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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SLM-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has everything for a new zfs NAS build. The ipmi/kvm/virtual media function is fantastic. Paired with an E3-1220V3 cpu and LSI 9211-8i hba.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: People have mentioned memory on these X10 series boards can be tough to find or has function issues. I opted to try a Kingston 32gb set: KVR16E11K4/32I even though it isn't on the certified list. It has worked perfectly so far.

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ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * Reasonably priced
* Does what it says
* All metal cage & drive sleds
* Fans are quiet but move a lot of air

Cons: * LEDs are small & dim, seriously very small and very dim.
* Drive cages a little flimsy & annoying to work with.
* Have to use both molex plugs, which makes cabling tougher since they are so close together.
* Build quality a little iffy

Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of these for a small server build. My only comparison is the XClio SS014, which I had hoped to use but newegg was out of stock for a month or so. The xclio is a higher quality unit - the case and drives sleds are more solid and general build quality is much higher. It also cost $30 more, so that is to be expected.

The fans are quiet but move a lot of air, as they are about twice as thick as normal 40mm fans. That's a plus for keeping the drives cool.

On one unit I had to remove the backplane and reattach it to get one of the sleds to fully lock with a drive in it, that leads me to believe build quality is not quite as precise as it should be. After that quick fix, it seems ok now.

When using 4 drives, you have to use both molex connectors, I like the xclio better, which has 2 molex, but you only need to wire one of them if you want. I'd rather have my whole array drop than half of it if I lost a rail on the power supply.

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Jill S.'s Profile

Display Name: Jill S.

Date Joined: 05/03/06

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 09/30/10
  • Last Review: 05/03/14
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