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ASUS P8C WS LGA 1155 Intel C216 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 14 months, still running well 10/17/2013

This review is from: ASUS P8C WS LGA 1155 Intel C216 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: my config-4x8GB dimms, Kinston branded with Samsung chips on them, was Item#: N82E16820239370 , e31230v2, 2xssd, 1xraptor, 2x random 2 tb drives. win7 ult, VMware workstation, 8, then 9 and 10. rock solid. I'm lazy and leave on 24x7. it's desktop/dev/test. 90% mem utilization and 100% cpu utilization for hours at a time not uncommon. not 1 crash, lockup, or issue.

Cons: same price with rebate now that I bought it for 14 months ago...price should come down

Other Thoughts: part selection may be difficult for a n00b, but this is not fault of board, but limits of the xeon e3 line. ecc UNBUFFERED ram if you want ecc. if you expect onboard video, buy a proc with it, not all have it.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: my sample size is too small to draw any valid conclusions, but 4 out of 5 in raid 6 survived a full initialization, 2.5 TB of data copied over, and 1 died during raid controller consistency check. sense key 6.29, which is a circuit board failure on the drive. after only a week, way too soon to tell anything about reliability with the remaining drives
hard to beat the price and the hardware raid controller compatibility. drives seem to be fairly quiet, not any louder than any other desktop drives, and certainly quieter than 10 and 15k sas drives.

Cons: -1 of 5 died after a few days use
-if any others fail under manufacturer warranty, hope the company buying hitachi's storage division will be good with the warranty handling. the uncertainty of this does concern me a bit

Other Thoughts: 8x hitachi 1tb drives still running strong in a raid 6 for 3 years now....hope these 2tb drives are as good

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Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs great case, minor complaints 04/12/2011

This review is from: Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: roomiest case in its class-really appreciate the extra width and length when cramming 7 drives and raid cables into it. good cooling with 2 front 120mm fans and multiple top and side panel fan options

Cons: 1. drive cage air flow-the cage could be more open in the airflow direction to get more air across the drives
2. drive cage position-the case is plenty wide, which is appreciated. not sure why they centered the bottom drive cage, as this leaves barely enough room, and if you are using a sas controller multi-channel breakout cable there is not enough room. I moved the cage to the far right side and have tons of room for the drive cables-wish they would have done this from the factory-offset to either side to leave room on the other for cables
3. fit and finish-not quite as good as another brand (think big name that sales cases, fans and power supplies) comparing to that other brand, the mainboard fit in the system is not as good/expansion cards don't line up as well. included systemboard screws don't have washered heads to ground well to your board and the included standoffs are fine thread-I thought everyone had moved to course thread years ago for those.

Other Thoughts: looks great, good value, love the 1+ inch wider than others in its class. if not for the few complaints it would be my favorite case. as it is, it's about the same as as the other big brand name in this size and price range

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Display Name: Brandon M.

Date Joined: 04/20/02

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 03/21/09
  • Last Review: 10/17/13
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