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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard

SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard (SuperMicro: MBD-X7SPA-H-O)
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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard
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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard
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Rating: 9.23/10
With 13 User Reviews

Review Date: 06/06/13
WOL from energy off is seriously cool6 internal SATA portsOnboard molex energy 2 of the 6 internal SATA ports are detected as EXTERNAL by Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Windows Household Server "Vail") and the Intel Raid application. Causing me RAID problems. Built a RAID5 array working with three SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI drives and the Intel firmware RAID. Performs when the drives are connected to SATA ports -3, but if they are on ports four or five the array requirements to be rebuilt on every single reboot! SATA ports 5 & 5 are becoming detected by Windows and the Intel software as "EXTERNAL", and I consider this is the lead to. Attempted some registry tricks to label them as INTERNAL but did not perform. This it's an Intel driver concern. All newest updates installed (BIOS 1.1a and Intel Speedy Storage Technologies v. ten.1..1008) but nevertheless happening. Could be the HDDs of course - they are not exactly industrial strength RAID drives - but because it performs when they are all on "INTERNAL" SATA ports I am thinking that's not it.

Review Date: 04/04/13
-Silent-ITX-low energy-no printer port-2x 1Gb/s-requires SO-DIMMs (which I had sitting around immediately after my mac mini died) -no audio, but no biggie. I plug in a USB dongle when necessary. Initially I got it for Unbelievable PBX linux box, but ended up installing W7ኜ for silent internet browser. I'm shocked how fast it actually is. Plows by way of media center, flash, photoshop cs5, skype, torrents - you name it. Haven't tried 3D gaming.Other elements: F2-5300CL4D-4GBSQ, WD1500HLFS, WD10EARS, StarTech ICUSBAUDIO.

Review Date: 03/09/13
It does specifically what it says, and is a additional than sufficient small server. The driver cd is garbage, and supermicro apparently makes use of what ever packaging material they have on hand. I practically returned the box since it didn't appear like the proper aspect was shipped to me. The driver cd has text files that say you ought to go to their website. Why even incorporate the cd, why not just have a printed insert?Aside from the drivers, anything worked effectively. I'm operating 4 gigs of ram Ɠ.50 recognized), and every thing is smooth and snappy. The board has but to stutter, and it offers an net gateway and storage location for my residence.

Review Date: 02/19/13
Zero difficultiesA "real" server MBExcellent driver and other server application Had to understand the hard way about pro grade elementsMakes use of SO-DIMM's I bought an ASUS AT3IONT-I to use as a WHS server MB mainly because it has four SATA ports, utilizes conventional RAM, and I commonly have excellent luck with ASUS goods. Its in all probability due to my amateurism but I could not get 1 driver to install and it developed continuous error messages. The ASUS driver CD was not compatible with WHS. If I knew more about these factors and wanted to invest the time in it, there's probably a option. In my poking about for options, I discovered SuperMicro items and bought this MB. It is clearly a step up and it installed with no hitches and has worked flawlessly for a month now with 6TB of storage. I have it in a Lian Li PCV-345 case, a perfect match for it.

Review Date: 10/11/12
I bought this board to build a RAID five file server. When I ordered it I also ordered a 4GB kit of the Mushkin RAM that was mentioned in another critique as getting compatible. The develop went off devoid of a hitch and worked excellent out of the box. I configured the RAID five array and then attempted to install Windows 7. The board only received four eggs simply because as I talked about in the pros section I "TRIED" to set up Windows 7. Win 7 gave me an error message to the effect of it wasn't capable to be installed 1 that hardware. I also attempted Server 2003 and server 2008 ahead of going to Supermicro's internet site to attempt and figure out how to configure the difficult driver controllers in BIOS. Extended story brief I finally had to settle for server 2008 and application RAID five. It was a true pain in the backside but soon after figuring that difficulty out the rest of the course of action of setting up server 2008 went smooth and flawless. The file server has been running perfectly for about a month now performing its job of supplying my appleTV with films and Tv shows. I wish I could have discovered the board that had the D525 atom on it but in Windows this machine runs just as nicely as the ION2 with D525 that I utilized in my XBMC make. General good board although and as soon as i can uncover the D525 version of this board I'll most most likely buy it, hopefully they will have fixed the RAID challenge I had.

Review Date: 09/10/12
Strong overall performance in a NAS setup. Like acquiring 6 SATA-II plugs and a USB connector accessible. Lots of possibilities for booting and RAID. Solid beneath Linux FC13 and FC14. Low power draw and low heat generation. Can reside with Atom CPU overall performance in NAS setup due to the fact 4GB of RAM aids with file transfers. I get 55Mbits per second sustained write overall performance from Windows 7 laptop to NAS RAID-five with 4 HDD. Not negative. Wish it was far better. No audio header, but who wants audio on a server board. Wish Newegg's value was far more competitive. Purchased mine elsewhere for less than Newegg. I don't look at SO-DIMM to be a "con" due to the fact many Mini ITX are going this way. The SPA version is "true" Mini ITX physical format although SPE version is slightly bigger than Mini ITX physical specs. Satisfied with USB connector quantity.

