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SeaSonic SS-500L2U 500W Single 2U Server Power Supply - 80PLUS Gold
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great 2U unit 02/27/2014

This review is from: SeaSonic SS-500L2U 500W Single 2U Server Power Supply - 80PLUS Gold

Pros: Fits just fine in a Norco RPC-270 case and does the job - and you know you're getting a quality power supply from a reputable manufacturer. 80PLUS Gold.

Cons: Mine didn't actually come with any documentation, but it isn't difficult to figure out - the metal bracket needs to be bolted to the bottom rear of the PSU, and then to the case to hold the rear end down. The cables only fit one way, so no guesswork.

Other Thoughts: The fan won't be on all the time, this is by design as far as I can tell.

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NORCO RPC-270 Black 2U Rackmount Server Case 2 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to work with, priced right, minimal hassle with the build. If you don't need a backplane, this is your 2U case. I've moved my Media Center machine over from an RPC-230 and was stunned at both how easy the build was as well as the improvement in temps. Fans are relatively quiet and move a good amount of air. Fits snugly in my 25U StarTech rack adjusted to a depth of 27", on Norco's RL-20 rails.

Cons: No instructions, but this case is easy enough to get around. Two screws hold down the drive cages, and 3 keep the power supply bracket in place. I didn't try to fit a 2U power supply, since the ATX one I had fit just fine.

Other Thoughts: Since compatible power supply info seems to be scarce: the Antec EarthWatts 380W power supply fits just fine, and its cables are plenty long to reach a MicroATX board as well as both 3.5" drive cages. The included fans are also reasonably easy to remove and replace.

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Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF16GSDHC10
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointing speed, compatibility 05/03/2010

This review is from: Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF16GSDHC10

Pros: Competitive price point for a Class 10-rated card. Capacity is as advertised (14.9GB formatted FAT32) and works, with one big caveat, in all readers I have used.

Cons: The biggest downside to this card is that the Lock switch is much more easily moved than any SD card I own (the audible "click" does not occur on this card). The result is that in some readers, such as my Asus netbook and my Pioneer AVIC unit, simply inserting the card will cause the switch to be toggled to the "locked" position, making the card read-only. I do not have this problem with other Patriot SD cards or adapters.

Secondarily, the speed is less than expected - see below

Other Thoughts: To test write speed between a Patriot 16GB class 6 card and this card, I wiped the card (diskpart's "clean all" command), formatted it FAT32 in a single partition, and then used the unetbootin utility to create a bootable "live" Ubuntu 10.04 installation. Tested on a Dell Latitude E6510's inbuilt SD reader on Windows 7, with the Ubuntu ISO being read from a SSD. 187 files of highly varied size are written totaling 697MB.

The Class 6 card took 2 min 46 secs.
The Class 10 card took 4 mins 49 secs! (What?)

Just to be sure, I tried the cards on another machine in another reader, which claims full Class 10 support. Same results!

OK, surely it must be faster on reads: let's boot the newly built OS (time is from first access to beginning of startup sound):

Class 6 card: 42 sec
Class 10 card: 43 sec

Like I said, disappointing.

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Date Joined: 12/19/04

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  • Last Review: 02/27/14
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