Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro X7SPE-HF-D525
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great motherboard, better then getting bare bone system
Johannes U., Newegg
18 July 2012
Summary: get this motherboard, together with a SUPERMICRO CSE-510-200B case, instead of the similar barebones. This motherboard is superior compared to the bare bone sold from super micro. But don't forget to get a Y cable as an extension and to connect both case fans. The cables that come with the case are too short.
Pros: great features, in particular full featured IPMI providing remote keyboard / video and full power control via a web browser.
Cons: don't forget to secure IPMI with a good password.
Summary: More detailed documentation on the SATA port numbering, and the use of the DOM port would have been nice.
Pros: This board makes for a great FREENAS build. Dual Gig LAN, and the onboard IPMI for server management is a plus. The internal USB is perfect for installing my micro USB with the embedded OS. 6 SATA provide for LOTS of storage capacity.
Cons: very minor point that the SATA ports are not well labeled on the board (very tight layout) but even the diagrams in the included documentation do not tell you which SATA port is 0 - 5.
Summary: Would have likely gotten 5 eggs if not for the IPMI issue.
Pros: ITX board with IPMI remote KVM abilities (LOVE THIS).
Cons: IPMI would only work in view only mode (no keyboard). Re-flashed the IPMI bios (separate from MB bios) with the same (latest) version 2.55 and now it works. Took several painfull hours to figure this out (because thought, why flash to same version. Glad I tried that before RMA'ing it).
Summary: This board is great. It's got everything I want. If it keeps trucking like it has been, I will be a very happy owner for a while!
Pros: - IPMI
Cons: I can list the regular things here like: price, it doesn't have more SATA connections, etc etc. But really, this is the best board out there, and there will always be something to complain about. I'm very happy with this board.
Summary: I would reccomend a case with good airflow, as the CPU has a big heatsink, but unless you have some air pulling across it, it could get hot, lowering long term lifespan. It's enterprise quality, but heat is heat, get some air moving across it. My intel board based atom in a microatx case got flakey after being too hot for too long. You can't get away from good maintenace habits.
Pros: I've had this board for about 5 months now, and I have to say I'm very impressed. I've had the intel brand atom processor boards, and they were flakey. This is solid and reliable. I've had my centos nas/pbx/backup server on it using all sata ports, and an expansion sas card. The IPMI is equal or better than iLO or Drac. It's worth the extra cost, believe me. I can do x264 decryption through PS3media server even. More than enough processing power to handle even a bulky...
Summary: I've got two of these motherboards. One runs pfSense and has an expansion card bringing Gigabit Ethernet ports to 4. It replaced a computer that idled at 130 watts. This setup is a bit more powerful (replaced P4) and only consumes 29 watts! The other motherboard is an Ubuntu server serving Time Machine, Samba, Netatalk, Subsonic Music server and Crashplan. The CPU % hardly goes beyond 8%! Amazing performance for such a lightweight and power efficient setup!
Pros: Low power draw, lot's of SATA ports (6).
Cons: I wanted a low power Linux home server and this board is outstanding. If it had one more PCI Express slot it would be beyond perfect.
Summary: I've virtualized my entire home network that includes 2 m0n0walls, 2 Windows domain controllers, a Windows XP workstation (for when my Win7x64 won't play nice), 2 Ubuntu 10.0.4 LTS servers, and anything else I want to play with (T2, Askozia, Freenas, etc)
Pros: Perfect for home VMWare setup. Low power draw, no noise. Despite what the specs say this board will support 8gb ram. I installed two Crucial 4gb sodimms (CT2KIT51264BC1339) and it's been completely stable. ESXi recognized the intel nics without issue and shows memory capacity of 8190.83 MB. IPMI for access to console is a bonus (supports DHCP and VLAN)
Cons: Atom processor has no VT support, but not really a con because I knew that up front (can only run 32-bit guests with this setup)
Summary: Primary use is for an UNRAID server. I can add up to 14 drives with a SuperMicro addon card: AOC-SASLP-MV8. The board has an internal USB port which you can use to install your OS. IPMI comes in handy and allows for a completely headless install (only have a power and ethernet cable running from the case). There are also mobile applications available to access IPMI from your phone (which gives you power control and vital stats like temperature, voltages, etc).
Pros: Excellent Board. IPMI, Low Power Consumption, Atom D525, 6 Sata ports, Internal USB port
Cons: The Motherboard is in a Flex ATX form factor. It lines up with Mini ITX mounting points. If your using a case that's only made for Mini ITX, the board might be too big.