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Benjamin F.

Benjamin F.

Joined on 12/20/04

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Most Favorable Review

Solid Drive

Plextor M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-256M5M
Plextor M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-256M5M

Pros: Works fine, very quick drive. I installed it as a boot drive into a Lenovo Y500 notebook, didn't feel like overpaying for their 16GB SSD so I ordered without. Instantly recognized. Boot time is very quick, SATA 6Gb/s and seems to be using most of it. No blue screens or errors. Very solid product. Good size for a boot drive and seems to be at the value price point. I didn't sit there and try to time my boot time from hitting the power button, but the psychedelic Windows logo doesn't finish. Boot also does seem faster than my Workstation which boots from a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. I did get it from newegg, but at $209.

Cons: Though it never said they were included it would be nice if the package also had 1, maybe dare I say even 2 or 4, M2x3mm screws to secure the drive into the slot. Come on - they cost a whole 20 cents retail and probably 1/2 a cent to manufacture. They cost more to ship than they are worth, and for $200+ people should not have to wait for or initiate a second delivery to be able to close their notebook and use their product.

Overall Review: It took a while to track down the spec for the screws. They are standard and are also used to secure the WLAN cards in the notebooks. Drive is great I would recommend it. Great option for all those stuck with Windows 8 notebooks and have an mSATA slot. Good size for Windows 7 with assorted applications.

Most Critical Review

Rubbish

4tb Backup Plus Desktop Drive
4tb Backup Plus Desktop Drive

Pros: Power Adapter

Cons: Drive started clicking at 20 days (reset cycle) would not post, total data loss. This product is a strong RMA candidate and a huge waste of time. Not reliable enough to act as a standalone drive.

Overall Review: Considering that I paid $150, and what the power adapter cost to include, you get what you pay for with what is left... The included USB cable doesn't fasten particularly securely to the included drive enclosure. Even when connected, the drive periodically drops off line then rediscovers itself (about every 30-45 minutes). No power power switch on the enclosure, so the drive spins up and down much more than it has to at the connection of the USB cable. I got an RMA, after 30 days expect to keep using the warranty till it runs out or you get tired.

Good Card Reader

AFT PRO-55U USB 2.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Flash Memory Card Reader
AFT PRO-55U USB 2.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Flash Memory Card Reader

Pros: Good M/B connector cables (takes 2 x USB 2.0), good length, not too fat. Solid connection to card reader as well, didn't get the feeling the cable would slide off. Nice blue light. Ports are clearly identified. Fits nicely in a 5.25" bay.

Cons: Blue light is always on, not just for read/write activity. If you are mounting it for under the desk it would be silly to try to read the small white lettering identifying the ports.

Overall Review: Ports for card reader are keyed to work one way only. Color coding the slots would be clownish. I never have actually used it to read/write to a card, though I have used the USB and it worked. It looks good, and that's what matters, who cares if it works anyway?

Good Cable

Rosewill RCDV-11011 - 1.6-Foot (50 cm) SATA III Cable with Locking Latch
Rosewill RCDV-11011 - 1.6-Foot (50 cm) SATA III Cable with Locking Latch

Pros: Good flex on the cable, not stiff (I use these on a swing out drive cage). Low profile connector is good for clearing USB cables on the bottom of your motherboard and case. Locking connector.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Cheap price. 4 out of 4 worked out of the package.

Group of 4

Silverstone CP06 2.36 in. / 1.69 in. / 1.69 in. / 1.69 in.  Four-in-one SATA Power Connectors with Power Stabilizing Capacitors
Silverstone CP06 2.36 in. / 1.69 in. / 1.69 in. / 1.69 in. Four-in-one SATA Power Connectors with Power Stabilizing Capacitors

Pros: Good number of drives, arrays usually come in 4 or 8. The spacing is ideal for a 4 3.5" drive cage. Very neat on the connection, streamlined, cleans up both power cables from the power supply and adapters.

Cons: Lose your hot swap capability on the middle drives as there is not enough cable length to clear the drive and slide it out. Cables are a bit stiff could be a bilt more flexible/maneuverable. 4 drives on a single connector (used to have to balance the leads on a power supply, but not anymore). Could use a bit more slack on the power connection part of the wire - can separate or cause the connector to come off the drive.

Overall Review: Wish the primary connector was a molex connector rather than SATA.

Great System

SUPERMICRO SYS-5037A-i Mid-Tower Server Barebone LGA 2011 Intel C602 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs
SUPERMICRO SYS-5037A-i Mid-Tower Server Barebone LGA 2011 Intel C602 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz ECC DDR3 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs

Pros: Very easy assembly. Good, solid board. Power supply is nice. Quiet fans (2 included - power supply and rear case fan, 5 M/B 4 pin fan connectors). Case looks nice. Front side USB 2/3 and audio ports. SATA connectors do support hotswap, RAID 5 (also with auto rebuild). 2 onboard LAN. More USB ports than I could ever need. Tech support is a big plus here - they answer the phone and actually know stuff (this is important because the manuals are not as good as they used to be).

Cons: I think screwless cases are generally junk, and this one is no different. The drive never seems secure in the case and the mounting mechanism. Screwless drive bays seem to be a solution looking for a problem. I guess now people everywhere with computers but no screw drivers can rejoice (but they won't be able to actually open the case...). The single 3.5" bay besides also being screwless, mounts funny, in that if you want to secure a drive there you have to knock out a structural metal from the case and it has to be exposed to the face (not even the plastic covers it). If yu want to keep the 3.5" bay internal, say for example to mount your SSD with an adapter, you can't actually secure it to the case - it just sits there. Also the case feels a bit flimsy on the inside. My first Supermicro case from 1996 was a tank and much heavier metal, also better finishing on the edges (this is not that, but it is good and when closed and built it's a solid case). No onboard VGA - something to think about if you are looking to use this as a VM host. Occupying the 3.5" drive bay makes it hard to release the swing out 3.5" 4 drive cage which is below.

Overall Review: A bit of confusion - this system comes with only SATA ports, 2 SATA3 (6Gb/s), and 8 SATA2. SCU supports RAID 5 (4 ports, numbered 0-3). Another board "X9SRA-3" has SAS connectors. Intel AHCI is 6 ports 2 of which are SATA3. This seemed contradictory from what was written in the manual. Space at bottom/front of case is for 2.5" drive cage, but without he cage it just becomes a weird dead space. Very good workstation rig. I can't comment on SLI or Xfire. Weird thing, I can't seem to get the RAM to 1600MHz. Even if I "force" it to 1600 MHz in the BIOS, it is still posting as 1333 MHz. UEFI BIOS is a bit confusing.