Good server case7/31/2016 8:40:43 AM

Pros: Fits dual processor EEB server motherboards in a case that is 4" longer and no taller than a typical mini - tower. There are 6 available 3.5" bays: 4 in the included drive cage, and one more vertically below the drive cage using the included rails. There is one 5.25" to 3.5" converted included in the top external 5.25 bay. After that, you still have two external 5.25" bays free.

Cons: Tight around the power supply with all the cabling for dual processors, drive, etc.

Overall Review: A great option for this case is to add some casters to the bottom. Servers can get quite heavy filled with all the drives and components. Good casters are ArtBin Super Satchel Cube Casters, Set of 4-Black, 6856SW, about $8 on amzn. Install the casters before you build as you will need to drill holes into the bottom of the steel case to attach them.

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Solid Memory8/24/2015 11:41:58 PM

Pros: Worked perfectly in a HP Z200

Cons: None

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Good Enterprise SSD1/20/2015 10:52:47 AM

Pros: Endurance, Endurance, Endurance. The 240GB drive has a 1000 TB (1 Petabyte) endurance rating. Meaning 240 GB of writes per day for 10 years! Capacitors to prevent data loss during a power failure. Great Read Performance (550MB/sec). Low power idle (<1w).

Cons: Write performance is good, not great (300 MB/s), and IOPS is lower (10,000/sec) as compared to other drives. However, something has to give to achieve its amazing endurance.

Overall Review: Two of these in a Storage Spaces simple array produce 700 MB/SEC read and write.

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Good Quality Drive Cage1/20/2015 10:19:29 AM

Pros: All machined aluminum construction, dual fans, very nice looking. Full speed 6 GB/sec transfer rates perfect for RAID SSDs.

Cons: Fans are quiet but not silent. Sliding the drive trays back into the unit can sometimes be tricky. It is easy to accidentally miss engaging the rails on one side. The key is to not "force" a drive in if it puts up resistance as it is likely not on both rails.

Overall Review: These are great cages. I have four of them for a large scale SSD raid.

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Good multithreading chip -- Follow up2/16/2012 10:40:47 PM

Pros: This is a follow up review to my previous review. Great power management with the windows patches for the bulldozer architecture. The windows patches lowered idle power usage by another 20 watts. Power usage is lower at maximum power as it was before on balanced. Continues to be very stable. Running on Asus KGPE-D16 with 64GB of DDR3-1600.

Cons: Hoped for more of a performance boost from the Windows bulldozer patches. At maximum performance settings, getting about a 3-5% boost compared to before the patches. However, the change in power efficency is pretty amazing.

Overall Review: With the bulldozer patches that enable full core parking, you can run the server at maximum performance power settings with only a 2-3% increase in power usage. This then fully exploits the turbo mode for the processor. Maximum power setting yeild a very tangible increase in performance. Energy usage for the processor, cooler, fans, power supply, 7 SSDs, sound card, 64GB RAM, GTX 460 graphics, and motherboard is 95-100 watts idle at the plug. With 5 spindle drives powered up, it adds another 30+ watts. Single Opteron 6272 Noctua NH-U9DO A3 Cooler Asus KGPE-D16 (dual socket) 8 X 8GB of Samsung DDR3-1600 (M393B1K70DH0-CK0) 2 Mushkin enhanced SSD's 3 Patriot Wildfire SSD's 2 Patriot Pyro SSD's 1 x 1TB SATA Spindle 4 x 320 GB SATA Spindle Seasonic x-750 Gold Ultra ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case

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Slipping connectors and poor execution with SSDs2/10/2012 6:23:29 AM

Pros: Solid, high quality cable. Locks in place on the motherboard.

Cons: I bought six of these for an SSD array on a server motherboard. The large round neck on each connector end causes all sorts of issues. You cannot put them side by side if you have a bank of SATA connectors as the round necks push hard against each other. I inserted just two side by side into my motherboard and they deflected each other so much the latches would almost not release. I used a utility knife to cut down the round necks so they would actually fit next to each other on the motherboard. Then I found that the cables slip off of SSDs. The cables do not “click-in” and lock with SSDs. A SSD’s SATA connector is small and thus consists of only the Male SATA part, without the surrounding “D” socket as seen on the motherboard and 3.5” drives. These cables depend on the socket to latch. Without a socket to latch into, these cables slip off the drives SO easily. Three drives disappear after moved the case because the connectors had slid off the SSDs. I have six unusable cab

Overall Review: Motherboard ASUS KGPE-D16 Drives Patriot Wildfire 120GB

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Great drive2/1/2012 4:19:15 PM

