Can hotswap2/11/2009 7:53:42 PM

Pros: Works great. Can hotswap if: a) your controller card supports it b) your operating system supports it

Cons: None

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.

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Great cheap case with a bit of manual effort12/4/2008 10:35:13 PM

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.

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Love it, bit slow.5/14/2008 9:51:31 PM

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.

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Very well built, great features, 12x10 ATX only5/14/2008 9:53:25 AM

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: http://www.istarusa.com/rackmount_chassis/dstorm/rack_dvr/4u/d-400l-7.aspx 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.

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Great! Need to know what A and P means? Read...5/14/2008 9:40:24 AM

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."

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Fast, reliable5/14/2008 9:34:42 AM

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).

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this for stability and reliability. I haven't tried overclocking it.

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Dual rank may not be what you need5/14/2008 9:32:13 AM

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.

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Good board, confusing details, read the manual.5/14/2008 9:28:08 AM

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 :-)

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