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John S.

John S.

Joined on 04/19/06

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Great board for NAS

SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SRi-2758F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1600/1333
SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SRi-2758F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: Perfect board for NAS or small vhost! Small, quiet, 8 cores, up to 64gb RAM, virtualization support, great performance/watt, quad Intel gig ethernet, crypto/compression accelerator (C2758 only), built-in IP KVM and other server-grade features! Supermicro support on top of Newegg service! Board is dead-silent and even when running full-bore on the bench with no air circulation it only hit 75C - it got hot, but never came close to the 90 degree C max temp. Installed in a Node 304 case with normal airflow and system load it rarely exceeds 36C and idles at 36 watts. Under full load it can reach ~40C and ~50 watts.

Cons: First board was bad.

Overall Review: First board was bad, but Newegg swapped the board without hassle. Used shoprunner so got free shipping. Supermicro would cross-ship a replacement if I'd needed the board immediately. The ATOM C2758 isn't as fast as new D-1540 low-power Xeon's, but is enormously cheaper and is still lower power. Newer Xeon's are on the way with 25W TDP but they're not out yet, and it's unknown what performance compromise was made to hit that low TDP rating. Very happy with this board.

Works perfectly.

Kingston 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model KVR16LSE11/8KF
Kingston 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model KVR16LSE11/8KF

Pros: Worked perfectly, fast, no defects.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Server grade ("KF") ECC RAM for my Supermicro A1SRi-2758-F. Works perfectly, no complaints.

Great power supply

SILVERSTONE SFX ST30SF 300W Small Form Factor 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Semi-Fanless Power Supply
SILVERSTONE SFX ST30SF 300W Small Form Factor 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Semi-Fanless Power Supply

Pros: Great power supply, very efficient. Fan doesn't run if the supply isn't warm, and the supply rarely gets warm. Has enough connectors for small systems but for NAS need to add additional SATA power connectors. Dropped idle power consumption for my NAS from ~80W to ~52W.

Cons: Only 3 SATA power connectors and two 4pin MOLEX.

Great case for NAS

Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case

Pros: Compact case Decently quiet fans Built in fan controller Good layout Thumb screws everywhere Built in air filters

Cons: No power supply Fans don't support PWM Top cover isn't as easy to remove as some Filters can rattle Not enough activity indicator lights (LAN, overheat, etc.) Requires screwdriver and thumbscrews to remove drives

Overall Review: This is a decent relatively well made case with great layout. On sale, it's a decent buy. At full price, not so much.