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Server Supermicro SuperServer 7046A-3B

Server Supermicro SuperServer 7046A-3B
alaScore 82

16 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews from magazines and websites.

Review analysis

(Based on 16 reviews)

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Excellent choice for Hyper-V

 

Server supports up to 96 GB of memory. Packaging is excelent. Included CPU Fans easy to install.

I bought this server for Hyper-V. Add a LSI/3ware 9650SE-4LPML PCI E x4 RAID Controller and 4x1TB drives in a RAID 5 configuration. Add 2x1TB and 2x.5TB on the onboard controller both in mirror configuration. All drives SATA. Two Xeon's E5606. 48 GB of...

Extreme low noise. Motherboard support 6 drives, server support 8 drives. PCIe x4 support many makes of RAID controller cards

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Solid Workstation

 

No RAID5 with the Adaptec RAID Setting. No Hotspares with Intel RAID Setting. Only a maximum of 6 of the 8 Drivebays can be used with the onboard SATA Controller.

This is my first experience with Supermicro and an extremely positive one ; Very well build Barebone. Solid, heavy , clean, all cables are neatly tucked away. Plenty of Fans (7) in that case and the system is still surprisingly quit ; It's very fast -...

No VGA onbord in case you want to use it as a Server

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Great System

 

I put in two 5620 quad core Xeons, 24Gb Ram and an ATI 5870 video card and this thing flies. I have done audio/video encoding, gaming, built virtual machines and watched a movie all at the same time with no noticeable performance drop.

Great case design. On par with an Apple Mac Pro for neatness, airflow and cleanliness. Lots of room for expansion. Makes a beast of a workstation. Comes with two great heat sink/fans so that is one less thing to buy

Only cons are that the fan array is set for four 80mm fans but it only comes with two. Also, it has 8 hot swappable drive bays but only 5 usable sata ports so you have to use a raid card to get the benefit of all 8 bays

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Would be great...But!

 

Its is extremely quiet compared to my old 32bit xeon machine. It has adequate support for environmental sensors and should meet my needs for the next six years or so. Works well with Fedora Linux 14 using software raid (mdadm only).

good design layout; built like a tank; seems to provide adequate performance for the pricerange (assuming you put quality components in it and configure it correctly)

I would like to give this five eggs but I have to only give it three for the following reasons: there are documentation mismatches between the supermicro documents and included manual. Manual says it includes a firewire cable but supermicro parts list...

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Great Workstation platform

 

I wanted to protect this investment, so i also got a UPS with puresine wave output, but I had a heck of a time figuring out what wattage rating to get it for, since the PSU on this is 865W. I wound up buying one that was for 1000W, but as it turns out,...

Rock solid construction. Case is easily over 60lbs. Very tidy cabling, all out of the way and tucked in. Easy drive swapping ; I'm running it with 2 Xeon 5650's and 24gb of kingston (6x4gb) on windows 7 ultimate 64 and I do 3d animation and rendering,...

This was my first "serious" workstation build, and I was a bit intimidated by it when it came, especially after installing the components and hooking it up, and pressing the power button, only to have it do nothing for about 5 seconds before powering...

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Silent, powerful

 

it fits with the patriot 4GB modules (PS312G13ER3K-E) , good to go for that recommendation...

Silent, powerful , fast with my dual intel E5620

Be aware of the CPU fan mount, it already comes with the screw, not fit for the click-in type ; The power take 2 mins to startup, I thought it's dead with no response , but finally booted up, it scared me

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Overheating with 5680s under load

 

Next try will be replacing all of the midplane fans with the highest CFM 80mm fans I can find. I guess I need to research other CPU heatsinks as well.

Like all Supermicro systems, it is built like a tank. Nice expandability. Removable bays are a nice touch. This is a great base for a very high-end workstation. I have an Areca ARC1222 card in the 4x slot. Wish it were true 8x instead. One 16x is for...

Could use one or two more PCIe slots ; Installed OpenSUSE 11.3. No support for lmsensors that I could find. So, I'm in the dark as to actual MB/CPU temps under load ; The big issue I'm having is occasional overheating. I have a small testing...

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Solid Workstation

 

These are great platforms to use for high-end workstations as opposed to buying something pre-made from Dell, HP, etc. You have much more freedom to customize and are not locked into proprietary hardware or power limitations. Not to mention, it's less...

Supermicro puts that chassis together and cables the inside nicely. Plenty of room for GFX cards, hard drives, ROMs, etc. It's also very quiet even after I installed the high speed fans from SuperMicro to cool the Adaptec RAID card

RAM compatibility. As with all SuperMicro motherboards, ONLY buy RAM off the tested memory list. Not doing so will cause many headaches. I have 24GB installed of which only 16GB is recognized. This is Kingston RAM from their list I just haven't had...

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More Than Expected

 

Great server with good cooling and quiet

Pretty content. For the price you can not really point out small details that do not affect my overall satisfaction with the server

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SUPERMICRO SYS-7046A-T Workstation/Server Nehalem-ready Barebone, Dual LGA1366 Intel Xeon 5600/5500 Series (4U Rackmountable)

 

The case is a tank. SOLID. Will probably last for years. Nice to have the option of dropping in a second cpu and/or increasing the amount of RAM. My old box is stuck at 2GB - Thunderbird and Firefox eat up 1GB+!!! CentOS5 with KVM,Xen, or vmware will...

I have had great success with SuperMicro over the years (6015B-TV[black], 6026TT;) ) and this box is a great for my desktop to compliment the rack units. The quiet feature is the BEST. I dropped in a 5620 and 12GB for now and it's quite speedy during...

My remaining config is to get the Adaptec 5405 working. It's really annoying me to no end. I'm having trouble getting the 5405 to boot/instal off of 2 raid 0 drives. Updated to latest Adaptec drivers and the bios on this motherboard is the one dated...

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Product Specifications

4U RM/TWR BLK XEON-DP 800MHZ - 6XSATA 865W 2PCIE16 PCIE4 3PCI

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Height:1.7in

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Super Micro Computer
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:SUPERMICRO

Key Information

Storage:Ultra160 SCSI

Miscellaneous

Product Type (AE):Backplane

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Processor

Type: None

Video Output

Type: None
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