Joined on 11/17/05
Fast and rock-solid
Pros: ideal system drive for a home server. very fast (6Gb/s!) and reliable (about reliability my suggestion is based on the owning of another WD velociraptor 300Gb).
Cons: little bit noisy. probably it won't be good for a system critical to the noise level.
Overall Review: i've bought WD velociraptor 300Gb long time ago (5 years ago or so). it costed to me, but i needed a speed for my DAW. surprisingly it happened to be very quiet, and i didn't have any issue, making music. i've acquired WD velociraptor 500Gb for my home server (HP proliant ML310e) as a system drive - speed and reliability are critical for such a type of computers. now its price is much, much more affordable (thanks to newegg!). though it seemed to me being a little bit noisy comparing to my old 300Gb, it's ok for a server (mine is located in the basement).
Plenty of space
Pros: Lots of space. I've bought 3 of these drives and installed them into my home server HP Proliant ML310e. I configured them as RAID0 and got a huge volume 10.9Tb (12,001,567,797,248 bytes) in total. You know, it impresses.
Cons: Nothing at all. Though I'd prefer 7200RPM.
Overall Review: Although its speed is just 5900RPM, it's pretty nimble. When I copy 2 massive terabytes from a single 7200 drive to the raid, the average transfer rate was about 100-120 Mbps (up to 140).
Great professional level server for home
Pros: For a very reasonable price you get a real server, that may ideally fit to your home network.
Cons: No Gen8 HDD caddy trays in the real world! Shame to HP!
Overall Review: This is a great professional level server for home or a small office. I've bought it for my home, installed windows server 2012 essentials (for a very reasonable price) and got a very useful addition to my home network. I can monitor health of the home computers, make regular backups of their data, I have shared access to the documents, pictures and media files. Some additional notes: 1. Do not buy this computer, if you don't know, what to do with it, or if you don't know somebody, who could help you. It's not just a desktop, it's not end-user friendly. It requires a little bit more than basic knowledge about computers and networks. I've been having a deal with computers 25 years, and I spent a week to make the server work properly. 2. This server goes without any HDD. And that's right: you can use probably any SATA HDDs - not only HP-branded. However you should be aware, that you're gonna face to an absolute unavailability of Gen8 drive tray caddies in the whole world. Gen8 trays are not compatible with the previous generations. HP doesn't sell them separately - only together with their HDDs (that cost too much). I wasn't able to find them anywhere - newegg, ..., etc. - anywhere in the internet! I had to remake 3 blank caddy fillers, that went with the server - to accept my HDDs (2 2Tb Samsungs and 2 3Tb WDs). With the 4th HDD I just had to bind it with some screws (preliminarily drilling a couple of holes in the HDD cage). 3. It's not true, that you need to use only HP branded memory in this server. There's a good site - kingston.com. You go there and select the memory for practicaly any system. You take the model number, go back to newegg and buy them here cheaper. I've bought 3 additional SDRAM modules (Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC DDR3 1600 System Specific Memory Model KTH-PL316E/4G) and now have 16Gb of memory on board, that run perfect. 4. In contrast to corporate class blade servers, HP Proliant ML310e is very quiet and power-effective. It looks like an ordinary desktop and doesn't require any rack stands for installation. Nevertheless it's a real professional server, loaded with the most real features, that the big servers have.
the greatest CPU, Intel ever made
Pros: some numbers: CPU is overclocked @3.2GHz (turbo boost mode is on - the CPU's running @3.36GHz, HT is on - we got 8 cores running) prime95 has been running for 1 hour - all 8 cores at 100% the case antec p182: the top fan @800rpm (scythe S-FLEX), the back fan @1200rpm (scythe "slipstream"), the lower compartment fan @1150rpm (scythe gentletyphoon) in 1 hour of the test the CPU temperature is 58-59C, the system - 40-41C. the system is quiet - i can HARDLY hear it in 1m. during the test i was able to surf the internet - not even a sign of slowed mouse or something.
Cons: i've bought it not from newegg.com.
Overall Review: my system: CPU: i7-920 2.66GHz @3.2GHz (stepping C0) mobo: gigabyte UD4P RAM: ocz platinum 3x2Gb (7-7-7-19 @3.2GHz CPU) case: antec P182 CPU cooler: noctua NH-U12P SE1366 case fans: scythe S-FLEX SFF21D (top), scythe "Slipstream" SY1225SL12M (back), scythe Scythe GentleTyphoon D1225C12B3AP-13 (lower compartment) HDDs (all SATAII): WD velociraptor 300Gb, samsung F1 1Tb, WD 500Gb + seagate 500Gb in RAID1 PSU: corsair TX650 GPU: xfx geforce 7600GS fanless DVD: samsung DVD 22x burner SATA fan controller: scythe "kaze master"
it's the power for i7
Pros: it's powerful, quiet, cool and perfectly fits to my antec P182. i've installed it with a fan bottom direction. with my i7 system overclocked to 3.2GHz it's still quiet and cool.
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: my system: CPU: i7-920 2.66GHz @3.2GHz (stepping C0) mobo: gigabyte UD4P RAM: ocz platinum 3x2Gb (7-7-7-19 @3.2GHz CPU) case: antec P182 CPU cooler: noctua NH-U12P SE1366 case fans: scythe S-FLEX SFF21D (top), scythe "Slipstream" SY1225SL12M (back), scythe Scythe GentleTyphoon D1225C12B3AP-13 (lower compartment) HDDs (all SATAII): WD velociraptor 300Gb, samsung F1 1Tb, WD 500Gb + seagate 500Gb in RAID1 PSU: corsair TX650 GPU: xfx geforce 7600GS fanless DVD: samsung DVD 22x burner SATA fan controller: scythe "kaze master" it's quiet like a sleeping baby.