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Pros: I read quite a few of the reviews and was a little skeptical about the performance of this server. I have always built my own servers, so it was quite a leap of faith for me to buy pre-built. Well, I am not skeptical anymore; this box really delivered!
I installed the HP ISO of ESXi 5.1 server, it went without a hitch and is running great! I could not find a cheaper server to support ESXi anywhere; for the price it is dynamite.
I also upgraded the box with the following:
Rosewill RC-401-EX Network Card
Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Cons: The case is a bit small and takes a few minutes to disassemble, but if you're a system builder it is a piece of cake! And yes, you have to slide the system board out before installing any PCIe cards. CPU is not so fast, but wayyyyyy worth it for the price point. Wish they made these in 2 or 3U cases!
Other Thoughts: Be sure to open the drive bay door before sliding the top panel on. I almost cracked the front of the case trying to make it fit, when all I had to do was open the door.
Also note, ESXi does not pick up most of the sensors - it only shows "Processors" and "Software Components."
Pros: Low profile bracket. ESXi 5.1 compatible.
Cons: None found
Other Thoughts: I put this in a HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer. Worked perfectly with ESXi 5.1, no configuration needed. Marvell 88E8053 chipset. No need to spring for an expensive Intel NIC.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2 AM2 AMD 690V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Solid - booted up first time with no problems. Has been stable for 2+ weeks. Lots of options for a low-end MB too. The (upgrade) system I built is running an Athlon 64 X2 3600+ pared with 2x A-DATA 512MB DDR2 800 sticks. For the price, it is an excellent motherboard!
Cons: Integrated graphics & audio, need I say more? The Radeon X1200 runs Aero fairly well, not much more than that though.
Other Thoughts: If you're using a SATA drive and installing Vista be sure to insert the SATA RAID floppy (or you can use a USB flash drive) when the install prompts you... otherwise Vista will install halfway and then black-screen lockup on reboot. I found this out the hard way.READ FULL REVIEW