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ASUS KCMA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual Socket C32 AMD SR5670 DDR3 1333/1066/800
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Had VMware ESXi 5 up and running within an hour. Dual Opteron 4334, with 2x samsung registered 16g dimms, booting off USB. Works like a charm, didn't have to flash BIOS for the 4334's. Anything that ships past Oct-2011 per ASUS should be a new enough build to support 4200+ Opterons. If it has the 2001 BIOS it will support 4200 and 4300 CPUs out of the box. The 4334 (hex-core) was a steal for $200 apiece (put $30 coolers on each one). Very cost efficient.

Cons: haven't found any so more. For a budget performance server, it is running great. No issues

XFX HD-487A-YWFC Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Card performs well when new & stable.

Cons: For quite awhile, card ran fine, no issues except the thing running at high 70s to 82 or so celsius under load (even max underclocked!) which XFX support tells me is normal. Then after awhile games would start crashing the ATI driver which is very annoying. Pretty common problem with ATI apparently. Searched high and low for a fix or workaround. Nothing seemed to work correctly. This year the fan started making a funny noise and started to have issues with the card not being recognized in my system. I ran and got a backup card to make sure it was not something else. I got an Asus GT430 which works fine. I then upgraded from a Thermaltake Purepower 600 to a Seasonic M12II 620w Bronze 80+ psu, so I decided to try the card. It was running faster than ever but after 10 minutes or so it started to glitch. So I pulled up GPU-Z to monitor temps. It was at 113-114c then the whole machine shut off due to overheating. RMAing the card back to XFX let's see if they fix/replace it..

Other Thoughts: this card uses a lot of power I have read, and probably should have had a MUCH better heatsink/fan/airflow setup.. the 5xxx and 6xxx line are MUCH more efficient power-wise.


ALEXANDER D.'s Profile

Display Name: ALEXANDER D.

Date Joined: 01/13/11

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/17/11
  • Last Review: 12/05/13
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