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Pros: - Not an solid dongle (which I feared would break off in my application)
- Seems pretty transparent in terms of connections
Cons: - Older (I mean, like the beginning of the HDMI standard) monitors might not be recognized as sound devices (see "Other")
Other Thoughts: I bought this for use with my Lenovo M91p "HTPC" (it's a lot overkill, but I was working with what I had), with an Intel Q67 chipset/graphics. My Dell 2408WFPb I tested it first with refused to show up as a sound device (which works fine over HDMI to my desktop), but my 2015 Magnavox television works fine with it. This might be a limitation of the DisplayPort standard and/or drivers, too.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SLL-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1600
Pros: - Well packaged. Included documentation covered pretty much everything you need to get it up and running.
- On board USB 3.0 port (for booting from a dedicated flash drive; useful for FreeNAS).
- Been running nearly 24/7 for the last four months or so, without so much as even a minor glitch.
Cons: - My only complaint is that I wish some of the POST codes were better documented (see "Other"). TL;DR: RAM order is important to this board.
Other Thoughts: I put the whole server together (I was actually demonstrating to a friend how to build a PC from scratch) in one night. I got it all together, powered it up, and it hung in BIOS at a POST code that wasn't documented (by Supermicro). Just my luck...
Turns out the RAM slots are paired by bank (which are two different color slots, confusing me more) instead of by channel, and if using only two sticks, the RAM needs to be in the top two slots in order to POST (all this is explicitly stated in the manual that I ignored because I thought I knew better). After that, FreeNAS installed quickly and picked up my existing array that was plugged into the on-board SATA controller(s).
FreeNAS Server Build:
Intel Core i3-4170
Crucial 16GB DDR3-1600 ECC CT2KIT102472BD160B
WD Green 1TB (x2)
Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB (x2)
WD Red 3TB (x2)
4-Port Marvell 88SE9235-based PCIe x2 SATA-III Card
Fractal Design Node 804
Corsair CX430M PSU
Corsair H60 (the original version) (yes, I watercooled my server, I had it laying around; yes, it says right in the manual to only use the stock cooler; yes, it runs fine, granted with plenty of airflow)
ADATA 16GB USB 3.0 Boot Drive
Pros: -Very quiet (quiet enough I barely know it's sitting on the desk next to me, even when running Prime95).
-Clean lines for a decent price (there seems to be an inverse relationship between taste and price when it comes to computer cases...)
-Plenty of space inside.
-The LEDs aren't uselessly bright (soft white, for the record, which was something I didn't expect, but was a pleasant surprise nonetheless).
-The power/reset buttons are low travel and delightfully positive/clicky.
-Lots of places for fans.
-USB 3.0 front headers.
Cons: -The space behind the motherboard could be a little deeper (the foam takes up an extra quarter inch where it otherwise wouldn't be a problem).
-Shows dust and fingerprints like none other.
-Only four screws for the front two fans (four for the one included, zero for the extra space).
-The 5.25" drive bay locks are... finicky? They work, but they're not the best design.
Other Thoughts: Overall, very impressed with this case. Aesthetically, this case is near perfect for what I wanted (black, clean lined, with a front door).
It's a very solid case for the money; the computer I have in it has been a on-going project for the better part of a year, and it's held up being moved around and opened a bunch of times.