Summary: I have two of these in nearly the same configuration for my home server set up - no RAID involved. They haven't missed a beat in the half-year or so of constant up time. Originally I had some loose DDR2 memory lying around I didn't know what to do with (left over from upgrading laptop memory.) Decided to retire the old 939 board that was serving (heh) as my server for a more energy efficient setup.
Pros: > Small form factor > Dual Gig-E > 6 Onboard SATA > Uses DDR2 SO-DIMMs
Cons: > Molex MB Power - I question the reasoning behind using this. Couldn't they just stick with a 'normal' P4? No big deal really, just kind of stretching to think of any cons.
Summary: I bought this board almost 2 years ago to run FreeNAS 8. I'm running ZFS raidz2 with 5x 2TB disks and 1 spare, and until today 4GB of RAM. The system has been solid with NO problems. I have also been using a 160W PicoPSU with it since the beginning without any problems. I overlooked the documented 4GB of RAM, but saw other posts from people with the D525 variation were able to get 8GB to work, so I gave it a try even though this is the D510.
Summary: I used this to build three servers for a door monitoring system at work. All three work perfectly after turning off the powersave mode for the network card.
Pros: Board itself works great. Plenty speedy for what I use it for. No fans and lots of features for the size. Haven't used it, but the out-of-band management capability for the board was a nice surprise.
Cons: Doesn't come out of NIC sleep mode. I had to turn it off in the OS.
Summary: Got it running Debian with IPTABLES, Squid in transparent proxy mode, and SAMBA. It's faster at sharing files with SAMBA than full-on Xeon Dell servers running Windows 2008 SBS. I'm impressed. This board in the associated 1u rack case with a couple mirrored 2.5" laptop hard drives running Debian/CentOS with SAMBA makes a nice inexpensive alternative to BOTH a firewall AND dedicated server in a small business environment.
Pros: Reliable, works well
Cons: Riser cards for this unit in a Supermicro case not properly documented well
Pros: I bought this motherboard to create FreeNAS system and it has worked flawlessly for me. It runs cool, draws little power and has plenty of horsepower to run my server. So far, I am quite happy. I actually have two of these and they are both working great while on 24x7.
Cons: Only thing I can think of is the price. However, given I have had 0 issues and it has enough SATA ports to handle what I need (something the cheaper boards do not have), I guess you get what you pay for.
Summary: Built a RAID5 array using 3 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI drives and the Intel firmware RAID. Works when the drives are connected to SATA ports 0-3, but if they are on ports 4 or 5 the array needs to be rebuilt on every reboot! SATA ports 5 & 5 are being detected by Windows and the Intel software as "EXTERNAL", and I think this is the cause. Tried some registry tricks to label them as INTERNAL but did not work. This it's an Intel driver issue.
Pros: WOL from power off is really cool 6 internal SATA ports Onboard molex power
Cons: 2 of the 6 internal SATA ports are detected as EXTERNAL by Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Windows Home Server "Vail") and the Intel Raid software. Causing me RAID issues.
Summary: I wish I could have found the board that had the D525 atom on it but in Windows this machine runs just as well as the ION2 with D525 that I used in my XBMC build. Overall great board though and as soon as i can find the D525 version of this board I'll most likely buy it, hopefully they will have fixed the RAID problem I had.
Pros: I bought this board to build a RAID 5 file server. When I ordered it I also ordered a 4GB kit of the Mushkin RAM that was mentioned in another review as being compatible. The build went off without a hitch and worked perfect out of the box. I configured the RAID 5 array and then tried to install Windows 7.
Cons: The board only received 4 eggs because as I mentioned in the pros section I "TRIED" to install Windows 7. Win 7 gave me an error message to the effect of it wasn't able to be installed one that hardware. I also tried Server 2003 and server 2008 before going to Supermicro's website to try and figure out how to configure the hard driver controllers in BIOS. Long story short I finally had to settle for server 2008 and software RAID 5. It was a real pain in the backside b...
Summary: I'm using this for a NAS box - 14 TB. It's perfect. Worked with every OS I tried flawlessly - OpenFiler, Ubuntu, OpenSolaris, FreeNAS. Very stable, 23W at idle, 25 under load. It's a great board.
Pros: Dual gigabit ethernet Low power consumption (23 w) Easy to use bios Stable Passively Cooled
Summary: Compared to the desktop board this is expensive. The marked seems to be segmented in the way that if you want to use an Atom on a NAS you need to spend the extra bucks. Not that the production costs more but that is how companies squeeze out the bucks. Other than that Supermicro is a good company and I could not find any other providers with INTEL NICs, 6 Sata slots and a PCI-express slot. I did buy this as an open box from Newegg. I paid 105 bucks, thought I risk it.
Pros: I wanted to build a NAS (6x 2t WDears) that would work energy efficient. I Initially purchased a D525 desktop board. Interestingly the Freenas driver would not support the NIC. Nexenta would not even boot. I proceeded to using a regular board. It worked, but did draw 140 watts total. if you calculate the additional electricity costs of running this for a year you might as well just go ahead and buy an expensive server Atom board. The cheap desktop atom boards only hav...