Date Joined: 03/05/04
Pros: Works great. Can hotswap if:
a) your controller card supports it
b) your operating system supports it
Overall Review: I run linux. I have three of these. With an older Promise 1st gen Sata card I can't hotswap. With a regular intel motherboard raid I can. I just unmount the drive and they are synced automatically. I can then swap the drive and mount them again. Nice.
Pros: Cheap. Well built.
Cons: If you want to use a non-supermicro motherboard, you need to order new front-panel cables (someone else has posted the part numbers).
Secondly, if that motherboard has audio drivers then make sure you have a dremel. Dremels rule. :-)
Overall Review: I thought about cutting a hole in the top and mounting a regular CPU heatsink fan, giving it a muscle-car-with-super-charger look, but then I realized that would just be silly.
Pros: Small, light, *PINK*. Runs web, gmail, skype (built in speakers and microphone). Why buy a PDA?
Cons: Its not fast, and requires a little patience - and faith.
Overall Review: If you are a windows user you'll keep thinking "oh no its crashed again" - but, no, its not windows, its just a little slow. Almost relaxing.
Pros: Very sturdy. Good handles. Comes with a 5-slot SATA enclosure that is usually the same price as this entire chassis! I am extremely happy with the easy of installation and features.
Cons: Not really a con, but *read the specs*: this chassis will not take an EATX motherboard. You are limited to a standard ATX no bigger than 12x10. *It says so right in the specs*. This is a little limiting, but supermicro make a great 12x10 5100 chipset server mobo.
Overall Review: The newegg link to the manufacturer is a broken and the iStar site isn't much better. Its basically this chassis with the raid chassis added:
I don't normally buy a chassis unless I can be sure that it is easy to install/swap parts. I do a lot of that. This time I took a chance because I just wanted a cheap case to put in a rack and forget about. As it turned out, this case was extremely well made and designed. The drive cages were simple to remove (4 screws each) making everything else easy. I now have a supermicro X7DCL-i with 2xXeons in it.
Pros: Wheeeee! Wheeeeeeeeheeeeee! *8-)
Speed/$ off the chart.
Cons: Dealing with the envy of your geek friends?
Overall Review: The letter at the end (A or P) is Active or Passive. From the box:
"Active or 1U Passive Thermal Solution"
This intel-designed thermal solution is intended for use in mulitple chassis configurations:
* With fan installed: 3U and above rack-mount and pedestal chassis that *do not provide ducted airflow* to the thermal solution.
* With fan removed: 1U rack-mount chassis."
The other SKU (ending in P) is the Passive Thermal Solution:
"This intel-designed thermal solution is intended for use in 2U and above rack-mount and pedestal chassis that *provide ducted aifrlow* to the thermal solution."
Pros: Its an intel board with an intel chipset. Best driver support. Best reliability. Great price. Can run Server OS no problem (I've been running Windows Server 2008 on it).
Overall Review: I bought this for stability and reliability. I haven't tried overclocking it.
Pros: Great price, worked a treat. Soaked memtest fine.
Cons: Not really this RAMs fault, but I discovered that my 5100-chipset board can't take more than 2 sticks of dual rank DIMMs. I had to RMA and order single rank, which was only available directly from Kingston.
Overall Review: Newegg, you need to say whether RAM is single or dual rank, and make it searchable.
Pros: Great ATX-sized board can fit in many cases that wont handle an Extended-ATX size.
Cons: To use more than two sticks of RAM you *must* purchase single rank DIMMs. I didn't and had to RMA. Single rank DIMMs are about 2.5 times more expensive, making them as much as FB-DIMMs, so you don't get the cost saving. You do get the speed and power savings though.
The manual also states that you need an SSI power supply. Didn't read that until I actually got the unit. I have a server power supply, with EPS, but I don't think its SSI. The product page says "ATX" power supply. I find this unclear and frustrating.
Seems to work...
Overall Review: Ooooh, V8 power :-)