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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 2 years in and its AWESOME 04/11/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: IPMI is to die for. Perfect ESXI host

Cons: RAM compatibility sucks. You will have to try a few times probably. Read other reviews for best RAM options.

Other Thoughts: I have been running this 24/7 in a data center for 2 years now with 6 virtual machines in a 16gb/3TB configuration and it never even hiccups.

When I lost a drive earlier this year the IPMI was a life-saver (machine is 600 miles away).

I'd build this machine again in a heartbeat.

SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fantastic mother board for ESXi when combined with lots of RAM and an Intel Xeon E3, creating a low-budget high capacity ESXi system that works out of the box.

IPMI management tools are really great, particularly when doing an ESXi like machine. Using the 3rd network interface that boots independently of the main motherboard you can fully control and monitor the hardware using either the built in java console, ssh or their web based UI. Invaluable for remote management of complex systems.

My configuration is this mboard,

2 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Registered w/ Parity Server Memory Model KVR1333D3Q8R9S/8G in the end.

Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80623E31230

A few random 1TB drives.

Oh and LOTS of SATA ports as well as INTERNAL USB ports. I plugged an 8GB usb drive into one of these to boot ESXi from.

Cons: The proper RAM is very hard to find/match to this motherboard. Took me 3 tries.

Make sure your CPU supports Intel HT/VT/VT-D for the best bang for your buck.

The 2nd primary network interface is not ESXi compatible out of the box so no bonding of interfaces unless you create a custom ESXi install. Bad on SuperMicro for sourcing two different network controllers here.

Other Thoughts: Awesome. I will buy again. Currently I am running 6 VM's on this system with room to grow.

Microsoft 6CH-00001 USB 2.0 LifeCam Cinema
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Very nice 07/30/2012

This review is from: Microsoft 6CH-00001 USB 2.0 LifeCam Cinema

Pros: Wide field of view, great colors and fast response make this a great video conferencing camera when you need to get a wider and deeper field of view.

Built in microphone is pretty good as these things go.

Worked on my mac out of the box

Cons: While it worked on my mac out of the box its default setting is SUPER BRIGHT. Thats great at night but with any daylight at all the picture washes out immediately and the Mac can't deal with it out of the box.

Fixed this with iGlasses, a 3rd party tool that intercepts the video stream (seamlessly) and lets you tweak the settings. It then remembers these settings and whenever you use the iGlasses camera it will apply them to the video stream in real-time.

Other Thoughts: So, 4 stars because I had to buy a piece of shareware to get it really working on my Mac properly but I really recommend this low-cost HD camera, its a great piece of hardware.


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Display Name: John A.

Date Joined: 02/01/06

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  • First Review: 05/05/09
  • Last Review: 04/11/14
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