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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWE-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 DDR2 800
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs S/M was and is one of the best 04/20/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWE-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 DDR2 800

Pros: It took a few minutes to mount in a full tower and a server case ( bought a second one after being impressed with the board ). No problems with installing Gentoo Linux and Win7, traditional Phoenix bios loaded with all features I expected, dual LAN, several SATA, standard ATX size design, several FAN connectors, room for adding several PCI-E cards, very good CPU support - perfect for a server or a workstation.

Cons: - just 4 FB-DIMM slots
- no PCI-E 16x slot ( PCI-E 8x slot mod needed if you want to run a PCI-E 16x video adapter )

Other Thoughts: It is not the first time that I see Windoz users or worse - the admins complaining about lack of "hardware" compatibility or stability issues. This product is a good example where Windoz folks're lowering the product's rating because of their lack of required research, often knowledge... the list could become long. For those Supermicro should consider offering a version of their boards with Windoz pre-installed, configured, updated, spyware protected, ready for AD - with free lifetime, dedicated, 24/7 on-site support. :-]

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Intel Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80616I5650
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: got this CPU as a replacement for a E5200... running 24/7 for almost 2 years OC 4.0 GHz with core temp 28C idle and 48C at full usage. It was a great buy in 2010... now rather spend the money on a 1155 or even 2011... unless you can buy this one for $80 somewhere....

Cons: 1156 socket is near EOL

Other Thoughts: I hope to enjoy as much the future Intel products as I did this CPU!
>>always spend some time on research before you spend your $$$ <<

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: cheap, still running after 3 months

Cons: the SMART reporting is messed up on this drive, every spin up/down cycle causes errors in SMART reporting, I hoped it would be fixed after the firmware update... in many cases, the HARD errors on the dive shown by SMART are false reports.
no way of disabling the spin down - built in the F/W ( green drives will save you a fortune - 3-4 bucks a year on your power bill )
since I do not trust this drive, it acts as a secondary backup storage media... for "unimportant" or / recoverable data... sad...

Other Thoughts: in the '90, seagate was on the bottom of my list, since their SCSI drives were getting so hot, it was not possible to hold them in a hand for more than 5 seconds ( well vented server cases ) this was the warmest and expensive drive, with live span approx 2-3 years... again, sad

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Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 05/15/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 05/21/09
  • Last Review: 04/20/12
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