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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Joined on 08/07/01

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Most Favorable Review

AWESOME

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor

Pros: Replaced aging i7-920 with this E3-1230v2. Same video + drives + power supply + monitor. Went from 162 W idle to 108 W idle. Will support ECC (but my consumer grade MSI mobo does not).

Cons: None

Most Critical Review

another seagate firmware fiasco

Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Works normally after updating to CC35 firmware.

Cons: Oh my, what can I say. Seagate dropped the ball AGAIN. The drive worked for approx 3 weeks, then my father said his media center was unusable -- would stutter during playback or almost lock up -- all the time. In Windows 7 Resource Monitor, it was showing Response Time of 1500 to 7500 ms for files on this drive. This number should be 15 ms or so. That is literally up to 7.5 seconds for the drive to respond to a request. We updated the drive firmware to CC35 (update available on Seagate website), and now the drive appears to be working normally. How does something like this make it to the field?

Overall Review: Seagate seems to be plagued with poorly written firmware.

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AMD FirePro W2100 100-505821 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card
AMD FirePro W2100 100-505821 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card

Pros: Bought this card to drive a Dell P2815Q monitor. With monitor only supporting 30 Hz refresh, I didn't think it would be a big deal. But if you want to feel like you are using remote desktop locally, this is an easy way to do that ;).

Cons: I don't have any -- but I'm not a gamer.

Overall Review: DiplayPort to DVI (passive) adapter is only single-link. So you are limited on your DVI resolution. I had switched from a dual-link DVI video card to this DisplayPort card -- and didn't realize this limitation with the passive adapter.

BIOS updates only during warranty period

HP ProLiant MicroServer G7 N54L 1P 4GB-U Non-hot Plug SATA 150W PS Server (744900-001)
HP ProLiant MicroServer G7 N54L 1P 4GB-U Non-hot Plug SATA 150W PS Server (744900-001)

Pros: Owning the hardware isn't sufficient for BIOS updates. You must be within warranty period. And I don't know how they determine the start date of your 1 year window -- it was BEFORE I purchased it.

Cons: HP bureaucracy

Overall Review: You must link an "entitlement" with your user ID. Not my words, HP's.

12/17/2014

Good for first 20 hours

WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Worked for 20 hours.

Cons: Died after 20 hours. Click, click, click.

Normally these are rock solid

CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: Quiet Low power

Cons: None

Overall Review: Received one with 'noisy' fan. Either something in the blades or bearing. First unit (out of probably 8) I've had an issue with.