- Dual LGA 1366
- Intel 5520
- 12 x 240pin
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What a disappointment 08/25/2012
Solid board, but there are some issues (read cons and other thougts). Supermicro is usually my second choice when it comes to server boards, and they usually leave me and my customers pretty happy with the purchase. This time though....I had to deal with some really stupid stuff that cost me nearly 3 hours worth of work.
BEWARE SYSTEM BUILDERS. THERE IS AN ISSUE ON THE SATA CONTROLLER IF YOU HAVE A SATA DVD-DRIVE AND YOU ARE TRYING TO CONFIGURE A RAID ARRAY. After assembling this monster server for a customer, I finally get to the point where I push the ON button and configure the BIOS. I chose the Intel Raid controller over the Adaptec (they are both embedded in the board). I configure a RAID-5 with 5x1TB 10,000RPM HDDs. Keep in mind that from port SATA0 to SATA4 there are 5 HDDs, on port SATA6 there’s a SATA DVD drive (which of course is excluded from the array). I reboot the system, everything posts properly, but after the screen shows the INTEL raid array and the board is supposed to read the installation DVD from the DVD drive, the screen gets black and that’s as far is it would go. I spent literally hours trying to change RAID configurations from RAID5 to RAID1+0, changing RAM clock speed in case the memory had something to do with this anomaly, but nothing changed. CONTINUES ON OTHER THOUGTS
I then removed the INTEL array, enabled the Adaptec and started over; same issue. Then after almost 2.5 hours of resetting CMOS, changing settings and stuff, I decided to connect and external DVD drive to the board through USB port, and I got the problem solved (but I had to physically disconnect the SATA port from the internal SATA DVD drive otherwise even the external drive wouldn’t work). Come on Supermicro, get it together. ASUS and TYAN NEVER have these kind of issues (maybe others, but not something that makes you waste so much time just trying to get a stinking OS loaded). And since I’m sure you are aware of it, you could AT LEAST write on your user’s manual!! This is the kind of issue that gets IT Pros to take their business somewhere else. May I add that I've been building servers and high-performance PCs for 2 decades, and this is not something I'd want to run into again. P.S. hopefully a BIOS update will take care of this.
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