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Lenovo ThinkServer TS130 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz 2C/4T 4GB No Hard Drive 1105B2U
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good value, but really, this is a Server? 08/23/2013

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TS130 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz 2C/4T 4GB No Hard Drive 1105B2U

Pros: OK. I admit that this is a good value for the price and could be a low-end entry level server for some non-critical task.

Cons: Good luck adding more than 3 hard drives, additional network connectivity or other options, the small MicroATX form factor severely limits your choices.

Other Thoughts: It's frustrating to see how a marketing department twists the meanings of words, in this case the word "Server."

Lenovo calls this a Server. Most Newegg customers, especially those of us who build our own stuff, would call it a low-end Micro-ATX desktop computer.

In my opinion, a true server has at least one, preferably all, of these features: ability to add more processors; raid controller supporting 4 or more front-accessible hotswap drives; multiple network connections with teaming; out-of-band management access; support ridiculous amounts of ECC memory; redundant power supply. Having none of these, sorry to burst your balloon but this is a desktop-class machine.

Even better abuse of the language: take basically the same machine, slap in the cheapest current Nvidia Quadro card, Lenovo calls that a ThinkStation.

Don't get me wrong, Lenovo makes fantastic product; you just need to be fully aware of what it is and what the limitations are, before believing the product name assigned by marketing executives.

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SNT SNT-BPSS302ATL 2 x 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works great. Easy access to three drives without having to open your computer case or remove any screws.

Cons: none at all

Other Thoughts: In my prior review, I questioned whether this enclosure is truly hot-swap. After much additional research, I have learned that the Adaptec 1430SA HostRAID is NOT hot-swap capable, thus it was the cause of the problems I experienced. I replaced it with an Adaptec 3405 SAS RAID controller and hot-swap works perfectly. The 1430 is several levels below 'entry level' and the only safe way to swap drives with it is with the system powered off.

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WD SE WD4000F9YZ 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an incredibly fast and huge drive. If that's what you need, this is the one you want. It's designed for heavy usage in a server environment for RAID.

Cons: Gets a little warm.

Other Thoughts: The specs on this and the RE4 version (WD4000FYYZ) are identical except for one less zero on one of the failure estimates. I don't care about that, the warranty is the same and it's going in a RAID array. Well worth saving $120.

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JERRY L.'s Profile

Display Name: JERRY L.

Date Joined: 05/22/07

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 06/10/07
  • Last Review: 08/23/13
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