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SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD500BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 500gig capacity, fast, quiet. Awesome drive in my Dell E6430 laptop.

Cons: Nothing, other than I wish it was cheaper.

Other Thoughts: I'm running Windows Server 2012 on a Dell E6430 Laptop for various testing and development purposes (i7 / 16GB RAM) and it boots in seconds. I'm running a CentOS and Windows 2003 R2 VM as well as IIS7, SQL Server 2012 and MySQL and I haven't seen a stutter or a hitch yet.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Remote lights-out management with remote KVM via integrated IPMI port, dual-NIC, software RAID-10 drivers for Windows servers with management suite are bomb-proof. 8 memory slots for memory upgrades. Great board!

Cons: None. Another top-notch Supermicro board.

Other Thoughts: There are two sets of drivers for the board, one for boards running older firmware, one for more recent firmware. Just upgrade your board to the latest firmware and use the latest drivers and you'll be set.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Speedy RMA process from LSI.

Cons: This is an update to my review of 3/15/2011. After my good experience with the first card, I bought a second one for a server I have running in a datacenter. After a few weeks, the server started experiencing I/O errors and crashing, so I flashed the card to the latest firmware and it hosed mid-flash. I had to RMA it.

Now the first card I purchased suddenly lost it's RAID configuration for one of the disk groups, flagging one disk as missing and another as bad. Pulling apart the array and running disk diagnostics showed no errors on the disks, but after rebuilding the array, the server crashed on me.

So now I'm stuck with $600 spent on two controllers that I don't fully trust that server up I/O errors and drop array configurations.

Other Thoughts: I'm bummed I bought these cards.

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Greg T.'s Profile

Display Name: Greg T.

Date Joined: 09/15/03

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 03/03/05
  • Last Review: 09/11/13
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