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This review is from: TYAN S5512WGM2NR ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: The best value, the best features, better than SM. It has built in LSI raid. The IPMI works better than SM, I was not able to get into some BIOS, LSI MegaRaid BIOS screens with SM. Tyan does not require a special client, just a web browser and Java for the console. I can do everything remote via a browser.
I use this for VMware ESXi 5.0 and it works great with the on board USB jack. it supports Direct Path I/O. The RAID controller works great.
You can see fan RPMs, temps and voltages in the ESXi vSphere Client. This is super cool.
Cons: Difficult to find in stock. The LSI controller in RAID 1 is not so fast for write speeds, but that is probably to be expected and has more to do with the LSI chipset, possibly only seen with ESXi (I do not do Windows). The security of mirroring outweighs the write speed penalty.
The SAS chipset runs hot, but again this is a common issue with the LSI chipset. I do not have any extra ventilation and it works fine. It's just a bit unnerving to see it running at ~60c all the time.
It does take a long time to boot with the BIOS and LSI BIOS, IPMI, etc but this is a server board and to be expected. You shouldn't be rebooting very often.
All of these are minor issues, not worth docking any stars.
Other Thoughts: I had a Supermicro MBD-X9SCM-F-O board and this board beats it in every way.
Note that the built in LSI raid controller only supports 2 RAID 1 arrays, but this is a standard limitation of the LSI 2008 chip (LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i has the same limitation). I use RAID 1 with a hot spare and will break the mirror and put the disk into another ESXi server with a standard SATA controller and it will see the datastore and the VMs. I do this for instant replication and to take backups or snapshots of my VMs. Note that you need 3 disks to do this as you should have a hot spare to keep the mirror.
Make sure you use compatible memory, I used Kingston ValueRAM 4GB KVR1333D3E9S/4G.
This review is from: j5create JUC200 6 ft. (1.8m) White Wormhole Switch Cable
Pros: Works really well, just move the cursor to switch to control a different computer. This works much better and is much more convenient than KVM if you have enough monitors. It works like magic. I use this with my work and personal computers and I can copy paste and copy files to and from my work computer even when it is on a secure VPN.
Cons: Sometimes the cursor or keyboard gets out of sync and you need to unplug and plug again to reset, but not enough to take away any stars.
Other Thoughts: I just wish I could have purchased the Mac version when it was on sale.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Latching cable for connecting SAS or SATA drives to RAID controller. Excellent quality, better than other cheaper cables I have used.
Cons: A bit pricy, but ultimately worth the price.
Other Thoughts: Using with LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card and 2x 2TB SATA drives in a RAID 1 array.READ FULL REVIEW