Date Joined: 09/25/01
Pros: Very stable, very well designed board. The SAS RAID 1 has performed perfectly up to this point, though I've lost TWO of my hard drives recently--both in a RAID 1 array (two seperate arrays) But I can't blame the mobo for that as far as I can tell.
This is my 2nd production server build using SBS 2011 Standard. I only put ONE CPU in, and 64G RAM so half the PCI slots are not in use! Remember that....CPU's split the controll of the slots!!! Know what slots are HOT and what ones are NOT if you only use ONE CPU!!!!
I bought that little Yootoo Modem for the fax service and it works just fine with the windows 7 driver.
This server is as much SBS as it is SuperMicro.
Exchange, Sharepoint, paperless fax, massive file share, ...this board handles it all without a single hiccup anywhere. I'd buy it again without hesitation for another server build.
Cons: Some slots are dead if you only use a single CPU slot. Not a huge deal but it's something I had to dig around to figure out...and as a guy I don't like to READ instruction manuals!!! Honestly I can't take any eggs of for that but thought it might be funny.
This board is huge. The case I bought for it simply doesn't allow for me to use both CPU's so plan for a MASSIVE case for this one. It's still worth every penny to date even though I've had trouble with my RAID drives...again I can't blame the mobo for this.
Overall Review: I put Noctua's cooler on my AMD cpu and loaded up with 6 hard drives and I loved building this server. I loved it so much I put one of cold cathode tube lights in the case to show off for the customer....They never noticed or saw it but I know it's there and thus my epic-ness stands for my own self to see when I go work up at that office. Ya...I went there.
If you're new to servers, this is a GREAT first build for you. If you're experienced at server builds, this is a GREAT board for a small law firm or doctor's office.
Cons: Picture is correct... DVI-D adapter. Item I received was wrong. It was a DVI-I adapter. HUGE difference in whether this adapter will work or not. Did NOT work for me because I received the WRONG adapter. I see a ton of pics of DVI-I adapters with the name DVI-D. Why is it so hard for the sellers to see the difference?
Overall Review: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
Pros: Every single detail is perfect. period. I'd have paid double if I knew what level of quality I was getting. YOU reading this....BUY THIS NOW.
I've built hundreds of computers, and a few servers....This case is a pure slice of heaven, and a pleasure to work with.
READ the MANUAL as it has details that matter!
Overall Review: Worth every penny. PERIOD.
Pros: Put this on a Supermicro H8DG6-F (also purchased from Newegg) with 64Gigs of RAM.
Running TWO RAID volumes from the onboard SAS2008 and let me tell you.... FLAWLESS VICTORY.
Yes the CPU and mobo are freaking expensive, but I've gotten EVERY PENNY's worth and it's not even into production yet!
I was worried when the CPU arrived because the box was a wreck, (not newegg's fault) and I just knew something was going to be wrong with it.
But I plugged it in and RAN it through some burn in tests and havn't had a single issue.
Oh, I put Noctua cooling on this baby and it's running RIGHT AT 30C.
I could not ask for more.
Overall Review: I'm a happy AMD customer, have been for a decade or more....Will continue to be.
Intel should be ashamed putting spy tech into their products....if you don't know what I"m talking about then you're not paying attention.
Pros: MASSIVE STORAGE! Plug it in and dump data. It's quiet and no need for special formatting to make it work with your computer.
Cons: As above, bought two but one was DOA. Newegg always takes care of it and saves the day.
From my perspective though, I'm looking at a 50% failure rate. I know it's anecdotal, but still really upset me.
Also... This is NOT the drive maker's fault, but don't buy these for Windows Small Business Server 2008 or 2011 to use as a backup drive for the computer's native backup program, it won't work! Windows won't backup to a drive larger than 2TB
Overall Review: I'll be glad when there is no issue with any size drive again.
Pros: Bought 4 of these to put in a new server. Ran memtest on them for the first 48 hours and not a single error.
