Summary: Purchased this chassis to house a VM server, running with a Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard and 4 SATA drives in the hot-swap bays. The noise level might be the only concern, however, there is a BIOS setting that allows you to set the fan speeds at 100%, 70%, 50%, or 30%.
Supermicro discourages using this case for their high-end EATX server boards!!!
8 April 2010
Summary: Read the review of my continuing saga with this motherboard. I eventually realized that I had to update the BIOS of the X7DWA-N, but to do so via the floppy drive with that motherboard requires a special, undocumented drive to do so!
Pros: I bought an X7DCA-L a year ago and, after two weeks to install OSx86 on it, I had such good luck thereafter that once prices came down I decided to go with the X7DWA-N. It arrived as Rev 1.2b and, after the obligatory run-around fretting about CPU Fan Retention Plates (I actually ordered costly f...
Cons: Annoyed at Supermicro's very poor documentation for both the X7DWA-N and the case, I was nevertheless relieved to have played it safe by purchasing their case to make my upgrade path easier. WRONG! Supermicro's FAQ for the X7DWA-N reads that, although CSE-733TQ-645B is EATX, actually Supermicro d...
Summary: We've got a ~dozen SuperMicro case/powersupplies in use currently with their boards with no problems. They're good products, but RMA'ing the whole chassis to get a replacement is going to be a huge pain.
Pros: Nice chassis, and a good price for the integrated SAS/SATA hotswap backplane.
Cons: The power supply had a runtime of approximately an hour and a half before it simply stopped working. I've been working in IT for 10 years, and this is the first new PSU I've seen die quite like this, nevermind a brand new unit. Another power supply tested to work with the board.
Summary: This is a pretty small box for what you get - if Supermicro would put a more modern power supply in it, it would be a just about perfect single-socket workstation chassis.
Pros: Works great with the Supermicro C7X58 Core i7 motherboard. It was a breeze to assemble, and has plenty of room. A disturbing amount of airflow - it's noisy with the fans going full tilt, but you won't have to worry about overheating from poor airflow. The hot-swap bays are nice, and having all th...
Cons: The included power supply is not stable hooked up to a GTX 260 and a Core i7 with 12 GB RAM - it has no PCI Express power connections, and when you use adapters to power the card, the motherboard starts reporting memory errors. Using a PCI Geforce 5500 card on the same system, it runs fine. The p...
Summary: a) Check the location of your heat sinks. The chassis fits 12"x13" mb, but SATA backplane intrudes 1/2" into the mb's space. Could be a problem if you have large tall heat sinks. b) The fans are loud when at full speed. Make sure your mb has smart fan control capability. Or you can replace them.
Pros: Solid construction - comparable to data center equipment costing >$5000. Comes with hot plug SATA backplane.
Summary: The Hotswappable sata backplane saves us a good bit of money. We used to put a hotswap cage in to standard cases, which gets expensive and you still have just a standard case, not a "made for servers" case.
Pros: We have used this case for small servers several times and they have been nothing but excellent.
Cons: If you use a non-Supermicro motherboard, will may have some extra "front panel" cables that are not used. The Asus server board we used didn't seem to have a place for all of the, I guess, Notification LED's that the case had available.
Summary: I built a server in this case and it is half the size of my old server and 4 times more powerful.
Pros: Very clean install with all the accessories you will need except extra sata power see below. Hot swap bays are well made. Built very well.
Cons: Came in a box bigger than my car, but no way it could be damaged. Hot swap bays support sata drives but power supply has no sata power connectors for rom drives. Had to buy a converter. |Weighs a ton because it is well built. 120 mm fans scream like a banchi but you can rachet the speed down in t...