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ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good NAS board until it dies with voltage issues 01/07/2017

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: Like most people I bought this for use in a FreeNAS box at home. Lots of SATA ports, ok CPU performance, dual Intel NICs, low power usage, and remote management are a winning combination. It ran FreeNAS with an eight disk pool plus two small old SSDs as a mirror boot pool. Few reasonably priced motherboards have 10+ onboard SATA ports.

Cons: I bought this in August 2015 and put it behind a $500 APC Smart UPS 1500. It ran without issue until mid-November 2016. One day I come home and found my NAS was off. I leave it running 24/7 except for reboots to install updates so this is unexpected. It also won't start. It finally boots up after power cycling it 4 or 5 times. A one time occurrence? I click restart from the FreeNAS web GUI. Same issue trying to restart again. Logged into the IPMI interface and find the voltages are all over the place. My NAS is serious business so a flakey motherboard just won't work. When I finally get it to start again after another 5 or 6 power cycles I save the FreeNAS config and detach the main ZFS pool. Motherboard is removed from the case since it can't be trusted. I'll probably toss it. :( It is eventually replaced with a SuperMicro X11SSH-CTF and an Intel i3-6100.

Other Thoughts: - In 15 years of PC building this is the first motherboard I've had fail. My desktop motherboard is an ASRock X99 and it's fine. Maybe just an issue with ASRock Rack or this specific model?
- The single thread performance of this CPU is not so good. In over a year of usage and monitoring I found that most of the times I hit a limit it was because a single thread was maxed. CPU benchmark single thread score for 2550 is 596. Score for the i3-6100 that replaced it is 2102. The improvement is obvious.
- In early January 2017 I run across a reddit thread in /r/FreeNAS talking about voltage issues for this board. I guess my experience is not unusual.

WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EFRX
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Have been running 6 of these in RaidZ2 with FreeNAS for just over a year, total actual running time around 7500 hours. Automated SMART tests and ZFS scrubs have never detected any errors.

Drives are fast enough for backups and file sharing. iSCSI across gigabit ethernet usually peaks at 500-600 Mbps.

Cons: Nothing in particular

Other Thoughts: Not the fastest drives but you don't need always need the fastest. These are fine for bulk storage.

HP ZR30w Black 30
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Clearly superior to my three year old Samsung 26" 1920x1200 TN-TFT. Huge amount of desktop space for working with Lightroom, Photoshop, Eclipse, Google Earth, maps, etc. Hooked it up via included dual link DVI cable and loaded color profile from included CD. Looking at a few free monitor calibration images show it is close right out of the box. Zero bad pixels.

Fast shipping: Ordered Thanksgiving morning with free 3-day shipping and received it on Monday.

Cons: Sparkly anti-glare is a well documented issue. It is quite obvious on this monitor but does not bother me. If sparklies bother you, look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: No OSD but any adjustments can easily be made through the video drivers.

Newegg photo shows an HDMI cable is included but mine came with a DisplayPort cable instead. Makes sense since monitor has only DVI and DisplayPort inputs.

Very bright even at lowest level.


Randall W.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall W.

Date Joined: 10/13/02

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  • First Review: 10/25/08
  • Last Review: 01/07/17
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