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Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Lenovo ix4-300d more than adequate 02/24/2014

This review is from: Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY

Pros: Price, Price, Price! The system is feature rich and fairly well built for the money. I am quite pleased with it after a few quirks during setup. I installed three 1TB WD Red HD's. Connected to a gigabit switch I was able to consistently write at about 60 MB/s (5.4 GB file) and read the same file at between 60-80 MB/s. Once again, for the money I can't complain.

Cons: The system is a little on the slow side when it comes to the processor. I would have liked to see a little more horsepower. Also the system does not have a door that opens so you have to take off the cover to access the drives. For me this was really annoying but i figure most will just install the drives and then set it in a corner never to worry about it again.

The quality of the cage (term used very loosely, it is very minimal) for hard drives is not the best and I am a fan of the cage-less design with hot-swap bays.

When I got the system ready to go it would not recognize me brand new drives. I had read complaints about this so I did a quick web search and found that you just need to reinitialize them. Once I did that it allowed me to continuing setting up the storage. It took quite sometime to build and I assume this is directly related to the slow processor.

The web based control panel is fine but a little slow.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this for a friends business and almost considered purchasing one for myself as well. I am now a little torn as I am one that will want hotswap. I would not rule out recommending purchasing this and still may buy one for myself as it is a feature rich product.

I will update this review in a few months if there is a need to.

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MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thunderbolt
USB 3 front connector plus 4 back connectors
well built
Nice BIOS

Cons: I don't like the layout of the SATA ports
DO NOT like the layout of the USB 3 front connector
Both of these connectors come off parallel with the board and face the front of the computer. I have this in a mid-tower case and it caused the USB 3.0 front connector to have a lot of pressure on it. Also it is very difficult to get all the ports installed with little room between the hard drive cages and the connectors.

Other Thoughts: The OC Genie is just okay. When I turned it on it auto boost me to 4.2 Ghz on my i7-3770k. The rest of the system includes NVidia 660TI, 32 Gigs, 3 x 2 TB HD with a 128 Gig SATA drive. Unfortunately there are only 2 SATA 6 connectors and I could really use 4.

Upside is price, though I don't know if the thunderbolt is working yet.

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iRam 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) ECC Memory For Apple Model IR6GMP1066TC
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: price was right, supports mac pro

Cons: I purchased 2 packs of 3 modules so I could go to 8 Gigs on my new Mac Pro. First back worked fine, second back had 1 bad module (showed up as 1 gig instead of 2). I was told I had to send the whole 3 pack back instead of just one. No problem and newegg shipped me another 3 pack. The new modules were ALL bad and showed up as only 1 gig. I tried mixing, tried in every slot, same problem. Now newegg paid to ship the second set back but told me they would cross ship after UPS had it in transit. I called back and was told no, then my RMA was set up a refund instead of a return and now I am not sure of when or what I am getting back. I am quite let down with the product and newegg really let me down for not following through on what they said they would do. I am not sure if newegg was trying to help me by changing me RMA into a refund but I really want the 8 gigs of RAM and now I am in limbo.

Other Thoughts: I think newegg has good intentions but they are really putting me in a bind. Just last night I was working with CS4 and I was running out of memory at 6 gigs. Those extra 2 gigs would really have helped and I am out the cash and still not sure where I am at with a product. The 6 gigs I have running work great as far as I can tell. I did have one hard reboot in Vista Ultimate 64 but OS/X has been great and Windows 7 is totally stable, so I am thinking the memory that is working is solid.

I just wish I could get another 2 gigs working for me!

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Display Name: Alex G.

Date Joined: 02/20/02

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  • First Review: 06/20/09
  • Last Review: 02/24/14
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