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Pros: I setup 5 of these with 1080p monitors connecting to a Windows Server 2012 remote desktop session host. It is working out great. My not-so-tech-savvy users can't even really tell that they are connecting into a remote machine (remote machine is still local to building, on gigabit network).
It is RemoteFX capable. Watching 1080p video is tolerable, but 720p and below is just like watching on a local machine. (I am not sure how much of that is due to server vs client loading, though.)
Running basic knowledge user applications is just like running on a local machine (Web browsing, PDF view/edit, Quickbooks, MS Office)
I am able to connect analog and USB headsets, as well as USB flash drives, to to the remote machine.
Came with basic Dell USB Mouse and USB Keyboard, as well as a DVI->VGA adapter.
Cons: Cannot delete "default" connections.
This is a bit of a hindrance when dealing with a not-so-tech-savvy user base. If there is a button they should never click, it is better to just not to have the button. My way around this is to rename the unused default connection to "Do Not Click This", and actually use the other default connection and name it "Click This".
Pros: This server is very light weight and low power (and quiet!). The dual NICs make it perfect for acting as a static IP web server with an inward facing port for internal network access capability. I am presently using it as a LAMP/Joomla! web server + samba network storage and have not noticed any performance issues for the small business application (5-8 simultaneous local accesses + low traffic / sub 1000 hits daily to the web server; it can probably handle a lot more, but I haven't stress tested it).
Cons: The power supply cables are configured in such a way to make it very difficult, if not impossible to make two of the SATA power connectors reach over to the hard drive bracket side of the chassis. If you intend to install more than one hard drive, I would recommend ordering either a SATA power Y-splitter cable, or a legacy molex to dual SATA splitter adapter cable along with this. It also only comes with one SATA data cable (although this is actually a pro, since I wasn't expecting any).
Not really a con, more of a n00b frustration; but you cannot boot from the USB3.0 ports. I am new to booting / installing through USB, so it was a little frustrating to be continuously thinking I was creating the boot flash wrong when the issue was actually that the BIOS will not recognize a boot device on a USB3.0 port. Just plug your flash drive into one of the 2.0 ports instead and it works fine.
Other Thoughts: I installed 2x4GB SO-DIMMs for 8GB total DDR3 1333 and it successfully performs a RAM test on all 8GB. I have not benchmarked real world performance of application configurations that consistently require more than 4GB, though.
For internal expansion, it actually comes with a right angle adapter embedded for the PCI slot and has room for a full height card in that right angle configuration. There are bottom mounting holes for two 3.5" hard drives or two adapter brackets. These brackets can be single 2.5" drive brackets or dual 2.5" drive brackets. If you are using a PCI card, you should use the single 2.5" brackets so the card has room to go over them (fits with basic COM / USB cards, probably wireless cards too, but I can't speak for anything hefty like a PCI GPU.) If you do not need a PCI card, you can use up to two dual 2.5" drive brackets (but it only has two SATA ports, so 1xdual drive bracket + 1xsingle drive brackt + 1xSATA PCI (short length) adapter would be the largest real solution) These are specialty SuperMicro brackets, and you will need at least one if you intend to install a 2.5" drive internally (very few generic adapters have the bottom mount holes)
Pros: I bought this on sale to begin the process of my new desktop build. I am using it as a storage drive for my games and large application installs, and configured Windows to use it to store the page file. Even though my current machine only has SATA II, the performance increase is still significant over that of a standard rotating disk.
It also comes with the 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, which is convenient.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I will definitely be getting another one to install my OS on when I complete my new build. Anything under $200 is a great deal for this drive.READ FULL REVIEW
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