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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600
Pros: Loads of features make it a great all purpose home server. Micro-ATX allows you to build it into smaller enclosures. Dual *Intel* nics and a dedicated IPMI port allows you to run the box headless. Built in LSI SAS adapter for a total of 14 SATA ports.
Cons: Some weird design / layout decisions on the part of supermicro.
-The 4-pin cpu fan header is in the far corner of the board next to the SATA ports.
- The onboard USB plug is very close to the cpu/heatsink. If you are using a larger USB stick then it will probably interfere with anything but a stock intel cooler.
Also, my board shipped with a newer version of the BIOS than what is available on Supermicro's support site. Not a big deal, but worry some if the need to re-flash the bios arrises.
If you are used to fine tuning BIOS settings in high end consumer motherboards, you'll need to adjust your expectations. Supermicro builds boards for stability and 24/7 operation, so you're likely to find much less customization than a gaming board.
Other Thoughts: I'm running this as a FreeNAS 9.1.1 server with jails for Plex / Pfsense etc.
You'll need to flash the LSI adapter bios to IT mode if you want to pass the drives to the OS in HBA mode. Highly recommended if you plan to run FreeNAS / ZFS / or any other software RAID configuration.
Overall, this board is a great value. It's incredibly difficult to beat the feature/cost ratio of this board. If you have not used IPMI, you'll find it quite finicky, but an incredibly useful tool at the same time.
This review is from: PENTAX smc P-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Telephoto Lens - Black
Pros: Superb Build Quality, Small, Lightweight, Full-Frame (35mm), Incredibly Sharp, Fast Aperture, Excellent contrast and color reproduction.
Other Thoughts: It is hard to find any true faults with this lens once you accept the price of entry. It is a sensational lens to use, and renders beautiful images. It may not have the fastest Autofocus, but you would be hard pressed to not have a blast shooting with this lens. It has a somewhat quirky focal length (77mm), physical aperture ring, and great 'feel' to the manual focusing ring. I highly recommend this lens to anyone who can appreciate and expertly crafted photographic tool that has stellar performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Runs cool to the touch at 1.25V, low power consumption.
Cons: Ugly. Wish it was a cleaner design.
Other Thoughts: I bought this RAM based on the low voltage, as it is going to be used in a 24/7 file server. I was surprised at how much cooler it ran than my 1.5V sticks that it replaced. If you are concerned about power consumption, and was to build a cool and silent box, this is probably your best bet.READ FULL REVIEW