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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High capacity. Extra saving with promo code. Packaged well. 2-year warranty (whereas some recent Seagate drives -- even the "retail" ones on store shelves -- have had only a 1-year warranty).

Cons: None so far. Only a 2-year warranty; I remember when Seagate drives had a 5-year warranty.

Other Thoughts: This my fifth ST2000DM001. The first was received direct from Seagate as a warranty replacement for an ST32000641AS that failed. Three more I bought as "retail kit" drives (packaged as STBD2000101, but the drive inside was the ST2000DM001). This one I bought as a replacement for a second ST32000641AS that sometimes "acts up" but always passes the SeaTools diagnostics.

I have read complaints of some "bare" drives (from various manufacturers and vendors) suffering damage in transit due to improper packaging, but this one came in a close-fitting "air-cushion" pouch in a box just the right size.

Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory (Server Elpida F) Model KVR16E11/8EF
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Working for now, but...

Cons: No longer recommended for the motherboard for which I bought them -- and since discontinued.

I ordered two of these modules for a Supermicro X10SL7-F motherboard because they were on Kingston's compatibility list and because I had had good results with Kingston RAM previously. The day after I placed my order, these disappeared from Kingston's list of recommended modules for this motherboard, and a couple of weeks later they were listed as "discontinued."

Other Thoughts: In conversation with Kingston Tech Support the day these modules disappeared from the recommended list, they told me that the problem had shown up only when using four 8GB modules and that they were working with Supermicro to resolve the problem.

Far from the problem being resolved, however, these modules have been discontinued, and Kingston has recommended nothing else in their place for these motherboards -- not even the KVR16E11/8KF that has replaced the KVR16E11/8EF that I bought.

So if I want to add two more modules later, there may not even be modules of the same brand, let alone identical ones.

The only Supermicro X10-series motherboards for which Kingston now has recommended 8GB modules are the ones which have only two RAM sockets anyway.

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8 on-board SAS ports plus SATA2 and SATA3 ports.
Plenty of 4-pin headers for case fans
Sensors for "everything"
Remote control and monitoring via IPMI
Supports ECC RAM (only)

Cons: Can't alter Fan speed thresholds (or others either, probably) in BIOS setup -- had to use freeipmi (and only multiples of 150rpm seem to be acceptable). I wish I could take off half an egg for that.

Other Thoughts: I am using this with an E3-1230V3 CPU.

The day after I ordered this together with two 8GB modules of the Kingston-recommended RAM, Kingston took the 8GB ones off their recommended list; their tech support told me there had been reports of ECC errors when using four such modules. Unknown at this stage whether the problem is with the motherboard or with the RAM.

I'm using only two 8GB modules and have seen no problems


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Display Name: Alan B.

Date Joined: 01/11/07

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  • Last Review: 04/12/14
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