- DDR3 1333/1066
- Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic
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Good Firewall Board 07/13/2013
1. Dual NICs
2. Dual Core Ivy Bridge with 17Watt TDP
3. Easy to work with BIOS
4. Very Quiet
1. PCI instead of PCIe expansion
2. No USB3
3. NICs are Realtek
4. Only 2 fan headers (CPU/System)
5. Only 1 6Gbps SATA
6. Not the prettiest board (if you are into that)
I'm currently using this board in my pfsense build. I'm using an old Antec ISK-110 Mini ITX case with a built in 90Watt Power Supply I had laying around, along with 8GB Memory and a 320GB 7200 RPM HDD. This board runs quiet and cool.
I'm currently running pfsense 2.1 RC0 since I heard 2.0 doesn't recognize the NICs (I didn't verify that). I got this since any consumer grade firewall can't push more than a few mbit/s using OpenVPN/IPSec. I ran a test where I was downloading at 32mbit/s and concurrently uploading 5mbit/s and my load average was between .20 and .32. OpenVPN was utilizing 20-22% CPU while the two NICs were using 4.5% each. Keep in mind this is out of a CPU max load of 2/200% since this is a dual core system, and you can see that this CPU can probably push between 200-300mbit/s with OpenVPN encryption. I suspect that IPSec will be less and PPTP will be more.
Other than that, this board is really vanilla. No USB3 and PCIe will turn away some, but for what I want this is pretty much perfect (although built in Intel NICs would have been preferred) . The BIOS was super easy to navigate, and I booted off a USB stick without even having to drop to a boot menu.
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