Review: Supermicro Server Holds Its Own


Happy Chassis

The front panel of Supermicro's 2U CSE-219A-R920WB chassis makes room for 16 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA spinning or solid-state drives connected to a 3- and 6-Gbps backplane, a 5.25-inch half-height drive bay, optional slimline DVD or USB/com tray, a power switch, six LEDs and four high-performance fans. Redundant, hot-swap 920-W power supplies and room for four full-height and three low-profile expansion cards are found on the rear. As in the photo, the tested system included dual Intel 82599 10-Gbit Ethernet, dual Intel i350 Gbit Ethernet, an out-of-band management port, and USB and PS/2 ports. The tested motherboard was able to control a maximum of eight drives; adding more would require an optional controller.