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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Worst computer build of my life! 10/08/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

Pros: It was cheap.

Cons: Problems from day one with this board. It would only post half the time, OS would constantly freeze up. Memtest failed like crazy and Kingston replaced my 8x KVR1333D3D4R9S/8G (listed as compatible) with 8x KVR13LR9D4/8HC which they say is "more compatible." This fixed my memtest failures. Computer still fails to boot up the majority of the time. Sent in for RMA and all they said was "it works." It was a super drawn out process to deal with Supermicro support so there's no way to just return this and try a different motherboard. I give them the codes where the motherboard hangs up and they don't say what those signify or even if they won't help. It's just the usual "can you test your memory in another computer" routine. I basically have a $2k brick sitting on my desk due to supermicro.

Other Thoughts: I will never look at supermicro when buying any motherboards again. You might win the lottery and have a working one and never have to deal with them but I lost and their support was awful and slow.

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CHENBRO SR20969-CO Black 0.8 mm SECC Pedestal Entry level ATX Server/Workstation Chassis 3 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well constructed, heavy duty case. I like the hard drive cage and a hot swap cage might be a great upgrade.

Cons: The posts for mounting the motherboard are fixed (as far as I can tell) and didn't line up perfectly with my motherboard (SuperMicro X9DRL-3f). I just dremeled off the one I didn't need (it would've been in contact with the back of the motherboard in a very bad way). Could also use more airflow in this case...

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Dynatron R15 CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Passive didn't do the job for my application 07/19/2012

This review is from: Dynatron R15 CPU Cooler

Pros: Minimal footprint and the easiest install possible. Chose this because I needed something that would fit a dual processor motherboard and also not stick out 4 inches from the motherboard.

Cons: It just didn't do the job. Probably my fault for choosing passive (I had no experience with passive heatsinks). I have a pretty intense application (dual 6 core procs running at 100% often) and my system would maintain 80-90C (didn't run it like this for long). I was using CHENBRO SR20969-CO case and bought an additional fan for an open space.

Other Thoughts: With the case open and a large fan aimed at the motherboard this did the job. For lower intensity applications or colder rooms with higher airflow cases this might be a great product.

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Nicholas S.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas S.

Date Joined: 06/12/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 07/19/12
  • Last Review: 10/08/12
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