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This review is from: ASUS P9D-M Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: Class-Exclusive PCI arrangement. Jumpers everywhere for the control freak. ECC support. Nice mATX form factor.
Working VT-d, so ESXi 5.5 is set up right. The assured reliability of ECC makes this a dead stable virtualization platform for light use and little resource contention. Much cheaper than a 1P or 2P E5 setup.
Cons: Long boots, but that is expected with server boards. Did not work with PERC H310 until the pins B5 and B6 were covered with electrical tape because of a well documented bug with Intel's SM Bus since LGA 1366.
Dual channel memory bandwidth leaves something to be desired compared to LGA 2011.
Other Thoughts: Used a few spare parts lying around to make a compact, yet speedy virtualization server, and even a virtualized "desktop" with the GPU and USB passthrough.
Intel Xeon E3 1240 V3
Kingston KVR16E11K4/32 (32GB)
PERC H310, Low Profile
Sapphire HD 7750, Low Profile, PCIe Passthrough
Buffalo PCIe USB 3.0, Low Profile, PCIe Passthrough
Intel E10G42BTDA Fiber GBIC, Low Profile
x4 Crucial M4 256GB RAID 10 with 750GB 2.5" backup
Seasonic 360W G Series
Silverstone Milo ML03B
Pros: - Excellent acoustics for a blower-type fan-sink.
- Out of the box runs with a temperature target of 79°C and will adjust its clocks, voltages and fan speeds to give optimum performance all while maintaining quiet operation.
-Only 10.5" in length, so many small form factor cases can easily fir this card (Node 304, Prodigy, Elite 120, etc.).
- An ideal Nvidia solution for 2560x1440 displays, I run most new games maxed out (don't need as much AA at higher resolution, but every other setting is dialed to the max).
- Game play is much smoother than Crossfire or SLI.
- 7 and 1/2 hours GPUGrid long run.
- Extremely stable with the newest 331.65 WHQL driver.
- Much lower typical power consumption (50W+!) compared to R9 290/R9 290X.
- A reasonable amount of overclocking headroom (~100 MHZ), given a bump in the power threshold.
Cons: - Is louder than the EVGA ACX 780 by about 3-4 dB under load, which is not entirely noticeable.
- Some heat is still propelled into you case out the end of the card.
- Greatly reduced double precision floating point performance vs. Titan.
- A bit pricey compared to it's newer AMD competition, even after a recent price drop.
- Slight coil whine under rare instances, nothing too concerning.
Other Thoughts: 28nm has reached the end of it's life with these cards; buy anything more powerful than a GTX 780 and you are going to be thermally limited on the stock/aftermarket cooling, and overclocking them would require watercooling to maintain noise levels. Noise is a very important consideration with an ITX system, especially one that sits close to it's user. A GPU is not supposed to imitate a space heater or a jet turbine. Wait for 20nm if you already have 280X/770 or above.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Able to nearly saturate most single hard drive transfer rates (averaged 64 MB/s with HD204UI), but not able to touch my 1+0 raid array or the Mushkin or Crucial boot drives. MUCH better than a 10/100 switch however, and on the cheap (got mine for $25)!
Cons: First one DOA...
Other Thoughts: Don't settle with 10 MB/s transfer rates, spring for one of these and you won't look back. Now wishing they sold inexpensive 10GE switches to satisfy my NAS raid array...READ FULL REVIEW