Joined on 11/15/01
Pros: Impressive cost per byte. Low power consumption.
Cons: Manufactured 2007-11. Warranty is based on manufacturing date. The Hitachi web site shows an expiration of 2010-12-07 for my serial number. Newegg could have been more forthcoming in revealing the age of the product being sold. Nearly 25% of the warranty is gone.
Overall Review: Hopefully Hitachi will be flexible if the drive dies less than 9 months after 2010-12-07 .
Pros: Specs look good on paper. Our software lab has 3 of these P8B WS. 2 are working fine. (7 other machines have ASUSTek motherboards.)
Cons: One board worked fine for several months, then failed. This board has been back to ASUS 3 times for the same issue and is still at ASUS. It has been at ASUS for 2 months this time. Twice ASUS returned the board unrepaired. The ASUS RMA service seems to be about as bad as it gets. The ASUS website says I5-2400K is supported. This is not entirely true. It is not possible to change the CPU multiplier. One buys a K version with the expectation to be able to change the multiplier on a high-end MB. I think it is misleading to list any K CPU as supported.
Overall Review: The returned motherboard was tested each time using components from a working system with the same motherboard. The problem is clearly with the motherboard and is reproducible. I'm starting to think the repair depot is incapable of resolving the issue. Furthermore, there is something seriously wrong with their tracking system. The expectation that a high-end workstation product would increase reliability and reduce headaches appears to be wrong in this case. The new ASUS P8C WS looks nice, but I'll be staying away from it.
Part Headline is Wrong
Pros: 75% of title words are correct
Cons: 25% of title words are wrong "Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U, Premium CPU Cooler for Intel Xeon LGA20xx (92mm, Brown) LGA 1700 Compatible" The last 3 words are wrong: "LGA 1700 Compatible"
Overall Review: The title is 100% wrong for people buying this for a LGA 1700 application My review detailing the issue was deleted by the censors - shame on them. Made In Taiwan is on the box
Mine has power switch
Pros: Small and light
Cons: Has power switch that is substandard. Either the circuit board or the black plastic doesn't smell all that great.
Overall Review: I purchased 2 of these in 1 order. Both have a power switch on the left (power connector) side. This switch does not appear in the pictures. It is a slide switch that is extremely hard to operate which suggests to me that it could easily break. I will not be using the switch. Power input rating is 12V, 0.5 Amp max. I'm guessing the circuit board is not attached with screws to anything and is held in place in clam-shell manner using 1 screw under the label to connect the top and bottom. There is a single word that describes "attached with screws" but the use of that word is forbidden by Newegg.
Pros: has remote displays up to 4 simultaneous inputs in 1920x1080
Cons: as mentioned elsewhere, the leftmost and rightmost pixel columns must be viewed straight on - in normal usage the mouse pointer seems to disappear on the left and right - it is possible to turn on underscan, but that creates other issues
Overall Review: I've never had a monitor with that con. The remote is nice considering how pathetic the control buttons on monitors have become.