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GIGABYTE GA-9SISL Mini ITX Server Motherboard BGA 1283
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Avoton, Perfected! 12/25/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-9SISL Mini ITX Server Motherboard BGA 1283

Pros: Very well built (Made in Taiwan), good (standard) feature set for an Avoton C2750 board - Uses the integrated Quad GigE from the Avoton CPU without a massive PHY (lower power).

The best thing about this board is the BMC. Unlike most others, Gigabyte uses Avocent remote KVM software on the BMC. Yes, it still uses Java (bleh) but it works and it works every time. Others that use the standard ATEN Firmware (Supermicro, Asus) are hard to get working and are flakey. Yes, this board is expensive, but all of my Avoton builds will be based on it now because of the Avocent KVM.

Another key selling point is the four full sized DIMM sockets which fully support non-ECC memory. I liked some of the competitive options, but the Supermicro requires ECC SODIMMs which are significantly more expensive. For my application, ECC wasn't required. I used Crucial 1.35V low profile memory which is fully supported and further reduces the power utilization of this board (Crucial Ballistix Tactical).

Finally, this board uses a small active cooler on the C2750 SoC. This does make a little noise, but is helpful - I had to add large system fans on some C2550 builds I did to get enough airflow over the passive coolers to keep them running, so this is a welcome addition from Gigabyte.

Cons: ~$100 more than similar C2750 offerings from other vendors. This paid for itself in how much I saved on memory over ECC SODIMMs, but it would be much more palatable for $100 less.

The only other minor issue was the proximity of the ATX Power Connector to the first DIMM socket. It was a bit of a squeeze to get my PicoPSU next to the Crucial memory with its wide heat-spreaders. On this kind of memory, the heat-spreader is for show only, so I wish it weren't there, but I was able to make it fit - but it took some care to do.

Other Thoughts: Great board - you can't go wrong. Get this one for your next Avoton build.

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Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Feature rich, works well 10/13/2013

This review is from: Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY

Pros: Two interfaces, supports bonding (including LACP) and iSCSI multipathing, jumbo frames, super easy to configure VLAN trunking. Well designed overall. Reasonable speed considering the lower-end ARM controller. Overall excellent for my use case of iSCSI for ESXi.

Cons: Would love to be able to SSH to it.

Other Thoughts: Previous reviewer had trouble using already-used disks with this - it definitely makes it difficult, though empty drives are easy. I ended up deleting the existing partition tables from the drives and had to hit the "accept delete" button on the web interface a few times before it would take. Once that was done, it was cake.

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Display Name: Andrew B.

Date Joined: 09/25/06

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  • First Review: 10/13/13
  • Last Review: 12/25/14
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