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Friday, August 29, 2014

ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard Review



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Today, we are going to look at the ASUS P9A-I-C2550-SAS-4L server motherboard, which is based on Intel Atom processor C2000 product family, codenamed Avoton and Rangeley.

The unique feature of this platform is low power use or green design, which allows it to be run with a passive cooling system. This also offers low running cost with power saving features.

Intel's Avoton platform is the next-generation System-On-Chip (SoC), built on Intel's 22-nanometer process technology, which targets NAS, Micro server, entry-level communication and cloud storage markets.

Its compact size makes it ideal for slim form factor appliance servers and desktop type NAS solutions. It is a perfect fit for short depth chassis and increasing the density in a rack to provide higher compute/storage power per rack. Let us get started by looking at the ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L's retail package.


Packaging


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Here we look at the front of the retail box. The P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L comes in a simple retail box that can be used for many different types of motherboards. The white sticker at the top describes the contents. The front and back of the box are the same, and there is no difference in the artwork for the sides of the retail box.

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We get our first look at the contents of the retail box for the P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L. The inside has a nice modular look to it and everything looks nice and clean. There is a motherboard in here, in the section right below the DVD's.

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Opening the retail box, we can see the accessories on the top. The parts list for the retail box is:

  • 1x Motherboard P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L
  • 2x SATA 6Gb/s cables
  • 1x I/O Shield
  • 1x COM port cable
  • 1x Back COM plate
  • 2x Support DVD's
  • 1x ASWM Enterprise Support DVD

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