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Fujitsu MBA3147RC 147GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought 30 of these drives 5 1/2 years ago for 2 servers. They were initially used as database servers and then repurposed as VM hosts. Out of 30 drives, I had 1 drive fail after 3 years and now 2 more (plus 2 more that are nearing end of life). I consider that to be an excellent track record.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I just purchased a few more of these today to replace the few bad ones.

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ASUS PB Series PB278Q 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an excellent monitor at a relatively excellent price. I bought two to complete a five monitor setup and neither has any dead pixels. The stand is high quality and easy to adjust and every cable is included. It also includes hidden speakers and the border is relatively narrow (a plus in multi-monitor setups). QuickFit is a very cool feature that I expect I will be using.

Cons: The DisplayPort cable that is included is not VESA compliant. This may cause you issues which I will get into at the end. VESA is the standards body that controls the DisplayPort specs.

One VESA requirement for standard cables is that the "power out" pin, pin 20, is not to be connected (passed through). Only cables for specialized equipment use this pin. Both the monitor and your graphics card put 3.3 volts on this pin.

The issues that this can cause:
- BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) if your driver software doesn't properly handle this issue gracefully.
- Shortened life or unexplained failures of your graphics card.
- CPU fan or other components continue to run after computer has been shutdown.
- Inability of the monitor to come "back to life" after the computer has gone into and then returned from sleep mode.

The last item is the problem I was having and it causes my graphics card to think that the two monitors have been disconnected causing Windows to realign all my other monitors.

To fix this, I put a tiny piece of tape over pin 20 and very carefully plugged the cable back into the monitor. It's not perfect though as I sometimes have to jiggle the cable if I've moved the monitor. A real pain and unfitting the otherwise quality of this product. Pin 20 is the pin closest to the angled corner.

Other solutions would be to buy new cables or to disable sleep mode.

Other Thoughts: I am not doing any video or gaming. This is a professional setup at work.

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OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0050 PCI-Express x4 50GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Don't know since I can't use this in my settup.

Cons: The spec says Linux support but no Linux driver is available.

The spec also says Used For: Consumer. Turns out this means that if you use this in a server, your warranty is voided.

I've seen a lot of people ask if this can be used with ESXi. The answer is no!

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Evan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan B.

Date Joined: 09/29/03

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/03/07
  • Last Review: 11/24/14
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