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Intel S3200SHV Server Motherboard LGA 775 Intel 3200 DDR2 800
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Entry Level Server Board 03/07/2009

This review is from: Intel S3200SHV Server Motherboard LGA 775 Intel 3200 DDR2 800

Pros: Stability: The OpenSolaris file server I built on this board has been running flawlessly for three months non-stop. Absolutely zero issues under some pretty brutal conditions.

Feature Set: 6 SATA ports + ECC + LGA775 + integrated graphics + great driver support... That combo is surprisingly hard to find.

Intel's diagnostic utilities and customer support record are also a plus.

Cons: BIOS navigation is sluggish and I had some issues booting with a USB CD drive (would sometimes freeze until dis/reconnecting it).

SATA ports are of the non-clipping variety, so make sure everything is secure if you need to move the case.

Other Thoughts: Yes, this board's POST will take longer than your mother's Dell, but it's a server board. If you ever do have to reboot it, you'll be grateful for the extra testing.

Also, there are tomes of documentation that cover more than anyone could ever possibly need to know. The main user guide is 140 pages and the RAID guide is another 50. Printing everything out would've been impractical, it's all on CD.

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