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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Purchased as part of a windows gaming system 03/08/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Stable and no issues playing modern windows 3d games (Windows 7).

Cons: None encountered

Other Thoughts: I have a fairly beefy coolermaster heat sink on this in a standard tower. No issues with mounting (unlike my B85M-D3H which required some dremmel work to make the heat sink brackets fit past the beefy covers on the voltage regulators)

Koutech IO-PESA220 PCI Express x 1 Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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5 out of 5 eggs SiI 3132 Serial ATA Raid II Controller 03/08/2014

This review is from: Koutech IO-PESA220 PCI Express x 1 Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: This is an SiI 3132 Serial ATA Raid II Controller based pci express card with two eSATA ports. For everyone with SATA II based JBOD enclosures running modern Linux, these cards tend to be very reliable compared to other SATA II chips with port multiplier support.

Cons: I have had none

Other Thoughts: I read through the 1 egg reviews for this card. They all seemed to be windows related complaints. The RAID support in this thing is totally software based and there is no controller configuration outside of the host operating system.

I currently operate two of these chips, this card and another manufactures version with a different pcb layout, both with dual eSATA ports, in a system running zfs-on-Linux with one Sans Digital JBOD connected to each, the zpool consisting of mirror vdev with disks split between the controllers. I see sustained write performance of 60+ MB/s to 7200 RPM WD red drives, and read performance is significantly higher than that. *These are trivial read/write tests* and were gained using dd and clearing caches between runs on a system with a postgress database for zabbix data monitoring about 10 systems, as well as logstash collecting data for elasticsearch. TPS throughput on iostat showed 200-400 per disk during the testing for both reads and writes.

Acer V203HLBJObd Black 20
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent mountable monitor for the money 03/08/2014

This review is from: Acer V203HLBJObd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (Max.)

Pros: VESA mounts!

Cons: Viewing angle isn't ideal for portrait mounting (using the monitor as a taller screen rather than a wider screen) but I suppose for this non-standard use case I'd have been better off looking for a higher end display.

Other Thoughts: Just some FYI for folks who may want to use this as part of a multimonitor setup. If you use it in portrait orientation you will find that much of the world's web content will not auto scale horizontally because we are no longer in 2003 and most people's monitors far exceed 1000 pixels.

Most of the time I use this monitor to show a number of terminal screens, so my above observation isn't really a big deal to me. If you want to go double-portrait for long multi-line text reading that may be in a web browser, I suggest going with something 1680 x 1050 or better.


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Display Name: donald s.

Date Joined: 01/06/06

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 06/03/09
  • Last Review: 03/08/14
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