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Brent D.

Brent D.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent VMWare NIC

Intel EXPI9402PTBLK Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45
Intel EXPI9402PTBLK Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45

Pros: Dual port Virtual NIC technology for hypervisors like VMWare Fast Excellent drivers Excellent support

Cons: I wish they were cheaper You can get two single port cards for less money

Overall Review: Many onboard NICs are a pain to get support for on non-windows platforms. This overcomes that issue. I cannot say enough good things about this. Server quality and speed at a reasonable price.

Most Critical Review

DOA both sticks bad

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

Pros: Cheap, good timings

Cons: On a cold boot they have major errors. After they warmed up they seemed to do ok. But some cold boots would corrupt windows and force me to do a repair. In order to find the errors, I had to let the system sit over night then rum memtest86+. Found over 6K errors between the two sticks where there were none when it was warm. Support takes forever. You have to mail an RMA form and pray they get back to you in 72 hours, then send it again if they don't.

Overall Review: I will just pay for crucial in the future.

11/30/2010

Good for the Price

3ware 9650SE-4LPML PCI Express Lanes: 4 SATA II Controller Card RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 10, Single Disk, JBOD, KIT
3ware 9650SE-4LPML PCI Express Lanes: 4 SATA II Controller Card RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 10, Single Disk, JBOD, KIT

Pros: Easy to install in Windows. Four ports with memory caches for this price is incredible. Good performance.

Cons: Like most RAID cards, it is difficult in Linux and VMWare to get running. The single port/cable for all four connections limits the cable routing options. It looks like this is the same card as the 8 port, but would have one more port with another four connections on it.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for. If you are using Windows it is tough to justify a more expensive card. If you are using Linux or VMWare you may want to pursue a major vendor card.

Excellent Mouse

Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: The mouse is very smooth thanks to the large teflon pads. I love the thumb rest to prevent your thumb joint from rubbing as you move the mouse. The braided usb cable screams quality. I like a medium weight mouse so the weight calibration is fantastic. You can have it nearly weightless, or quite substantial. Precision to die for.

Cons: The scroll wheel clicks. Great for gaming, not the best for document reading. I live with it.

Overall Review: This is my second G9 mouse from logitech. Once I had one at home, I had to have one at work. I used to be a fan of MS mice, but I am a convert.

Great Board

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Rock solid stable. Supports 64GB of ram flawlessly 3 PCI-e 8/16 slots for high bandwidth expansion cards Tons of storage connectivity Excellent chassis fan connectivity

Cons: The tuff armor fan was less than intuitive.

Overall Review: Wow, those other people must have been really unlucky. This is my third Sabertooth and it worked as flawlessly as the first two. I loaded windows without a hitch, I loaded linux on it with no issue. I have all sorts of add-in cards in this as well. Pefect for a home server.

Most people won't need more

SeaSonic S12II 430GB 430 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic S12II 430GB 430 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Tons of hard drive connectors Sleeved cables All the motherboard connectors you need 1 6 and 1 6+2 VGA connector Quiet Small Top end interior components Stable power output Seasonic support Affordable

Cons: I have yet to find one

Overall Review: I bought this for the price, connectors and brand. All my expectations were exceeded. Before you purchase a much more expensive power supply, do the math on your system to ensure you actually need more than 430 watts.