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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCI-LN4F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Watch for the BIOS version 07/25/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCI-LN4F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: 4 Ethernet ports. Seems to be stable running Memtest and some early test applications. The *new* BIOS version works fine (see cons below).

Cons: Be careful what BIOS version you have. I ordered 8 boards, and of the 8, 7 came with the old v1.x BIOS, and one had the newer 2.x BIOS. According to Supermicro, only the newer BIOS supports the v2 Intel Xeon E3 CPUs. If you plug a new CPU into a board with the old BIOS, it won't even post. You'll get 4 long beeps, and then nothing but black silence... I wasted a week trying to figure out what was happening. My solution was to buy a cheap Celeron G440 CPU (that was compatible with the socket and old BIOS), boot the system and run the BIOS updater, remove the Celeron, and plug in my new Xeons. I'm docking 3 stars for the pain Supermicro put me through trying to figure this out! (On the bright side, in a few months when all the inventory has the new BIOS, this will not be an issue. Other than this, the board seems fine).

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