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SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-FTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

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  • FCBGA 1283
  • Intel Atom C2758 2.4 GHz
  • CPU TDP 20W (8-Core)
  • 4 x 204Pin Memory Slots
  • 200W Low Noise AC-DC power supply with PFC

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SYS-5018A-FTN4

SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-FTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone

With quad Gigabit Ethernet ports, this 1U server barebone system is ideal for file sharing, gateway, firewall and router applications. It incorporates a mini-ITX motherboard with a soldered-down Intel Atom C2758 processor (eight cores), and supports up to 64 GB DDR3 ECC SO-DIMM RAM via four memory slots. It also offers space for 3.5" & 2.5" drives, and has a PCI-E 2.0 x8 slot. The pre-installed 200W power supply is 80 PLUS Gold certified and runs with whisper-level noise, delivering the benefit of lower energy cost and less noise annoyance, which you would value to a great extent in the 24x7 operation.

To complete this system, you need system memory, storage drive and Operating System. All not included.

Key Features

SYS-5018A-FTN4
  • Front I/O
  • Space-efficient, compact design
  • Fast to build and deploy
  • Gateway, file-sharing, security

  • 1. Intel® Atom processor C2758, SoC, FCBGA 1283, 20W 8-Core
  • 2. Intel® System-on-Chip Design
  • 3. 2x 3.5" Fixed SATA3 HDD bays or 4x 2.5" SATA2 HDD optional*
  • 4. 1x PCI-E 2.0 x8 slot**
  • 5. Up to 64GB DDR3 1600MHz ECC SO-DIMM in 4 DIMM slots
  • 6. Quad GbE ports, IPMI w/ dedicated LAN
  • 7. DOM power connector
  • 8. 200W Low-noise power supply w/ PFC
  • 9. Support Intel® QuickAssist Acceleration Technology

Specifications

Product SKUs
SYS-5018A-FTN4 SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 (Black)
Motherboard
Super A1SRi-2758F
Processor/Cache
CPU
  • Intel® Atom™ Processor C2758
  • CPU TDP 20W (8-Core)
  • FCBGA 1283
  • System-on-Chip
System Memory
Memory Capacity
  • 4x 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM slots
  • Supports up to 64GB DDR3 ECC memory
Memory Type
  • 1600/1333MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 204-pin gold-plated DIMMs
DIMM Sizes 8GB, 4GB, 2GB
Memory Voltage 1.5 V, 1.35 V
Error Detection
  • Corrects single-bit errors
  • Detects double-bit errors (using ECC memory)
On-Board Devices
Graphics BMC integrated ASPEED AST2400
SATA
  • SoC SATA3 (6Gbps), SATA2 (3Gbps)
IPMI
  • Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0
  • IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
  • ASPEED AST 2400 BMC
Network Controllers
  • C2000 SoC I354 Quad GbE Controller (MACs)
  • Virtual Machine Device Queues reduce I/O overhead
  • Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
USB 3.0 Renesas uPD720201
Input / Output
Serial ATA
  • 2x SATA3 (6Gbps) ports
  • 4x SATA2 (3Gbps) ports
LAN
  • 4x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
  • 1x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
USB
  • 4x USB 3.0 ports (2 rear, 1 Type A, 1 via header)
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear)
VGA 1x VGA Port
Serial Port / Header 2x Fast UART 16550 Serial Port (1 rear, 1 via header)
DOM 1x SATA DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
Others TPM 1.2 header

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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice Little Server

Pros: Running 5 VMware VMs. It runs the PBX and pfsense router without a single problem.

Cons: The memory is the worst part. Good luck finding DDR3 ECC SO-DIMMs. We tried running non-ECC and it would not boot.

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Thank you for your comment! Supermicro needs your comment to improve our quality and service. According to the specification, this model only supports DDR3 ECC un0buffered memory. If you still have any question, feel free to contact us. Please see the below technical support contact information:

Phone: (408)503-8000
Hours: 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Monday – Friday)


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SM Technical Support
4/ 5
Nice little box for pfSense

Pros: Quiet
Fast
Easy

Cons: Needs parts
MAC address (at least on port 0) changes from post to system boot and it makes it tricky for some gateways to assign an IP address

Other Thoughts: I'd still recommend.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works as expected.

