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Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Did not fit LGA 2011 02/12/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Fits in rack mount cases (fits 3U, maybe smaller).

Cons: I tried every way, including putting significant force on my nice new ASUS server motherboard. The screws on the LGA 2011 mounts simply could not be made to reach into the female threaded sockets of the mounting posts on the motherboard.

They would barely even touch...the screws were just not long enough.

Other Thoughts: There is another review on here about forcing this to fit an LGA 2011...mine was too far off to be forced...probably some design and QA problems (screw should be long enough to screw into the posts, not just meet them).

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OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-512G 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fast, big, cheap

Very good performance for a very big and heavily used development database

Performance is not as stated but still very good; crystalmark shows 371.8 read and 351.8 write for sequential which is about 20mb/s over what I get with one of my slightly older much cheaper SSDs for both.

I've got rediculous RAM in my system, and I saw it get up to in a 400mb/s drive to RAM drive 8GB file copy.

With an artificially high benchmark queue depth of 32, you can get 75k IOPS, but for one serious thread laying requests, you'll get 7.5k at best on a fresh drive.

Cons: Drive is too slow from cold boot to respond and be detected by BIOS. I have an HP 8760W (business class), and I'm not alone. From what I'm reading in forums, many BIOSes will miss this drive. The only way to use it is ctrl-alt-del and go at it again.

I've never had a problem with any other SSD or mechanical drive for that matter.

I'm a nice guy, but this impacts my work; If I don't see a firmware update this week, I'll be sending this one back for replacement just for grins...you never know.

It's sad because this was a trial run for putting six of these into our SQL server at work...looks like we're going with someone more proven (take a guess).

Other Thoughts: This is my fourth SSD (the first three are fine, two of them still in this system with this drive as primary). I prefer reliability to the slight performance advantage this drive offers.

The drive doesn't come anywhere close to their marketing for IOPS, even with the queue depth at 32 and fresh out of the box. My three other drives from other companies all came much closer to their promises (much lower though).

I've got a 2nd gen I7 with 32GB of RAM and the other drives to compare to. Don't blame the BIOS, just fix this please OCZ.

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Display Name: Christopher M.

Date Joined: 05/14/06

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  • First Review: 04/26/12
  • Last Review: 02/12/14
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