[SATLUG] Looking for A good MOBO manufacturer

Jeremy Mann jeremymann at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 12:15:49 CDT 2009

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Robert Pearson<e2eiod at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is aimed at Al and Jeremy and anyone else with similar experience.
> I have always heard about the distinction between Desktop and Server mobo's.
> Typically the price differential is at least $100. The performance and
> reliability is also quite different.
> The last data I have shows a good Desktop mobo is at least $100 while
> a good Server one is at least $200. So is the range still about
> $100-$200 for a Desktop and $200-$400 for a Server?
> Many people want to buy a $50 mobo and use it in a Server. Is this a
> good deal ever?
> Does it ever make sense to put a server mobo in a Desktop machine?
> I wonder what the gamers use? Don't they typically overclock?

The "server" mobos will have features common to servers which aren't
included on "normal" mobos like wake-on-lan, console redirection,
onboard SCSI, etc... And they probably use better capacitors. As for a
motherboard for rack systems, especially if its a 1U chassis the mobos
are designed completely different. They are longer with the chips
spread out more and in some cases the RAM slots are angled to a 45
degree to allow the taller ECC/Registered sticks.

I've had mixed experiences with using home hardware as a "server". I
had an old P3 666 Dell as my home server for years that I literaly
could not kill. I've dropped it, kicked it, accidentally pulled the
power cord during a large disc write, and whatever else could ever
happen to a computer. Oh yeah, and my cat pee'ed on it. I have it in
my closet in case my current server ever bites the dust.

I needed more space and faster speed so I built a Athlon64 system. I
could not keep that thing happy. It ran way too hot (even in my server
room), and always crashed. I finally fixed it by using a very large
case fan, but I eventually gave it away because the case fan was so
loud I could hear it in my living room.

With that said, right here in my office we have a mixed Beowulf
cluster with a few of the original 8 year old SuperMicro mobos. They
are still running to this day and only during prolonged power outages
do they rarely turn off.

Jeremy Mann
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu

University of Texas Health Science Center
Bioinformatics Core Facility
Phone: (210) 567-2672

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