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This review is from: ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: ITX form factor
6 x Sata III (6 gig) ports
Support for ESX
16 gigs of ECC RAM support as long as you stick to the QVL
Cons: A little expensive
** Newegg won't ship it to Australia **
** Why is there restrictions on shipping to Australia **
Other Thoughts: I just ordered this board through another large online retailer as newegg won't ship this product to Australia for some reason. None of the ASROCK Rack range of servers boards are sold in Australia yet.
I currently training in VMware and the latest microsfot server and exchange products. I wanted to build a small server that I could use to be able to load these products offline from the corporate network.
The first boxes I was looking at were the HP Micro Server N54L Gen7 and the Xeon 1220 based Gen8. The pricing and bundle available for these servers in Australia is not as good as the USA either.
Also once you start adding RAM, a raid 5 HP P222 board etc they really aren't that cheap even in the US. There is quite a price difference between the Celeron based G8 boxes and the Xeon models too, far more in fact than the chip is worth. I see that many people are throwing the celeron away and buying a Xeon E3 1265L to upgrade it. It's a pity that this isn't the standard Xeon chip in the build. The 1220L is only a dual core, so is really a waste of money.
I am thinking of building my server in a Bitfenix Phenom case with 6 x 2TB hard drive, and booting off a USB thumb drive. Or maybe a small SSD and have 5x2TB drives in RAID 5. The Xeon E3-1231V3 chip looks like it has a good performance/price point and I will use a small water cooler like a Corsair H60 to keep it cool and quiet.
Pros: @Wenle Z. Sounds like a great system you have built Wenle. How about sharing a build list with us.
The case looks pretty unique with all the drive bays and sas/sata compatibility. There is noting else on the market I have seen even close to its features in a small form factor. The closest I have used in a Bitfenix Phenom/Prodigy ITX case with 6 3.5" bays
Cons: Some people are complaining about a lack of ATX power supply compatibility, but you can get some nice SFX power units (read silverstone) that will suit the case perfectly. I can't see any build going into this case needing more than 450 watts unless you are building a gaming rig....and there are many better case options for that.
Other Thoughts: I'd love to see some more knowledgeable people post some good built lists for getting 8 or more drives running from an ITX motherboard.
I have seen a few postings on other newegg items talking about building a NAS in this box but all lack in detail.
This review is from: ASRock AM1B-MDH AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Another cheap and good quality AM1 platform board
Cons: I'd like to buy the version where they solder all the parts on. It is missing two sata ports and an IDE port. Most people won't need the IDE port but why not solder on two more sata headers?
Other Thoughts: What is it with micro atx AM1 boards? All of them seems to have less features that the ITX ones on the market. It doesn't make sense does it.READ FULL REVIEW