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SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Little Firewall/Server 04/30/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone

Pros: Light, small, Linux compatible RAID, IPMI.

Cons: It's touchy with memory, so if you turn it on and it screeches at you, just try different memory and you should be OK. Getting the Adaptec RAID to work with Linux is slightly less intuitive than you might think simply because it actually shows the RAID and it shows each individual drive. Lastly, the case NEEDS this part in order to mount hard drives: I have no idea why they wouldn't simply include this part but as long as you know that it is required, you won't be as frustrated.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget that it needs this part in order to mount hard drives:

Depending upon your deployment, it may also need a fan to blow on the drives and/or CPU. You will likely end up gluing fans in place if you have to mount them.

OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 3650 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Priced right and comes with dual 1gb NICs, HDMI, lots of internal USB headers, PCI-E 1x slot, and even a SATA cable the right length to hook up a hard drive. The build quality is 10/10 for the metal case and simple design.

The computer, the BIOS, and the cardboard box that it comes in are all unbranded and are ready to accept your specific company branding. The cardboard box that it comes in also has a nice plastic handle that makes it look smart when carrying.

Cons: Although the CPU supports 64bit, and technically the motherboard does as well, the drivers are a significant issue. We couldn't even see enough to install a 64bit version of Linux due to some odd issue that caused output to get lost on the screen. Using 32bit versions get rid of most of the issues, however there were some smaller graphical issues we experienced which, although might have been fixed with compiling a different video driver into the kernel, wasn't enough for us to deal with. Frankly, we don't ever use the console once they are built, so no reason why that would ever bother us.

Other Thoughts: Don't know how you would ever actually use the PCI-E 1x slot, but perhaps some sort of small card? Would have been better to include a micro-pci-e slot so you could attach a laptop wireless card or SSD. Also, not sure what you would ever do with that many internal USB headers, but maybe someone will find a use for them. If you plan on deploying this in a hot environment (90+ Degrees F), plan on installing a second small fan on the case to push air from one side out the other. The case comes with several additional mounting points just for a scenario like this.

If the drivers for this box were 64bit, this would have gotten the 5th egg. Either way, it's the right price for what you get. We purchased 4 of these and we plan to buy 10 more before the end of next year if they are still for sale.

LevelOne GSW-0807 Gigabit Switch
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Skeptical 09/25/2012

This review is from: LevelOne GSW-0807 Gigabit Switch

Pros: 10/100/1000 for cheap

Cons: Cheap looking construction

Other Thoughts: "The GSW-0807 is hosted in a compact and fan-less metal enclosure for easy use on a desktop or in space limited environments."

Photo of the switch clearly shows a plastic box. I wouldn't ever waste my time with a switch that wasn't in a metal box as I have been burned (pun intended) in the past.


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Display Name: David P.

Date Joined: 05/04/05

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 06/07/11
  • Last Review: 04/30/14
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