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Keith L.

Keith L.

Joined on 01/30/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good small home server

Lenovo ThinkServer TS130 Tower Server System Intel Xeon E3-1225 3.10GHz 4GB DDR3 1 x 500 GB 7200 RPM 3.5" DC 11051CU
Lenovo ThinkServer TS130 Tower Server System Intel Xeon E3-1225 3.10GHz 4GB DDR3 1 x 500 GB 7200 RPM 3.5" DC 11051CU

Pros: Great, small server, runs quiet except for the hard drive, which is a Seagate Constellation - that's just the nature of those drives. Originally had Windows Home Server 2011 installed on bare metal, had some problems, not running the same but inside ESXi.

Cons: The case is small, not much room for expansion. If you want a lot of drives you need a bigger case or external. Also ESXi will not install because it does not recognize the onboard NIC, which is easily solved by adding in a good one. I used PWLA8391GT and ESXi 4.1 update 3 installed just fine.

Overall Review: eSATA would be nice, there is a header inside but no outside port.

10/31/2012
Most Critical Review

Not great

HIS iSilence Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card H775P1GD
HIS iSilence Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card H775P1GD

Pros: Says that it runs cool, but I never verified it.

Cons: After 9 months it's dead. The day before it died I had one blue screen, which is very unusual, and the next day zero video on either display. I got my 5570 card back from a friend and popped it back in, this one runs faster now than the HIS 7750, it never ran as fast as my Saphire 5570. So much for new and better. To warranty you have to find Lexy Pacific Corp. and contact them. They support the cards on warranty. I have not contacted them yet, may update this after RMA request.

Overall Review: Make one that doesn't die?

Work great

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/120G
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/120G

Pros: Fast, cheap. I was looking at refurb drives, but these are cheaper. I have 2 running in RAID 0 on an lsi1064 (older computer) and they are faster than the bus.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I need to leave them alone, they run fine until I start changing things...

Good, fast card

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120
Manufacturer Recertified OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120

Pros: Very fast, running this on a desktop workstation with Win7 x64 and also running VMWare Workstation, very fast.

Cons: Drivers for Windows 7 will give you problems, the are not "Signed" drivers according to Windows. I fought with installing this for several hours, look online - so did everyone else. Finally I unplugged every other drive and Windows had no choice, it installed.

Overall Review: The drive is no longer supported, buy at your own risk. If you know what you're doing, it's a great drive.

Great Case

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37U Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37U Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Great, solid case, I like the design, layout, everything is well built. You get what you pay for. Fans can be moved to several locations, very open to work in there. Runs my Core i3-530 on a DQ57TM motherboard as an HTPC very well, with an HDHomeRun tuner.

Cons: The fake CD cover thing is a bit cheesy. I didn't care that much and changed it out for something different, not difficult to do.

Greaat little device

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device

Pros: I like this tuner, it pulls in all kinds of channels, but of course I have a big antenna on my roof that wasn't being used... it's the only way to get a great clear picture.

Cons: I agree 10/100/1000tx on the network would be good, then they could support Full 1080p - this one only tunes 1080i and two tuners on 1080i without compression would by my calculations just fill 10/100tx. Some of us still use broadcast television - they are making most units for cable. How about 4 tuners or multicast on 1000tx for antenna use?

Overall Review: See above.