Sunday, October 11, 2015

HP ProLiant N36L mainboard

A few nice hp photo images I found:

HP ProLiant N36L mainboard
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Image by uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs
The Hewlett-Packard Proliant N36L mainboard is a small affair, but remains expandable. The expansion capabilities (mouseover the photo to see notes):

● PCIe x1 slot, PCIe x16 slot
● Internal USB 2.0 port
● SATA port
● Two DDR3 DIMM slots

If I had to list some complaints with the design:

● The eSATA port faces outwards: it's not straightforward to reuse this port for an internal disk
● There is a PCIe x4 slot next to the x1, presumably for use with HP's proprietary management card. It's useless for anything else. I rather have had the placement reversed, i.e. the PCIe x4 facing outward so it were usable
● Not depicted in this photo: there is very little clearance for RAM. You need to use low-profile RAM without heatspreaders, otherwise it'll bump up against the case's drive rack.

If you're looking for more information, I've both a hardware review and software review of the N36L.

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Image by peirunman