Quote: Originally Posted by Biker
dsperber, how is the C2SBX working out, I almost bought two of them a while back, but found the C7P67
Well, back in March 2008 when I built this machine there was no i3/i5/i7. So I was looking for an LGA775 board.
I also had a desire to have PCI-x slots, as at the time I had SCSI U320 drives and wanted to use an Adaptec 29320 host adapter, which required a PCI-x slot to run in U320 mode. Otherwise I would be "under-utilizing" these U320 drives in U160 mode as I always had until then.
The C2SBX was the board I settled on which looked fantastic, and also had PCI-x slots. I've been using it for what now is coming up on 4 years and this board (and the whole machine) has been FANTASTIC! Zero problem ever. Initially I ran WinXP Pro on it but in December 2009 upgraded to Windows 7 x64.
It's now my HTPC machine, with 4GB, 3.0GHz DualCore CPU, passively cooled ATI Radeon HD4850 video, dual-monitors, and both an ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI OTA/ATSC TV tuner card as well as a cablecard-enabled 4-tuner Ceton InfinitTV card in it, running under WMC. I have three extenders/HDTV's around the house that are fed from it.
As it turns out, over the past three years I've now replaced three of my four U320 (10K rpm) SCSI drives with three new SATA2 drives... both for increased size capacity, increased access speed, and much reduced noise and heat. In retrospect, I don't think I really needed the U320 capability for my modest needs. But I still love my decision to go with the C2SBX.
Anyway, I'm now a loyal supporter of SuperMicro. The C7P67 you bought looks terrific, and if/when I upgrade or replace or supplement my C2SBX machine.
The only thing I kind of miss from my other ASUS P5Q3 machine is the presence of something like ASUS's EPU-6 software to reduce core voltage and fan speeds when not needed. I don't have that firmware/software control on the C2SBX, although it looks like it might now be possible with the C7P67.
Is there a software product from SuperMicro that controls voltage and fan speeds by monitoring CPU demand and temperatures?
But again to answer your question, I think the C2SBX is a terrific board that's been my 100% reliable workhorse since March 2008.