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This review is from: ARK IPC-3490 Black Steel 3U Rackmount Server Case 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: Uses standard ATX Power supply, lots of room and four 5.25" bays.
Cons: While it accepts a normal ATX power supply, not all fit easily and the air flow is backwards for a normal ATX power supply. I was a bit concerned about this at first, but the power supply has stayed cool so far.
Other Thoughts: I was able to fit an OCZ ZX 850W supply in this by stacking two brass motherboard stand-offs between the powersupply and the case bracket.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
Pros: Stable, inexpensive and lots of features.
Cons: The VGA port is not well supported
Other Thoughts: KVR16R11D4/16 16GB Kingson modules work great on this board.
Running Proxmox 2.X on this, works great.
Pros: Faster CPU than previous models, 4GB RAM, reasonable price and lots of features.
I have not performed any benchmarks yet and will report back if I see a problem you want to be aware of.
Cons: Attention Linux/BSD!
Recent Linux kernels do not recognize this card. From looking around it appears that Areca needs to submit the recent driver changes to the Kernel team. They loose and Egg for not submitting the changes in a timely manner.
Because this card requires the updated drivers I suspect *BSD users may have issues too but have not tested myself.
Other Thoughts: The source code for the driver is on the included CD.
Making Linux bootable off of the Areca card using your custom compiled driver is not so simple, but it can be done. It also introduces the hassle of needing to compile the driver each time you upgrade your kernel, BEFORE you reboot.
Hopefully Areca will submit the driver changes to the kernel team so they can be included with a future version of the kernel. I already sent Areca an email asking, if you care I suggest you do the same.
Final note, the Driver disk did have compiled drivers for Suse, Centos/RHEL and Fedora. So installation is likely easier for those Linux versions. I am using debian so compiling the driver was the only option.