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Intel P4308CP4MHGC 4U Pedestal Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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5 out of 5 eggs Update on other review 10/04/2015

This review is from: Intel P4308CP4MHGC 4U Pedestal Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

Pros: I had already written a positive review and thought I would put some other thoughts down.

Cons: I do wish the BIOS and hardware level controls were a little easier to administer. Especially hard if I have to do it from the UEFI shell.

Other Thoughts: I still am in love with this case, and Intel server boards overall.

So I had also mentioned having a problem with the fan noise. I had found I never configured the FSUSR. I ended up updating the BIOS as part of the process of installing the server.

Found the needed files here:
and the specific download page

and set the internal EFI to be 1st boot and then ran the commands found here:

Once it handled the updates to the misc firmwares, one of the question was if I wanted to update both the FRU and SDR, which I responded yes, and the EFI shell discovered the motherboard on its own as well as allowing me to set the fans to "accoustic" mode back in the BIOS , which is now no louder than a standard workstation.

If you do mess up, you can still run just the configuration portion again, by booting back into EFI shell, then going to the USB drive you have your BIOS/Firmwares on, change directory to that, then run the frusdr /cfg master.cfg command again.

Intel P4308CP4MHGC 4U Pedestal Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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5 out of 5 eggs I am in love with this platform 10/01/2015

This review is from: Intel P4308CP4MHGC 4U Pedestal Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

Pros: The case is very well laid out. I have built a few Intel case/mobo units now, and thought they were all good. This one though comes ahead enough for me to write a review.

1. They come with the required heatsinks. Custom builders often have a bunch of OEM fans lying around, but because of shrouds, case heights, whatever, they often don't fit. So you buy universal ones or the manufacturer ones. One thing to keep in mind though, the way they are laid out, you will require a long screwdriver to thread through the fins to get to the screws. I always have one on hand, so it worked out, but a regular 5 in 1 or regular size screwdriver will not work.
2. The layout is great. All ports are along the sides where cables need to be routed, with CPUs and RAM in the middle. Just about everything is already tied down for you, just toss in RAM, CPUs, drives, and off to the races
3. Drive bays comes with caddies that accept ssd and standard size drives. So many competitors either only accept 3.5" or you have to buy the sleds on your own. While they do feel a little flismy, that seems more of a industry trend then and Intel issue.
4. Lots of expansion slots. Be it RAM, PCI-e, whatever, there are a lot of options and room.
5. Small thing, but the shroud to control air flow is easy to take on and off. Some others I have dealt with either required a different size/type screwdriver then the rest of the system does or you need to bend them a little to get them to go in.
6. If you boot off the included CD, you have the option to update the bios as part of the install. While quirky on its own, this is the first time I have seen it offer to download and install vs you run the utility after you have downloaded the most current one.
6. USB port to boot from on the board. If you want, you can plug a USB stick to boot from.

Overall the build is good, like the two power supplies, as well as the options in drives, be it SATA or SAS, 3.5 or 2.5".

Cons: 1. No USB 3 ports.
2. Intel boards seem to want to run the fans higher than other brands. So it is a little loud compared to other servers. In a data room, it isn't bad, but it certainty would be a distraction in a quite office setting.
3. No front monitor port. I can see the plastic grommet that isn't populated, but I hate not having them. I know everything is moving towards headless and network KVM, but i still miss these fading conveniences.
4. top comes off a little too easily. If you want to mount this in a rack, there is a top plastic panel that comes off, in my case, it is so loose the weight of the panel is enough to make it fall off. If I was planning to keep it as a pedestal/tower, i can see this part coming off all the time accidentally. I have a feeling it is this specific unit.
5. Case screws are standard screws. My other intel units had thumb screws.

Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-2500S 2.70 GHz - Ultra Small
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4 out of 5 eggs respectable computer for small size 01/29/2013

This review is from: Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-2500S 2.70 GHz - Ultra Small

Pros: This went into a area that had little space. Because the user would need to interact with product CDs from time to time, having access to the drives were important, but at the same time, the work area was originally a hallway counter, so space is cramped. Hanging this on the a wall bracket, and mounting the monitor under the upper cabinet allows the user a "normal" work area.
It does seem strong enough to handle the workload of my office worker, no stuttering or hesitation beyond normal expected interactions.
I am also pleased that despite being used it doesn't have to cycle the fan up when it is being used, which I thought it would given its small size. While not ITX sized, it is very compact and has a good layout.

Cons: none- i5 is great platform for middle ground users


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Date Joined: 02/19/06

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