Review Date: 08/07/12
I wanted to create a NAS Ɩx 2t WDears) that would perform power effective. I Initially bought a D525 desktop board. Interestingly the Freenas driver would not support the NIC. Nexenta would not even boot. I proceeded to making use of a typical board. It worked, but did draw 140 watts total. if you calculate the extra electrical energy costs of running this for a year you might as properly just go ahead and get an pricey server Atom board. The inexpensive desktop atom boards only have one particular PCI slot, that only supports 133 mb/sec total of information throughput. So realistically you only could add two HDDs to an additional stata controller. This is not a dilemma whit this board now. 6xsata and you can effortlessly upgrade with an PCI-express controller. My current method makes use of 55 Watt on load. 6 x HDDs, 4 x 120 mm fans (led, even though I did not want) and one 140 mm prime fan, corsair 430 Watt PSU. Now there is a D525 Atom released Compared to the desktop board this is costly. The marked appears to be segmented in the way that if you want to use an Atom on a NAS you require to devote the added bucks.Not that the production expenditures a lot more but that is how businesses squeeze out the bucks. Other than that Supermicro is a fantastic corporation and I could not find any other providers with INTEL NICs, 6 Sata slots and a PCI-express slot. I did obtain this as an open box from Newegg. I paid 105 bucks, believed I risk it. It turned out to be the appropriate selection. The only thing that was various was that it came in a various Supermicro box (other server board).The low-cost "G.Skill 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model two-5300CL5S-2GBSQ" works flawless

Review Date: 04/04/12
Small footprint with lots of energy to deal with the basic process of a NAS (among other points). Operating software raid as properly as a torrent server, web, upnp, daap server and a handful of other sprinklings of items with the help of FreeNAS. Tested a system with this board and five SATA drives (green) with constant activity over 24hrs. The power draw was quite minimal. SODIMMS, smaller yes, but the standard size would have been superior. Picky about the memory as the sockets are really tight. I had to reinsert the similar memory at least 3 occasions just before booting. Fantastic for a server, far much better than most. Also runs quite a few diverse flavors of Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and so on) without problems. I was going to do my typical operation of redoing the thermal grease exactly where applicable... but the technique runs extremely cool with no fans (roughly 42C beneath 12% method load).

Review Date: 03/21/12
Dual gigabit ethernetLow power consumption ྷ w)Uncomplicated to use biosStablePassively Cooled Wish it had a mini PCI slot I'm utilizing this for a NAS box - 14 TB. It's perfect. Worked with just about every OS I tried flawlessly - OpenFiler, Ubuntu, OpenSolaris, FreeNAS.Quite stable, 23W at idle, 25 below load. It's a fantastic board.

Review Date: 11/23/11
Fantastic board for appliance servers, SoHo Servers and firewalls. Has every little thing you want for a basic server except the inexpesive RAM. Lots of great functions for an Atom server board. Enjoy it! Only has 1 PCIe slot, but that's all that's crucial for the boards intended purposes. Max of 4GB of RAM but you don't will need any a lot more than that for something this board is intended for. Can't say anything bad about it. Fantastic solid product with lots of a lot more advanced attributes you would usually only come across on an elaborate server board.

Review Date: 08/10/11
-D510 cpu-ICH9R chipset-1 (x4) PCI-Express (in x16 slot)-internal usb slot-relatively low power consumption -sodimm memory (regular ddr2 would have been nicer)- also motherboard is picky with memory compatibility-one more PCI-Express slot would have been great utilizing in a 10 drive unraid, Ɩsata from mobo) Ɣsata from Adaptec 1430SA pcie x4)every thing works fine out of the box, no issues. D510 cpu is far more than sufficient, and runs cool and silent.

Review Date: 08/06/11
This board has essentially worked flawlessly 24ǝ due to the fact I actually got it to boot. It has 2 x Intel NICs which is why I chose it over the rest of comparable boards. It is picky on which type of RAM it will boot with. Do not RMA a board you haven't tried with other memory sticks (even if they function with one more machine) :S Only reason I have to give it fourǛ. I cannot judge the board past the extent of my use for it. It has been running as my pfSense router since the beginning, so I haven't put its I/O to fantastic use. It is obviously quiet, and doesn't heat up to considerably. The dual core Atom appears to fair nicely with it's load.

Review Date: 06/11/11
I've been employing this in my FreeNAS box for virtually three months and I have had no issues. Incredibly energy efficient and capable SOHO server answer. The SODIMMs aren't the easiest factor to install due to the mounting bracket position, but that was probably intentional to save space.
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Product Features

Product Specifications

Supported CPU
CPU Type Intel Atom D510 processor
South Bridge Intel ICH9R
Number of DDR2 Slots 2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM
DDR2 Standard DDR2 667
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Expansion Slots
PCI Express x4 1 (x4) PCI-Express (in x16 slot)
Storage Devices
SATA 6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s
SATA RAID RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support (Windows Only)
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset Intel GMA 3150
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset Intel 82574L
LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Second LAN Chipset Intel 82574L
Second LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Max LAN Speed Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
Video Ports D-Sub
USB 1.1/2.0 2 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor Mini ITX
Dimensions 6.75" x 6.75"
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 3 years limited

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