Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro SYS-5015A-PHF
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This system does support 64bit OSes
Keisha D., Newegg
25 April 2013
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.
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.
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.