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Pros: see previous review
Cons: see previous review
Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review. I would like to thank ASRock support for responding. To ASRock support on the temperature issue: I am running the latest posted BIOS (1.40) and the issue still exists.
Since that review I have ordered 2 more boards, both of which were good. One came with the older 1.10 BIOS and one came with the newest 1.40 BIOS already installed.
I also need to take back one con from the last review: the system freezes turned out to be unrelated to the built-in video, but were the fault of a different add-in component.
For the boards that have arrived good out of the box, the servers have been solid and stable and I have had no issues I can pin on the built-in video (which is slow, but functional).
I am adding one star to the review - the only issues I have are the occasional DOA board and inaccurate temperature reporting.
Pros: Good price for a dual socket Xeon board with 16 DIMM slots. Solid and stable (note video issue in cons) using dual E5-2609 v2 CPU's with Server 2012 Hyper-V on the latest ASRock BIOS (v1.4 as of this writing). Seems tolerant of different RAM modules - have tried different types of registered DIMM's with different speeds (1333 and 1600) and voltages (1.35V and 1.50V) and it has run them all without issue.
Cons: 2 of 4 boards received were DOA. One would not power on at all, the other hung on boot before it even got to display the BIOS splash screen. ASRock tech support only provided a standard troubleshooting checklist, all of which anyone who builds systems would have done before contacting them. NewEgg took them back without question. We have also seen the previously mentioned erroneous reporting of CPU temps. Even in the BIOS it will sometimes report a temp of 80C on socket two when the socket is empty. And in the IPMI web interface the reported CPU temp does not always match the temp reported in the BIOS. Also saw some server lockups in the Server 2012 console using the embedded graphics. Put in a cheap AMD card and the lockups disappeared. No issue with lockups in console RDP connections or connections to VM's running on Hyper-V - just on the console itself.
Other Thoughts: Test your board within NewEgg's 30 day return window so you don't have to hassle with ASRock for a warranty replacement. Put in a third party video card. The embedded graphics leave a lot to be desired, even for a server. Despite what seems like a long list of cons, we are building more servers with these boards. Once you get a good one and put in alternate video, they do run well as long as you are not hung on on the CPU temp reporting issue - perhaps that will be fixed by a BIOS update someday.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RTCA-CC364X Black Cartridge
Pros: Cheap, acceptable output quality
Cons: toner adherence on labels, occasional smudged output, toner life stats sometimes questionable
Other Thoughts: Updating my two previous reviews, we used a second cartridge and are on our third. The cartridge life stats on the second one seemed more valid and it printed just over 24,000 pages before the output started getting light. Output quality on plain paper has been fine, but we printed a series of several thousand Avery file folder labels and the toner did not adhere well to those, flaking off easily with a fingernail. Overall, we are still buying these because of the low cost, but there are tradeoffs: occasional smudging, occasional bogus cartridge life stats, and toner adherence to surfaces other than 20lb plain copy paper.READ FULL REVIEW