Joined on 12/08/02
Serious Monitor for Serious WORK
Pros: Crisp, perfect, identical monitors in every way (I have 2 side by side). Absolutely perfect color and contrast. Crystal clear text. Full pivot, full height, good tilt, wide viewing angle. A Professional monitor for Professional use.
Cons: 8ms is too slow for fast games. I do miss my CRTs, (I went from Sony Trinitron and NEC FP 21 inch CRTs to two of these), but I don't miss the power bill, the heat, the sagging desk, or the rot that afflicted those decade old workhorses.
Overall Review: This monitor is not for gamers. The gamers who gave this a bad review just bought the wrong product. Samsung are very clear that the target audience for this monitor are office workers and graphics professionals. We need sharp contrast, color fidelity, and low eyestrain (no glare/reflectivity, wide viewing angle and lots of adjustment). If you LIVE and WORK on your monitor, this is the best value on the planet. If you are a candidate for "Idiocracy", buy the biggest 2ms TN panel you can afford, and stop taking eggs off a monitor that meets the needs of people who make a living on the computer, so that they miss this gem.
Supermicro made a driver
Pros: Fast as a rocket, great server. Hot swap works, and online rebuild does too, hen you use the Raidcore driver.
Cons: LOUD. Had to beg borrow, scream and kick to get somoene to make a RHEL4u4 driver disk for the RAID. I'm the same guy as the first review ("Fed Up")
Overall Review: Red Hat advise using Linux software RAID, but that doesn't give you the hot swap capability. Supermicro now has a driver for RHEL4U4, and if you download the SDK from raidcore, you can compile a driver for the errata kernels when you download them.
Best 1U solution yet
Pros: Everything you need, right out of the box. While the description on Newegg's site was not clear, and the techs didn't seem to know, the actual server showed up with all the parts, including RAID and full iKVM IPMI, you could need. It runs VMware ESXi flawlessly, with full instrumentation to include BMC stats in VSphere. WE had been buying the Tyan 1U servers, and SUpermicros before that, but this is our new standard compute node.
Cons: None. The description on the website doesn't do this box justice
Overall Review: Newegg needs to do a better job of describe what is and isn't bundled. They'd sell a lot more of them.
Life fast, die young, but the corpse is ugly
Pros: Rocking fast. Easy install.
Cons: Died after 4 months with not so much as a SMART warning. Hibernated yesterday, and wasn't seen by the BIOS today. Tried swapping it with the HDD. It's as dead as a doornail. Acer 755 with Windows 7, so should fully support trim, and was set for AHCI.
Overall Review: I didn't have data on this. It was just my boot and executable drive. I sent all the variable often written stuff to the HDD, including the offline files cache and users directory.. So my recovery won't be terrible. However, since I had redirected the often written folders, either this thing has a really wimpy write lifetime, or there's something more going on. I've been a big fan of Corsair for years, due to their XMS stuff. But the last set of Dominator RAM I bought was junk, and now this....
Unreliable Junk.Seagate in Denial
Cons: Unreliable self bricking data destroying junk. I've had 3/4 of these fail. So what if they are under warranty. Seagate's reliability has gone south fast.
Overall Review: All the manufacturers are making a big deal about "RAID class" drives being their more expensive model. Seagate advertises their desktop drives as being suitable for "Desktop RAID", which to me (and probably the average buyer), would define duty cycle, not RAID level. However, Seagate tech support insists that the AS drives are only suitable for RAID 0 or 1; not 10, 5, or any other level. First: Seagate needs to come clean in their marketing materials and say this. Second: Only a fool would run so large a drive in a non-RAID configuration for any purpose other than backup (which leaves you vulnerable to the self-bricking when used in USB others have described). Restoring 1.5TB takes 36 hours, hard drive to hard drive. So, ALL the HDD manufacturers need to stop crippling their desktop drives RAID capabilities, because there is no reasonable way to use a modern drive OTHER than in a RAID config, with RAID 10 being the most common WS config, followed by RAID 5.