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Pros: The drive itself is fine, but people assume that the drive would just work automagically.
Other Thoughts: Intel 730 does NOT have idle states, and it uses an overclocked controller, therefore it does NOT only draw 5V like every other SSD out there; it acts like a mechanical drive: it draws power from the 5V rail and the 12V rail. Therefore the 730 WILL NOT WORK if you connect it to USB.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Extremely light comparing to other 1U chassis/bare bone. C2550 is adequate for NAS/basic web server/DNS server. Currently I'm one stick of 8GB Crucial ram to test in a pre-production environment. The C2550 will be mirrored with another E3 in the cabinet to provide HA. So far C2550 can handle the requests in the case of E3 failure, however the CPU usage does go up by quite a bit (Nginx + PHP-FPM + GraphickMagick for portfolios).
Cons: Though Supermicro claims that you can mount 4x2.5" with the cage MCP-220-00044-0N. Again, poor design by Supermicro's OEM manufacturer. The front panel connector is completely blocking the right side (behind the PSU). Only one screw can be used to mount the cage. But if are going to mount 2x3.5" or 1x3.5"+2x2.5", it is totally ok.
ALSO, PCIE-E RISER WAS NOT INCLUDED.
NO RACK MOUNT SCREWS WERE INCLUDED.
Other Thoughts: If you check the Supermicro website for manual (http://www.supermicro.com/manuals/superserver/1U/MNL-1581.pdf), it reads:
"The box the SuperServer 5018A-MLTN4 was shipped in should include two sets of
rail assemblies, six rail mounting brackets and the mounting screws you will need to
install the system into the rack. Follow the steps in the order given to complete the
installation process in a minimal amount of time. "
It suggests that you SHOULD have the rails. But it did not.
Pros: Bought it as a Newegg combo with 1xE3-1230V3, 1xWD Black 1TB, 1x16GB (2x8GB) Crucial DDR3L ECC. I bought another WD Black hopefully to setup a mirror to have redundancy. I also bought another 16GB kit because I will be running ZFS. Cooling is great. In the cabinet with 25C/60%, CPU is idling around 26C with the air shroud. Burning prime95 is aroung 75C, and both hard drives are around 35C when doing intensive task, I would say acceptable.
Cons: Only problem with mounting two 3.5" hard drives is that the mounting on the right is crowded with the cables from PSU and the front panel. You will need to cut the zip ties on the PSU cables and re-routed most of the cables in order to fit the the second hard drive.
Other Thoughts: Although the 1U body is light enough to be front-mounted only, I would recommend getting the a shelf and remove the front mount.READ FULL REVIEW