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ZOTAC ZT-70304-10P G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs CUDA like a dream. Cycles on Blender flies with this thing on Linux. Runs dual monitors just fine.

I haven't tested it much on Windows. It came with Watch Dogs, which is supposed to be a pretty good game.

Cons: NVidia only supports OpenCL 1.1 as of version 340 of their drivers (at least on Linux), so anything requring OpenCL 1.2 (like FFMpeg, for instance) isn't going to work with it (or any NVidia card, as far as I can tell).

It's large (full length, two slots wide), so look at your motherboard layout and determine where your 3.0 x16 ports are and make sure it's not going to interfere with anything. Nothing like buying a card and finding out it blocks half your SATA ports or hits the chipset heat sink. Also be sure that your case has some clearance between the drive bays and where the card is going to go - hard drives usually stick out a bit from the drive bay.

Other Thoughts: Getting CUDA 6 and version 340 of the driver on Linux Mint was a pain. If you're having issues getting all the proper packages together for this, add the xorg edgers repository to your sources.list (assuming you're using a Debian-derived distro). I still had to install CUDA using NVidia's binary installer, but it's self-contained.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works with FreeBSD 10 05/11/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600

Pros: It's fast.
It has a ton of good features for small to medium servers.
ECC memory support.
Sturdy. Not as sturdy as my Supermicro 386 board (that thing was made of stone or something) but stiffer than the average board.
ZFS cares not for the RAID issues people have been complaining about in the other reviews. Hardware RAID is for inferior filesystems (grin).
FreeBSD supports it no problems (but see other thoughts).

Cons: It has a header for firewire, but Supermicro doesn't sell the plug for it and I can't find anyone who does. Not really a con since I don't use it myself, but if I wanted to I'd be stuck buying an add-on card.
This thing uses more mounting holes than a regular ATX. Make sure you have enough standoffs for your case. Again, not really a con, just something to bear in mind.

Other Thoughts: I haven't got around to testing IPMI, the TPM functionality, or the two non-Intel SATA ports. I use ZFS to raid the six Intel SATA ports, so I haven't tested the hardware RAID (I'd be stupid to, really, since ZFS doesn't need it). It's a server, so I haven't tested audio or X on the built-in video, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Don't buy this if you just want ECC for ZFS. The whole "ZFS needs ECC" thing is a myth. The lead developer of ZFS recommends it for non-ECC boards because ZFS has very good error correction capabilities. Still, ECC certainly doesn't hurt, and this is a nice board, so if you've got the extra cash to spend then go for it.

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Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB USB 2.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Relatively quick drive, just uses one USB port. I've got it velcroed to the back of my laptop and the laptop still fits in its bag comfortably. It's small enough to fit in your pocket (unless you have really tiny pockets) but still had a decent chunk of storage for a usb powered drive.

Cons: The cord's a bit short. Since my drive is velcroed to the lid of my laptop, it's not a problem for me, but you might want to make sure you don't need an extension cable. The lights just change slowly in intensity as the drive is used, so you can't really tell when the drive is being accessed like you can with the more traditional access LED (they're pretty, though).

Other Thoughts: If you're using this as a boot drive for linux, first hook it up to a Windows machine and install the Seagate utilities. Then turn off power management. There's a quirk in linux where if the drive tries to sleep, then wake up again, it comes back as a different usb device number and you're left with no root filesystem. Turning off power management on the drive fixes the issue.

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Display Name: Jeff S.

Date Joined: 02/01/02

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 10/17/05
  • Last Review: 07/19/14
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