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Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 Haswell 3.1GHz 10 x 256KB L2 Cache 25MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 160W BX80644E52687V3 Server Processor
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very powerful chip.A single 2687W V3 is able to meet or exceed two Intel X5680 processors in performance metrics.

10 cores@3.1Ghz is a boon for highly threaded applications.Really tears through HD video encoding/editing.Also great for running VMWare Workstation which really takes advantage of powerful hardware for superior virtual machine performance.

Runs very cool.Single tower coolers will have no problems with cooling it.

Cons: Price.My wallet is crying.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DA7-O Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent board to build a powerful workstation around.Compatibility with150W processors was needed in my case.I have a dual E5-2687W V2 configuration and they run without issue.Not all dual socket boards are rated to function with 150W processors.Sixteen memory slots are great for future memory capacity expansion.Other boards from competing manufacturers only have 8 ram slots.The PCI-E X16 slots will run crossfire just fine as I'm currently running two AMD R9 290X video cards.Some people have had issue with the on-board LSI raid controller but in my experience it has performed without issue.I have a Crucial M500 960 running on it as a boot drive and two other WD 2TB Black drives for storage.Proper configuration is needed to enable a specific drive to be a boot drive.

Cons: Depending on BIOS the board won't post with the latest Intel E5-2600 V2 processors.The latest BIOS release would post with the V2 CPU's but ONLY with ECC memory.I intended to use non-ECC unbuffered memory pulled from my previous system.After contacting Supermico about my issue they eventually provided me with a beta BIOS that does work with the V2 processors and non-ecc memory configuration.You might need a V1 cpu to update the board if the BIOS is too old.I bought a single E5-2603 to update mine.

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Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Massive 4 terabytes of capacity on only 4 platters thanks to the incredible platter density.Actual formatted capacity is 3.63 terabytes which is still a huge amount of space.Not a 7200rpm drive but at 5900rpm it still delivers solid transfer rates.HD Tune Pro measured sequential reads and writes from 78 mb/s to 167 mb/s throughout the disk.Access times ranged from 13-17 milliseconds.Decent times considering the size and spindle speed.Drive ran fairly quiet and cool.Price is just right at $210 which I purchase mine for.Far cheaper than Western Digital and Hitachi 4 terabyte drives right now and nearly equals those drives in performance with a slower spindle speed.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I didn't purchase the drive here at Newegg.Found the retail boxed version for sale at another retailer.I'm not a Seagate fan but right now after being disappointed with the 4tb Western Digital Blacks failing on me I've turned to Seagate for reliable and affordable 4 terabyte hard drives for my needs.

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Display Name: Brandon B.

Date Joined: 02/10/10

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 14
  • First Review: 04/05/10
  • Last Review: 05/27/15
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