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APEVIA CF7025S 70mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs I like this fan. 07/10/2014

This review is from: APEVIA CF7025S 70mm Case Fan

Pros: Quiet. Seems to work well. It doesn't spin so fast you think its going to fail in a couple of days.

Cons: Not sure what kind of bearings this uses? Can't find the info anywhere, even on the manufacturer's website. I always try to avoid sleeve bearings.

Other Thoughts: Its a nice fan, especially for the money.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not compatible with Server 2012 Hyper-V 11/25/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: SuperMicro tech support is great. No where have I ever experienced working with a manufacturer where you literally talk to the guy sitting on a work bench reproducing your problem and figuring things out for you.

Cons: Unfortunately, this board is NOT compatible with Server 2012 Hyper-V. This board has a fatal flaw with the network adapters. If you install the Intel drivers for the network cards with advanced networking services (so you can use teaming, vlans, etc.) and install Hyper-V the system will become unstable. Whenever accessing the network adapter properties of the Intel 82574L or trying to create a team, or other configuration the motherboard will instantly reboot. The problem has been submitted to SuperMicro, it has been reproduced, it has been escalated to Intel, it has been 3 months, there is still no solution.

In addition, at this time Intel has NO drivers for Server 2012 R2.

There is a thread in the Microsoft forums where we are tracking this issue and desperately waiting for a solution. If you intend to use this board with Server 2012 Hyper-V you MUST use the built-in windows drivers for the network adapters which do not have any advanced networking services.

Other Thoughts: There have been some other minor issues I have experienced with this board that were not show stoppers. It has trouble with detecting boot devices unless you change some really strange settings in the BIOS.

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Athena Power RM-3U3035S558 Black 3U Rackmount Server Case 550W 2 (Micro ATX MB) or 1 (ATX MB) External 5.25
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Its small. Supports a decent number of fans and has a decent number of internal drive bays.

Cons: Unfortunately, the manufacturer was not forthright in their description. This case is way too small to hold any of the stuff they claim it can. Yes, it will support an ATX motherboard. Yes, it will hold 6x 3.5" hard drives.

BUT:
- If you use an ATX motherboard, they didn't tell you the power supply would cover all of your PCI slots.
- If you put an ATX or Mini-ATX motherboard in this case you will NOT be able to use more than 4x 3.5" hard drives and might not be able to use more than 2x 3.5" hard drives because your memory, CPU fan, I/O ports or other items will be in the way.
- Many expansion cards will not fit because if they are more than a few inches long or have any cables coming out the back of them they will hit a hard drive.

Long story short - This case is way too small to support any of the hardware you think you're going to put in it. Unless you plan on cramming a Mini-ITX motherboard in it don't expect to put more than 2 hard drives or any expansion cards in it.

Other Thoughts: This case gets 2 stars instead of 1 because I should've known better than to think a case this small could hold anything the manufacturer claims it could.

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Display Name: Kenneth A.

Date Joined: 02/03/07

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  • Last Review: 07/10/14
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