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LSI LSI00320 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile Ready Nytro WarpDrive BLP4-1600 Application Acceleration Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Bugatti fast on a ferrari budget.

Cons: Limited space for your jeweler to encrust jewels into.

Other Thoughts: I first heard of this card in a Whiz Khalifa song feat. Rick "Rose" Ross.

Supposedly they rock one of these in each of their home servers, and in the case of Rick Ross; at least one around his neck.

Furthermore, according to Whiz, he only has to perform half a show to pay for one of these so they are a pretty good value.

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Dynatron R15 CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic 1U heatsink 11/28/2012

This review is from: Dynatron R15 CPU Cooler

Pros: Great build quality, easy installation and fantastic cooling capacity. For reference, in a 1U supermicro chassis with dual E5-2620 (6C@2GHz) CPUs idle at 30C and top out at 42C under 100% load (measured ambient 13C- 46% humidity).

Cons: kind of pricey for a server heatsink but especially with the higher load E5 xeons it's the best option available as far as passive heatsinks go.

Other Thoughts: I have 5 sets of these running in my farm for the past 8 months and they are fantastic. To me, they are worth the extra cost for the peace of mind. Highly recommended.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-IF-O SSI CEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic budget Server Board 10/10/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-IF-O SSI CEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

Pros: Best value twin 2011 board available. Relatively compact. Boots very fast if you're hardware is all good (~15s). High performance overall. IPMI 2.0 is fantastic. I'm a professional 3D artist and just an hobbyist at IT and I was able to install Windows 2k8 R2 on one machine remotely with ease. I then cloned the drives. I wanted Romley boards primarily because they have SATA3 connectors and I'm running a 10GBps network with SSDs so that makes a big difference.

Cons: In-line socket configuration makes this board primarily suited for servers, not workstations - unless you use water cooling. Has "only" 8 RAM sockets which means that unless you want to spend big bucks on 8GB sticks you're "limited" to 32GB RAM. One of my 5 servers did require an IPMI upgrade for the fans to quiet down after booting - no big deal.

Other Thoughts: I own 5 of these in my home render farm. Following config with Win2k8 R2 works flawlessly.

Supermicro CSE-111TQ-563CB
Supermicro X9DRL-iF-O
2x Xeon E5-2620
Startech PEX8RISER
8x Crucial 4GB CT51264BD160B RAM
Intel 520 60GB
2x Dynatron R15 Heatsinks
Mellanox MHEA28-XTC HCA

I'm buying 5 more of these to max out my Vray render licenses as soon as I can afford it.

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Phil B.'s Profile

Display Name: Phil B.

Date Joined: 02/14/07

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/20/10
  • Last Review: 01/30/13
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