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Scotty S.

Scotty S.

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Great board

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRA-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 2011-3 Intel C612
SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRA-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 2011-3 Intel C612

Pros: High quality Comes with all cables needed

Cons: This model does not have IPMI support The motherboard fan speed only does (50%, 75%, or 100%), making it pretty unsuitable for low noise places unless you have low RPM fans. I wish we could override the fans to run at a lower speed, because my server would be able to run far quieter. My solution was to not use the stock fans in my SuperMicro chassis and to buy BeQuiet fans to run inside of the server.

Overall Review: It works with SuperMicro's proprietary chassis power switch header. Also has a debug display. Do note that you can't really have the fans run below 50%. Also, please be sure to change the BIOS from dual mode to just UEFI only if you're installing a new Windows OS.

11/11/2015
Most Critical Review

Great Price, but you play the PSU lottery

Corsair Certified AXi Series AX860i 860W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply
Corsair Certified AXi Series AX860i 860W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply

Pros: Cheap High quality Modular Like new Corsair Support

Cons: Due to silent on idle mode, PSU does get quite warm. You play the PSU lottery - Some work, some do not On Corsair link, no way to adjust automatic fan curve. Only fixed manual fan speed only. Support does replace the PSUs as needed while in warranty, but doesn't account for labor / data lost while dealing with a faulty PSU.

Overall Review: Well, I thought I had gotten a great deal getting two of these PSUs for my bro and I. Let us call these PSU #1 and PSU #2. PSU #2 came with a missing corsair link cable. No big deal, just talked to support and they sent me a new one without issue. Well, after two weeks, both PSUs began to randomly shut down and get stuck in a restart loop. It did not get out of the loop until I unplugged the PSU and let it set for a hour. Then it would work...but it worked for random periods of time, from 5 min to several hours. Well, after talking to corsair support, they told me both units probably had a faulty thermal probe. A temporary fix was to force 50% fan speed on the PSU using corsair link. Well, unfortunately, to RMA the PSUs, I would have to send back both PSUs and all cables. So the thought of having to undo hours of cabling (to convert to the corsair cables) and reinstall the old PSUs in both PCs was very unpleasant (Not to mention having to redo the wiring when I did get the replacement units...and not knowing if the replacements would last long or not). Well, I opted for the express RMA. Well, as you know, they take a credit card to charge first. I had no problem, but they temp charge the full price ($200 per PSU). I thought it was a error, because I was like, I only paid $100 each for the PSUs. Well, it wasn't. I just accepted it and so they sent two more units, PSU #3 and PSU #4. Well, they arrived a week later, so I first did my brother's PC with PSU#3. It started fine after doing some initial checks. Since my brother was at work, I turned the PC off and left it alone. That night, when my brother came back from work, the PSU #3 refused to turn on at all, and self test did not work. So I swapped it with PSU #4, which I had not gotten to installing in my PC. Well, PSU#4 worked. However, I still had PSU #1 in my PC. I asked for another RMA on PSU #2 and #3. I sent them back, and waited another week for PSU #5 to come in. In that week, PSU #1 began to turn unstable, even with manually fixing the fan speed to 70%. Well, I got PSU #5 and it works to this day, and I sent back PSU #1. I was credited for $400 the next week after Corsair received the dead units. Both units work fine to this day, however, I don't really trust them to last beyond the 1 year warranty, but we shall see. In the end though, I really regret not spending the extra $50 to get the Cooler Master V850 ($150 at the time). The amount of data I lost / potentially might've lost (My LSI MegaRAID card's CacheVault saved me a lot...I had to clean install Windows because the massive amount of restart loops caused the OS to run really slow / buggy) was not worth the savings. The labor required to attempt to diagnose, swap out, and self test (using the self test button) the unstable PSUs cost me quite a bit of time. This is just my experience, so if you are lucky and you get a unit that works, you'll be fine. However, I don't like playing the PSU lottery.

11/11/2015

Great UPS

Eaton PW9130L2000R-XL2U, 2000 VA 1800 Watts 7 Outlets Rackmount UPS
Eaton PW9130L2000R-XL2U, 2000 VA 1800 Watts 7 Outlets Rackmount UPS

Pros: - High wattage to VA rating - Double Online Conversion - Durable construction - Easy setup - Hands down the largest box I've ever received for something other than a TV (It makes my gaming case box look small). It is the size of a medium bookcase. 2" of foam on all sides, this unit is heavily protected from shipping damage. FedEx guy wasn't too pleased carrying it to the front door though.

Cons: - Pretty loud (48 dB under normal operation without power outage). - The fan stays at a high fan speed even though the unit is not under heavy load nor in a hot room - Heavy (70 pounds) - The plug end has a sideways blade (20 amp plug requirement)...I had to replace the plug on my wall to have the sideways prong. I'm a electrician and it's easy to replace for me, but your average user might not notice this when buying it. - Eaton's software is kind of hard to configure. I honestly couldn't figure out how to set up the UPS to shut down my server. When I had the software installed, it would keep turning off the server stating the runtime had run out (when the power wasn't out nor the battery was in use). I also dislike that it uses a web browser to run off of.

