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Pros: - reliable ethernet bridging to WiFi
- simple configuration
Cons: - A bit pricey when not on sale
- barebones configuration options
Other Thoughts: This is my second. I only use these to bridge Ethernet to WiFi. The performance is outstanding. I stream 1080p over 5GHz on both units and it's rock solid. This is hands down the most reliable device on the market. I rarely have to intervene or do any troubleshooting with them. It's usually a WiFi issue on the AP rather than these devices.
Internally they are Atheros devices and is a rock solid product. They have very few settings, and the configuration is barebones at best. This is a pro and a con.
Pros: - nice looking with black heat sinks and lots of VRMs
- no on board video
- can handle 125w CPUs
- has a PCIe 4x slot
- 2 PWM fan headers
- up to 64GiB of RAM
- USB3 support
- still supports PS/2!
Cons: - wacky uefi bios with apparently no classic mode
- odd PCIe layout. Wish that the PCIe 16x slot covered a 1x instead of PCI but it's not a big deal.
- may need a fan to blow across VRMs to avoid overheating
Other Thoughts: I needed a home of a Hexacore Phenom II I had lying around and this was the only uATX board that I could find still in production. The board isn't quite full uATX length and I ended up using a couple of plastic posts in the outer most screw holds to hold up the board.
I have an older 7850 installed and can easily play 2048x1150 in Rebel Galaxy with all the settings turned up. It's very smooth and looks great. If you need a uATX AM3+ board this is probably the only game in town, but it seems like a reasonable one. Need to burn the system in a bit more, but very promising so far.
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SAM-2550F-O uATX Server Motherboard FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: - low power
- 4 gig ports built in (Intel NICs)
- server grade
- lots of expandability
- full size DIMM slots
Cons: - pricey
Other Thoughts: I've had this in service since May. Running VyOS this has been an incredibly stable platform. I've pumped 54 terabytes of data through this no problem. My internet connection is via Fiber To The Node, and I can easily sustain over 5MiB/s with 6iMB/s peaks.
I had some spare Buffered ECC DIMMs lying around from previous server upgrades, Booting from a budget SSD this thing is incredibly reliable. I would consider using this to build a low power ZFS server too as it has plenty of SATA and it would be trivial to add a PCIe SAS controller.