Date Joined: 09/27/04
Pros: ECC isn't something you can readily test. But in my case I was able to see it working.
My original motherboard (ASRock E3C224D4I-14S) was apparently causing memory problems. I would get several ECC errors in my system log (dmesg command in Debian) every day. I eventually tried a different motherboard (with the same RAM) and that cured the errors. But it was cool seeing the log entries that showed this RAM's ECC was working.
Overall Review: ECC works.
Pros: <see previous review>
Cons: In my original review I reported unstable memory. I avoided the problem by downclocking the memory.
I had long suspected that this asrock board was the cause of my memory errors. I had previously replaced every component (same make/model) except the CPU, but the memory errors persisted.
In an effort to finally fix these memory errors I ordered a different motherboard for my server (TYAN S5533GM2NR-LE). I have been running this new Tyan board for 3 weeks and my memory errors are gone. I can now run my RAM at its rated speed (PC1600) without any errors.
I see two possible conclusions here:
1) This asrock board was causing my memory errors.
2) My specific RAM didn't work well with this asrock board (Kingston KVR16E11K4/32).
I never tried a different make/model of RAM, nor did I consult with asrock's list of recommend RAM. So to be fair, it still might not be asrock's fault. But for my purposes, my memory errors are fixed now that I installed my new Tyan board.
Also, in my original review I made note of the extremely hot SAS controller that is built-in to this asrock board. When I ordered my new Tyan board it didn't have a built-in SAS controller, so I ordered a LSI 9210-8i controller to go in the PCI-E slot. The 9210 still runs hot, but it's much cooler than the 2308 that is built-in to this asrock board. The difference is that I can touch the heatsink on the 9210 for as long as I want, while with the 2308 I couldn't touch it for more than a half second. And that is with the stock heatsinks. I am comfortable running the 9210 with the stock heatsink because it isn't blisteringly hot like the 2308.
Overall Review: In conclusion, beware possible memory errors and super hot SAS controller if you get this board. My memory errors might be the fault of this board or it might be an incompatibility. And you really should get an aftermarket cooler for the SAS controller IMO... even if the controller is rated for it, extra cooling is always a good thing.
Pros: Personal opinion doesn't really mean much. Search Google and read some real reviews where they do detailed analysis of this drive. Basically this drive is:
2) Immortal. The write life is insane and is made for heavy duty server applications.
3) Reliable. The internal algorithms of this drive are made to ensure consistent performance. While most consumer drives have inconsistent performance as the internal cleanup operations are executed.
Cons: Price per gig.
Overall Review: I am using it for my OS in my linux file server.
Pros: Very small. I had to use this PSU because my extended mini-itx board prevented me from mounting a full-sized ATX PSU.
Cons: Died after 4 months.
Overall Review: Bottom line: this PSU probably isn't made for continuous use in server applications. My file server was 24/7 with 8 drives spinning all the time.
I carefully specced out the amps on each rail before buying it, and my combined hardware was all within spec for the maximum rating of the PSU. But 4 months of continuous use killed it.