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8.2 out of 10

SuperMicro SuperServer 5017C-LF

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Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro SuperServer 5017C-LF

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Overall 10
10

Works As Intended

Charles S., Newegg
13 November 2013
  • Pros: Affordable little ESXI server
  • Cons: Finicky RAM / Processor Requirements
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Overall 8
8.0

Good light-duty server, needs more USB ports

Tim W., Newegg
26 March 2013
  • Summary: Out of the box, the system only supports 1 3.5" device internally. It does allow for two brackets that hold 2 2.5" devices each, allowing for up to 4 internal devices. But these brackets are not included (search for part number MCP-220-00044-0N if you need them). You'd think that for a server, even a small one, at least 2 drives would be used and Supermicro would include a bracket by default.
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Robert F., Newegg
15 February 2013
  • Summary: Air flow design isn't the greatest.
  • Pros: 1U, half depth.
  • Cons: Could have done a better job with the drive mounting.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great little server so far

Nicholas A., Newegg
24 January 2013
  • 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: Uninformative manual, the shroud mentioned in the manual (page 6-6) to improve airflow is not actually supplied.
  • Pros: Compact, not heavy, loud or hot, has IPMI, supports ECC memory
  • Cons: very limited selection of CPUs and memory.
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Overall 10
10

Power & Efficiency in a small box

Rusty H., Newegg
29 July 2012
  • Summary: It appears that the eth0 and eth1 ports are flipped from the description in the manual.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

OK once you upgrade BIOS

Chase R., Newegg
14 June 2012
  • Summary: 1.1a is simply buggy from what I can tell. 2.0 resolves a number of issues. Not sure why Supermicro doesn't have this documented. I had to figure this out on my own even though I reached out to them for support. Perhaps my e-mail to them will force them to document this issue (as it's extremely frustrating not having a usable PCI-e interface with ESXi).
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Xeon powered supernode

Daniel F., Newegg
15 April 2012
  • Pros: we use these as our Tier 2 firewalls and SSL VPNs, as well as our Tier 1 VMware boxes. superfast and stable when combined with Xeon E3-1240 cpu and name brand ECC unbuffered ram and a good SLC SSD.
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

Great 1U Starter

Anonymous, Newegg
26 September 2011
  • Summary: Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1260L
  • Pros: Small Powerful room for expansion
  • Cons: very few available processors as mentioned i had to special order mine from a company luckily they could get it :D
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Overall 6
6.0

Processor Support

Anonymous, Newegg
30 June 2011
  • Summary: It has better cooling that similar Supermicro servers, but with a pure heat sink for the processor and only part of a single fan blowing on the CPU (no shroud), I would suggest a slight mod to add some additional fans.
  • Pros: Server seems to have a viable niche in the small footprint, high processing power (better than atom) with support for virtualization (due to processors), and a ton of other features.
  • Cons: Limited processor support. Currently Intel only has two processors in production that are compatiable with this unit; the E3-1260L (45w/4core/8threads) and E3-1220L (20w/2core/4threads) models. Neither of these are readily available, as they just came to the market 2Q/11.
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