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Luke L.

Luke L.

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Most Favorable Review

Time for SSD's in your server

SAMSUNG 845DC EVO MZ-7GE960EW 2.5" 960GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG 845DC EVO MZ-7GE960EW 2.5" 960GB SATA III MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive

Pros: Fast drives, none DOA, price when compared to other enterprise/server SSD's, works with existing SAS/SATA controller in server.

Cons: Lower rated write endurance than some other drives. Took off an egg for this, but time will tell if it was even a factor.

Overall Review: Installed 6 of these (from another vendor) in a server with an LSI 9260-8i controller card with FastPath enabled. Set up a RAID 10 array and started restoring data from Veeam backups of our vSphere environment. Booted up restored VM's and everything has been running smoothly for the past few weeks. Here's a basic rundown of some performance metrics from running SQLIO using a 1 GB test data file and taking an average of 8, 64, 128, and 256 kb block sizes on the system before (with 8 x 450 GB 10k SAS drives) and after: Before: Sequential Read: 5,762 IOPS - 280.84 MB/Sec - Max Lat 292 - Avg Lat 4 Random Read: 978 IOPS - 65.83 MB/Sec - Max Lat 969 - Avg Lat 21 Sequential Write: 2,856 IOPS - 191.93 MB/Sec - Max Lat 204 - Avg Lat 7 Random Write: 1,200 IOPS - 56.93 MB/Sec - Max Lat 554 - Avg Lat 26 After: Sequential Read: 20,461 IOPS - 1,013.29 MB/Sec - Max Lat 43 - Avg Lat 1 Random Read: 20,425 IOPS - 997.28 MB/Sec - Max Lat 54 - Avg Lat 1 Sequential Write: 19,630 IOPS - 978.27 MB/Sec - Max Lat 25 - Avg Lat 1 Random Write: 21,087 IOPS - 989.78 MB/Sec - Max Lat 12 - Avg Lat 1 So, much improved performance (MB/s), much more consistent latency, theoretically lower energy consumption, and no spinning disk! In the random tests, getting a 1,400% to 1,600% increase in speed is amazing! We'll see how these hold up long term, but we like the results so far. I think the cost over 15k SAS drives (not an option in this case as we needed in excess of 450 GB drives and 2.5" form factor) would be marginal. If you are looking at buying a server and need internal storage, or have a NAS or SAN device that supports SATA 2.5" drives, you should really look at these as a viable alternative to 10-15k SAS drives. Just remember, you should test workload before buying SSD's. If you have high % or size load in writes, you will be better served by looking at another SSD like the 845DC PRO to meet your needs. Only downside we have noticed is that the users connected to this server quickly adjusted to the new speed as "normal" and no longer perceive a speed difference. I, however, notice that I can reboot a WS2008R2 machine in about 30 seconds. That's pretty impressive to me considering it was about 2.5 minutes before.

10/13/2014
Most Critical Review

Not an impressive start

EVGA UV Plus+ 39 USB VGA DVI / HDMI / USB3.0 / Supporting 1920 x 1200 or 2048 x 1152 Resolutions (100-U3-UV39-KR)
EVGA UV Plus+ 39 USB VGA DVI / HDMI / USB3.0 / Supporting 1920 x 1200 or 2048 x 1152 Resolutions (100-U3-UV39-KR)

Pros: USB 3.0, capable of higher resolutions than my HD monitor, DisplayLink drivers, now includes HDMI option.

Cons: Came with a bad USB 3.0 cable I guess. Have been using UV+ 19 for a year or so. Got this as an upgrade and handing down the UV+ 19 to another user. Plugged into my monitor and USB 2.0 connection on my laptop. Light came on for the device...no output...no new hardware found message from Win7 64-bit. Tried 3 other USB 2.0 ports on my laptop with same results. Tried another USB 3.0 cable I had laying around (lucky as these cables are not yet commonplace) and device worked immediately. So, if yours powers on but you get no image, try replacing the USB 3.0 cable first.

