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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8STE-O LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
Pros: This board is perfect for VMWare ESXi. Running with 24 gigs of RAM, Adaptec RAID controller, and a Xeon 3520. I'm currently running 6 virtual servers with this configuration and I know I can still add more.
Other Thoughts: Choosing the compatible parts (mainly the combination of RAM and CPU) can be a little confusing but I've only done that mistake once. Research, research, research. I've built 4 servers with this board so far and have always done the research what will work with what and haven't had a problem.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: iStarUSA BPU-340SATA-BPL 3x5.25" to 4x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage
Pros: I've ordered a couple of these type of hot swap cages, this one is the best one I've ordered. The fan keeps the hard drives nice and cool. You can "lock" the hard drives so you can't accidentally open the tray. You can use either SATA power or molex power. LEDs are bright for easy viewing.
Cons: No cons really, see other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: Although the trays can be locked, if they're unlocked they're easy to accidentally "eject" if you press on the right spot but it hasn't happened to me because I keep the trays in the "lock" position.READ FULL REVIEW