Summary: I recommend this machine to anyone interested in doing computational work on a desktop (simulations involving simulations of large sets of ordinary and partial differential equations in my case).
Pros: Very stable system, allowing for pretty dense computing resources for a workstation. The system comes with absolutely nothing in it that is not explicitly requested in order, a con to some, but a huge pro to me. It also operates very quietly, and its heat production is also reasonable given my co...
Cons: I lost one of the pads at the bottom of the enclosure. Would be nicer if they were fastened with screws rather than glued.
Summary: Two things that might help others considering this machine: - The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO fits perfectly on this motherboard's (X9SRA) LGA 2011 mount with its hardware, and lines up with case fans to boot.
Pros: Good workstation barebone with high build quality, and a motherboard with loads of features. 8 DIMM slots. Quiet and backed by a company with great tech support.
Summary: A bit of confusion - this system comes with only SATA ports, 2 SATA3 (6Gb/s), and 8 SATA2. SCU supports RAID 5 (4 ports, numbered 0-3). Another board "X9SRA-3" has SAS connectors. Intel AHCI is 6 ports 2 of which are SATA3. This seemed contradictory from what was written in the manual.
Pros: Very easy assembly. Good, solid board. Power supply is nice. Quiet fans (2 included - power supply and rear case fan, 5 M/B 4 pin fan connectors). Case looks nice. Front side USB 2/3 and audio ports. SATA connectors do support hotswap, RAID 5 (also with auto rebuild). 2 onboard LAN. More USB port...
Cons: I think screwless cases are generally junk, and this one is no different. The drive never seems secure in the case and the mounting mechanism. Screwless drive bays seem to be a solution looking for a problem. I guess now people everywhere with computers but no screw drivers can rejoice (but they ...
Summary: This could be a great system as a workstation, featureset is there and supermicro has always been great for support but no heatsink really sucks, you can get a better system for the additional $50 that does include a HSF.
Pros: Feature rich, price point looks good on paper
Cons: one of two DOA, super picky with memory that isn't typically an issue. No onboard video of any kind NO HEATSINK