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Pros: 8 external drives + 4 SSD drive slots.
3 huge fans are nearly silent.
Compact size for the amount of storage space
Keeps the drives and MB very cool
Cons: Requires a separate power supply which adds to the cost
Trays are cheap plastic rather then metal
Fan filters are attached by cheap magnetics and can fall off quite easily
Other Thoughts: I've purchased two of these over the course of a month of so and I'm relatively happy. I have 8 3.5 drives plus 1 SSD boot drive with a fanless asrock mini-itx motherboard. Surprisingly, the system is very quite and the board stays very cool with the 3 huge fans.
I took off an egg because of the cons which could have been easily fixed. I do realize that the better cases tend to require a separate supply since the manufacturer doesn't really know what your requirements are.
I did not test the hot swap capability of the case.
This review is from: BELKIN A7J304-250 250 ft. Cat 5E Gray Color Network Cable
Pros: 1. Stranded as opposed to solid
2. Shipped in a pull box as opposed to bulk
3. Includes a clip on the pull hole to prevent the cable from going back in the box
Other Thoughts: These are stranded cables, not solid which makes them great for making patch cords of <= 10-15 feet. This cable is not meant for long runs. Most people use solid cable with punch blocks for long runs.
I am not seeing any packet loss with ping or any noticeable signal degradation. Making custom length patch cables can be very difficult requiring the proper tools and knowhow. I would recommend that most people buy pre-made patch cables instead.
This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Pros: Rock sold after adjusting some settings.
Cons: Needs some adjustment to make it stable.
Other Thoughts: This is my second review after buying a second board and using the first board for over a month. I wanted to share some adjustments I had to make to the settings so that ASROCK can potentially change the defaults and for the benefits of others having stability issues.
1. The management interface uses a weird bonding mode with the regular interfaces by default. This will cause issues with smart switches since the same IP address will be used on both the management interface and one of the regular ethernet connections. It also causes issues when teaming is enabled.
To disable it, disable bonding it the management UI. Also disable interface eth0 and keep eth1 enabled. eth0 is shared with the regular jacks.
2. Disable "Turbo Boost" in the BIOS. This will cause a small performance decrease, but seems to increase the stability of the system.
3. Use the Intel based SATA connections first and disable the marvel controllers if you aren't using them. The Intel based controller seems to have slightly better software support.
4. Disable "Intelligent Power Management" for the Intel SATA controller. This seems to interfere with some hard drives.
After making these changes, the system seem to be very rock solid especially after making change #1.