Feeds
60%
Supermicro_PDSBA_tn

Supermicro PDSBA G965-based mobo

Intel's latest integrated chipset arrives

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Let's take a closer look at the motherboard and what it has one offer. The PDSBA isn't a consumer product - not one of Supermicro's markets - but I would imagine that this board will make its way into a variety of office systems. As I said, there are no IDE connectors whatsoever on this board, and there are only four SATA connectors, as Supermicro has used the standard ICH8 South Bridge chip rather than the six-port RAID version. However, the good old floppy connector is still present.

Supermicro_PDSBA_sysmark2004se

Around the rear is the normal array of connectors, including two PS/2 ports, parallel and serial ports, a VGA port, six USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet connector - for the on-board Gigabit Ethernet controller - and six 3.5mm audio jacks fed by a 7.1-channel Realtek audio chip. If you want DVI you have install an ADD2 card in the x16 PCI Express slot. The PDSBA also features a physical x8 slot, but it's only connect to four PCI-E lanes. There's a x1 PCI-Express slot too and four PCI slots for further expansion.

A full set of four memory slots, which together accept up to 8GB of system RAM, are available and there are two internal headers for a further four USB ports - these are supplied on a bracket with the motherboard. Rather unusually, all the fan headers - three in all - use the new four-pin design, not just the one for the CPU cooler. Being a business-oriented product, the PDSBA features TPM (Trusted Platform Module) support, although this can easily be disabled via a jumper.

Apart from the USB bracket, the board is also supplied with a full set of four SATA cables and a floppy cable. And that's it as far as accessories go.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?