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Pros: bought for a cheap home ESX whitebox, price was fair for a cheap box, planned to install used intel pro 1000 cards for esx, and maybe try side loading driver for what I assumed to be a cheap realtek onbaord nic. I missed in the specs, and was pleased to find the onbaord nic is an intel, so native esx driver support!
Cons: at this price and this feature set, hard to find any cons. I'm not overclocking or trying to do SLI. I have a quad port intel pro 1000 in the top (x16) pci-e slot (card is a x4) and a dual port pro 1000 nic in the bottom pci-e x4 slot, both working great. and esxi 6 has native support the intel sata controller, no need to side load unsupported driver to use internal sata drives for datastore devicesREAD FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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 goodREAD FULL REVIEW