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SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 64-bit PCI-X133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs great buy for 8 ports, very dated 04/15/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 64-bit PCI-X133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: 8 ports, very cheap. good support in solaris/OI because the chipset was used by sun in storage appliances (x4500 i think?)

Cons: at least on the motherboards i've used, the pci-x bandwidth is a really serious bottleneck.

i found the linux drivers to be buggy. IIRC the device architecture split the 8 ports into two groups. there was a bug that would reset channels if you didn't have ports from both halves populated. there were other problems, one of them caused some data loss for me. this was maybe 3 or 4 years ago. switched to solaris.

Other Thoughts: with the 15 spindles i have attached to two of these, with an infiniband card on the same bus, i would see about a 4x throughput improvement just by switching to pci-e

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Dell UltraSharp U3011 30
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs good for work, good for many types of games, mediocre for FPS 04/15/2013

This review is from: Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black 7ms IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: huge, lots of real estate, bright, nice color, good support, quality panel, 16:10

Cons: not a great choice for FPS gaming, slight ghosting, needs vsync turned on at a non-trivial performance cost, expensive to build a machine that can drive it at full resolution at high settings.

Other Thoughts: i bought this panel for a center display for work. it's a great panel for software development. i paired it with two 2007FPs in portrait mode. the vertical dimensions are very close, and the vertical resolution is the same. total resolution is 4960x1600. one could do with less, honestly.

i used to play amateur leagues in counter strike, and i would say the low performance of this monitor puts you at a disadvantage for FPS style games.

at my viewing distance i also find it too big for some types of games - i sometimes don't notice things at the sides of the screen.

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Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Good buy with deep discounts, not so much at full price 11/21/2012

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans

Pros: Mostly thoughtful design, lots of fan spaces, looks nice.

Cons: First, let me stress that the side panels are the kind that you have to hold it down in many places for all the tabs to engage-- I think you know the type that I'm talking about. It's especially troublesome to get back on when the case is upright. There are better designs for attaching side panels which don't seem to require more metal or exotic manufacturing techniques.

1 USB3 header instead of 2. All the things people say about half-stripped thumbscrews that were too tight from the factory and the MB-side panel being hard to remove are true. Feels cheaper than it looks. Thumbscrews are cheap. Motherboard side of the case is quite heavy.

Other Thoughts: Fractal: the next rev of this case should have side panels that are more convenient to take off and put on. I've owned tower cases with 4 types of side panel fittings that I can recall, and this case has the worst of those types. The ones that hook over the bottom lip and have similar attachment to this at the top are superior and I'd venture to say they cost the same to produce. Having 4 tiny fittings on the each of the top and bottom like this is a bad choice. Other aspects of this case reflect thoughtful design work, and I think the side panels should receive commensurate attention to detail next time around.

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Jonathan D.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan D.

Date Joined: 02/27/05

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 05/18/05
  • Last Review: 04/15/13
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