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Pros: Quiet. Modular. More power than most people need.
Cons: Died after 19 months. I was working away and *poof*, the machine went down.
Other Thoughts: I waffled on giving them three or four stars. Because the RMA process was pretty painless, I nudged them up to a four. Maybe I'm feeling generous.
While waiting for the replacement, I pulled out an old 300W supply that I had sitting around. The machine ran like a champ on the old supply. I suspect many of us buy more power than we need.
Pros: Price. Solid workstation class machine for a reasonable price.
The Xeon E3-1240 may not be top end today, but it was in it's day. By today's standards, it's still pretty darn good.
Very clean inside. Like new.
Power supply is enough to run a good mid-range GPU.
eSATA "support" on the motherboard. I had to pick up a $4 adapter to use it though.
Cons: A few more scratches on the case than I expected. Not overly concerning.
Three 3.5” bays, but only two sets of rails. Plenty of rails for the 5.25” bays though.
Just one molex connector. It’s probably intended for a DVD drive (that’s the only place it will reach). Good thing I have an extender / splitter.
Had to pick up a $4 adapter to use eSATA.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to upgrade my current (aging) primary machine. It’s a solid upgrade for a good price. I swapped in memory, SSD, and graphics card from my old machine without issue. Put the HD and memory (1x4GB stick) from the z210 into my old machine to keep it running. If don’t have memory and HD’s lying around, there’s another version of this z210 with 8GB of memory and a 2TB drive for $100 more.
The NVS295 graphics card that comes with it is a good card for regular work, but don’t even think about 3D gaming. It is fanless, which keeps it nice and quiet though. While the machine specs state it has a DVI port. It really has two DisplayPort ports and a DisplayPort to DVI adapter.
The last refurbished HP workstation I purchased (z400) didn’t come with a keyboard or mouse, so their inclusion is a bonus. The keyboard is just adequate and has some serious layout issues. Because it’s small and light, I’ll probably move it to my server. The mouse is a little better.
The OS comes pre-installed and ready for use. You’ll need to enter the key yourself. It does not come with install media (other than a recovery partition). I believe that’s normal.
Pros: Great deal on New Egg Shell Shocker
Loads and runs VMWare ESXi like a champ
Xeon x5650 is a great chip for a VM environment
3 open RAM slots
The free shipping was quick and very well padded
Comes with Win7 Pro license (no media)
Good build quality
Cons: DVD drive is listed in specs as a multi-burner. It's really a multi-reader
RAM was DDR3 1066 and not 1333 like I hoped
Upgrading ECC RAM is pricey
Would like more 3.5" bays
Other Thoughts: This machine is exactly what I was looking for and the Shell Shocker price was too good to pass up. I upgraded the memory to 18GB and added some drives. Currently running a dozen Linux server VMs and two Windows VMs with plenty of capacity to spare.
Some very minor external blemishes to indicate it is a used machine. Overall, very clean. The interior was like new.