Summary: I had a Supermicro MBD-X9SCM-F-O board and this board beats it in every way. Note that the built in LSI raid controller only supports 2 RAID 1 arrays, but this is a standard limitation of the LSI 2008 chip (LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i has the same limitation).
Pros: The best value, the best features, better than SM. It has built in LSI raid. The IPMI works better than SM, I was not able to get into some BIOS, LSI MegaRaid BIOS screens with SM. Tyan does not require a special client, just a web browser and Java for the console. I can do everything remote via ...
Cons: Difficult to find in stock. The LSI controller in RAID 1 is not so fast for write speeds, but that is probably to be expected and has more to do with the LSI chipset, possibly only seen with ESXi (I do not do Windows). The security of mirroring outweighs the write speed penalty. The SAS chipset r...
Summary: I have 2 issues with the board. If the second issue was addressed, or better documented, it would have a 5 star rating. First is simply that the LSI RAID doesn't support 5 or 6. Instead we're forced to use 1E or 10.
Pros: Onboard SAS Raid, Price / Specs is outstanding
Cons: BIOS, RAID options, Low RAM slots and/or capacity for some uses
Summary: Installed ESXi 5.0 without any problems, everything supported out of the box. Xeon E3 1220V2, 8gigs kingston ECC Ram.
Pros: Onboard LSI raid provides a lot of data storage options, great for a NAS. ESXi 5.0 support straight out of the box, internal USB ports handy for OS install like ESXi, IPMI and iKVM are fantastic, work real well. Good Bios. Dual intel Nics and enough room for pci/pcie expansion.
Cons: the LSI 2008 onboard raid controller does get hot like people have mentioned, even when Idle so ample cooling would be best, but other than that, this is the best bang for the buck server board I have bought
Summary: Setup and installation was really easy. Thanks to the remote management I flashed the BIOS to the latest before I ever powered up the CPU. I've never had a monitor plugged into this beastie (don't have a VGA cable!) because the remote management is that good.
Summary: This board has two separate HDD controllers. The SATA II/III controller has 2 SATAIII and 4 SATAII and supports RAID 0/1/10/5. The built in LSI has 8 SAS/SATA ports and supports RAID 0/1/1E/10. If you plan on RAID 5, you are limited to just the Intel interface.
Pros: Has everything you want, but nothing you don't need. Even comes with a header definition sticker to go inside the case so you won't need to go digging for the manual for that info next time this needs servicing.
Cons: Nothing really bad to say about this product. Everything went together well and functions as expected. The drivers disk is a little odd. Rather than launching the driver installers, the autorun program tells you where on the disk each individual driver is located. Not a big.
Summary: Great board for a storage server or for building a headless server. There is a version without the built-in SAS controller if you don't need that functionality.
Pros: Great features for a server motherboard. The KVM-over-IP functionality (with its dedicated network interface) is useful and works well. This has plenty of drive connectivity for building a storage server. Board seems to be stable and reliable. Everything plays well with Linux (at least with the c...
Cons: Includes SATA cables, but does not include SAS to SATA cables, which are necessary when using SAS drives. You will need a SATA to SFF-8482 SAS Cable to connect SAS drives. See Newegg item N82E16816115101.