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This review is from: Dynatron R8 CPU Cooler
Pros: Cheap and effective.
Cons: No documentation. Wasn't immediately obvious that one side of the cooler is flat and the other is tapered, so I had to take one of the coolers off and flip it to get both to fit in a 2 CPU system.
Other Thoughts: Using a Supermicro MBD-X9DRL-3F-O motherboard, CSE-833T-653B chassis, and 2x Xeon E5-2620s with these coolers. Fits perfectly under the chassis air shroud, and CPU temps are remaining low and stable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
Pros: Simple, solid, no-frills board.
Standard ATX size.
Reasonably priced for a 2x LGA2011 board.
Cons: Can't check temperatures and fan speeds from the BIOS. (BIOS is pretty weak overall.)
CPU temperature is reported as "low / med / high" rather than actual numbers. Other sensors on the board report standard values.
CPU sockets are really close together and also close to the RAM, so finding coolers that fit was challenging.
Once had the IPMI interface hang while unmounting a remote ISO. System was very slow to POST after that, but eventually booted and has been fine since. Board shipped with an older revision of the IPMI firmware, so maybe this is fixed.
IPMI web interface is pretty slow, and doesn't auto-refresh the system health info.
Personally would have preferred 2x SFF-8087 connectors instead of 8x SATA for the SAS ports just to reduce the amount of wiring jammed into the chassis.
Other Thoughts: I installed this in a Supermicro CSE-833T-653B 3U chassis, along with 2x Xeon E5-2620 CPUs, 2x Dynatron R8 coolers, and 8x 4GB Kingston ECC DDR3-1600 modules. Works wonderfully as a KVM virtualization host running Proxmox.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Habey EPC-6568S Server Barebone FCBGA559 Intel NM10 Express Chipset DDR3
Pros: Small, thin, and light.
Good selection of ports for HTPC use.
ION chipset supports VDPAU under Linux just fine.
Cons: Fan is kind of noisy.
Interior layout isn't great, and cable routing was a pain despite lots of empty space. A shorter SATA cable with right-angle plugs would have helped a lot.
Description mentions VESA holes, but you need to buy a separate bracket to actually mount to a monitor.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to build a new HTPC, and overall I'm quite happy. Aside from a slightly noisy fan and some difficulty with routing the SATA cable, I haven't had any issues. Works great with Gentoo and XBMC!READ FULL REVIEW