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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Really rough RMA experience 11/14/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600

Pros: ECC support, lots of SATA connections

Cons: Repair support nightmare, doesn't properly handle low RPM fans

Other Thoughts: Had to "RMA" the board due to a failed BIOS update. It's now been in their shop for A MONTH. Worst part was being charge $50 to repair a bent pin which would never had happened if the BIOS update had worked properly.

Also, avoid truly low RPM 4-pin fans. At somewhere around 800 rpms, the motherboard thinks the fan has failed and "panics" and ramps the fan up to max RPM's even though the temperature hasn't changed by a single degree. It goes through the cycle every 10 seconds or so. Tech Support is not specific as to the precise minimum RPM fan you should use to avoid this.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Generally good, but with one big issue 10/15/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600

Pros: ECC support, lots of SATA connections, decent external connections

Cons: HOWEVER, attempt to upgrade its BIOS to 813 left the motherboard bricked. None of the BIOS recovery steps could save it. (More below.)

And, strange behavior with 4-pin fans. Instead of smoothly controlling fan speed, it cycles the fan all the way up and back down every 10 seconds or so even when just idling.

Other Thoughts: Wanted to like this board as the basis for a new Xeon-based workstation.

However, the BIOS upgrade bricked the board. I've never had that happen before with any other mobo. In interacting with tech support, it seems as though there may have been one or two undocumented steps that were required in order to do a clean update. Big flaw in the documentation, if this is true.

And the fan issue is annoying. With 3-pin fans, it just runs them on full speed. In an attempt to quiet things down a bit, I bought and installed 4-pin fans only to find that constantly spins the fan all the way up and back down again even though the is no load on the machine whatsoever. The tech seemed to say that there was some known issue with fans that have too low of a minimum fan speed. The board, apparently, keeps thinking the fan has failed and spins the fan back up again. No documentation on what would be an "acceptable" minimum fan speed.

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Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great, simple external enclosure 05/08/2009

This review is from: Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Compact and simple to assemble.
Handles my 1.5TB drive well (but I think this is the upper limit).
Muted blue status light works well in home theater settings (where I use mine).

Cons: No vents, so just choose your disk drive carefully if you want this on for extended periods of time.

Other Thoughts: I use this as extended HD video storage for my Dish Network satellite system. Installed a Western Digital 1.5TB Green drive which is the PERFECT combo -- low power usage, low heat production, huge storage capacity. It is on all the time, but it doesn't get hot -- even without vents or a fan. The combo is VERY quiet.

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  • Last Review: 11/14/13
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