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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X11SSZ-F-O Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236
Pros: It takes DDR4 Memory ( NOT DDR3 like Newegg says ) and it flies with ordinary Kingston ECC Mem. It a quick assembly and you get tons of extras like back up graphics, dedicated Server Lan and the like. It pairs nicely with an E3-1275 V5 but you could use an ordinary Skylake.
Cons: From out of the box the Intel HD Graphics did not work. Problem solved see below. This may be the fault of the Intel CPU! Still it not stop my assembly as this board has built in VGA which is not bad if you don't do much Three D work. Later I added a NVidia 970GTX which is faultless. There is a header for sound but in meantime I chucked in a USB sound device.
Other Thoughts: STOP PRESS The Supermicro staff responded promptly. To use the HD Intel Graphics Driver P530 you need to go into the bios and in Chipset Configure System Agent change the graphics setting from Auto to IGFX and then reboot. It works fine and you see HD Graphics as a 3rd video option in device manager. For 2D work you not know you are using CPU video but Game Playing Video as expected gets a much lower score. Not the fault of the MB. I have changed my rating to Five!
Subject to the Video issue I would recommend. That issue could be the CPU or a wrong bios setting or a wrong jumper one. ( Now Fixed ).
Pros: We have 3 other old E3's. As expected this new one performed significantly better. Good value and DDR4 is great and in fact the memory scores with this CPU were in top 1%.
Cons: I put this new machine together on 1/1/16. The HD Graphics did not work at all ever! NOW FIXED SEE BELOW. This did NOT happen the other three older E3's we have. In fact we have several ordinary "K" CPU's and this not happen with them either. Fortunately the Supermicro MB had built in graphics to use and later we put in NVidia 970GTX which flies.
Other Thoughts: The video problem could be the MB?? Until then use care and either have a MB with built in server video like Supermicro or else a video card and a free slot. THE INTERNAL CPU VIDEO Intel HD Graphics P530 now works well as an alternative to an add on Video Card. The MB maker had me fix the issue by merely changing a bios setting in Chipset Config Sys Agent from Auto to IGFX. Was not Intel's fault and Supermicro gave me the instructions to fix the MB settings the next day.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Beebox N3150/B 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Pros: works well for its low power and yields better than expected 3d graphics. Runs several programs without lag. Quickly assembled without issue. You need to immediately install the intel video drivers off the disk. For my use we only installed Samsung 2TB hard drive. Disk Speeds are adequate. Expensive msata while much faster would be over kill and not greatly improve overall performance. Price from Newegg with added memory was very good.
Cons: none except I cannot find instructions for the controller. I have no idea how to use it and the hieroglyphics on it saying "release", "open", and "push" are incomprehensible.
You cannot forget that it is NOT in the same league as i7 Brix or i7 Nucs. This is low power computing!
Other Thoughts: Bought to replace intel atom no longer powerful enough for running a 24 hour accounting computer app.+ spread sheets. Does that job well and at same time runs several browser apps without lag. no overheating.Even ok for limited general use. Totally free of any issues.READ FULL REVIEW