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Mr. B.

Mr. B.

Joined on 08/05/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great Home Server

HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001

Pros: -Small -Fairly quiet -Somewhat Expandable -Inexpensive -Very Stable server -Nicely though out for the most part. -Attractive

Cons: -Really needs a RAM upgrade. RAM is cheap but it's a bit of a pain to install. -A larger capacity HD would be nice. -More RAID options would be nice. -No Sleep Mode -No hot swap

Overall Review: It is a very good WHS box. I upgraded mine to 8GB of RAM, added the option Microserver Remote Access card and three 3TB drives. As a WHS 2011 box it is very responsive. Coupled with "Lights Out" and WHS, It hybernates when It's not needed saving power. It supports Wake on LAN/WAN so it's easy to start back up remotely, allowing you to connect when you need too without it needing to be on 24/7. I highly recommend the optional Remote Access Card. It acts as a KVM over IP and allows full hardware control remotely. It's very simiar to the ILO options included with HP enterprise grade servers. If you can live with the limitations of the server, you will like it a lot.

Most Critical Review

Not bad

BUFFALO AirStation N150 Wireless USB Adapter - WLI-UC-GNM
BUFFALO AirStation N150 Wireless USB Adapter - WLI-UC-GNM

Pros: Small and Inexpensive. Supports current WPA2. Connections are just fine.

Cons: No 5Ghz support. Can get pretty warm.

Overall Review: I picked up a couple of these. One for a desktop and one for an older laptop that only had 11b support and couldn't connect to any Wifi network using greater than WEP. They installed easy enough, though I recommend not using the management software and just use what is included with Windows.

Solid "FakeRAID" Card

HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card

Pros: Price and Performance

Cons: It is a FakeRAID card, so all Caveats apply. SATA cables sold seperately.

Overall Review: I'm using this card to support an eight 1.5TB drive RAID 5. The performance is great and for the money it's a great option. You'll need to buy your cables seperately, but it's still a much lower cost option to true RAID cards.

Great

iStarUSA BPU-230SATA-BLUE 2x5.25" to 3x3.5" SATA Hot-swap Raid Cage
iStarUSA BPU-230SATA-BLUE 2x5.25" to 3x3.5" SATA Hot-swap Raid Cage

Pros: Attractive and solid.

Cons: As someone mentioned, the SATA power ports are a bit tight, but workable.

Overall Review: I will be getting more of this items for future builds.

Solid Little Board

ASUS P5G43T-M Pro LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5G43T-M Pro LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a solid little motherboard. DDR-3

Cons: Only 2 Memory slots. No onboard RAID.

Overall Review: I have been using this board, without errors, as my Windows Home Server for months. It has been flawless for the task. I have also used this MB in a second machine as a Media Center PC and everything seems to be equally solid. If you're looking for a board that will provide all the basics and work well, this is a good choice. I wish it had onboard RAID, but, if you don't need RAID, it's excellent.

10/27/2010

Fast!

Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH160G2R5
Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH160G2R5

Pros: Fast, small, cool. Boot times, app loading time etc all impressively fast. The drive itself is barely warm to the touch during operation.

Cons: Expensive and low capacity.

Overall Review: If you are looking to update the firmware to the Trim enabled version you will run into difficulty if you are running an nVidia chipset. There is a known bug with the update ISO seeing the drive on nVidia's i7 boards. You will need to flash it on another system first.

12/14/2009