The Components Were Easy to Install
One nifty feature of the Super Micro chassis is the hood. To access the internal components of the server, you just need to push down on two buttons and then slide the hood back. Once the hood is off, everything is readily accessible. The steel chassis also incorporates rack-mounting rails. The SuperStorage server is built using a motherboard that Super Micro designed and manufactured. The motherboard incorporates an Intel C602 chipset, dual SATA controllers, a SAS AOC raid controller, Intel i350 Gigabit Ethernet controller and a host of other controllers and I/O devices. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports and nine USB 2.0 ports round out the connectivity options, while four PCI-E 3.0 slots handle expansion chores.Once I had the server assembled, it was time to breathe some life into it by powering it up. The system booted as expected and I launched the American Megatrends BIOS configuration screen to set up all of the needed parameters. The BIOS setup screens could be vastly improved with better help information. Click here to view eWEEK Labs' slide show of the new server.
The unit is designed for maximum airflow and uses three high-speed fans to pump air through the chassis. I found system cooling to be very noisy; however, the fan noise should not be an issue in a typical rack of equipment.