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This review is from: SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 64-bit PCI-X133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Used it with Linux software RAID first and worked without any glitches. Now using it with Nexenta (based on opensolaris) and it's software RAID. Very fast, no issues, just works.
Other Thoughts: Not to big especially if you have plenty of airflow but stuck one of the small southbridge / video RAM heatsinks on it to keep it a little cooler. Use either a heatsink with thermal tape, the 3M thermal tape, or thermal epoxy.
Buy more disks, make the pretty lights blink. :-)
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SAX-O LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
Pros: Just works well. Used Supermicro for years and another happy user. Booted right up the first time. Very stable with ESXi 4.1. Internal USB slots are nice for booting ESXi off a flash disk.
Cons: I'm giving -1 egg only because the north bridge chip/heatsink does get a little hot. 150' as measured in my case. Make sure you have good steady airflow across the heatsink. If I could give 4.5 eggs I'd rate it there.
Other Thoughts: This is not a strong gaming/OC board so don't give it less eggs for that reason. Do your research! This is for someone who simply wants a quality board that is plug and go. Going to try replacing the northbridge heatsink with a SilenX IXN-40C.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-C2SBX+-O LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Works with Linux - CentOS 5.2/5.3
Very stable workstation or small server.
Very minimal configuration - similar to Intel boards.
Cons: Buy 4pin pulse-mode fans. Locks bios if you look at the hardware stats with 3pin fans plugged in. However 3pin fans work. Runs a little warm overall. Slow spinning fans work fine to keep a 'wisper' environment.
Other Thoughts: Corsair XMS RAM 1333MHz, Core2 3GHz, WD RE2 SATA drives
Bought mainly for the PCI-X slots and have never had trouble with SM boards.