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ViewSonic VA705-LED Black 17
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ideal for Server Console Application 04/14/2014

This review is from: ViewSonic VA705-LED Black 17" 5ms LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 10,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: This monitor has a sharp display and is more than adequate for use with servers, where a large display very high resolution is not required. The LED backlighting means that this unit should last much longer than one with CCF backlighting. See more below

Cons: There are no cons at this time. The longest period of time in which we have had one of these monitors in service is three years, so we don't have any life data to report.

Other Thoughts: We ship these monitors with our Uni-FI® Linux® servers, so we know how well they do in such applications. In most of these applications, the display is in VGA text mode and since the console is where the operating system will write any critical notifications, the display is enabled at all times. As a CCF backlit monitor has an expected continuous operating life of 10,000 to 15,000 hours, we have had to instruct clients to shut of the monitor whenever it wasn't needed. We no longer have to do so since LED backlighting was introduced.

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StarTech 1 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card Model PCI1P2
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Could not Use in Intended Application 02/07/2014

This review is from: StarTech 1 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card Model PCI1P2

Pros: The only pro we can report is that the hardware itself was functional, which was determined by install this adapter into a Windows machine, loading the driver and testing it with our parallel port diagnostic tools.

Cons: The intended application was to provide a parallel port in a Linux server whose motherboard doesn't have the requisite hardware. StarTech claims that this adapter has support for the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels, which turned out to not be the case.

Linux reported that the adapter had been enumerated during initial boot, but as expected, could not link a driver into the running kernel. No Linux drivers were supplied with the adapter and the one that was available on the StarTech was completely unusable—we have no idea what their download is supposed to be. No source code was available to build a driver and there also was no RPM or other similar mechanism via which a driver binary could be loaded.

Not having any apparent means of operating in the Linux environment, we could not use this adapter and added it to our "recycle bin" of junk electronic parts as the cost of return was almost that of its value.

Other Thoughts: We do not recommend this product due to misleading advertising by StarTech.

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LSI LSI00301 (9207-8i) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Host Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: * Hassle-free installation.
* Recognized by the Linux 3.0 kernel.
* Straightforward configuration
* Enumerated all SAS devices, as well as an SATA DVD.
* Excellent throughput.
* No reliability issues noted after a year of service.

Cons:
* Higher than average operating temperature (see next).
* Newegg's price is a little high for this product.

Other Thoughts: If you purchase this product we recommend that you make provisions to actively cool it. We checked the heat sink temperature while testing our first unit to use this host adapter and noted a peak temperature of 131° F. While not excessive, the temperature is high enough to possibly shorten the life of the product.

We provide active cooling in our servers by mounting a backplane blower (Newegg P/N 9B-35-230-027 or similar) immediately to the left (chip side) of the host adapter so that air being pulled into the blower passes over the heat sink. This step succeeded in reducing the heat sink temperature to less than 100° F.

You will need suitable cables to connect your SAS devices and any SATA hardware. Note that SAS cables can connect to SATA devices but not the other way around (Newegg P/N 9B-16-116-097 can adapt SATA hardware to this host adapter).

Driving your SATA hardware through this host adapter instead of through your motherboard's SATA ports may produce some performance gain by off-loading SATA transactions from the motherboard buses.

While this host adapter has support for software RAID, using it is a false security feature. Only hardware RAID (e.g., RAID5 or better) implemented by a compatible controller produces true redundancy and error checking and correction.

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Display Name: Bill B.

Date Joined: 01/28/11

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  • Last Review: 04/14/14
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