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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: When it works, it's fast.

Cons: Unreliable!!!!! I ordered 2 of these units 1 month apart for 2 high-end custom-built systems. The first one started failing 6 days after the system was delivered (I should specify that I keep my custom-builds in test for 48 hours before I deliver them). No sign of instability at all during the test. 6 days later the system started freezing up randomly (not restarting itself) and showed pink horizontal stripes on the screens. The system became totally unresponsive forcing the user to manually shut down. The fact that I could never see it happen didn’t help of course, so I had to rely on the user’s description of the issue and try to troubleshoot “in the dark”. The symptoms were quite similar to those of a failing VGA card. Replaced VGA card first.... didn't make any difference. I turned my attention to the SSD; first I changed SATA3 port and cable; no dice. Then I put it on a SATA2 port with a new SATA2 cable; no difference. Then considering the oddity of the situation I cloned the SSD (which was a challenge since the drive kept freezing up during the cloning procedure), dumped the clone onto a Corsair SSD drive, fired up the system and the problem magically disappeared. The second system I built with this unit 1 month later failed after 48 hours but with a completely different error: the motherboard (ASUS P8Z77-M) would not even detect the drive anymore. I jiggled data and power cable repeatedly with the same result. Then all of a sudden after 8-10 restarts the SSD would get detected and the system would start. If I restarted Windows I would go back to square 1 with a "No bootable device found". After changing ports and cables I tried to get my own server to detect the SSD; it detected it only 1time out of 5 restarts. Newegg sent me a new identical SSD for this one and thank goodness it's been working since; however as a professional, 2 bad units out of 3 is something I don't want to deal with ever again. If you're willing to gamble this unit is fairly inexpensive and works fast, but is it really worth all of this time, frustration and 2 unhappy customers?

Other Thoughts: I've been custom building servers, laptops and high-end computers for 29 years now; I have well over 5,000 builds under my belt and this kind of issue is not something I am willing to put up with. The hours of troubleshooting and repair involved in addition to the customer's unhappiness really ticked me off. Fortunately my customers have been with me for so many years that they know this type of issue is beyond my control; the problem is that I expect the products that I recommend to live up to their name and reputation. This one OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T. Mushkin people: get it together. I don’t know what kind of nerve you have to put such and under-developed product on the market and expect customers to be your guinea-pig! As far as I’m concerned you’ve lost not only my company as a customer, but most people who will read this review.

RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Who said this case is loud?? 01/30/2013

This review is from: RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good cable management; nice tool-free installation mechanism for 5.25" drives; good air flow and predisposition for quite a few extra fans (if needed);
aggressvie/futuristic look. Overall it's a nice case for the price.

Cons: If I really have to be picky, maybe a little flimsy, but it didn't bother me in the least.

Other Thoughts: I was a little leery about this case when I read Generalkillmoe’s review (just a couple of reviews below mine), because I was ordering parts for a customer, and I wanted to make sure I would deliver not only a fast and reliable machine, but also a very quiet one. Generalkillmoe complained about the loudness of this chassis, but looking at the specs I couldn’t quite figure out how a chassis with only one 120mm fan could be loud. So I trusted my thinking and purchased it anyway. Maybe I should mention that I have been a system builder for 24 years and I have well over 3,000 custom-builts under my belt (it includes high dollar custom-built servers for the U.S. government). Outcome: there is absolutely nothing loud about this chassis; nothing whatsoever. The 120mm intake fan spins at roughly 1,600rpm and is extremely quiet (just as I thought). Generalkillmoe is obviously inexperienced and doesn’t understand that the loudness he claims to experience is coming from his CPU fan or from some other auxiliary fan that he MAY have added, but definitely NOT from this chassis. Generalkillmoe, you may want to check the settings in your BIOS, and enable Q-Fan control (if you have an ASUS board), or whatever feature your MoBo has for fan speed control. One more piece of advice: restrain yourself from writing reviews based on your limited experience. Most Newegg customers base their purchases on fellow customer’s reviews rather than the manufacturer’s specs, and reviews like yours can easily steer an IT pro in the wrong direction.

SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTE-F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500/5600 Series Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid board, but there are some issues (read cons and other thougts). Supermicro is usually my second choice when it comes to server boards, and they usually leave me and my customers pretty happy with the purchase. This time though....I had to deal with some really stupid stuff that cost me nearly 3 hours worth of work.

Cons: BEWARE SYSTEM BUILDERS. THERE IS AN ISSUE ON THE SATA CONTROLLER IF YOU HAVE A SATA DVD-DRIVE AND YOU ARE TRYING TO CONFIGURE A RAID ARRAY. After assembling this monster server for a customer, I finally get to the point where I push the ON button and configure the BIOS. I chose the Intel Raid controller over the Adaptec (they are both embedded in the board). I configure a RAID-5 with 5x1TB 10,000RPM HDDs. Keep in mind that from port SATA0 to SATA4 there are 5 HDDs, on port SATA6 there’s a SATA DVD drive (which of course is excluded from the array). I reboot the system, everything posts properly, but after the screen shows the INTEL raid array and the board is supposed to read the installation DVD from the DVD drive, the screen gets black and that’s as far is it would go. I spent literally hours trying to change RAID configurations from RAID5 to RAID1+0, changing RAM clock speed in case the memory had something to do with this anomaly, but nothing changed. CONTINUES ON OTHER THOUGTS

Other Thoughts: I then removed the INTEL array, enabled the Adaptec and started over; same issue. Then after almost 2.5 hours of resetting CMOS, changing settings and stuff, I decided to connect and external DVD drive to the board through USB port, and I got the problem solved (but I had to physically disconnect the SATA port from the internal SATA DVD drive otherwise even the external drive wouldn’t work). Come on Supermicro, get it together. ASUS and TYAN NEVER have these kind of issues (maybe others, but not something that makes you waste so much time just trying to get a stinking OS loaded). And since I’m sure you are aware of it, you could AT LEAST write on your user’s manual!! This is the kind of issue that gets IT Pros to take their business somewhere else. May I add that I've been building servers and high-performance PCs for 2 decades, and this is not something I'd want to run into again. P.S. hopefully a BIOS update will take care of this.


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Display Name: Alex G.

Date Joined: 01/27/06

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  • First Review: 02/11/09
  • Last Review: 06/14/13
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