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Fiona M.

Fiona M.

Joined on 08/06/08

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Most Favorable Review

CPU are still heart,soul and brain of a system.

Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Haswell-EP 2.4 GHz 8 x 256KB L2 Cache 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 85W BX80644E52630V3 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Haswell-EP 2.4 GHz 8 x 256KB L2 Cache 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 85W BX80644E52630V3 Server Processor

Pros: We have two of these on a X10-DAX motherboard. Each of eight cores with hyper threading, makes this 32 core machine powerful for an ADOBE CC workstation. Intel quality gives me piece of mind that our company has an additional stable workstation. This processor ( times 2) give us enough heavy lifting for the tasks that will be demanded of it. I think that it is rightsized for it's workflow over the next three to five years. This is a big step up for us from a Quad Core Machine.

Cons: Not Intel's fault, my fault for not realizing that maximum DDR4 memory speed supported was 1866, Nevertheless it has from the first time it POST-ed the two processors reporting 64Gb been flawless.

Overall Review: Intel has a great range of XEON processors, technically and price point wise. I think for a workstation arrangement you really should dig into what is the maximum that the software can do today before it bottlenecks, multiply by two and you have a pretty good idea of what it will need for the next three to five years. Essentially doing this for the CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD you can really right-size the investment.

11/21/2015
Most Critical Review

2nd identical coffee maker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brushed Stainless Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brushed Stainless Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

Pros: This is our second DCC-1200, It is probably the best you are going to get at this price point. Makes good coffee which is the whole point, easy to clean. Easy to program.

Cons: Only lasts about three years with daily use. The carbon water filter is a joke no-one has replacement parts. Replacement carafes are a pain to find that fit properly.

Overall Review: Just goes to show you what happens when we make these things to last only three years. It is typical of everything now a days. This is overall a great coffee maker that looks real good on the counter it does not stain easily, except for the water reservoir that is impossible to get the minerals from discoloring. It should have a battery backup for storing the time and program.

Chassis selection in tandem with Motherboard

Supermicro Superchassis Cse-743Tq-1200B-Sq 1200W 4U Rackmount Server Chassis (Black)
Supermicro Superchassis Cse-743Tq-1200B-Sq 1200W 4U Rackmount Server Chassis (Black)

Pros: This chassis was selected after deciding that a Supermicro X10-DAX motherboard was the foundation for our workstation build. Supermicro maintains a list of compatibility. This chassis is perfect the way it can house drives In it's front half. The SATA controllers in the chassis, promote excellent hot swappable capability and super simple cable management. The 1200 Watt power supply and the fan set-up in the mid plane round out this highly thought out cable management. With 9 SATA drives installed and a NVidia Tesla card require 285 watts of independent power with dual CPU,s it is an amazingly clean looking set-up. You really have to congratulate Supermicro on the well thought out cable management. Good Documentation!

Cons: I like NEW-EGG, I do not necessarily like some of their partners. This was a case were we ordered everthing for the build at one time. The chassis reseller could not deliver as promised and needed to RMA us on the chassis, Finding another reseller and getting delivery left everything else sitting in cartons for an additional two weeks after the initial order, (just not a good use of our money).

Overall Review: This is a large, conservative chassis for a large work station. It is very beautiful to look at this large tower that is capable of being a rack mounted machine in ten minutes. The modules allow either horizontal or vertical orientation of the chassis. This is what a pro expects to get for a important dedicated workstation or server. Great Value.

11/21/2015

Premium Cooler

Noctua NH-U9S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A9 92mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U9S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A9 92mm Fan (Brown)

Pros: Excellent Tech support, you can (should) send an email to Noctua indicating what you are cooling and in what case. They will advise based on that information suggest the appropriate cooler. The passive cooling design is awesome, very little to go wrong. Just handling one of these coolers lets you know on sight that it is a well thought out engineered quality product. Even the packaging is well thought out.

Cons: None if you do your research.

Overall Review: A high performing passive air cooler is essential for long life of an expensive motherboard, CPU and memory. Coolers are not the place to economize. This is truly a case of getting what you pay for. Again really good technical support for cooler selection.

11/21/2015

Great drive case

ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" SAS / SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mount / Kit / Adapter - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" SAS / SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mount / Kit / Adapter - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B

Pros: Simple, open enclosure by removing cover. Place drive in track, slide into connector. Close cover. Simple. Has metal threaded inserts on the outside of the enclosure to mount into hardware. Mine are in a hot swappable chassis, enclosure connector fit as well as any hard drive connector . Nice spring design in cover plate makes it vibration resistant for the drive it encloses. It has an interesting paddle design to assist in pushing the drive and the enclosures connector squarely. Well thought out little converter case.

Cons: None

Overall Review: The instructions make it very clear that the drive you are adapting needs to engage fully with the connector. This is obviously not self evident for every user. Great product.

10/31/2015

Disappoointed with Quality

Supermicro X10DAX Motherboard
Supermicro X10DAX Motherboard

Pros: Beautifully Engineered Board, lots of features, great set-up for a powerful workstation. Supermicro seems to configure boards for literally thousands of uses. I am still convinced that this is the very best choice for a very powerful workstation. This board shows how well it is planned out when installed in a complimentary Supermicro chassis. Documentation is pretty good, I found it really easy to follow.

Cons: No excuse in 2015 to ship a board with a defect. You spend your valuable time to assemble a build to find out that for whatever reason your new MB will not POST. After troubleshooting you ascertain that components are OK, and problem is on the motherboard. Now we induce more potential failure modes as we handle all of the components again, take them apart. Wait for RMA processing and start all over again. Supermicro has to take zero defects seriously to be an undisputed leader in MB supply.

Overall Review: I hate giving a poor review, it reflects on my choice of the product I bought and trusted. I have no doubt that Supermicro will make this right. They will never make restitution for my valuable time and my customer's disappointment that the builds delay.

10/31/2015