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SUPERMICRO MBD-C7Z87-O ATX Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel Z87 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs FABULOUS Motherboard 01/01/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-C7Z87-O ATX Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel Z87 DDR3 1600

Pros: Socket 1150 Intel Z87 chipset. 8 x SATA III 6.0GB ports, dual PCIe 3.0 X16 slots, 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and 2 standard PCI. Supports overclocking, standard ATX form factor. Supports 1.35v DDR3 1600 RAM.

Cons: 2 of the fan headers are on the rear of the motherboard near I/O port module on the board. This can make fan connection difficult if you have a deep server chassis such as an EATX pedestal chassis.

I haven't had luck yet getting the system to boot with a RAID controller in either of the x16 slots. I'm not sure yet if this is a BIOS setting that needs tweaking or what exactly. I'm using a Haswell 4770k chip and the on-chip 4600 graphics.

Other Thoughts: I paired this board with Crucial low profile DDR3 1600 1.35v RAM and the Superchassis CSE-743T-665B. That model has the 4 x 5k fans in the midplane. The chassis has 8 hot swap SATA bays, which pairs nicely with the onboard SATA ports.

I had to get a pair of 4-pin fan extension cables to reach the 2 rear fan header connectors on the motherboard. No biggie.

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YAMAHA RX-V573BL 7.1-Channel Network AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs FABULOUS receiver! 11/04/2013

This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V573BL 7.1-Channel Network AV Receiver

Pros: Smaller footprint and lighter weight than my Yamaha HTR-5750 (10 year old, 6.1). Supports HDMI 4K and 3D pass-through. Ability to change source input while in stand-by mode for viewing on TV without activating the unit. Ethernet connection for online firmware updates, Internet Radio, DLNA media streaming, and remote control via Yamaha smartphone / tablet application. Front USB port for connection to smart phone / media player.

YPAO for automatically configuring speaker distance in relation to your listenting position. It's pretty accurate, but you may wish to tune it yourself beyond that for your own personal taste.

One of the best features that I discovered in the manual that didn't seem to be showcased much in documentation is a programmable crossover. This is really a cool feature, because it allows you to use larger variety of speakers. This feature makes it possible to bring your speakers from a low-end all-in-one unit. How it works is if you have small speakers, the system will adjust the crossover to divert low end frequency from certain speakers to your sub. It's selectable by large / small speaker size by zone (left, right, center, etc.), as well a defined frequency for the sub. (200hz would send 200hz and below to the sub). This allows you to get better bass from the system as a whole with smaller cheaper speakers. The drawback is a diminished surround effect as the subwoofer does most of the low to lower midrange sound. Large speaker size tells the system to use the speakers in the zone for the lower end sound. My unit was set to small by default, so it will take some tweaking at the initial setup. The manual is really good at explaining the features.

Also supports HDMI CEC for automatic power control of other components that support this feature.

Also supports 6.1 setups. You have the option of connecting a single speaker to the surround back left connector and defining 1 speaker (small or large) in the speaker setup section. Then under options select ES/EX for Surround and the receiver will combine output from Surround Back Left and Surround Back Right to the single speaker. This was perfect for me, because I am still using the Yamaha 6.1 speaker kit that I bought to go with the HTR-5750 back in 2004.

You also have the option of defining a zone b or using bi-amp for the surround back left and right ports. Using the bi-amp option will limit the receiver to 5.1 output though, as you will only have surround left and right ports available.

Cons: I haven't really found any cons yet, this is a fabulous receiver. The RX-V573BL is smaller and lighter than my HTR-5750, but that unit also had a larger power board with 2 auxilliary outlets to provide power from your amp to a CD player or other accessory. I never used that feature so I don't miss it on this new unit.

The only other thing I could see being a con is fewer input options from the HTR-5750. If you have newer components with HDMI, this is also not really a con. My HTR-5750 had 6 optical inputs where this unit has only 2. With HDMI I am only using 1 to return audio from my TV for off-air antenna programs. My TV is older and does not support Audio Return Channel via HDMI. Otherwise I would only need just the single HDMI connection to the TV.

Other Thoughts: Newegg ran this unit for a killer deal. It was actually cheaper than what it cost me to repair my HTR-5750 when the 5v rectifiers went out on it. Wish there were cheaper options for repairing out-of-warranty units.

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TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good speed, warranty, and capacity. I've been running 3 in a software RAID5 array on my file / media server for nearly 6 months wil no problems.

Looks like these drives are built at the Hitachi plants that were sold during the WD acqusition.

Cons: People who subtract eggs from a review because they lack simple math skills.

Other Thoughts: For the people complaining about being cheated out of there capacity you need to look at the differences in units of measurement. Hard drives are sold in units of GB and TB. Computers format and use drives in units of GiB and TiB.

3TB = 2.72TiB

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