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Adaptec 81605ZQ (2281600-R) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS High Port Count SAS/SATA RAID Adapters
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast with SATA 6 and SAS drives in Raid 0 and Raid 5 configurations. Excellent caching backedup by ultracapacitor. RAID performance seems very good - haven't gotten solid numbers yet due to heat problem (see below). Low profile form factor makes it easy to fit in low-profile cases.

Cons: Hot, hotter, hottest - this unit has a nice little silk screen legend above the heat sink that reads 'this board needs 200 LFM airflow.' Use of language notwithstanding, it means what it says - if you don't have a wind-tunnel style low profile server you will need to get an auxiliary fan kit. WIthout auxiliary cooling my unit started beeping after about 5-10 minutes of use in a 20 C ambient. The heat sink was too hot to touch at this point so I shut it down. Adaptec lists an add-on fan kit on their site but it's nowhere to be found amongst their distributors - Ingram, Provantage, all the big outfits know noting of it. There are two screw holes in the heat sink at a diagonal spacing of ~44 mm which works out to a 32.5 square hole pattern - a few well-known fan makers supply fans with these dimensions. I have a coulple of fans on the way - we shall see. My earlier Series 6 Adaptec controllers run hot but seem happy with the inside-the-case airflow.

Other Thoughts: This is a very well designed unit that should carry my main system well past the 100th anniversery of Armistice Day. The cooling problem is not fun - Adaptec needs to make the cooling kit more readily available.

NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Three separate channels - 2.4 GHz (2) and 5 GHz make this unit a real burner - it can handle many simultaneous sessions (how many? don't know yet - putting it into a very busy environment next week and will see). It's possible to name each cannel separately (a long-time feature of many WAPS, so not really new) and set the security independently (also not new).
Excellent signal range - can pick this unit up at the end of my block using my Windows Surface and get 2.5 Mbps down/1.25 MBps up. With the Surface within 15 feet of unit I get 6/3.2 - very nice for a wireless connection.

Cons: The case is plastic and the mounting is not impressive - there are two mounting holes in the back of the unit and, given the orientation of the narrow part of the hole the unit is intended to be mounted with the labels on the lights (of which there are many - a litttle more bling than I need...) are upsidedown. Since I have it mounted on a cieling this is not a problem but those wanting to mount it vertically will have to learn to read upside down lettering.
The biggest con is lack of POE - this unit, with three radios and lots of processing capability, probably pulls more current then the Netgear designers felt comfortable puting on a POE circuit but....EVERYTHING is POE these days - seems like there is a little rush to market here when perhaps a less power hungry processor and fewer LEDs would get them under the POE wire.

Other Thoughts: This unit has a lot of potential - three radios, one of them running at 5 GHz, should give lots of bandwidth for all those wireless devices wandering around (and getting hit by cars, bikes, cats, etc.).
I have high hopes for this device to solve some serious congestion problems at some of the sites I manage - will keep you up to date as things progress.

MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No Pros - does not boot with Richland CPU

Cons: Needs BIOS update to work with Richland CPU - but I don't have a Trinity CPU to make the update. Nice setup to update from USB but it's useless w/o the downgrade CPU - duh.

Other Thoughts: Why does this happen? Mobo vendors sell product with known problems with next gen CPUs then vendors (NewEgg) ship them out to customers who want next gen CPUs on mobos - which are marked 'Richland ready' - if the mobo is 'Richland ready' it should boot with Richland CPU. The circus of having to buy an obsolete CPU to update a mobo that is 'ready' for a new CPU is absurd. This is the last MSI mobo I will buy - ever.


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Display Name: Warren B.

Date Joined: 04/28/05

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  • First Review: 07/31/14
  • Last Review: 07/31/14
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