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Dennis G.

Dennis G.

Joined on 12/17/08

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Most Favorable Review

Good board, at least for me.

Intel E1G42ET Dual Port Server Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45
Intel E1G42ET Dual Port Server Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45

Pros: Under FreeBSD 9.0 on a GB MB I am able to achieve 1Gb-10% without effort.

Cons: The BSD folks do not yet support larger MTUs.

Most Critical Review

Questionable quality

Hitachi GST H3IK40003254SW (0S03364) 4TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST H3IK40003254SW (0S03364) 4TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large amount of data in a single package. Not fast but not slow. Great for my storage and data manipulation servers.

Cons: I am unsure about the quality of these drives. Under heavy usage, SMART reported an increasing number of uncorrectable errors for one of my three drives (all less than a month old). That drive had increasing uncorrectable error counts and randomly went off-line so I filed a RMA. Another disk has a small number of uncorrectable error counts and I am keeping an eye on it. My drives experience heavy usage under ZFS.

Overall Review: Although I believe the drives' quality is a question mark, I have bought two more. I use a fair amount of drives and I am hopeful my experience is an anomaly. I have had trouble with other vendors and models.

Meets expectations. Works great.

ASUS A78M-A FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A78M-A FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Meet expectations. Works great. No problems. Surprised by the amount of memory the board supports. Wow.

Cons: Reliable drivers for RealTek Ethernet under non-Windows operating systems can be touchy. This board would be better if it used an Intel Ethernet chip.

Overall Review: None.

Unimpressive

OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G
OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G

Pros: It works.

Cons: I am unimpressed with this device's performance. I bought four to use in ZFS systems (L2Arc and ZIL). After performance testing on a 3 2TB disk RAIDz array (L2Arc), I found I got either little better or no better spindle performance then without it. I also tested performance on a 10 2TB disk RAIDz array and notice little impact however I got noticeable performance improvement with other SSDs.

Overall Review: Bought four, returning two.