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This review is from: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: Beautiful sound quality. No-hassle PCI passthrough to a Xenserver guest!
Cons: Annoying power connector. Be very careful with it. I still haven't figured out how to disconnect it without applying force, so the power adaptor is installed permanently as far as I'm concerned.
Other Thoughts: My use case is undoubtedly not typical. This card is mounted on an Asus P9D-C/4L running Xenserver, and is dedicated to an Ubuntu virtual machine using PCI passthrough. It works perfectly and sounds fabulous.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P9D WS Intel C226 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
Pros: Very easy to assemble and set up. Well documented and clearly labeled. Way more features than I will ever use.
No problems so far with either Windows 7 or Ubuntu 13.10 (Asus web site says that Ubuntu 13.04 and RH 6.3 are supported on this board, though the manual doesn't say so). Integrated graphics gives me dual monitors out of the box (in both Windows and Ubuntu) with no graphics card needed.
ECC does work (according to dmidecode).
Cons: lm-sensors 3.3 knows about the Nuvoton NCT6779D, but can only read the board and CPU temps, not fan speeds. IPMI would have been nice. No provision for iKVM, unfortunately.
Other Thoughts: I have been so happy with the P9D-E/4L and P9D-C/4L that I decided to grab this one to upgrade my workstation. I chose it because of the C22X chipset and dual i210 NICs, and outfitted it with a Xeon E3-1245 v3. This makes it not only a great workstation, but a decent server if I need it for a spare.
I've been very pleased with the P9D product line.
This review is from: Dynatron K17 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler LGA 1155/1156/1150
Pros: The heat sink is decent enough, and the spring-loaded screws make it pretty easy to apply even pressure to the die.
Cons: The fan is garbage. It produces a significant growling noise at low speeds. No instructions included and no airflow indicator on the fan, so I had to power it up to see which way to mount it (lame).
Other Thoughts: I didn't appreciate the who-knows-what thermal paste they included on the mating surface. I removed it with denatured alcohol and used Arctic Silver instead.
I chose this one over an Hyper N520 simply for the PWM fan. Since the point of a PWM fan is low noise, I'm very disappointed. After I throw away the fan and attach a Noctua, it'll be tolerable.