Summary: Been running (near 24/7/365) about five of these and more of the RS120-E4 (previous generation), all Windows XP, RAID1. Very happy with reliability. Previously I only used Supermicro line but this is comparable quality and much better price. Kingston ECC RAM works like a champ in these.
Pros: Reliable. Not bad price. Solid build quality. Nice enclosure, smart fan control, effective cooling, plenty of power.
Cons: One of the expansion slots (the X16 one) is inset which means there are clearance problems with the connectors/plugs of most video cards... (I trim the cable connector!) No option to disable onboard video. RAID (LSI/Intel) configuration is a jumper not bios.
Summary: Excellent 64bit Server for the budget minded. Does everything you need a server to do. Good fit and finish. Check Asus memory specification before purchasing memory. Kingston also certifies modules to work on this system that aren't on the ASUS list. Running Windows Server 2008 w/ VMWare Server2.
Summary: Better then buying an entry level board and a good case (CI Designs etc.) and building myself - less effort, cheaper.
Pros: This is a solid 1U server, with slim DVD ROM included. Good cooling, good heat sink included in the package. Has better than entry level performance and extras (good array of idiot lights etc.) at an entry level server price.
Cons: Use of the on-board RAID requires a FDD - must add a USB FDD as there isn't even space for a slime-line. The drive trays are not very robust and only have screw divots on one side.
Summary: I didn't realize it had it's own passive heat sink for the cpu. I wasted about 30 minutes trying to figure out how the xeon heat sink was going to fit in the 1U chassis. Lo and behold, I looked in the box and there was the copper heat sink, which when coupled with the special air cowl uses the...
Summary: Continued from Cons: They should have just made a tapped M5 hole in the mounting brackets, but they left a big round notch for mounting screws. They should really include a set of cage nuts and bolts because of this oversight.
Pros: Inexpensive quality barebones. The key features are; inexpensive, four-post rack mountable, inexpensive processor and RAM, hot swap disk drives, both a 4x PCIE and PCIX card slot, 1U form factor. Looks like Asus is trying to break into the server market and take some share from SuperMicro and Tya...
Cons: I bought an Intel PCIE network card and it won't fit into the PCIE mounting bracket because the network card has a little ridge/corner area on the mounting bracket. I got around this by grinding the metal bracket on the network card. Just be sure to pick cards that don't have anything special on ...
Summary: Memory Type Supported DDRII 800/667/533 ECC Supported Yes --- ECC UNBUFFERED THAT IS. Also, make sure you get SDRAM, and not FB.
Pros: Good form factor, Good Price.
Cons: Having trouble detecting the 3rd and 4th SATA RAID, Looking for a BIOS Update to see if this will help it, have fiddled with the IDE Configuration and nothing has detected the 4 drives, just the first two.
Summary: Great Entry Level Server for Web Hosting. Easy to setup, manage and configure. Great price for the quality.
Pros: Great Price, nice hardware support. Also bought Intel Xeon E3110 3.0GHz Dual-Core CPU, 2 - 500 GB SATA HD and 4 GB DDR2 ECC RAM all from NEWEGG.CA Had it up and running with 20 minutes. Nice layout, hot-swap works nice. I use it for Web hosting with VPS and works GREAT.
Cons: Had to update BIOS for full Support of Xeon Processor. At boot up, fans are at full speed, so its a little loud but that only lasts 10 seconds or so.