Overall Review: I'm using this to provide power protection and filtering for my server and my PC (both live in my room). I had the choice between getting two 9130 700VA units or this one 2000VA unit (both systems cost around the same), but the runtime for the 2000VA unit is 40 min vs 20 for the separate 700VA ones. I did have to change the wall plug to amp as mentioned in the cons section. I was lucky that our house is wired with 20 amp breakers (Most modern homes are 15 amp). You definitely want to double check your circuitry before buying this unit. It lives underneath my server, and the construction is very durable. I would never want to attempt touching both leads of the battery (72V DC battery bank). It corrects the voltage of the input voltage (112 to 120 in my area) to 120V constantly. You will want two people to move this unit. I did move it by myself, but my back wasn't too happy afterwards. I don't want to imagine how much it would hurt if this unit were to be dropped on a foot. As for capacity, my PC (100 watts at normal usage...I'm not a gamer, so my PC's GPU isn't under heavy load), my server (300 watts, up to 400 watts at startup due to the hard drives), and my monitor (5-10 watts) are about 20% load (400 watts) on this UPS. I get an estimated 40 minutes of run time on the battery.

Great Phone for the price

Motorola Nexus 6 XT1103 32GB 4G LTE Unlocked GSM Android v5.0 Smartphone - Blue
Motorola Nexus 6 XT1103 32GB 4G LTE Unlocked GSM Android v5.0 Smartphone - Blue

Pros: Cheap Nexus Phone - You get all of the Android updates fast Lovely build / display size. Crisp display. It is quite large. Probably the largest phone I have ever touched.

Cons: Large Display = less battery life Back of the phone is a fingerprint magnet (Though it really feels nice to the touch) After holding this giant phone, all other phones will feel tiny to you. I have no idea what to do with the old HTC One S now...

Overall Review: I was pretty worried about this phone (I can't say I really trust the seller at the time). I was hoping I wasn't getting a defective / used phone or something. When the product came in, the packaging had been opened (the ribbon around the Nexus box was already cut / resealed by scotch tape). It raised some alarms for me, but after getting the box open, I saw everything was untouched and the screen's factory protector was not removed. After getting the phone on, I went through a really strict eye test to look for any dead pixels, even to the point of scanning the phone on my scanner. Everything checked out. All in all, a great phone. For $288, you can't beat it. Sure it doesn't have AMOLED like the S6 or Note, but this is like 1/3-1/2 less. Snapdragon processor is very responsive. Great replacement phone for my mom's old HTC One S. Do note that this phone needs a Nano SIM. If you're coming from a older phone, like my mom's HTC One S, which uses a Micro SIM, you will need to go get a Nano SIM from your carrier. Ah, for laughs, while at the T-Mobile store getting the SIM, I went up to all of the phones on display...this phone is the largest phone there. The Note 5 fits inside of it. So does the S6 Edge +. The G4 as well. My brother's ZenPhone 2 is the size of the screen. Make no mistake, this phone is large. After holding it, all other phones feel small.

Pretty Interesting Light

Novelty Recesky Tetris Puzzle DIY Constructible Retro Game Style Stackable LED Light Desk Lamp
Novelty Recesky Tetris Puzzle DIY Constructible Retro Game Style Stackable LED Light Desk Lamp

Pros: Cheap Fun to stack in different ways It can be powered by USB Larger than expected

Cons: Build quality leaves much to be desired. Would never buy this at the original price. I got it for $22. There are no magnets or something to attach the blocks together secured. They literally are gloss surfaced and held together by nothing. It's really easy to knock over the stack if you decide to stack it higher. The light connection system leaves much to be desired as well. As you get further from the power block, it gets harder to have the blocks make a reliable connection. The lights get weaker as you place them further away from the power block. The lights aren't all that bright. Don't expect it to light up your room or anything. Not all of the blocks are completely square, thus when you stack them, you'll see gaps and angles that aren't supposed to be there.

Overall Review: I bought this as a gift for my cousin for Christmas. I had to open it to make sure that it actually worked considering the distance it traveled to get here / the product does look kind of sketchy. The retail box does look really sketchy, but the light itself is legit, and it does work to an extent. I really was curious on how this thing actually lights up, and it turns out the chrome edges on the pieces actually carry the power (So you do have to stack these in a flat orientation only...I'd imagine trying to stack the blocks in a 3D manner (like a pyramid) would cause a short). Unfortunately, the blocks themselves aren't made of the best plastic (You'll see lines / variations of color in the plastic and it's pretty weak feeling when tapped on). They aren't perfectly square, so stacking them gets to be kind of a pain (Since the blocks need to have solid contact to light up). I think what would help the blocks a lot is if they were completely flat surfaced (Right now the chrome edges stick out from the block about 1/16" of an inch). That would improve the contact, make the product far sturdier to stack, and have better surface contact for power. I wish they could put magnets to lock the blocks together, but they can't because if you were to change the orientation, you'd get opposing side of the magnets on the same pretty easily. It still needs some kind of system to hold the blocks together. It's very easy to knock over as is. All in all, it's a decent stocking stuffer. I was honestly expecting far worse, but it works and does what it says it does. The build quality is decent, but not great though.

11/28/2015

Great Server RAM

Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Server Memory Model CT2K16G4RFD4213
Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Server Memory Model CT2K16G4RFD4213

Pros: Affordable for ECC / 16GB RAM sticks

Cons: None

Overall Review: Well, I bought this back in August for my NAS for $305. I'm quite upset it's only $270 now. Other than that, it runs well on my SuperMicro board and Intel Xeon CPU. It just works, not much to say beyond that.

11/11/2015