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SUPERMICRO CSE-822I-400LPB Black 2U Rackmount Server Chassis 400W Power Supply w/ PFC 1 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've been building servers for many years. Supermicro makes top notch cases. It holds six HDD's, a floppy, a slim CD/DVD, and a regular 5.25" drive. Construction is rock solid. No sharp edges. Very well thought out. Best thing is that all the slots are low profile. No goofy riser cards. Of course, you can't use full-height cards.

Cons: Only complaint I have is that the 8-pin connector on the power supply is too short. You have to buy an extension. Search for EPS8EXT. This is a MUST have item. Shipping cost is also a bit high.

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areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works with Windows Server 2008 02/16/2010

This review is from: areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Cards fits in a 2U server. All brackets and cables are included. Good printed manual but it's out of date as newer OS's are not included.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I had to upgrade to the latest firmware to install Windows 2008 on a RAID controlled by this card. That and the latest storport driver made the install go smoothly.

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Patriot PS-100 PS32GS25SSDR 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The speed of the drive is wonderful. No complaints.

Cons: Only complaint I have is with the included 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. It works is you're installing into a standard drive bay that uses the screws on the side of drive but fails if you need to mount using the screws on the bottom of the drive. The tray was too small to drill the 3.5" bottom mounting holes into it. I had to make my own mounting tray.

Other Thoughts: I'm using these drives in Ubuntu servers that provide DNS for my company. The servers boot up in a few seconds. I expect these drives to last for years and years.

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Bryan S.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan S.

Date Joined: 06/26/02

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/07/09
  • Last Review: 04/08/10
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