Pros: Using it as a PFSENSE router and pushing 300Mbps out and 40Mbps in as IPESC traffic and CPU is only at 9%. Some testing before I placed it in production I was able to push 950~ each way with only 40 - 50% CPU used so a good 1.5 Gbps router!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
No actual problems

Pros: IPMI, lots of ethernet ports, quiet, low power

Cons: Not so easy to find compatible memory. Ethernet ports were on the wrong side of the box for our application.

Other Thoughts: We used Kingston memory (Newegg Inv #137015908) and it worked fine. The bracket to install 2.5" drives is MCP-220-00044-0N. It looks like Newegg has started to mention these on the same page as the computer. That may be chance, but if it is policy, then that bodes well for Newegg customers.

The cooling arrangment appears to meet a concern that the disk drives might catch cold from a draft. There is a tiny fan on the CPU, and one in the power supply, but no baffles to direct air across the drives and CPU heat exchanger. I poked a bit of sponge in the box to prevent air from going to the exhaust fan without passing over any components. I expect that helped, but curiously the BIOS doesn't show any temp data.

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Thank you for your comment! Supermicro needs your comment to improve our quality and service. If you still have any question, feel free to contact us. Please see the below technical support contact information:

Phone: (408)503-8000
Hours: 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Monday – Friday)

Email address: support@supermicro.com

You can also submit your issue online: https://webpr3.supermicro.com/Support/login.aspx?

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Thank you!
SM Technical Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great for home lab

Pros: silent, low power, intel quad nic, 8 threads, 4 slots for memory, and out of band management.

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: Running anywhere from 4-8 virtual machines on a given day in a multipurpose home lab (security, network, dev) on vmware esxi 6.5.
Intel nic is compatible with esxi (most realtek on board networking will not work). With 32GB RAM this is a very flexible platform for multiple smaller vms as long as nothing requires too much compute. May be purchasing another soon for playing with vmotion.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing as a high end router & IDS/IPS box!!!

Pros: - Great price point for the purpose I needed.
- Has built-in IPMI so no need for a keyboard or monitor, just use the network cable on that and give it an IP.
- Stone quiet which is always good!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is currently serving as a pfsense router and IDS/IPS box. It works really well. Super quiet and stable. Have recommended it to a bunch of my peers and friends who are security folks. Has 1 NIC for IPMI and 4 NIC's for other functions so lots of room for growth.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
SM SYS-5018A-FTN4

Pros: 4 Intel NICs
8 cores.
4 DIMMs
1U Shallow Depth

Works with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 and 6.0.0

Cons: 6 SATA ports, only room for 4 bays.

I wish this was 16-17" long which would still fit in most shallow depth wall-mounted network racks which would allow it to support an additional 2 drives and PCIe card.

Other Thoughts: I run VMware ESXi 6.0 on this box with 6 VMs. I might buy another for pfSense/Snort/OpenVPN

Kingston 32GB DDR3
2 x 256GB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro)
2 x 750GB HDD (WD Black)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Solid units once the bugs get worked out.

Pros: - Quad Intel NIC. Great for firewalls and routers.
- 8 Logical Cores
- 4 DIMMs for RAM
- VMWare Compatable (Sort of)
- Small Size
- Expandable via PCIe

Cons: - USB3 doesn't work with VMWare. USB2 Does.
- Out of the 5 units purchased so far, 3 have had to be replaced for either bad ram slots or electrical shorts on the motherboard. After a fulling working unit is received, they are rock solid.
- No RAID

Other Thoughts: I have yet to find a smaller, more versatile package for virtualization.

I am using the units as firewalls. They are loaded with VMWare 5.5 and then with PfSense running on top. For ~$700 with RAM and a cheap disk, they are beastly firewalls or routers.

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