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Old November 24, 2007, 11:29 AM
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I am looking at buying an "Intel Entry Server Board S3000AHV" and would appreciate any comments people have based on thier experience with Intel boards. I am looking at jaming 8G of RAM on the thing, loading 2k3 Server, and running a few VMs on it.

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Old November 24, 2007, 12:14 PM
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I've built a few systems based on that board. You can't use standard 32bit PCI cards in it though. Other that that, it has been a great board, with full server 03 support, which was what I used these systems for. Stuck 8GB RAM and a quadcore X3210 xeon in them.
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Does require ecc parity memory? Stable but slow that stuff.
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Old November 24, 2007, 02:08 PM
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No, it is ECC/Non-ECC compatible. You can use most regular non-ECC RAM, but I suggest using Kingstons Memory configurator to find the right stuff. Intel® Entry Server Board S3000AH
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Old November 24, 2007, 03:25 PM
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Thanks for the reply!

Why can't you use standard 32bit PCI cards? Does it only take 3.3V cards or something?
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Old November 24, 2007, 04:07 PM
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yah, I think so. Their PCI slots are a little messed. Look at the placemet of the notch in the PCI slots. It interferes with regular PCI cards.
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Old November 24, 2007, 04:18 PM
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Ok. Yeah, that is the voltage notch:

5V: notch away from the backplate
3.3V: notch near backplate
Universal PCI: both

It is pretty standard for servers to only accept 3.3V cards but I do not know why. Good to know that. I will have to check the NICs I wnt to put in there and see if they will fit.
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Not a fan of the on-board Dual NIC's? They're decent intel gigi's, pose very few problems.
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Old November 26, 2007, 04:47 PM
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I will probably use the on board NICs. This is a fun/test/try/break/fix/play kind of system so I expect to cram a bunch of different gear in there as things go along.
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Old November 26, 2007, 04:52 PM
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You won't be dissapointed. Intel server grade boards are very well built. Sometimes, they choose the most akward placement of COM headers though, on more than one board I have worked with, it was above the RAM slots. Even the longest of long COM adapters I had wouldn't make it close to the header. What a pain!
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Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

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