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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good board for lots of disks 10/21/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600

Pros: If you were just going to end up buying a motherboard and PCIE SAS adapter, then this gets you the same thing, but cheaper. Out of the box, without any additional cards, expanders, multipliers, etc, this board can run 14 drives.

Cons: I might have slightly cleaner cabling, if the SAS ports were just two SFF-8087 connectors rather than eight SATA connectors.

Other Thoughts: Drivers for the onboard ethernet were added to Linux in version 3.5. If you're getting this board as an upgrade to an existing system, you might need to update your kernel. Ubuntu 12.04 users in particular, should read up on "LTS Hardware Enablement Stack."

Flashed the SAS adapter to "IT mode" from the UEFI shell, using files downloaded from Supermicro's site. This was utterly painless and drama-free.

I'm using this in a Lian Li PC-D8000, but I can easily imagine that this may be the board that Norco RPC-4224 users are looking for, too.

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BUFFALO AirStation N300 4-Port Dual Band Wireless Ethernet Bridge and Gaming Adapter - WLI-TX4-AG300N
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Painless (no wireless driver hassles) and fast, but it was the 4 ports that put it over the top.

Cons: Weird setup address (1.1.1.1) but since it's a bridge, there isn't really a "right" way to do that, I guess.

Other Thoughts: I liked it so much that I'm buying another one for a different room. Maybe by the time I own half a dozen of 'em, I'll have convinced SWMBO to let me run wires through all the walls, but until then, thanks Buffalo.

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G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs at the fast 7-7-7-21 1333 MHz as advertised.

Cons: none, but see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: Make sure you get a motherboard that lets you adjust RAM voltage _down_ from defaults. Not all of them do. Sadly I am currently giving this RAM 1.6V volts and I'm worried I'm eventually going to fry it. (Though so far, so good after a couple weeks now.) But that's not the RAM's fault; it's my fault for not researching mobos/BIOSes enough.

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Date Joined: 02/05/04

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  • First Review: 09/17/09
  • Last Review: 10/21/13
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