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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A great choice for specialty needs 01/24/2015

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX

Pros: -35W @ idle
-65W @ 100% cpu (this i3 by itself is rated @ 65W, meaning the PSU and motherboard are incredibly efficient)
-Whisper quiet, even while running almost a dozen routers in GNS3
-Front fan duct designed well for keeping the internal drives cool
-Completely tool-less case design
-Best tool-less PCI slot system I've ever seen
-Nicely designed internal drive vibration mounts (not sure why people are complaining about this)
-More USB 3.0 ports than USB 2.0 ports
-Windows Server 2012 runs SMOOOOOOTH as butter with this hardware
-The lack of a hard drive reduces the price, and allows you to get ones you prefer instead of whatever brand they want you to have

Cons: -Tool-less external drive mounts are poorly engineered... just use the screw holes with some thumb screws instead
-COM 2 header does not take standard DB-9 harness connector (not a huge deal, but still)
-No RDIMM ECC memory support (but at this price point, you can't really expect that... at least it does UDIMM ECC)
-Single NIC
-Front USB 3.0 harness header is not a standard connector
-Non-standard power supply connector, but same voltages and pin sizes and typical PSUs. Easy to adapt to an aftermarket unit (and if you think otherwise, you have no business being inside of a computer chassis).

Other Thoughts: If you plan on a 10Gb NIC or running a 12Gb SAS setup, be sure to use the 1st X16 PCIe slot for the best bandwidth. That one is a Gen3 PCIe while the other slots are just Gen2.

Also, I'm really shocked at how many of the one-egg reviews are way out of line, especially the guys using Server 2003 and non-R2 2008. If you value the security of your servers, you'd get smart and upgrade already. Lenovo did you a favor by not supplying drivers for those operating systems. Additionally, if you think this is really an enterprise class server, you should seek another profession. This is designed for specialty tasks and small business needs, not a datacenter. The specs alone should be enough to tell you that.

In closing, this server is perfect for things you would typically see an appliance for, like an IP camera security DVR, a small business database server, or even a firewall/VPN system. This would also be a good light-duty NAS, and also does ok with GNS3 (though I have since changed over to one of the Xeon-E3 models for Cisco training).

Also, these servers are made in Mexico, not China despite what another reviewer said. I guess nobody reads anymore.

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StarTech VGASPL1VV 1 ft. VGA to 2x VGA Video Splitter Cable - M/F
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None

Cons: Worked for about a month, then the images started getting dim, followed by the loss of all red and blue colors on one of the outputs. I barely moved the thing around and it's doing stuff like this, imagine if you used it on the go.

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HEC Vigilance400 Black 0.5 mm Thickness SGCC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual 8cm Fan, 2x USB2.0, Audio HP400 400W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Great Price
-Looks great
-Included fans are good for being only 80mm
-Case supports 120mm fans
-Good variety of drive mounting options (see "Other thoughts")

Cons: -The HDD LED is brighter than the sun, while the power LED is barely visible... a tad annoying
-The PSU's 12V rail is only 11.5A. Keep this in mind if you're tossing in a power-hungry CPU and GPU.
-The SATA power cables are a bit short for the 2.5" hard drive mount (see "Other thoughts")
-Front fan exhaust requires ample clearance UNDER the case for proper ventilation due to lack of vents on the front cover. Get thick rubber feet to keep this from being an issue.

Other Thoughts: The drive mounting specs are WAY off! Shame on you, Newegg!

Here are the correct specs:

1x 2.5" internal (mounts on bottom of case)
2x 3.5" internal
1x 3.5" external
1x 5.25" internal
1x 5.25" external

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Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 07/08/04

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 11/28/04
  • Last Review: 01/24/15
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