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Supermicro X10SLV 4th Gen Core (Intel H81) Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Final Thoughts


After running this motherboard in the lab, we found that we really liked all the things this board is capable of; the sky is really the limit.


If you install this motherboard into the Supermicro SC101i case, you will have what we started calling a "NUC on steroids". We have seen some companies selling systems like this for home users that do light office work, and gaming. Really, this system has more power than some towers that are more expensive.


We even went a little crazy setting this up as a NAS station, and found it out performs many off-the-shelf systems by a wide margin, and again, costs a lot less. However, you do have to build it yourself.


Where this motherboard will really shine is in industrial applications. This is due to all of the COM ports it comes equipped with, and the ability to use three displays at the same time.


At this time, we find this motherboard sells in the range of $170 to $200, which is a tad bit high for a board like this. There might be other motherboards which are better suited for some applications, and some even overclock (which we wish this board would do). If you were looking at system that overclocked using an Intel 4770K, you would also need a bigger case, and better cooling solution.


Some of the other NUC systems that come with lower-end CPU's cost about $370. Using the X10SLV, Supermicro SC101i case, and an Intel 4771, will cost you a little more, but you end up with a much more powerful system.


This motherboard also works in a Supermicro CSE-504-203B mini 1U chassis for rack mount server applications, or even a rack mount NAS setup using a case that can support a number of hard drives.



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