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Steven B.

Steven B.

Joined on 04/22/04

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Most Favorable Review

80+ Power, 4 2.5" drives, quad core support

SUPERMICRO SuperChassis CSE-510-200B Black 1U Rackmount Server Case 200W
SUPERMICRO SuperChassis CSE-510-200B Black 1U Rackmount Server Case 200W

Pros: Room for four 2.5" drives using SuperMicro adapter brackets (need one for every 2 2.5" drives), they cost about $8 each. With no expansion cards SuperMicro approves 4 2.5" drives and a 95w Intel Quad Core. Mounts securely to a rack using ears only, no need to spend money on rails if you don't need them. Short, so takes little room using a two post rack. Power Supply is 80+ certified. Testing with 2 2.5" drives, 65w dual core shows barely 50w used at idle using speedstep, 80w with both cores at 100% usage.

Cons: Motherboard backplate is not removable. If you don't want issues better buy yourself a SuperMicro Motherboard that is made for this chassis! Only has 1 4-pin and 1 SATA power connector.

Overall Review: Works great with the SuperMicro X7SBL series. Supermicro adapter bracket for 2.5" drives come with all screws needed to mount to case and mount hard drives. Use supermicro heatsink part SNK-P0016P for this case. Does not come with heatsink plan on $25 for it. SNK-P0016P is awesome, a 1U unit with heatpipes. Has compound applied, but I used Arctic Silver.

Most Critical Review

Fan crapping out after less than three months

Rosewill RX353-S BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA Ext. Enclosure w/Int.40mm fan
Rosewill RX353-S BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA Ext. Enclosure w/Int.40mm fan

Pros: On off switch, fan on/off switch, comes with external SATA adapter and cable

Cons: Fan dies, no airspace around top/bottom of drive

Overall Review: Owned less than three months, fan just makes loud noise and does not move air. If I tap on the area around fan I can get it to stop and try to restart, maybe get fan moving again. Also, no airspace around top/bottom of drive so even when fan works it doesn't cool that great.

10/29/2007

Pay Attention, Much Lower Warranty than other 600 PRO SSDs

Seagate 600 Pro ST120FP0021 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive
Seagate 600 Pro ST120FP0021 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive

Pros: Enterprise MLC

Cons: What isn't clear unless you dig unto the specs is the warranty rating on the 120GB drive is VERY low compared to the other 600 PRO series. I was looking at the PRO as they have an extended warranty - supposedly due to Seagate overallocating cells to make up for write failures. Seagate warranty is based on time OR total writes, whichever comes first. Apparently I'm guessing the 120GB must be the same as a 100GB with less overallocation. Check out warranty for total bytes written: 100GB - 220 TB 120GB - 24 TB (!) 200GB - 520 TB Given the PRO is advertised as made for enterprise apps this information should be made more prominent. At this time of writing it isn't anywhere on specs page here, and most sites make no mention of the massive warranty tradeoff you give up buying the 120 over the 100 It's all good if you know what you are buying and make an informed decision based on usage. But lack of info is bad.

LSI SAS controller limited to two RAID volumes

SUPERMICRO SYS-1018D-73MTF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 1150 Intel C222 Express PCH DDR3 1600
SUPERMICRO SYS-1018D-73MTF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 1150 Intel C222 Express PCH DDR3 1600

Pros: Does not need linux mdraid / dmraid / etc to use LSI RAID. Any RAID array simply appears as single disk to CentOS / Redhat (and I would guess any other UNIX with LSI 2308 support)

Cons: Limited to two volumes. So if you don't use RAID 10 ... say you want four volumes, each mirrored ... you get to use four drives, then the other four drives you must use some type of md raid, etc. to mirror them.

Overall Review: note all 8 hot swap drives are connected to onboard LSI SAS controller. Make sure your OS understands LSI2308

Pay Attention, Much Lower Warranty than other 600 PRO SSDs

Seagate 600 Pro Series ST120FN0021 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive (Usage Based)
Seagate 600 Pro Series ST120FN0021 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive (Usage Based)

Pros: Enterprise MLC

Cons: What isn't clear unless you dig unto the specs is the warranty rating on the 120GB drive is VERY low compared to the other 600 PRO series. I was looking at the PRO as they have an extended warranty - supposedly due to Seagate overallocating cells to make up for write failures. Seagate warranty is based on time OR total writes, whichever comes first. Apparently I'm guessing the 120GB must be the same as a 100GB with less overallocation. Check out warranty for total bytes written: 100GB - 220 TB 120GB - 24 TB (!) 200GB - 520 TB Given the PRO is advertised as made for enterprise apps this information should be made more prominent. At this time of writing it isn't anywhere on specs page here, and most sites make no mention of the massive warranty tradeoff you give up buying the 120 over the 100 It's all good if you know what you are buying and make an informed decision based on usage. But lack of info is bad.

Does not line up to standard 3.5" hot swap

Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDBRKT2535 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter bracket
Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDBRKT2535 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter bracket

Pros: Works for basic cabled drives

Cons: This unit does not adapt such that you can use it to mount 2.5" drives into 3.5" hot swap assemblies. Look at the picture, it has little bumps/raises where the SSD screws onto the adapter plate. This makes the connectors (SATA, power) too high to mate into a hot swap drive plane. If they simply made it flat, with a plastic protector, it could work.