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SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Working well so far with SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR3-LN4F+-O motherboard. Has 2 of the CPU power connectors that dual cpu motherboards will likely require.

Cons: None so far.

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Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.6GHz 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 80W Server Processor BX80635E52630V2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I picked up 2 of these to build a VMWare server for my home lab. These are a little on the pricey side but will give me plenty of headroom for running lots of VMs.

Cons: Make sure your motherboard has the latest BIOS to support these new CPUs!! I ordered a Supermicro motherboard and it would not POST. After speaking with Supermicro support, they advised me that I had an older BIOS and would need to either send my board in to be flashed or find a Sandy Bridge Xeon. Thankfully, once I got it flashed it worked fine.

Other Thoughts: I had been using higher end Core CPUs for home lab VMWare white boxes, but glad I finally took the plunge and went with Xeons this time around.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR3-LN4F+-O Enhanced Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 24 RAM slots; perfect for heavy duty virtualization duties. Has a separate management port so you can even power the server off and on remotely.

Cons: BIG! Make sure you know beforehand if you have a case that can support the Supermicro EE-ATX format. I mounted this board into a Corsair 540 and it barely fit.

Other Thoughts: I used this motherboard to build a VMWare server for my lab environment at home. Fully populated with 8GB modules, this will give you 192GB of RAM. That is a LOT of headroom for VMs.

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Joseph C.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph C.

Date Joined: 02/07/02

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 01/23/09
  • Last Review: 09/19/13
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