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This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-FTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: IPMI, lots of ethernet ports, quiet, low power
Cons: Not so easy to find compatible memory. Ethernet ports were on the wrong side of the box for our application.
Other Thoughts: We used Kingston memory (Newegg Inv #137015908) and it worked fine. The bracket to install 2.5" drives is MCP-220-00044-0N. It looks like Newegg has started to mention these on the same page as the computer. That may be chance, but if it is policy, then that bodes well for Newegg customers.
The cooling arrangment appears to meet a concern that the disk drives might catch cold from a draft. There is a tiny fan on the CPU, and one in the power supply, but no baffles to direct air across the drives and CPU heat exchanger. I poked a bit of sponge in the box to prevent air from going to the exhaust fan without passing over any components. I expect that helped, but curiously the BIOS doesn't show any temp data.
Pros: Holds 8TB, inexpensive
Cons: Missing middle screw hole.
Other Thoughts: I won't comment on performance since we have only had the drives for 24 hours, but one thing is clear. All the 3.5 inch drives I have ever seen have 3 holes on each side for mounting in a case or tray. These have only 2 on each side - the middle hole is missing. That is allowed by the SATA standard but was a problem for our Antec cases.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Economical, very small, very quiet, draws 8 watts with a 256 GB SSD drive and 8GB of memory. I am deploying it for word processing, web browsing and email and see no problems with that. I also tested to make sure our user with a Stat package would get good performance and could do a 3 variable regression on a million observations in a fraction of a second.
Cons: Like a laptop, not very expandable or repairable although memory, disk and Wifi are plugged in to sockets and can be easily replaced. Don't lose any screws - they will be hard to replace.
Other Thoughts: This comes with a metal plate that you can screw to the back of a VESA compliant monitor. Then the computer slips onto the plate
but can be removed easily.
I noticed some minor problems while setting up.
1) The drivers for LAN, audio and wireless must be loaded from the included disk, they are not in Windows 7. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and FreeBSD10.1 did have LAN drivers in the default install , but I didn't see any WiFi drivers for either one.
2) You need to set a CMOS setup switch to allow Windows 7 to install.
3) The instructions say press "Del" to run setup, but I never got that key to work. The key labeled "Delete" does the trick.
I did order 6 more of these because I like. the size, weight and quiet.