS port in the right way.
Cons: Only possible to fit in three of the screws that secure the adapter into the hard disk tray. Not a major issue, feels plenty secure without it, and I don't think it would be possible to make an adapter that fit all four screws without messing up the alignment of the SAS port.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a nice, powerful, and not too expensive, and I haven't had any trouble with the wireless that others have reported. In fact, it's been rock solid, fast, and nice to work with. I didn't like the stock DD-WRT, so I put OpenWRT on it and I've been extremely happy with how it's performing now.
Installing OpenWRT isn't quite drop-dead simple but it's pretty easy if you just google around a bit. After that I have full use of my connection, a better interface, and better managability and it works better as well.
Cons: I expected to like the fact that it came with DD-WRT but honestly the stock DD-WRT is really annoying. It's slow (I couldn't saturate my 50/25Mb pipe on stock firmware), takes forever to boot, has a few issues with NAT loopback port forwarding and the interface is kind of annoying and ugly. I still miss the Tomato interface, but OpenWRT isn't too bad, and the router is blazing fast with it.READ FULL REVIEW