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SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, low power, works beautifully out of the box (with memory). Been a great little server running PFSense. Far better with mods in the cons.

Cons: The builtin power supply fan is loud. Sure initially it isn't but as the power supply warms up, it get somewhat beastly loud. Not so much the volume but the whine of it. In a datacenter or closet it would be fine - perhaps even quiet - but not in a living space.

Opened the powersupply (voiding warranty) and replaced the fan with:
Noctua A-Series NF-A4x10 40mm[Newegg]. (and some duct tape to fill in the gaps from the narrower fan) Infinitely quieter and PS stays cool enough. Make sure if you do something like this - you don't then fill the machine with hard drives and a power hungry GPU or something silly. Limiting the airlflow is fine on a 200W supply if you are only drawing 35W total! :-)

Also needs airflow modifications to keep the CPU cool(it runs 60C stock, 70C with the quieter fan). Technically this is fine - but cooler is always better. I added a second Noctua fan to the back left side (opposite the supply) then blocked off ALL the vents with the *exception* of the vent right by the power supply in the front. By doing this air is pulled over the CPU and keeps it around 45C under modest load and still basically silent.

Server would have been nicer if some of this had been taken into account when it was "designed" ... but its easy enough to do.

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Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works solidly in Linux (3.2.x), performs well without any flashing firmware or other inconveniences.

Cons: Default jumper settings as stated in manual were actually set backwards to prefer the external connectors. PCI card didn't fit in slot without a good bit of bending of the metal to fit in my Supermicro server(the other cards are fine - so its not the case itself!). Always kinda cheap when you have to do that - but the card itself looks well made.

Like others noted, only the first 2 drives will show up in the BIOS POST screen - disconcerting until you realize they work just fine. Cannot boot off the "last" 2 drives either because of this.

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Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card with microSD/SDHC USB Reader Model MRG2+SDC4/4GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Fits the bill perfectly 12/04/2010

This review is from: Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card with microSD/SDHC USB Reader Model MRG2+SDC4/4GB

Pros: Simple, cheap, and comes with a nice bundled reader that was better than expected. Price is fantastic, and just works smoothly in my Blackberry 8900

Cons: Not the fastest memory on the planet to say the least, but the price is right

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Joel K.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel K.

Date Joined: 07/22/03

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 04/20/09
  • Last Review: 05/10/14
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