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SUPERMICRO SYS-5017C-MTRF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 1155 Intel C202 DDR3 1333/1066/800
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Hot swap, power efficient, 80+ GOLD PSU's.

Cons: Backplanes consistently fail after 6 - 24 months.

Other Thoughts: I have ~10 of these in production and 3 backplanes have failed while running under normal operations in the last 16 months. Only solution is to remove the backplane making the drives no longer hot swappable.

Enjoy the downtime.

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Foxconn H61MXV LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Energy Efficient, Cheap, Legacy ports.

Cons: Does not work with Windows 2003.

Other Thoughts: I have a bunch of these running for a year so far and they've never given me any trouble.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High Capacity, One of the fastest 2.5" drives, especially for the price.

Cons: Heads are parking every 3 to 8 seconds in Linux 2.6.18-308.4.1.el5.

Other Thoughts: I installed 4 of these into a supermicro server for a RAID. They all park their heads every few seconds, causing small delays of 2 to 4 seconds whenever you do *anything* after more than a few seconds of idle time. Was able to fix the drives by disabling advanced power management (hdparm -B 255 /dev/sdX). Unchecked, this could potentially cause premature drive failure.

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Angie F.'s Profile

Display Name: Angie F.

Date Joined: 10/12/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 05/13/05
  • Last Review: 12/14/13
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