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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DRI Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 R3 Intel C612
Pros: Simple to use and has IPMI with dual socket support for E5-2600 cpus and ddr4 memory support and 10 SATA connectors. Typical for server mother boards. Supermicro has great service see other thoughts.
Cons: The ipmi java software was a bit picky and would some times load the KVM console other times it wouldn't. I haven't had any issues running it in linux but Windows7/10 and OSX had the random issue of not loading everything and there isn't any consul log showing what the application is doing if it was hung or failing to communicate with the board.
Other Thoughts: The board "died" on me 405 days after I purchased it. I tested each component memory sticks, CPUs, power supply) it wasn't sending the power-on signal to the power supply. I contacted supermicro and they RMA'ed it I was excited to see what was causing the issue that I was troubling shooting for 1 week before sending it in. They also tested everything and couldn't find an issue. They sent me a replacement board which worked with all my hardware with no problem. Just a stroke of bad luck I guess as all the same parts are in this server that were in the other board working with out any problem. I would recommend supermicro boards again as they work create and are nicely priced.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: The board is blue?
I do like that it has 6 SATA ports but that's becoming standard with many boards.
Cons: Not really a con but I failed to notice it didn't have built in graphics.
The bigger problem is after only 3 months my CPU fan died and when I replaced it and turned the computer back on I get the beep code 1 long 3 short which is documented as a keyboard error. I tried multiple keyboards PS/2 and USB with the USB in different USB ports.
Only twice in the past hour and a half did it boot successfully once I used to check the BIOS settings and the other was booting to windows but windows had to restore since it failed to boot the other times and required a reboot.
The display only worked on the two successful boots every other time the screen was blank not even showing the POST information.
This review is from: PNY A-DM-HD-W01 Mini DisplayPort (male) to HDMI Adapter (female)
Pros: PNY brand?
Worked with audio
Cons: PNY brand I thought would be better than a generic adapter, guess I was wrong.
I used it last night was the first time I used it, even taking it out of the packaging, to watch about 5 TV episodes from my laptop with out any problems.
Today about 35 minuets in to a show it just gave out, I tested it with multiple different HDMI cables, two different laptops, and checked my settings to make sure no software messed up the output.
If I held it just right I'd get a signal but the picture was showing only the reds and it had some screen refresh static. To RMA it would cost me almost $10 in shipping which was a little less then what I paid for it.
I must have just got a bad one since the reviews are mostly good here only complain about the audio having issues which should have been a sign the connection for the cable isn't that good. I'll probably open it up and solder the joints instead of spending double.