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AOpen Digital Engine DE2700 WW Intel 945GSE 1 x 200Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 950GSE Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This device is awesome. It's tiny, fanless and low power with 2 x NICs. It comes with 1GB of RAM and has removable space for an HDD or CF card. It is THE perfect open source firewall appliance.

I used an old HDD and installed pfSense on these little guy and it is working great. Much better than some of the other dedicated Monowall/pfSense network appliances I bought - and cheaper too! No fans means that it's quiet with less points of failure. I'm going to start using these for all our router/firewall installations.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Well it's not a con, it would be nice if I could get a miniPCIe NIC card for this thing to increase the interface capabilities. I couldn't find one and I'm not sure if it would be usable if I did. Just a thought - this thing with 3-4 NICs (for DMZ or something similar) would be unbeatable.

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HighPoint RocketRAID 4322 PCI-Express x8 SATA / SAS Controller Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Was excited about this card after purchasing and returning a similar card that didn't do hardware RAID.

Cons: It arrived DOA. Of course it took about 2 hours of messing with it to figure that out. Consistent PCIe Training Errors. Reseated multiple times in multiple slots, upgraded the BIOS and still dead. Very frustrating.

Other Thoughts: We'll see if a replacement card fairs better.

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LSI LSI00188 PCI Express Low Profile Ready SATA / SAS 9200-8e Controller Card (Single Pack)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It did exactly what it was supposed to do. The card installed easily and the drivers were recognized by MS Server 2003 without issue.

Cons: JBOD only.

Other Thoughts: This isn't really a con because it is my fault for not reading up on the card more thoroughly but I was expecting it to have support for on board RAID. I guess since it's a HBA (Host Bus Adapter) this it is normal not to have it, but since this was my first experience with such a device it was news to me.

All the other LSI SAS HBA cards come with a firmware for integrated RAID EXCEPT the 9200-8e. The first tech support agent I got told me it was possible, but the 2nd one told me that it wasn't.

I didn't deduct any stars since this is mostly my fault for not researching the card better and understanding the technology.

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Jason S.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason S.

Date Joined: 06/28/08

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/05/10
  • Last Review: 02/16/12
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