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ASUS P8B-E/4L ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3 ECC UDIMM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs great board so far 02/09/2013

This review is from: ASUS P8B-E/4L ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3 ECC UDIMM

Pros: 4 1 Gbit ports, dedicated management port, lots of exp slots, support for 32GB ram, iKVM option

Cons: Nothing for me so far

Other Thoughts: Running this with a Xeon E3-1245v2 processor, 32 GB of ram (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239116), on a vSphere ESXi server with no problems.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad, tricky getting going though 01/14/2013

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single

Pros: Works great with my Intel RES2SV240 SAS expander card, sees all 9 drives no problems. Fast (red/green drives are holding it back).

Cons: Is shipped with very old firmware, included disc contains no drivers, just a web link to the product page to download current drivers and software.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded my old LSI 3442E-R HBA with this card so I could use my 3 TB drives. After power on all connected drives were found. However upon loading WHS2011 and trying to install drivers things went downhill. Device manager seen the card, installed the drivers but got a could not start (code 10) error. From what I read there is an incompatibility with the firmware and many different MB BIOS(s) (Mine is the Asus P8H67-M with i7-3770k). Had to pull the card and install in an older computer (Vista 64 OS) and install drivers and megaraid software(Card was recognized and drivers installed smoothly) . After I downloaded and updated to latest firmware I moved the card back to the server. Drivers installed correctly and card is now working. Only problem is now after a restart I get an error that the card encountered a critical error and was restarted. Clear error code and business as usual. Maybe a future firmware update will fix that issue as well, who knows. Just something to be aware for those who aren't particularly tech savvy that this may or may not be an easy plug n play device.

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NORCO RPC-4220 4U Rackmount Server Chassis w/ 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays (Mini SAS Connector)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 20 Hotswapable drive bays + 2 2.5" or 3.5" drives, smooth round edges (no cutting of fingers), good air flow(make sure unused bays have their metal slide doors closed), lots of room behind fan plate for whatever you may want to add.

Cons: Almost no room behind backplane and fan plate, i moved the fan plate out of the way when installing cables to the backplane, power connectors on the backplane are fairly weak, be VERY careful when plugging in the molex connectors, Hard drive power lights are very bright wich i like but the drive access lights are barley visable(really not a big deal...i just like lights lol),

Other Thoughts: All in all i am very happy with this case, lotsa storage room, very sturdy, and for a case like this CHEAP. When i need more storage room i will buy another.

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Display Name: Dane J.

Date Joined: 04/11/10

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/09/11
  • Last Review: 02/09/13
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