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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DCL-I ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5100 DDR2 667
Pros: Relatively cheap for a server board. ATX form factor fits plenty of cases. 5100 chipset lets you use registered, ECC memory instead of FB-DIMMs. Boots fast.
Cons: No PCI-E 2.0. See other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: I didn't really think these qualified as cons but just some thoughts:
1. Memory slots are right next to CPU1. With stock HSF it was a tight fit opening the tabs of the slots. Might be something to think about if using a 3rd party HSF.
2. Didn't have any trouble fitting the 8-pin power connector.
3. About the single rank DIMMs. If you read the new manual on Supermicro's site it says that rev 1.0 of this board can only take single rank DIMMS. Rev 1.1 can take dual rank DIMMs in slots 1 and 2. And Rev 1.1a can use all single rank DIMMs. Got this board about a month ago and was shipped rev 1.1.
4. 6 fan headers (2 for CPUs, 4 for chassis fans). 2 of the chassis fan headers are in the back. The fans in my chassis were all up front and the cables didn't reach so I had to buy some extensions.
Have this paired with dual Harpertowns E5410s, 4gb Kingston ValueRam Server memory, and an LSI Megaraid 8708EM2 raid card in a Supermicro 743-TQ. Booted right up first time no trouble.
Pros: ECC, registered memory works right out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Paired with a Supermicro X7DCL-I and dual E5410s. Works flawlessly.READ FULL REVIEW