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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Couldn't be happier! 02/10/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667

Pros: This board is simply fantastic for its intended usage, and as a first time Atom builder, it couldn't have been easier to get up and running. With 2 cores with hyper-threading, there is way more power than will ever get used in my application.

After using Dell's DRAC and Sun's LOM at work, I was convinced I had to get something similar for my home servers. I bought this to test IPMI to see how the implementation would be for future builds. After spending some time with it, I am extremely impressed. There are a few quirks, but overall it does exactly what I need it to and even more. The ability to mount an ISO image over the LAN under its Virtual CDROM and do a headless setup of the machine from the BIOS to the OS is pure gold.

Cons: As mentioned above, there are a few quirks with IPMI. Although, I'm still a bit uncertain whether it's because of the Java JRE I was using on my Linux desktop, or in the IPMI implementation itself. However, the only major issue I'm really having still is with the sensors under IPMIView. If I add the system, login, and go to the sensor readings it works as it should. However, any time thereafter that I try the sensors tab will never load properly again, and even block the other tabs from working correctly. I have to delete and re-add the IPMI managed system to get everything working again.

Other Thoughts: I am using this in a Supermicro CSE-502L-200B 1U Rackmount case (N82E16811152131), 2xCrucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM 667mhz (N82E16820148087), and a left over Western Digital Raptor 74gb from an old desktop build.

The machine is running CentOS 6.2 64-bit currently, and replaced my old K7 Athlon 500mhz as my gateway machine. Routing is handled via Shorewall. Among its firewall/routing duties, it also serves as secondary DNS for my domains, and primary for the LAN, DHCP server, an NFS client/server, Samba server, network monitoring for local and remote machines via SNMP/Cacti, transparent Squid proxy for LAN clients, and misc. other tasks here and there.

This system handles everything without issue, and there is hardly ever any load on the machine unless I am doing disk intensive activities such as running its backup to the file server (but that load is due to IO - not CPU).

This was my first Atom build as stated, but based on my experiences thus far, it will not be my last. :)

SUPERMICRO CSE-502L-200B Black 1U Rackmount Mini Server Chassis 200W
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Awesome look; appears to be very high quality. Power supply is perfect for my needs.

Cons: No additional fans - although not really required with the Atom board being used

Other Thoughts: Have not mounted it in a rack yet, so I cannot comment on that at this time. Using this case with a Supermicro MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX (N82E16813182234), 2xCrucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM 667mhz (N82E16820148087), and a left over Western Digital Raptor 74gb from an old desktop build. Currently resides in my bedroom with the other equipment. Fan noise is audible, but not over powering. About equal with other equipment in my room. The hum helps put me to sleep. :)

Crucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model CT25664AC667
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works great, fully supported on an Atom based mini-ITX board.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Purchased a pair of these for an Atom D510 firewall/router build on a Supermicro board (N82E16813182234). Does what RAM is supposed to do - it just works.


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Display Name: Jarrod H.

Date Joined: 01/10/03

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