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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL+-F Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C202 DDR3 1333
Pros: This is a nice motherboard, it has IPMI, so there’s no need to have a monitor/keyboard hooked up to it. It’s also a mATX board, so it doesn’t take up much space and it doesn’t take much power to run it.
Cons: While this board does support v2 E3 Intel chips with BIOS version 2.0, the problem is that as of 5/27/2012) it doesn’t ship with it. If you’re buying a V2 E3 Intel CPU you won’t be able to boot the motherboard with the CPU. You will need an earlier version CPU to flash the BIOS to the latest version. If you’re like me and don’t have any other processor it makes this board useless. When I first put the motherboard together I booted and I got four beeps. I called SuperMicro tech support and they insisted that it was bad memory to the point of being condescending. After better support on the Internet I was able getting my hands on an earlier CPU. I boot it and flashed it to 2.0. The reason why I took two eggs off is because tech support was so condescending and saying the error was memory. If you have an old CPU, like a socket 1155 Pentium G6xx or Celeron G4xx you can boot with it to flash the BIOS so you can use a V2 chip.
Other Thoughts: I have this running with vmware’s esxi 5.0. It seems to be taking roughly 50 watts. I have several VM’s installed. One is Server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010, which hosts e-mail for about 10 people. The other VM is running pfsense firewall and another VM has Ubuntu server that is running asterisk for a phone system (VoIP). I can download on the Internet at 50mbit/sec while saturating the gigabit NIC’s and it still runs like a charm.
My config is this:
Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow Case
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Seasonic X Series X650 Gold Power Supply
Intel EXPI9402PTBLK NIC (WAN/LAN firewall)
Intel SASUC8I with two Vortex 3 SSD’s in RAID1
Two WD VelociRaptor 300GB off the SATA ports.
Pros: Everything worked out of the box, I have no idea what I'm doing and I got it to go to 4.5GHz without issue.
Cons: The price, I wish it was less expensive.
Other Thoughts: I like this motherboard. I haven't built a PC in almost 12 years and I put this together in a few hours with no problems. After I was finished putting it together, I hit the power button and I was installing my OS a few minutes later.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a 200GB 7200 RPM notebook drive, quiet and fast.
Cons: That they don't make 15,000 RPM 200GB notebook Hard Drives. :)
Other Thoughts: Drive arrived, took it out of its anti-static bag. I installed it in a Dell XPS M1710, removed about four screws, and took the old HD out, put the new one in and put the screws back in. The Hard Drive fired up right away and I’m typing this with my new 200GB HD. – Install of HD took about 5 minutes.READ FULL REVIEW