Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro SYS-5015A-PHF
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This system does support 64bit OSes
Keisha D., Newegg
25 April 2013
Summary: - I would recommend running these with SSDs. I've installed 160GB SATA drives in them and mostly the sluggish experience I do have is drive related (booting, shutting down, updating).
Pros: Excellent system for light duty applications. I use 5:" 2 for AD/DNS/DHCP, 2 for forefront TMG (firewall/gateway), and 1 spare.
Cons: There are no fans in this system other than the 40mm in the PSU. These CPUs are rated for 100c operation but screw that. A problem arose with the upper systems running hot because of the lower systems (think - all of the hot spots are inline in top of each other in a rack). I installed (rather rudentarily) two 40mm fans in each. Mine run around 50c-60c at idle. This is still rather hot. A better heat removal plan would be excellent and some speed step to go along with...
Pros: This little rascal comes in a convenient 1U format. At this price point getting the hard drive cage, it allows you to mount 2 2.5" drives, and a flex card for the PCI-E slot are well worth the price. I'm using this box with 2 TB 2.5" drives and 4 Gigs of memory to run 4 VMs including Android 2.2, Win XP, Win 7 and Ubuntu. It works great while taking little space or power. The fan is a little loud but in a lab environment you won't even hear it. Well worth the price.
Cons: The drive cage and flexible riser adapter weren't included. I don't think that it would have bankrupted SuperMicro to include these but it's not a deal-breaker either.
Summary: The pros far outweight the cons. My biggest needs are for inexpensive, strong hardware with super quiet performance. This hits the target 100%!
Pros: Like others have mentioned, it's small, super quiet, inexpensive, has dual gigabit nics and a dual core CPU. I bought this for the sole purpose of running as a standalone Nagios server and it runs like a champ. It's monitoring 14 hosts / 132 services on CentOS 5.5 32-bit with 4GB of RAM and I have a ton of resources still to work with.
Summary: Very happy with this unit. I am using this with Endian Firewall community edition with 5 servers behind it. Haven't had a single glitch. Great throughput and very little CPU utilization. The onboard IPMI is an awesome feature that includes KVM over IP. Can't say enough good things about this server.
Pros: *Management interface is an aewsome feature!
Summary: I lik it. Skeptics might wonder how a Atom processor, laptop memory, and laptop hard drive can compare to big servers with quad cores, and ECC memory, but this server works pretty well for small businesses.
Pros: Small, compact, about the size of a Cisco 2950T switch. Running W2008 Enterprise on it. Easy to install, O/S was easy to install.
Cons: only space for 1 hard drive mounting bracket. with this case, they could have drilled holes for a second hard drive mounting bracket in it as an option.
Summary: Real nice board. Strongly recommended. But I don't suggest buying it in this case if you're at all noise-sensitive. Fine for a data center, very annoying in a home.
Pros: The Atom's a nice little processor. It feels roughly comparable to a P3/1Ghz in routine use, and with the onboard Intel networking, it can do 100Mbit routing and basic firewalling without even blinking. Tests where I've completely saturated a 100Mbit Internet link, with a single large stream, cause maybe a tenth of a percent of visible load on the machine. Impressive little firewall processor. I suspect you can probably put close to a gigabit through this little guy i...
Cons: The Supermicro case has an extremely annoying, whiny little fan on the power supply. A MAJOR reason to buy an Atom is because it's fanless, but the Supermicro case makes that completely irrelevant.
Summary: I found a riser card from Logicsupply.com Part number is PELX16-C11 - PCI Express (x16) Flexible Riser Card. Used this riser card to attach a Buffalo 3.0 usb adapter card. Works good. Good thing about buffalo was I used the driver disc to install the drivers for USB 3.0 card and had no problems. Just inserted the driver disc in 2003 enterprise server and clicked the install button and the drivers installed automatically. Did not need to search for the drivers.
Pros: excellent mini server. Loaded server 2003 enterprise and works good and fast.