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SuperMicro SuperServer 5017C-LF
7.3 out of 10

SuperMicro SuperServer 5017C-LF

Great Deal: $347.99

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Overall 2
2.0

Usless.

Kevin E., Newegg
8 May 2014
  • Summary: DONT BUY THIS! I am soooo ticked off I did....
  • Pros: Notta!
  • Cons: 1st server blew out my ram so I got another with new ram, I think if I kept trying different ram I may get it working but please don't waste your time....
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Overall 6
6.0

Good but not great

Joshua W., Newegg
1 December 2013
  • Summary: I would not buy this barebone if you intend to use more than 1 HDD or 2 SSDs or an expansion card.
  • Pros: This worked fine, we ordered 3. It's small, lightweight, fairly quiet (for a server) and it's cheap. Works fine in both 2x SSD and single HDD configurations. See below for 4x SSD configurations.
  • Cons: BUYER BEWARE. This is officially listed as being able to support 4 SSDs, yet it only includes connectors for 2. We got Molex/SSD adapters for the other 2 but these blocked air flow and started causing over heating issues. We had to rig additional fans in to avoid this issue. In addition connectio...
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Overall 10
10

Works As Intended

Charles S., Newegg
13 November 2013
  • Summary: I'm really only adding to this review due to people having issues selecting memory and processors. My first one of these had the confirmed working i3 2120T processor with 4GB of Kingston Hynix C Model KVR13E9/4HC memory. Both of which are now discontinued on NewEgg.
  • Pros: Affordable little ESXI server
  • Cons: Finicky RAM / Processor Requirements
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Overall 2
2.0

Memory support is junk.

Robert H., Newegg
11 November 2013
  • Summary: I'm pretty well done with SuperMicro at this point. I have multiple servers with SM boards in them, and about 10 of these 5017's in service. I'm going to look elsewhere from now on. Problems like this are unacceptable.
  • Pros: Stable, runs well - when it works
  • Cons: Memory support for this product is horrible. I have purchased 64GB worth of memory that, according to specs, should work - but it doesn't. Now I'm stuck with a useless server and a ton of server memory I can't use. This isn't the first one of these units I've purchased, and even purchasing the sa...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good light-duty server, needs more USB ports

Tim W., Newegg
26 March 2013
  • Summary: We are using two of these as redundant domain controllers in a small environment. We run with 8GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3S8E9SK2/4G) and Core i3-2120T processors, plus two hard drives in RAID1. They have been flawless so far.
  • Pros: 1U, light weight, very quiet, IPMI, dual network ports, RAID support on the motherboard.
  • Cons: Only 2 USB ports. There are connectors for more on the motherboard, but even adding a PCI bracket with more ports is tricky due to space constraints. I would love to see Supermicro dump the two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports and replace them with at least two more USB ports. Out of the box, the system...
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Robert F., Newegg
15 February 2013
  • Summary: Running this with a E3 1230V2 and 16G ram. Vsphere 5. Windows Server 2008R2 and Win7. 180G Intel ssd for running vm's, 500g 2.5" 7200 for additional storage.
  • Pros: 1U, half depth. Inexpensive. Win7 install from usb stick was under 5 minutes to the desktop. System is very simple and easy to set up.
  • Cons: Could have done a better job with the drive mounting. Air flow design isn't the greatest.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great little server so far

Nicholas A., Newegg
24 January 2013
  • Summary: This RAM works: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239133 This is the ESXi 5.1 NIC fix: http://virtual-drive.in/2012/11/16/enabling-intel-nic-82579lm-on-intel-s1200bt-under-esxi-5-1/
  • Pros: Quiet, Powerful, Compact
  • Cons: Already mentioned, but RAM is picky. 2nd NIC needs help under ESXi 5.1 (see note below).
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Overall 6
6.0

Limited hardware compatibility

Daniel F., Newegg
14 November 2012
  • Summary: There is no list of compatible CPUs on the Supermicro website. We found that an i3-2120T does work. There is no list of compatible memory either. We found that several brands that appeared to meet the requirements of the 5017C listed in the manual did not work.
  • Pros: Compact, not heavy, loud or hot, has IPMI, supports ECC memory
  • Cons: very limited selection of CPUs and memory. Uninformative manual, the shroud mentioned in the manual (page 6-6) to improve airflow is not actually supplied. Need a special bracket to install a second 2.5" disk drive. The part number is MCP-220-00044-ON (not given in the manual). Newegg has this. T...
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Overall 10
10

Power & Efficiency in a small box

Rusty H., Newegg
29 July 2012
  • Summary: You need ram with hylinx chips. N82E16820239133 Kingston 4GB KVR13E9/4HC works great, best performance if you install 2 at a time.
  • Pros: Newegg inventory currently has the 2.0 BIOS and full support for the v2 processors. I'm running with the XEON E3 1230V2 3.3G 4CHT. Holds up to 32gb RAM. Easy to build and setup. IPMI works great. Small footprint. Runs pretty cool.
  • Cons: You need a bracket to mount a 2.5" drive which is not included. (I hacked it for now and just put in a single screw to hold the 2.5" drive. It appears that the eth0 and eth1 ports are flipped from the description in the manual. Initial power on boot time somewhat slow due to IPMI initialization; ...
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Overall 8
8.0

OK once you upgrade BIOS

Chase R., Newegg
14 June 2012
  • Summary: Time will tell how reliable this particular motherboard turns out to be.
  • Pros: Supermicro tends to be decent quality. Haven't spent a ton of time on this server but it seems up to par with their other models. Good price for what it offers.
  • Cons: If your server ships with BIOS 1.1a, don't bother wasting any time to flash it to 2.0. ESXi 5.0 wouldn't recognize the Intel card (Intel E1G44HT) I installed (which is confirmed compatible with ESXi 5.0). Once I flashed the BIOS to 2.0, everything worked great. 1.1a is simply buggy from what I ca...
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