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This review is from: Intel P4304BTLSHCNR 4U Pedestal Server Barebone LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3
Pros: Virtually silent. Good drive layout and hot swap design. Solid boards.
Cons: Power Supply reliability not bad but not great. Could use a higher wattage or more reliable unit. Intel should ship with a more recent BIOS package.
Other Thoughts: We are a system builder and have built 50 of these and deployed to customers. There are just a few minor and manageable issues with them. First, the bezel is slightly flimsy and can the tabs can break if mis-handled. We have had two power supplies fail in the field out of 50 over about nine months. The design of the hot swap drives and backplane is solid and has no issues for us and the main boards are solid without any issues in the units we've sent. The overall packaging is good and we haven't seen any shipping damage or issues. They run very cool and virtually silent. If you don't update the BIOS and backplane firmware package and just run it out of the box, you will get a LOUD server like the review below. Follow the instructions on the deployment CD and all will be fine. My personal opinion is that the 365w power supply with these is a little small for most installs. I'd like to see a 550w or so. The deployed servers are all hooked to UPS systems, so I don't think the power supply reliability is linked to storm issues.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel BOXDB75EN LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Solid board. We build these for a customer and have have few if any failures in the field. We flash the BIOS to a newer version. I don't know why Intel can't update the BIOS on shipping units once in a while. Its Intel, so not setup for overclocking. We just use standard Kingston ValueRAM, never have problems with these. Based on our lack of failures so far, long term 4yr+ reliability should be good.
Cons: None that I can see other than BIOS not being very recent. The older and shipping BIOS can be a bit flaky and the board does some weird stuff on first boot only.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very Quiet. Intelligent Fans mean unit is very quiet under most conditions. ASUS includes a good CPU fan allowing you to use OEM CPUs. Intel chipset seems very stable, no issues.
Cons: As stated, there are some drawbacks: No real room for a FDD, despite having the physical space for one. The HDD mounting scheme is slick with rubber isolators, but one of the plastic latches has snapped, forcing me to use the other set. As mentioned expandability isn't a strength, but for a standard slimline business machine, the 275w power supply, and quiet operation provide what the customer wants. No card reader, no PCI-E slot. Even if it did, it would have to be a half height card.
Other Thoughts: A good stable platform for the office, not very expandable.READ FULL REVIEW