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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X11SSH-LN4F-O Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236
Pros: This little mobo has everything you need to set up a home server:
- Eight internal SATA ports
- NVMe M.2 SSD slot
- IPMI v2
- Four independent NICs, plus one more for the IPMI.
- Five speed-controlled fan headers
Cons: - Took two tries to get all the DIMMs seated right. Probably operator error, although the board does seem to flex a lot when plugging things in. I'd recommend plugging in as much as you can with the board resting flat on your workbench before mounting it in whatever case you're using.
Other Thoughts: I recently bought a Supermicro 2U rackmount chassis to set up a home server, and was trying to get by with a leftover gaming mobo. Finally gave up and got a proper server mobo. The IPMI alone made it worth it, plus all the screaming fans have now been tamed by having proper controls on them.
The Intel "fakeRAID" BIOS option is the same you find on most gaming mobos these days, and while Windows is perfectly fine with that, Ubuntu doesn't work with it at all. Not a problem, just something to be aware of if you're planning on a Ubuntu installation.
This review is from: Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac
Pros: 5 buttons.
Has held up well to daily road-warrior use, except...
Cons: Left button has failed, admittedly after three years, but still.
Other Thoughts: I'm buying another one after three years because I like the design and I really need the 5 buttons now. I hope they've improved the switches they use - seems like they should last longer than three years.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well made little box - nice and tidy inside - comes with a liquid cooler for the CPU, so I have yet another Intel-supplied CPU fan to decorate my office with. Plenty of USB ports front and back.
Cons: There is something fishy going on with the keyboard input. I've set this up as a dual-boot Linux/Win 8.1 box, and no matter which O/S is running, keyboard input frequently "buffers up", so to speak. It's almost like typing on an old mechanical TTY terminal (yes, I've done that) except it will sometimes sit there for 30 seconds after you've pressed the keys before anything shows up on the screen. I swapped my wireless keyboard for a hardwired mechanical one - same problem. The only thing left that could be causing this is the mobo.
Other Thoughts: I'd happily give this 5 eggs if it weren't for the keyboard input issues. While I can't be 100% sure it's the mobo, I've swapped out everything else and the problem persists. It's intermittent enough that the machine is still usable, but still happens several times an hour.READ FULL REVIEW