Overall Review: Crucial has earned their 5 eggs today.
Pros: They work as advertised.
Cons: Cable shorted at the base of the earphone connection already!
Overall Review: These things have been BABY handled and still shorted out at the connection point.
I only hope KOSS honors their 1 year warranty....
Pros: This is the operating system you've been looking for. It's rock solid, fast, and intuitive. You get everything you want in an OS with this one and Microsoft deserves kudos for delivering their best OS yet. Also, this OS connects to Windows Server SBS 2003 servers even easier than XP clients do! Consider upgrading your client pc's on an SBS domain, you won't regret it!
Cons: Xp mode. we've got to talk some microsoft....I've installed xp mode on 6 machines, and it's only worked on ONE. Either you need to let real drivers work on virtual machine or you need to stop acting like this is a "feature" that noone can use. and talk to GIGABYTE cause I have ZERO working on any of their motherboards...might be them...might be a simple hotfix...one of you needs to own up. I've had issues with XP mode on ASUS boards as well.
Overall Review: If you have older apps that need xp still...don't spend a dime until microsoft fixes xp mode because it's a very hit and miss deal.
Pros: Bought 4 of these for 4 production PC's of a customer. They're rock solid. I honestly expect these to last a full five years, and I believe they will based on the quality I've come to know from Corsair. I bought another higher end of this line for the server of the same customer as well.
Cons: not a con, just wish it was modular plugging for less cable clutter, but the box includes zip ties for that, so spot on...they thought of everything! BUT THESE, you won't regret it.
Overall Review: Corsair is a solid player in this big playground.
Pros: It sure looks great! The little fan is pretty blue. Bet it would have been great on my motherboard...had it fit.
Cons: didn't fit my GIGABYTE 990FXA-USB3. I even wrote SilenX directly asking if they offer anything for this board...never got a reply at all. THAT is poor...and THAT is why this loses 2 eggs.
Overall Review: This part works as advertised, and would prolly have been awesome as a replacement for my northbridge cooling.
Pros: See previous review. This is an update to it.
Cons: I forgot to mention ONE other minor detail. The Power supply does NOT have SATA power adapter, and if you buy an OEM SATA drive, you'll NEED to buy the adapter! I had to go back and order 8 lol.
Pros: First of all, I am very impressed that out of 8 of them coming to my door, not ONE of them were scratched, dented, or damaged in any way! All the included Power supplies worked, no DOA's. (I know the PSU isn't a massive amount of power, but I decided to give these a shot on my customer's 8 workstations) I put in a front panel fan on all of them and the installation on all 8 was completely consistent. I didn't get cut or have any troubles at all. All had the parts they were supposed to have. Front panel snaps out easy, (it's plastic, so be gentle, but I didn't have any break on me)
Cons: It's not much to look at. But then these are for a law office. One minor issue I did have consistently, (REALLY minor) When putting in the Motherboard risers, on all 8 of the cases, there was ONE SINGLE whole that I always have to use a pair of needle nosed to be able to tighten it down. (The whole right where typically the graphics card would go) But the hole was never stripped, just too tight to not be able to put on without a extra grip. Not really a con.
Overall Review: In my case, I actually put a microATX mobo in them, but wanted the extra room for air reasons. They stayed cool during burn in.
Pros: This thing is strong, solid, and very well put together. Tooless entry has spring loaded screws. The front has easy open panel as well as another tooless entry to get behind the front fan panel. Front power and reset switches are quality and not cheap. I'm not a huge expert on power supplies, but the voltages on this one show as they should and not low (Not really sure what the "truepower" marketing is supposed to mean) This case is Amazingly quiet, and I even added 2 additional 120mm fans in front! (quiet as a workstation in my case) I feel I got my money's worth and my customer will be happy with this provided no Power supply problems arise in a few months.
Cons: No pretty lights. :P
Overall Review: Put a Tyan Mobo for dual AMD Opteron CPU's in here and it's cool and quiet.