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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR7-LN4F-O Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Features abound! This board is full of features. Intel RAID controller, LSI RAID controller, Intel 4 Gig Ethernet Ports, Tons of RAM capacity, tons of SATA and SAS ports and the eATX format really keeps the options open for cases. IPMI features make this an easy motherboard to manage and update remotely.

Cons: Confusion around the RAID controllers. There are two RAID controllers on this board, but neither are true hardware controllers, they are software controllers that rely on the performance of the subsystem and share memory and CPU cycles with the OS. There are also some really glitchy compatibility issues with Server 2012, especially when using Intel RAID5 and the SCU SATA ports which left me with a dead motherboard.

Other Thoughts: SuperMicro stands behind their products like no other company. Setting up my server I tried using the Intel RAID controller with Win 2012 on the SCU ports and the BIOS corrupted and it would not boot. I did this twice, once under the guidance of SuperMicro tech support. They spent hours with me helping me diagnose the problem and sending me replacement parts to get it right. I would still be very cautious about Server 2012 using the onboard RAID, but I would say if you ever have a choice between a supermicro product and any other brand go with SuperMicro, they are fantastic!

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ASUS Eee Box EBXB202-BLK-X0081 Desktop PC Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows XP Home
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazing! Tiny, quiet, speedy... Did you know the Atom is a dual core CPU? Plenty of USB ports. A mounting plate for the back of most LCD monitors hides it quite nicely. Keyboard and mouse included. It's a full on PC that's tiny and affordable! Not overburned with junky trial software, but it does come with a nice array of office suites and other tools pre-installed.

Cons: Doesn't include a CD/DVD drive, but then you'd probably have to pay for it too. Power adapters are always a bit of a pain, but a necessary evil.

Other Thoughts: Asus got it right with this system. It was a toss up between the eee box and the Dell Hybrid for me. eee box wins hand down as long as CD/DVD built in isn't a requirement. You will not be disappointed, it's loaded with features.

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Acer X223Wbd Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great for the price 02/05/2009

This review is from: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1

Pros: Simple to use. DVI and VGA inputs, includes all necessary cables. Clear, bright image.

Cons: No height adjustment, quite a bit of light bleedthrough on blacks.

Other Thoughts: Normally you get what you pay for. In this case you get a good bit more. For the price of a 17" LCD this 22" widescreen from acer is a great deal.

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Display Name: Andrew N.

Date Joined: 07/07/03

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 01/21/06
  • Last Review: 06/26/13
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