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Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Server Processor BX80602E5520
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought two, and both work. My dual-CPU motherboard shows a Windows7 Experience Index of 7.7 for CPUs, and 7.7 for RAM. I'm not sure what it means, but I guess it's good, given that the index has a maximum of 7.9.

Cons: I suppose they could be faster. In theory I could t upgrade when prices on the higher-clocked 55xx Xeons eventually go down. Of course, I will want to do a whole new build by then.

Other Thoughts: I could afford the faster 55xx Xeons, if I thought I would see enough benefit to justify the cost.

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I installed Windows 7, and the drive feels faster than the old four-disk RAID-5 system I used to have. It makes a good system drive for Fedora Linux dual-boot, without worrying about RAID driver compatibility.

Cons: My Windows 7 Experience Index is 5.9. According to various reports I have found, striping two of these would only increase the rating to 6.2 or 6.3. Apparently, it takes SSDs to get ratings over 7. Great, another upgrade path to tempt me.

Other Thoughts: Why should I care about the Windows Experience Index? It just annoys me that my new dual-processor water-cooled build scores 7.7 on everything else, but gets an overall rating of 5.9. I'll get over it.

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TRIPP LITE N201-025-GY 25 ft. Cat 6 Gray Color Cat6 Gigabit Gray Snagless Patch Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The snagless-ness helped me feed it through a small hole in the ceiling, and then through the floor several inches above, to install an upstairs WiFi access point for my wife. She's happy, I'm happy.

Cons: The cable end looks big and bulky. I could have drilled a somewhat smaller hole. Or a much smaller hole, if I could put the end on it myself.

Other Thoughts: Why my WiFi worked poorly through the ceiling, I don't know. Cables did the trick.

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Display Name: Fred A.

Date Joined: 02/03/10

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 03/06/10
  • Last Review: 03/06/10
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