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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SCM Micro ATX Server Motherboard Socket C32 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333
Pros: A solid motherboard. Good featureset, stable, solid, plenty of SATA cables in-box. Once set up, has been rock solid as the backbone server of our organization.
Cons: Configuring RAID for a Windows Small Business Server 2011 was a bit of a pain. The Driver Disk included only had a RAID driver installer app that worked with a floppy drive. Who uses floppy drives?!? Finally got RAID working for OS Install by copying files off Driver CD and onto a USB Key. Also, if RAID was enabled and the DVD Drive was not in SATA Port 4, the DVD would not be recognized by the BIOS. Documentation was thin. No Manual included, had to download and print.
Other Thoughts: There are adapters in the board for either a Socket AM2/3 Clip-Down-Style CPU Fan, or a 3.5" Screw-Down Socket F CPU Fan. Ensure that you get one of these, as most Socket C32 Opterons don't come with CPU fans in-box.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Small form factor, easy assembly, clearly labeled jumpers and connectors, stable, good value.
Cons: Main power connector seemed a little tight, PSU cabling connected firmly but never snapped in place. No problems, however.
Other Thoughts: I picked this up as the motherboard for my new, main PC, used for gaming, deveopment, and music creation. I'm not an overclocker, but I like the small form factor, and quiet PCs. This system has been very stable from day one, and all the built in audio and networking works great. I don't use the onboard video, but if my wife hadn't decided to go laptop, I probably would have gotten her the same mobo and used the onboard video there. Otherwise, this is a good, solid, stable backbone for a system.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Just works, stable, easy installation, relatively cheap, works with all Athlon XP CPUs supposedly.
Cons: SiS Chipset may be offsetting to some, but it seems to work okay.
Other Thoughts: I picked this up to use in a Windows Home Server homebuilt box. I already had a CPU, RAM, HDs, but needed a motherboard as my Athlon was in an integrated Shuttle XPC. The M848A just worked at first boot, and Windows Home Server installed with zero problems. The system has been stable and solid, and it was a great way to reuse old components in a nice backup and file server system.READ FULL REVIEW