Overall Review: This is a recurring problem we have had with EVGA USB to VGA/DVI/HDMI adapters over the years (the firm I work for owns probably 12 of these devices now). They build a rock solid little device and bundle it with a cheap cable. For the older devices it was a retractable USB 2.0 cable that always seemed to go bad or have the retractor come apart after 6 months to a year. Apparently the USB 3.0 cables are from a similar low quality supplier. Come on EVGA, pair your great product with great cables to give users a great experience! I will contact EVGA support to see what I can do as far as a replacement cable without sending back the whole device. I will post an updated review in the future if this device goes belly up or if the mail-in-rebate process doesn't work out.

Good RAM, Odd Difference

AMD Radeon 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory For LENOVO Model ASV1333RL/8GB
AMD Radeon 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory For LENOVO Model ASV1333RL/8GB

Pros: Compatible with server that it was intended for, price is competitive, works without any errors so far

Cons: Had to shut down server to install, but that isn't really any fault of the RAM.

Overall Review: Ordered two of these to expand the RAM in a server running vSphere. When they arrived, one stick had a nice heat sink installed. The other was a bare stick. Product and part numbers on the sticks were exactly the same. My guess is that somewhere along the way, the manufacturer decided to make these less expensive by no longer including the heat sink and I just happened to get one stick from each version. It hasn't seemed to really affect operating temperatures as this server is running in a room with a dedicating cooling system. Just thought I'd point out the oddity to anyone else looking at ordering this product. I took away one egg for the inconsistency of heat sink and I think the price could be better for RAM with these specs. It is server RAM, so I know it is supposed to be of higher quality, but still, I think Newegg could do a little better.

So far, so good

APEVIA TFX-AP300W 300 W ATX12V Power Supply
APEVIA TFX-AP300W 300 W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Fair price, fair cable length, quiet, and came with a power cord.

Cons: None...yet.

Overall Review: Bought this to replace the failed PSU in a Dell Vostro 200 series SFF computer. Seems to work just fine for this use. 4-pin power for motherboard was a bit of a stretch to reach the connector on the motherboard, but not extreme or worrisome. I like the black painted metal of this PSU vs the original grey...but it's not like anyone seems this ever again anyway. Only time will tell as far as reliability goes.

M4 So Far

Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2

Pros: Price is better than some other SSD's Marvell controller is good so far (with 000F firmware) Speed did increase after installation (even with full drive encryption using TrueCrypt) Stable so far (no lock up, blue screen, freeze, etc.) WEI of 7.7 on SATA II laptop after drive was encrypted. Lighter than HDD (not noticeable once in a 17" laptop, but it is lighter).

Cons: Price compared to HDD Price dropped after I ordered one Drive with transfer kit was less expensive than bare drive...not I have to find something to do with SATA to USB cable. Wish it was USB 3.0. In other words, nothing worth taking an egg away.

Overall Review: Ordered this drive to test for corporate use to replace standard laptop hard drive. Did fresh Win7 64 bit install from DVD in about the usual amount of time. Immediately updated firmware. Installed all other software and then encrypted using TrueCrypt AES. Still seeing sub 30 second boot times to get OS, Outlook and Lync up and running with Symantec Enpoint Protection installed. Nice upgrade for less than $150. Chose this drive over competition due to reputation of Marvell controller. Obviously won't see full speed potential on SATA II. Not looking to benchmark, just want real world performance and endurance. Performance is better than spinning disk. Time will tell if they are able to hold up for 3-4 years. For all those looking to install an SSD and use encryption (a must in some industries), this drive seems to handle it with no problems on a Dell Vostro 3700 with an i5. Took about 23 minutes to encrypt entire drive. Still performs well.

Good RAM, Good Price

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Price, speed, brand, heat spreaders, warranty.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: Bought 2 sets of this RAM for 2 new Dell Optiplex 790 machines running the i7 2600. Was less expensive for both sets than what Dell wanted to upgrade one machine to 4 GB of RAM. No issues noted during installation and subsequent usage. These are office machines, not gaming rigs. Will update if anything changes.

10/18/2011