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Nicolas S.

Nicolas S.

Joined on 10/29/10

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Most Favorable Review

Linux Workstation

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600

Pros: Running this board with a Xeon-1275v3 and 2 sticks of ECC Kingston ram KVR16E11/8I on Debian Wheezy with the latest kernel 3.11.6 and the latest Nvidia beta drivers 331.17 without a hitch as my personal Linux workstation. The board has alot of features and this is why I bought it. I also liked the fact that there is no fancy bios, unlike so many boards nowadays.

Cons: If you plan running this board on Linux, you need the kernel 3.11 series, it has usb xhci mode issues with 3.10 and some people experience other difficulties with lower kernel branch too.

Overall Review: Solid workstation/server board, you can't go wrong with SuperMicro, these guys know what they are doing.

Most Critical Review

Works great but...

NETGEAR WPN824N-100NAS RangeMax N150 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
NETGEAR WPN824N-100NAS RangeMax N150 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Router works great out of the box and is way stronger than my previous one.

Cons: The plastic stand wasn't included in the box, I frankly don't understand that one, I'm very disappointed as I would have liked to receive a product with complete parts and that one is the most important.

Overall Review: there is clearly a stand in the picture, why it wasn't in the box?????

Garbage

CORSAIR CX series CX750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
CORSAIR CX series CX750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: none

Cons: Lasted me exactly 1 year, random reboot started and then random shutdown, and then I pulled it out before I fry my motherboard. Tested all other components, PSU came as the main problem.

Overall Review: now serves as a paper weight.

Excellent card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 2GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Synergy Edition Video Card ZT-60904-10M
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 2GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Synergy Edition Video Card ZT-60904-10M

Pros: Bought this card to replace my venerable Zotac GTS 450 which served me quite well and still working fine. I couldn't find a better deal right now, this was the deal. Playing only WoW everything cranked at Ultra @ 1600x900 resolution on a Workstation, cpu is Xeon E3-1275v3 with 32gb ECC 1600 mhz ram and motherboard is Supermicro X10SAE. On Windows 8.1, i'm getting between 55-100 fps on the outside world in Draenor, average fps is 65. In raids, i'm getting 45-75 fps, stable average is 55. In pvp battlegrounds i'm getting 90 fps stable. On Arch Linux with wine patched with csmt, everything cranked to ultra, wine can't handle Dx11, so under Dx9, i'm getting average 90 fps stable everywhere in Draenor and in raids, yes this is faster than windows, but sometimes a little bit choppy since it translate the DirectX calls to OpenGL. With the csmt patch, performance is incredible, at least 2x times faster than the official Wine release. In either case, temperature never goes above 65c and the fan speed adjust automatically under Windows and Linux without a problem.

Cons: None, perfect card for my needs.

Overall Review: I love Zotac video cards.

Awesome cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: This replaced the Intel stock cooling of the E3-1275v3 on my Workstation server motherboard SuperMicro X10SAE0, it fits perfectly and the installation took less than 15 minutes. I was topping 90c with the Intel stock cooling while using all 8 threads intensively, now the temperature never gets above 50-60c on full load and stay at 30c on idle.

Cons: None. I should have bought this kit on my initial build order.

Overall Review: If you run on Linux, make sure to take profits of the utility named fancontrol, this help regulate the fan speed adjusting properly the rpm of the fan depending on the load/temp of the cpu, your motherboard, however, has to be supported.

Junk

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None.

Cons: Lasted exactly 9 months while used 24/7 in a home Debian server as the main drive.

11/10/2013