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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SLV-Q-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel Q87 DDR3 1600
Pros: - Decent price
- Two very good Intel NIC's
- Ideal for router/firewall build
- It's supermicro with all the expectations of quality that come along with that name.
Cons: Not really con's as they are clearly in the specifications, but many people might assume things and not read the specs closely enough.
- This is the only Supermicro motherboard I have ever touched that DOES NOT support ECC. When you think Supermicro, you think server/enterprise, and when you think server/enterprise, you think ECC support. This one doesn't have it.
- No rear ports for Audio. If you want on board audio you have to use the front panel header.
I was going to give this board 4 stars, but I had to take one off, as my board had a slight defect. The IO shield was incompletely laser cut. There were lines in the metal, making it look like you should be able to break out the pieces covering the holes, but with some rather extreme force they still did not come out.
I had to break out my dremel and my drill to cut the holes out in order to get them out.
Other Thoughts: Mine had a defect, I'm hoping if I start an RMA Supermicro will send me a new IO shield.
Other than that, it's a great little board for my pfSense box. Just read the specs carefully!
Pros: - Lightning Fast
- Boots on my older x79 Motherboard due to having a boot ROM. (most don't)
Cons: - No HDD activity LED with my motherboard
- Requires UEFI booting, which can be a REAL pain to convert if you already have a traditional non-UEFI windows install, and don't want to reinstall from scratch
Other Thoughts: I'm very very happy with the drive. It gets 5 eggs because of how it performs. I ALMOST took an egg off for how difficult it was to get working with my existing windows install, but I didn't because in the end, this goes for ALL PCIe and M.2 drives.
There are many steps (google them, not allowed to link here) but the key is, install the latest Intel drivers for this SSD BEFORE installing the drive, while still booted off your old drive. Then do a fresh install of windows onto the new drive to create the EFI partitions, etc. (be sure to boot the install media in UEFI mode) After this, delete the main partition on the new drive, and replace by copying the partition over from your old drive (and expanding it to fill the empty space, if needed).
It will still fail to boot, but now try an automated boot repair. This might work. If it doesn't, follow a guide to edit the EFI partition manually from a windows install disc booted in rescue mode.
Finally you will have successfully converted an old school MBR style booted drive to a UEFI boot.
Took a lot of trial and error for me to figure this out, during which I tore out some hairm but once done it is amazing.
Only downside now is that there is no HD led activity from the motherboard. I found this annoying at first, as I am used to peeking at the LED to see if it is doing anything, but I've gotten used to it, and it doesn't bother me anymore.
It DOES have it's own LED to make up for this, but it is located on the back of the drive at the bottom of the PCIe bracket, so it is impossible to see from the front during use. Would have been nice if Intel had provided a HD LED header, so I could connect the wire from my case to the SSD instead of the motherboard, and get LED activity, but no such luck.
If this bothers you a lot, and you are good with a soldering iron you might be able to manually tap in to the connections where the on board LED is, but personally I find manual PCB soldering nearly impossible, and the risks of wrecking something too great, so I have never bothered.
This review is from: Fractal Design Define S Silent Computer Case
Pros: -The build quality is exceptionally high
-Panels have very nice sound deadening material
-Tons of interior space for the size of the case
-looks like cable routing would be excellent and easy to keep neat.
-Plenty of fan mount and radiator space
Cons: No external 5.25" bays (though you probably knew that, if you are looking at this case.)
Turns out my motherboard I am transplanting from a different case is a CEB form factor rather than ATX form factor. I bought it so long ago I didn't remember, and didn't think to check.
This case supports ATX motherboard. While very spacious, in order to aid cable routing there is a ridge that pokes up beyond where normal ATX motherboards would end. This ridge interferes with the CEB form factor which is about an inch longer than a typical ATX motherboard.
Other Thoughts: Computer building veteran made a beginner mistake, and forgot to check one part of the size compatibility of the parts. Now I have a case I don't know what to do with.
It really does look like a fantastic case, and I am very disappointed I won't be able to use it.