Pros: Made in the USA. Reliable and completely stable. Fast speeds. With a single disk, I am getting 510MB/sec with high quality SATA II cables. I am getting over 1GB/sec with two in RAID 0. SATA III cables are on the way which should allow them to perform at their spec of 550mb/sec. Lots of endurance as they are 32nm chips.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: CABLES MATTER. I did not think there was a big difference, but i did some testing. Had some new SATA II cables that came with my motherboard and I was getting 350mb/sec-400mb/sec. On a friend's suggestion, I changed to some workstation quality SATA II cables i had and speeds went to 510mb/sec. Real SATA III cables on order. Make sure you update to the latest firmware, as you should for all SSDs.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Very good server board1/11/2012 1:59:34 PM

Pros: Out-of-the box Interlagos support. Lots or RAM slots. I am using 4 x 8GB Samsung RAM modules and still have 3/4 of the slots empty. Plenty of SATA and SAS ports if you also get a Pike RAID card. 2 PCI x16 gen 2 slots.

Cons: Update to the latest BIOS. Was running under the 2005 bios that came with the motherboard and was having problems with the USB channels sometimes all disappearing after a reboot. Once i updated the bios to the latest (2009?), the problems vanished.

Overall Review: Energy usage for the processor, cooler, fans, power supply, 2 SSDs, sound card, and motherboard is 65-69 watts idle at the plug. When the 4 archaic spindle drives are powered up, it adds another 30+ watts. Single Opteron 6272 Noctua NH-U9DO A3 Cooler Asus KGPE-D16 (dual socket) 4 X 8GB of Samsung DDR3-1600 (M393B1K70DH0-CK0) 2 Mushkin enhanced SSD's 4 x 320 GB SATA Spindle Seasonic x-750 Gold Ultra ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case

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Great product11/3/2011 9:40:37 AM

Pros: Works very well. I am getting much faster throughput as compared to the poor quality TrendNet wireless N gigabit router it replaced. Nice having dual wireless networks.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: As with any router, upgrade to the latest firmware.

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Stable and Fast RAM5/24/2011 9:46:41 PM

Pros: Works great in my HP 8530w elitebook. No problems at all. Added two of these for 8GB of ram and a WIE of 6.2.

Cons: none

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Performing as expected5/24/2011 9:42:46 PM

Pros: This is my second OCZ Vertex 2 120. The first one has been working for over a year in my desktop. I just added this second one to my laptop. Getting the same benchmarks as with my first drive: ~270mb/sec write, ~280 mb/sec read. WIE for the drive is 7.8.

Cons: none

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Greate drive10/22/2010 8:21:17 PM

Pros: Made in USA. Fast as advertised. Using it as a Boot/OS/Apps drive. Fresh install of Win 7 Pro x64 followed by 1 month of normal usage and here are the ATTO benchmarks: Reads = 284mb/sec, writes = 266mb/sec on an HP Z200 Xeon Workstation. Much faster than the RAID 10 1TB data volume on the same machine that is composed of 4x500GB SATA disks which max out at 174MB/sec read and 150MB/Sec write. This drive performs the same as my OCZ Vertex 2 120GB in my laptop.

Cons: None

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Very nice drive10/22/2010 8:11:25 PM

Pros: Fast as advertised. Fresh install of Win 7 Pro x64 followed by 1 month of normal usage and here are the ATTO benchmarks: Reads = 284mb/sec, writes = 270mb/sec on an Elite HP 8350p laptop. Runs cool.

Cons: Have found that my laptop has frozen twice from a resume since it was installed. Have not linked it to the drive specifically.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Solid and reliable6/4/2009 10:23:50 AM

Pros: Replaced a more expensive, buggy, and unreliable Watchguard Firebox which watchguard stopped supporting after 90 days. The Netgear is a great firewall and VPN appliance. Among the fastest VPN throuhput so it will last years. I have had it up for months with no VPN problems.

Cons: The VPN client software is tricky to setup.

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No support for X64 Vista5/5/2009 9:03:35 AM

Pros: None

Cons: drivers do not work with x64 and this NEC chipset is no longer supported.

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Quiet, cool and energy efficient5/4/2009 8:52:27 AM

Pros: Bought this drive to run in my EX470 home server. It runs at about 30 C/86 F when being used as the system drive. In the same unit, a Seagate 500 GB barracuda runs 33-34 C at idle. The drive is quiet, but does become slightly audible when accessed.

Cons: More expensive than some competitive 1TB drives; however, it does use 40% less power.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Solid and fast5/4/2009 8:39:59 AM

Pros: Very fast and solid. Runs cool. Unlike many other switches in this price range, this one can operate at full speed on all ports at the same time.

Cons: Would prefer the network ports to be on the back as opposed to the front.

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