Joined on 11/07/05
Picture Great - Delay from sleep not so
Pros: Not a bad monitor for the price. I'd recommend it for the money, provided you can get over some of the relatively minor issues. HDMI nice to have for the money. HDMI Audio port an interesting option for some environments.
Cons: This monitor takes 2-3 times as long as my Samsung and Viewsonic displays to start from sleep. It is long enough to make you wonder if it is working (we are talking several seconds, not mins or anything) The Red power light is bright, you can turn it off, but then combined with the long-restart you would think the monitor was off. The stand wobbles easily (not a big problem, but might speak of build quality). Finally, I think they really cheaped out by not providing a DVI or a HDMI cable. I think they could keep their VGA cable at this point.
50% Dead On Arrival
Pros: Price was good if both DIMMS worked (which they didn't)
Cons: 1 of 2 DIMMS was DOA. Return shipping for RMA is $11, which you must prepay. Personally, I think it is pretty unacce3ptable to get a failed DIMM delivered and have to pay return postage.
Overall Review: Looks like another reviewer had similar experience. Maybe Corsair's quality control has gone down the drain.
Great Server, Be Careful of Drive Connectors
Pros: As has been my experience, SuperMicro is fairly high quality considering the price. While not equivalent to a Dell, I built a box for $3k using this case that would have cost over $10k from Dell. Case is well designed with great air flow, although fans are loud. Redundant power supplies, and dual gigabit nics are great. Happy to see that the riser card was included. Cable routing was well thought out and does not interfere with air cooling. Comes with CPU heatsinks that fit nicely in the case. Lots of RAM slots on the motherboard, and it doesn't feel crowded. RAILS were not of poor quality like the old supermicros were. Great for SSD drives.
Cons: First, and foremost, it was not clear that the case comes with only SFF8087 connectors for the drive backplane. There is no way to circumvent this, so you must purchase a reverse breakout cable to use with the motherboard, or purchase RAID cards that support SFF8087. NOTE: Not all cards use the same SFF8087 connector. I mistakenly purchased a card with a SFF8643 connector which needs yet its own adapter cable. It would be nice if SuperMicro at least included one such cable (SFF-8087 to SATA Reverse) for use with the motherboard SATA. The manual could use a lot of improvement, and doesn't exactly match the case or the motherboard. Does not include a CDROM/DVDROM. I wish it included a USB port and monitor port on the front of the case.
Overall Review: The cable needed to connect to the motherboard is at newegg: NORCO C-SFF8087-4S Discrete to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout) Cable
Cannot beat for money
Pros: Amazing Features for the money. SMB,NFS,FTP support. It is a mini-linux box rather than just a NAS.
Cons: Initial configuration assumes you have Internet/Active X access. I'd prefer just to be provided with the default IP address and configure it directly rather than going to a vendor site.
Overall Review: This has more features than my $2,500 NAS by NetGear. The NetGear is much better professional-grade build quality (rackmount, etc), but for home use, this is really a pretty powerful simple RAID-1 NAS.