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Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 70AQ000XUX 5U Tower Server - 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.20 GHz
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good 2nd machine but obsolete. 07/16/2015

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 70AQ000XUX 5U Tower Server - 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.20 GHz

Pros: Can access while turned off. Great hot swaps. Using F12 key very easy multiple boots. Is an Xeon processor & Reasonably fast and snappy. Plenty of room for further hard drives over 4 it is set up for if you overcome PSU issues.

Cons: Obsolete DDR3 Mem. Obsolete E3 CPU and the weakest one with no hyperthreading. The lines off the PSU do not allow expansion or an advanced Video Card so you have to tinker. Only SAS 6gb/s instead of the new 12gb/s. O.K. for second machine. Make first an E5 costing about $1000.

Other Thoughts: I bought mine elsewhere for $300 as they are a glut on Lenovo's inventory as they become more obsolete. Do not over pay. Price out on Newegg an E5 with similar power CPU and SuperMircro keyboard about $1000.Then you get hyperthreading, DDR4 memory and 12 gb/s SAS.
i.e. the cutting edge not last decade's product.

SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fast BUT ISSUES 06/14/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Used on an X99 MB - Asrock X99-ITX/AC
fast, does quick install of a fresh win 10 with no issues, takes up no room. took my overall Passmark Score from an inexpensive crucial M2 at one third the price 5300 up to 6100. The harddrive score doubled from 3500 to 7072.

Cons: The published Passmark Score is 10,600 but I only got 7072. If you are doing hard work or test it continuously to simulate hard work the 7072 hard drive score goes way down unless you continually defrag it. The scores of NVMe Intel SSDPEDMW40 were much better at 11,700 and 11,900. Therefore total scores on Passmark were higher.

Other Thoughts: It suits me to keep it as I have it in a Mini X99 case with limited room & only one slot dedicated to the Video Card. Given the serious degradation of performance with heavy continuous use if you do not continually defrag I would get INTEL's for an ATX board.

ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Totally stable and easy OC by 3 switches on MB or the Asus Suite 3.

Cons: None but the trivial. No wireless but we added trendnet into a USB port. Slots too close and we lost one for sure when we put in the Video card.

Other Thoughts: We put the build finished cmptr with this MB with no hard drives into its work place and booted it with a Win on a stick USB. This Installed Win 10 onto the USB and the MB worked well within a few minutes. We then put in an Intel Raid controller and it now flies on 12 Gb/s Hard Drives. Has not crashed ever. Mostly used by remote access. Perfect for our needs. We normally not over clock but if we do we like best the flipping the switches on this MB best.


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Display Name: John F.

Date Joined: 11/11/02

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  • First Review: 12/14/11
  • Last Review: 07/16/15
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