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Pros: Small and discrete server! (I barely even notice it on my computer desk hosting up services)
Runs quiet! (I hear it every now and then ramp up the fan, however, that's if I'm trying to listen for it)
Quick installation of memory and harddisk and ready to install your OS
Stays around 35-38C (even under a load... I'm also using a 120GB SSD that may help on the temp staying lower)
Running Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 just fine with Logitech Nano receive for wireless keyboard (to setup OS)
Cons: Seemed hard to find answers to my concerns initially but finally got those all resolved. See my "Other Thoughts"
Other Thoughts: I had some issues getting it to boot "headless" after Ubuntu was installed and working great with a monitor attached. I found it was something with CSM Support having to be Enabled in the BIOS. I also changed settings to allow both Legacy and UEFI (under CSM section) rather than the default of UEFI (not 100% sure if this was needed but I was tired of testing by this BIOS configuration).
For more on the Headless monitor issue I had look over the Q&A on this product for my posts.
As for WOL... it's not just setting Resume by Onboard LAN to Enabled but you also have to change Energy-using Product to Disabled (I'm finding this more and more in my workplace and is why I looked here at home). If you don't change the Energy setting then every time it is powered off the LAN goes dark and non-responsive.
At this time the server is running 24/7 as a headless box with WOL working just incase I accidently power it off instead of rebooting it remotely. (yes that happens to us all). I've also set it to Restore AC After Power Loss to help with overall uptime.
For my build I added a 4GB 1333 Kingston memory and a 120GB Crucial SSD. With all said and done I'm extremely happy with this little but powerful box running as my new server!
This review is from: ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Another great board from ECS! I love the available PCIe slots (x3) and memory slots for future growth! As for the CPU... if this board is anything like my last one from '09 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135075) then it should be around for awhile with newer CPUs being supported.
The only reason I upgraded from my 01/06/09 build was so I could get a board supporting DDR3. Otherwise my previous A780GM-A board would still be used.
As far as temps I am seeing about 33C with basic email/internet use and about 40C while gaming.
I was with ECS 5 years ago and I'm glad I stuck with ECS on this build and most likely will see them again in 5 years. Thank you for the awesome and reasonably priced motherboards!
My latest build includes;
Current GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129100
Shipped GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
Cons: Only con I can think of is with the memory. At first I tried the 1 possibly setup that wasn't listed (slots 1 & 3). After I noticed this I moved from slot 3 to slot 4 (now both sticks are in slots 1 and 4 which was listed as recommended).
However, with this ram setup the BIOS and Windows could see my 8GB but Windows could only use 3.73GB. Once I moved my ram stick from slot 1 to slot 2 (now the ram was is slots 2 & 4 which is also recommended in the manual) I was able to successfully boot and both the BIOS and Windows could SEE and USE my total 8GB of ram.
Also with the RAM; in windows it shows up as DDR 1600 rather than 1866 via CPUz. I'm using (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460). I would have thought the RAM would be 1866 without having to OC but I could be wrong. At this point I am not OC'ing since I don't feel I need to with my current speed.
Other Thoughts: Unlike other reviews. I only have USB keyboards and mice and have had no issues with them being detected both at the BIOS or in Windows.
Something to try if you're having this issue is to make sure that the keyboard is NOT in a USB 3.0 port. I have found at my workplace that our Dells do not like to respond at the BIOS if the keyboard is hooked up in a USB 3.0 port.