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Vantec NexStar SE MRK-515ST 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Works well in my 5.25" tray that I bought for 3.5" HDDs. Like a previous reviewer stated, they are very proud of their packaging ... maybe put more money into the product by changing the plastic tray for holding the notebook drive to metal? I will be repeatedly popping in and out drives from this plastic piece and it's only a matter of time before it fails. This is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because the rest of it is built very well.

Cons: Plastic piece to hold SSD or notebook HDD.

Other Thoughts: I used to use a USB device to clone HDDs and SDDs, but have since put drive trays in my tower since I got tired of plugging that thing in, having unsightly cables and putting unnecessary forces on the SATA data and power connectors on the drives ... not to mention the SLOW USB speed. For this to work properly you must setup SATA in BIOS for hot-swapping ... otherwise it can have undesired effects on Windows =).

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Decent board, but issues with LAN 02/12/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: - Easy to setup.
- Decent speed with Xeon E3-1230 Sandy-Bridge CPU.
- Stable memory ... using this Kingston memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139268

I am running Windows 2008 Server Standard on it, hosting some minecraft servers for my son and it's been just OK.

Cons: I have had intermittent problems with the system on the network (it just simply stops communicating, and the Windows Network dialog box hangs when I try to disable and re-enable the network device). I just recently went to the SuperMicro website and downloaded the Intel LAN software direct from there, but I'm pretty sure I tried this before ... it doesn't look like the driver version numbers are any different. I am assuming it's a driver issue because I ran CentOS linux on it for about a month, and had NO issues with the network. With Windows Server, I have network issues at least once a week! I need to get Windows 2008 Server running though because I like RDP for administration and plus it SHOULD work.

Other Thoughts: Will update my review later if the latest network driver download package works. I'd give it 5 stars if I didn't have this issue with the LAN.

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good mobo but no Vista Drivers 06/08/2012

This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board looks snazzy, is real easy to configure with UEFI (although it was a bit confusing at first as I'm an old-school BIOS'er), and is packed with features. I put some Mushkin Redline 7-8-7-24 (1600MHz, 1.65V), did UEFI "Balanced" configuration and set XMP, got 2734 overall memory benchmark with PerformanceTest. Then reconfigured UEFI to "Performance" and got slightly higher 2925 with memory @ 1373MHz. The CPU is bursting to ~4.3GHz rather than 3.9GHz (i7-3770) with this configuration though. I am mostly happy but for the fact I had to install Win7. I'm also not sure about the little fans that cool the mobo, even though I thought it was cool at first. What happens when these go out, will I be able to find a replacement?

Cons: No Vista Drivers!!! Thus the 3 star rating. I was all setup to install Windows Server 2008 on this puppy, but there are no drivers to support it. What a shame, and shame on me a little for not checking first. ASRock has similar Z77 chipset mobos with Vista drivers tho... maybe I'll buy one of 'em and use this in a system for my son...

Other Thoughts: Intel i7-3770
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU HS&F
Sabertooth Z77 Mobo
Mushkin Redline 8GB 7-8-7-24 1600MHz 1.65V (same CAS mem now avail at 1.5V)- buy Amer'can when u can!
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SATA III SSD - only 90GB left now tho ...

Building a system is way easier today than it was 10 years ago, which is about the last time I did a homebrew system.

Oh, and newegg rocks! Loyal customer since 2004...

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Display Name: Jeff M.

Date Joined: 08/11/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/06/12
  • Last Review: 09/11/13
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