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Pros: 1. Like the previous reviewer said, it's got a Xeon in it.
2. It is a small case. Even smaller than a Lenovo TS140.
3. Very quiet. I can barely tell it's even turned on.
4. Light weight (since there is nothing in it but a MB, CPU, and PSU)
Cons: Like the previous reviewer also mentioned, only 1... yes ONE slot for a single 3.5" hard drive. Now there is right above it a place for a 2.5" drive as well. Luckily that was my plan anyway. I'm installing a 2.5" SSD for the OS and a 2TB 3.5" for storage. However if your plan was to take advantage of RAID you will need to get some duct tape or buy an "accessory" part from HP called a " hard drive enablement kit " for $60. Very poor decision on HP's part.
Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was ridiculously cheap for a Xeon server. I knew it didn't have hard drives but what I didn't know is that it would only take a single 3.5" drive.
I've bought some HP Proliants in the past year or two, ranging from mid level to this one. They are all designed a little strangely and while they do work are not the easiest things to setup or install right out of the box. I think this has made me want to never buy another HP server again for that reason.
I'm really not upset just very tired of seeing HP make mistakes like this. There is not a single reason in the world that justifies designing a case to only accept 1 drive unless you're trying to make money by selling an "accessory" to the customer. Something that should have been included in the first place. It's like buying a car and the manufacturer says they will offer you a passenger seat for an additional fee. Stick with printers HP because your servers are lousy.
This review is from: Dell Optiplex 960 - Core 2 Duo - 3.16 ghz - 4GB - 250GB - DVD - 7 Professional
Pros: So far the hardware seems to be ok. It's a good basic system that runs fine with Windows 7 Pro x64
Cons: The people who refurbed this used SysPrep to clone it and there is an System Preparation Tool message that keeps coming up everytime I boot up. I'm in a hurry and don't have time to mess with trying to make it go away. Luckily I have a Dell DVD with Win7Pro so I just reinstalled the OS which took like 20-30 min.
Other Thoughts: I am disappointed that the OS install wasn't working right out of the box but I was able to get around it. Be aware that if you don't have a Win7 disc laying around you may have to do a little work to get the Sysprep message to go away.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: VERY fast system with 8GB RAM and SATA 6.0Gbps hard drive. Even with Windows Server 2008 32bit (non R2) it is quick. Simple OS install and VERY VERY quiet. I cannot hear it running at all.
Cons: I installed Windows Server 2008 32-bit (not R2). Our company's specialized industry software requires it. To my surprise there are absolutely ZERO drivers for this server with that OS.
Especially the Ethernet adapter which in mine was identified as a Intel I217-LM. Even Intel has no support for Windows Server 2008 32-bit and yet they have Windows 7, Windows 8, and even DOS 32-bit drivers!!! (none of which work with WIN2K8 of course).
Yes, I said freaking MS-DOS!!!! but no Windows Server 2008 32-bit.
It's like some kind of a conspiracy.
Other Thoughts: If you're installing one of the SUPPORTED operating systems I would say this is a great little server. I just wanted to warn you all in case there is someone out there like me who HAS to install Windows Server 2008 32-bit that you are completely on your own and will likely have to send this back.READ FULL REVIEW