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Super Micro – X9SCM-F Server Motherboard – Intel C204 Chipset – Socket H2 LGA-1155 Review

The Super Micro X9SCM–F assists the second and the most recent third generation processors of Core i3 series, with the newest generation capable of delivering outstanding performance combined with spectacular visuals. Its four DIMM sockets can hold till 32 Gigabytes of DDR3 and ECC memory which is Un-Buffered. The Super Micro Motherboard review highlights its features like C204 chipset of Intel family, four SATA2 and two SATA3 with RAID capability, Gigabit Ethernet and also IPMI support.

The X9SCM-F offers operation, value and flexibility for different tiny form factor device servers which make it an ideal buy. Other features which attract the purchaser are the 2 SATA ports of 6Gb/s which have two times the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s, more efficient protocol along with electrical quality, allowing the user to take advantage of the recent interface through improved I/O functioning and get ready for forthcoming SSD application. The double Gigabit LAN connector delivers maximum server output and enhanced network capacity to address the key requirements of server networking. The inbuilt USB header forming a mandatory server attribute nowadays enabling installation of USB drive within the chassis is also impressive.

Intel Server Motherboard  X9SCM-F

Features:

One of great features which I found to my liking about the X9SCM-F was its more improved pairing with CPU series of Xeon E3-1230 which costs much lower than E3-1280 while providing 4 cores along with 8 threads. There is space for PS/2 keyboard along with mouse port just alongside IPMI NIC in addition to 2 USB ports in the back I/O panel which I found quite handy. While the 2 data related gigabit NICs are both Intel but they vary in their extraordinary compatibility. Whereas Windows 7 as well as VMware ESXi is both compatible with Intel 82574L with convenience upon first installation, the other Intel NIC, namely 82574LM, requires the installation of other drivers for its operation involving an additional step.

Pros:

Amongst the advantages of the X9SCM-F, its 4 slots of PCIe x8 consisting of 2 PCIe 2.0 by 8 and rest 2 PCIe 2.0 by 4 have the effect of enhancing the PCIe bandwidth appreciably. The space of socket H2 is quite free from obstruction allowing easy accommodation of the heatsink fan of Intel or 1U or 2U passive heatsink which forms another benefit. The motherboard’s IPMI along with KVM-over-IP facilitates a great degree of deployment adaptability with fan speeds and thermal sensors being capable of remotely operated and alerting of setup to inform the issue in charge.

Cons:

The disadvantage of the X9SCM-F lies in its belonging to the micro ATX Motherboard category which inhibits it to the rather small 9.6×9.6 inch square footprint. The BIOS Version 2.0 of the motherboard has some technical snags like the RAID Controllers of Adaptec, which can only be perceived by PCIe socket 4 and ME failure notifications during update of BIOS. Similarly version 1.1 of BIOS may present problems with the display of accurate system temperature and proper control of fans.

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