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Pros: Great when stable.
Cons: I haven't narrowed down the issue but I've swapped all components but the board and both issues persist random system halts. About once a week or once every two weeks. Whole thing locks. Real pain if I'm working with customers.
Memory tests pass, CPU passes all checks, I can only assume it's the board. I've updated firmware on everything to no avail.
Other Thoughts: Just when I swear off ASUS, it seems I still end up throwing money at them.
I've had CPUs break off of their motherboards (AMD stock retention clip) back in 2001 or so, bad tablets, bad laptops. Not sure when I'll learn.
This review is from: Intel E10G42BTDA Server Adapter X520-DA2 10Gbps PCI Express 2.0 x8 2 x SFP+
Pros: Extremely pleased with these, but I did my homework before purchasing. They compose a VMware vSphere 5 storage network.
2x Dell 8024F switches
5x Dell R710s with one of these cards in each server (ESXi 5 hosts)
1x Dell c2100 Server running NFS off of Nexenta CE 3.1.3 with 2 of these cards in it (one PCI based as sold here and another that is a mezzanine card) for an aggregate 40Gbps throughput to/from the SAN.
tons of Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU3M/SFP-H10GB-CU1M cables used for connectivity.
These were chosen for compatibility/reliability as we planned to build our own SAN solution after pricing every storage vendor we could fathom. We ended up spending a fraction of the quotes we were offered and got more for our $.
Shipping as always was remarkably fast w/ NewEgg.
Cons: Cost? They can be had elsewhere for substantially less.
Other Thoughts: Do your homework and buy the right cables, etc for these and you won't regret it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: So far so good. No worries. Using OCZ Denevas for the ZIL on the SAN. Had next day shipping to meet a deadline and NewEgg delivered as always.
Cons: None. Actually planning on building a SAN entirely of these bad boys running VMware linked clones and virtualized storage solutions for those linked clones in a cloud environment.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the few drives on the HCL for the QNAP TS-1079 Pro, but it's also functioning very well with extreme I/O workload Nexenta SANs.READ FULL REVIEW