Top 10 Server Motherboards/ Mainboards

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

727923-aWithout a good foundation, even the best processor and operating system will deliver poor performance. Choosing even a high end desktop board would not be a great solution as they contain sound, video, ethernet controller and other fluffy stuff if we consider it from the perspective of a server. Unlike the desktop motherboards, server boards generally require less power and generate less heat. They do this by using server based processors like the XEON line and redundant power supplies. Also a good server board should have a good number of expansion slots to help your business grow. Here is a list of 10 motherboards for servers that will keep your business up and running.

  1. Intel 3210 SHLX Snowhill Server Motherboard
  2. ASUS DSEB-DG Server Motherboard
  3. Supermicro H8SSL-I
  4. Intel S5500BC Server Motherboard
  5. TYAN S4985G3NR  Server Motherboard
  6. ASUS Z8NA-D6C  Server Motherboard
  7. SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DT3-O  Server Motherboard
  8. Intel S3200SHV  Server Motherboard
  9. Asus M2N-LR (Socket AM2)
  10. Tyan Tomcat H1000s S3950 (Socket AM2)
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1. Intel 3210 SHLX Snowhill Server Motherboard

  • 6 onboard SATAII that can be configured as RAID, IDE, and JBOD through the BIOS
  • 2 PCIX SLOTS
  • 1 PCI Slot
  • 2 PCIe Slots (1 16X, 1 4X)
  • Up to 8 GB DDR2 1066 RAM
  • Processor support for Pentium D, Dual Core, Quad Core, and Xeon based CPU (There are over 20 different processors this board can support)
  • Gigabit NIC (There are two, but one can be disabled TOTALY through the bios)
  • 6 USB ports (2 on the board, 4 external)

2. ASUS DSEB-DG Server Motherboard

  • Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 SSI EEB 3.61 Dual Intel Xeon
  • Number of DDR2 Slots    8 x 240Pin
  • DDR2 Standard : DDR2 800
  • PATA : 1 x ATA 100 2 Dev. Max
  • SATA : 6 x SATA II
  • SATA RAID : 0/1/5/10
  • Additional SATA : 2 x SATA II
  • Additional SATA RAID : 0/1/10
  • LAN Chipset : Intel 6321+ Intel 82563EB Dual Port GbE
  • 2 x Intel 82573 GbE
  • Max LAN Speed    Quad 10/100/1000Mbps

Price
$390
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3. Supermicro H8SSL-I

  • AMD Opteron™ 100 Series processor support, 800 MHz HyperTransport™ Link
  • ServerWorks HT1000 Chipset
  • Up to 4 GB DDR 400/333 SDRAM
  • Dual-port Broadcom BCM5704C Gigabit LAN / Ethernet Controller
  • Up to 4 SATA drives via HT1000 6
  • 1 64-bit PCI-X 133MHz 2 32-bit PCI 33MHz 7
  • ATI RageXL 8MB Graphics & VGA port
  • IPMI 2.0

4. Intel S5500BC Server Motherboard

  • Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 Tylersburg Dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series
  • Number of DDR3 Slots    8 × 240pin
  • PCI Express x8 : 2 half-length PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot
  • PCI Express x4 : 1 half-length PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot (x8 mechanical)
  • 1 half-length PCI Express 1.0 x4 slot
  • PCI Slots    1 half-length PCI 32/33 5V slot
  • SATA : 6 x SATA II
  • SATA RAID : Integrated SATA RAID levels 0/1/10
  • Optional SW RAID 5 with activation key
  • Max LAN Speed : Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Price

$400

5. TYAN S4985G3NR  Server Motherboard

  • Thunder n4250QE Quad 1207(F)
  • NVIDIA nForce4 Professional 2200 + 2050
  • SSI MEB footprint
  • Four AMD Opteron (Rev. F) 8000 series (dual/quad-core) processors
  • Number of DDR2 Slots    16 x 240Pin
  • Maximum Memory Supported    128GB
  • PCI Express x16 : 2 x PCI-E x16 slots (with x16 signal)
  • 2 x PCI-E x16 slots (with x4 signal)
  • Max LAN Speed : Triple 10/100/1000Mbps

Price

$400

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6. ASUS Z8NA-D6C  Server Motherboard

  • Dual LGA 1366
  • Intel 5500 ATX
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon X5500 Series (95W)
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5500 Series (80W)
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon L5500 Series (60W/38W)
  • Number of DDR3 Slots    6 × 240pin
  • Maximum up to 48GB (RDIMM), Maximum up to 24GB (UDIMM)
  • PCI Express 2.0 x 16 : 1
  • PCI Express x8 : 2 x PCI-E x8 (Gen2 X4 Link)
  • PCI Express x1 : 1 x MIO Slot for Audio card (PCI-E x1 is not supported)
  • SATA : 6 x SATA II

Price

$260

7. SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DT3-O  Server Motherboard

  • Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon Processor 5500 sequence (Nehalem-EP processor)
  • Number of DDR3 Slots    12 × 240pin
  • DDR3 Standard : DDR3 1333
  • Maximum Memory Supported : 96GB
  • PCI Express x8 : 3 PCI-E 2.0 x8 (1 in x16 slot)
  • PCI Express x4 : 1 PCI-E x4
  • PCI Slots    2
  • 8 x SAS ports

Price

$500

8. Intel S3200SHV  Server Motherboard

  • LGA 775 Intel 3200 Intel Xeon/Core 2
  • Number of DDR2 Slots    4 x 240Pin
  • Maximum Memory Supported : 8GB
  • PCI Express x8 : 1
  • PCI Express x4 : 1
  • PCI Slots    2
  • SATA : 6 x SATA II
  • SATA RAID : 0/1/5/10

Price

$200

9. Asus M2N-LR (Socket AM2)

  • AMD Opteron™ 1000 Series processor support
  • nVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 MCP
  • Maximum up to 8GB, Dual Channel ECC Un-buffered DDRII800
  • 5 Total slots : 1 * PCI-E x 16, 1 * 64bit/ 133GHz PCI-X, 1 * 64bit/ 133GHz PCI-X, 1 * 32bit / 33MHz PCI, 1 * SODIMM socket for ASMB3-SOL
  • 2 * Broadcom® BCM5721 PCI-E Gb LAN

10. Tyan Tomcat H1000s S3950 (Socket AM2)

  • AMD Opteron™ 1000 Series processor support
  • Broadcom HT1000 HyperTransport™ System
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets, Up to 8GB of unbuffered DDR2 400/533/667
  • 2 Gbe LAN ports
  • (4) PCI v2.3 32-bit/33MHz slots, (1) PCI-X 64-bit/133MHz (3.3V) slot, (1) Tyan TARO™ SO-DIMM socket
  • XGI Volari Z7™ (XG20) graphics controller
Discussion
November 28, 2010: 5:11 pm

I don’t believe you all


mohd khalid khan
October 27, 2010: 11:02 pm

we are required a server motherboard

May 6, 2009: 3:33 pm

[...] Server motherboards are a different hardware species altogether. With the rich demands of resources and processes that will run therefrom, server mainboards need to have efficient coolants, better memory sticks, appropriate slots and more. Server motherboards must have a high level of trust value because after all it is the machine upon which crucial and absolutely important data are processed. However, gone are the days when servers used to be towering like an entire room. They have shrunk like consumer grade PCs and so have the motherboards with complicated ICs and slots and interface. Gadgetophilia did an extensive research and have brought out the top 10 motherboards for you. [...]

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