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alex P.

alex P.

Joined on 01/20/02

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Most Favorable Review

1/8" too slim

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel PT13B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel PT13B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Well made - Nice design and accessories for VESA mounting.

Cons: To slim for all but the one cooling fan listed by another customer.

Overall Review: I would not go over 35 watt CPU in this case - the fan will be working too hard for it to be anything but noisy with a 55-65 watt CPU. This leaves you with the Intel Core i3-4130T - fortunately it a fine CPU. (I build mine with a 2120T) The case is ideal for all in one boards - note that you will not miss CPU power for media use if you add an mpg decoder board - however I think they usually are full length mini PCI express. The included SATA power cable was to big and long so I cut one end of one I had on hand.

Most Critical Review

Guarantied to fail again

Seagate BarraCuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Works for a short while

Cons: We installed about 20 of these in servers and the failure was 100%. We sent them in and had them refurbished and the replacement failure rate was just as bad. They are basically good for one year (24/7/365) before they accumulate so many errors they cannot recover

Overall Review: Strangely enough you can use them for backup - as long as they are not left on - they seem to work well if they are turned off. That is they don't deteriorate from sitting on the shelf as the drive mechanism is reliable. We had some drives fixed twice - now we just use them for backup copies of server installations in a test environment. The larger drives in the series were worse.

Nice finish - smoking fan.

DIYPC Cuboid-R Black / Red USB 3.0 Gaming Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 1 x 140mm LED Red Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm LED Red Fan x Rear
DIYPC Cuboid-R Black / Red USB 3.0 Gaming Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 1 x 140mm LED Red Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm LED Red Fan x Rear

Pros: Nicely finished in particular considering the cost. A nice "show and tell" case.

Cons: The front fan had a short circuit because of a solder blob on the motor board. The wire melted along the whole length from power to motor, smoke and stink ensued! Fortunately my PS was OK.

Overall Review: Don't expect the fans to last.

Perfectly Simple

iStarUSA D-214-MATX Black Steel 2U Rackmount Chassis 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
iStarUSA D-214-MATX Black Steel 2U Rackmount Chassis 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: Excellent layout which I used with a 4 slot tray less RAID cage for 2.5 HD/SSD.

Cons: Configured for ATX supply (which is common at this price) a more compact 1U or 2U server grade supply would be better as there would be room for a full ATX board which is what I needed to go over 64 GB RAM.

Overall Review: I also shortened the case to 11" - which takes too much effort - but this was the only way to build a Flight Bag Server with 128GB RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1390V57036&cm_re=SKB_studio_flyer-_-0TZ-0012-00060-_-Product

Works Great

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL

Pros: Works Great

Cons: none

Overall Review: G Skills has been good to me in the past.

False advertising - going back

OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G

Pros: These units are very fast when use as intended but it is an immature product or "presentation". I was going to use a pair of them (mirror) on a server for the host installation and caching but you can only access 64GB storage on these units because to get the spped thet are really just a stripe se of two small drives (see Cons).

Cons: OCZ is misleading you big time. The drives appears to be a stripe-set (RAID 0) configured pair of 64GB drives. This is what makes the Speed claim possible. However OCZ still maintain that they are 128GB drives which they are NOT because you can't access the pairs of 64 separately - AND if you could, they would be HALF THE SPEED. No one, not even normally competent OCZ, can have their cake and eat it too. Sorry pals you are engaging in FALSE advertising here.

Overall Review: OCZ make a lot of good stuff and I must have well over 100 sticks of their RAM out there working reliably. For this drive they include downloadable, licensed, acceleration software from a Third party in the price - but their website is not configured to get you to the information on this drive and you have to literally find a back door through Google to get to it. There is no information on which RAID cards I can expect to use this with either - some of the the new controllers are ready.