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Pros: - Impressively high power usage to performance ratio.
- At idle, the fans do not spin
- When playing a game (M:LL), fans spin at ~1000 rpm, 70C
- HS+F assembly has a built in supporting plate
- Not a super long card (Extends past my ATX mobo by half an inch or so.)
- SLI connects are protected by a rubber cover
Cons: - Only one DVI port (knew this going in though, not specific to EVGA 980s). No included DP > DVI adapters.
Other Thoughts: - No backplate (not really needed though, since PCB support comes in the HS+F and there are no memory chips on the back of the card)
- ACX 2.0 (at least for GTX 980) has a solid contact surface with the GPU chip (no exposed heatpipes).
- Upgraded from a GTX 285 (yep)
- I'll be interested to see if someone does an analysis on energy savings (think along the lines of Incandescent vs. LED lightbulbs) using the GTX 980...
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667
Pros: > Small form factor
> Dual Gig-E
> 6 Onboard SATA
> Uses DDR2 SO-DIMMs
Cons: > Molex MB Power - I question the reasoning behind using this. Couldn't they just stick with a 'normal' P4? No big deal really, just kind of stretching to think of any cons.
Other Thoughts: I have two of these in nearly the same configuration for my home server set up - no RAID involved. They haven't missed a beat in the half-year or so of constant up time.
Originally I had some loose DDR2 memory lying around I didn't know what to do with (left over from upgrading laptop memory.) Decided to retire the old 939 board that was serving (heh) as my server for a more energy efficient setup.
Ubuntu Server 12.04
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: The fan mount with the 3 x 140mm fans pre-installed can actually be removed. It is mounted using 8 normal case screws. This was an unexpected surprise in a good way since I was already planning on machining a 3 x 120mm fan mount for a water cooling radiator.
There are actually 20 tapped screw holes in total on the front of the case so you can really go nuts mounting a custom bracket if you so desire.
Cons: The giant 12 drive 3.5mm hard drive bay is secured using a combination of rivets and screws. I'm not entirely sure why this is the case, although this is my guess: To the front and on the bottom of the hard drive bay, rivets are used. At the back, screws are used to secure the hard drive bay to a supporting column. I'm guessing this column was taken from a pre-exisiting manufacturing process which taps screw threads. During the manufacturing of this case, normal holes are drilled (at a cheaper cost.)
I'm not too happy about this in general, although I knew about this (by looking at the pictures) in advance before buying this case. I predominately own Lian-Li cases whom in the past have almost always taken the time to mount things to the case frame using screws.
Other Thoughts: The case has some strange pre-drilled holes on the bottom. I'm not entirely sure what they are used for. In some Lian-Li cases you can rearrange the HD bays to your liking but it doesn't seem to be true in this case.
I didn't find a problem regarding the quality and width of aluminum used. The PC-7 case used slightly thinner aluminum than this case which was folded at the edges. The PC-V2010 used quite thick aluminum which was around 3-4mm thick.
All in all, this is an awesome case that can fit a ton of drives, even more if you go for a Lian Li EX-23NB which adds 3 x 3.5mm hard drive bays in the 2 x 5.25 bays for a total of 15(!) hard drives. If you were looking for a good case for a file server, this is the one for you.
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