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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR7-LN4F-O Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has Intel NIC worth $350 if purchase separately. Has LSI SAS controller worth $250-$300 if purchase separately. Works with a single CPU. Really good running Hyper-V.

Cons: Needs a Supermicro chassis, not a con if you are in need of a chassis since Supermicro chassis pair well with these.

Other Thoughts: Have 3 servers in the field, each running 4-6 VMs with Hyper-V on this mobo, and they are trouble-free.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable, works well

Cons: Riser cards for this unit in a Supermicro case not properly documented well

Other Thoughts: Got it running Debian with IPTABLES, Squid in transparent proxy mode, and SAMBA. It's faster at sharing files with SAMBA than full-on Xeon Dell servers running Windows 2008 SBS. I'm impressed.

This board in the associated 1u rack case with a couple mirrored 2.5" laptop hard drives running Debian/CentOS with SAMBA makes a nice inexpensive alternative to BOTH a firewall AND dedicated server in a small business environment.

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Lenovo G770 (103728U) Notebook Intel Core i3 2310M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful Screen, nice resolution, nice keyboard, surprisingly limited bloatware compared to other laptops (only had to uninstall a few things).

The Chinese got this one right!

Cons: For this size laptop I would have expected additional internal space for a 2nd HD/SSD.

Other Thoughts: I immediately replaced the internal HD with a 64gb SSD after creating the restore disks (which rebuilt Windows on the SSD). Worked like a charm. This things screams through Win7-64 startup and login through the facial recognition is pretty darn snazzy.

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RICHARD B.'s Profile

Display Name: RICHARD B.

Date Joined: 02/08/07

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 12/31/07
  • Last Review: 05/02/13
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