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SuperMicro X9SCI-LN4F

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Overall 10

Great for complex home networks

Brad W., Newegg
14 May 2014
  • Summary: Great board if you need the extra gigabit ports rather than PCI-e slots.
  • Pros: Support for the fantastic E3 CPUs, ECC RAM, and four gigabit ports. I run FreeBSD 10.0 on this board as a pf router and ZFS file server. The extra gigabit ports allow for more flexibility if the machine is being used as a router. At the moment I use 3 of them for my cable modem, main home subnet, and a seperate subnet specifically for my home automation and surveillance stuff. The additional 4th port could be used for a secondary Internet connection (backup DSL, etc) ...
  • Cons: Note that you only get one x16 PCI-e slot and one PCI slot on this board, limiting the expandability for things like USB 3.0, extra SATA ports, etc to a single PCI-e card. I assume the extra gigabit ports have something to do with this design.
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Overall 4

Watch for the BIOS version

Jeffrey S., Newegg
25 July 2012
  • Pros: 4 Ethernet ports. Seems to be stable running Memtest and some early test applications. The *new* BIOS version works fine (see cons below).
  • Cons: Be careful what BIOS version you have. I ordered 8 boards, and of the 8, 7 came with the old v1.x BIOS, and one had the newer 2.x BIOS. According to Supermicro, only the newer BIOS supports the v2 Intel Xeon E3 CPUs. If you plug a new CPU into a board with the old BIOS, it won't even post. You'll get 4 long beeps, and then nothing but black silence... I wasted a week trying to figure out what was happening. My solution was to buy a cheap Celeron G440 CPU (that was com...
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Overall 10

SUPER micro

Nancy O., Newegg
7 June 2012
  • Summary: For those of us in the frozen North, newegg might want to consider stocking some of these items in New Jersey (things seem to get to Canada a lot faster if shipped from there). SuperMicro's implementation of IPMI distinguishes it as far superior to consumer level offerings. Great work!
  • Pros: Very well thought out. Well designed. Documentation is very thorough. This board does everything that I want it to do, and consistently. The price is more than fair, given the capabilities, reliability, and state of the market. I sent one e-mail to tech support, and got an answer back ASAP. This board is excellent for a small business/home office server, and is paired with a Xeon 1230 and 16 GB RAM. I haven't hit the ceiling yet, and have asked it to do a lot of work.
  • Cons: Not really a con, but the manual, or the web site, should get more into explaining the implementation of UEFI, or have some pointers to web-based resources explaining and correlating their implementation. No eggs off, because of the excellent nature of this equipment, at a good price.
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Overall 8

Unbuffered DIMMS required

David T., Newegg
2 September 2011
  • Summary: This board requires Unbuffered DIMMS. Registered DIMMs are not compatible, I think they could have made this a little clearer in the specs.
  • Pros: To be determined.
  • Cons: RAM requirements not clear
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