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Crucial 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT102472BB1339
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Not expensive.

Cons: Why is Newegg putting this desktop memory in Server memeory section. It's not ECC server memory. Two eggs off for misleading product placement.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAL-i-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Avoid this motherboad with northbridge overheating above 70 C 11/22/2009

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAL-i-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard

Pros: 1. Support ECC memory for a server.
2. Relatively inexpensive.
3. It worked the first time I put everything together (power supply, memory, cd-rom, drives, video card etc.)

You need a paper clip to short cut the power pins to start the computer, since it does not come with a on/off switch cable.

Cons: The Northbridge has a design flaw of overheating. Turn on the computer and the temperature hikes above 70 degree Celsius (158 degree Fahrenheit) after 15 minutes (with CPUs idle). I did some investigation and found Supermicro put a very short heat sink without a fan on the Northbridge. Why did they put a short heat sink? Because you won't be able to put in any of your PCI or PCI e card if the Northbridge heat sink is tall. This short heat sink appears to be an afterthought of the mother board designer. I am surprised that the quality assurance team of Super Micro let it out to the market. There is even no workaround by adding my own heat sink or a fan for Northbridge since I need to put in one of the PCI e video card which this motherboard is lacking.

Please thoroughly inspect the physically design of PCI slots and the Northbridge Heatsink before you make a purchase decision (which is to avoid buying it.)

Other Thoughts: This motherboard does not have a build-in video card. You have to buy an video card separately. (Even though, it won't work since there is a conflict of space between PCI card and heat sink of the Northbridge.)

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Display Name: Xi L.

Date Joined: 10/21/09

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  • First Review: 11/22/09
  • Last Review: 12/18/11
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