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JOEL K.

JOEL K.

Joined on 07/22/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works well with Linux/mdadm

SYBA SY-PEX40008 PCI Express Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Software RAID Controller Card
SYBA SY-PEX40008 PCI Express Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Software RAID Controller Card

Pros: Worked with Linux easily, unlike some other SATA cards with the SIL3xxx chipsets, this one was able to be reflashed (via FreeDOS) with the non-RAID BIOS(from Silicon Image website) so it would work fully as a plain SATA controller. Card fits properly, connectors are solid, inits/boots fast, and works well.

Cons: Gets a bit hot, CD included is rather useless but that's kinda par for the course nowadays.

10/19/2009
Most Critical Review

Great server with mods

SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone
SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone

Pros: Small, low power, works beautifully out of the box (with memory). Been a great little server running PFSense. Far better with mods in the cons.

Cons: The builtin power supply fan is loud. Sure initially it isn't but as the power supply warms up, it get somewhat beastly loud. Not so much the volume but the whine of it. In a datacenter or closet it would be fine - perhaps even quiet - but not in a living space. Opened the powersupply (voiding warranty) and replaced the fan with: Noctua A-Series NF-A4x10 40mm[Newegg]. (and some duct tape to fill in the gaps from the narrower fan) Infinitely quieter and PS stays cool enough. Make sure if you do something like this - you don't then fill the machine with hard drives and a power hungry GPU or something silly. Limiting the airlflow is fine on a 200W supply if you are only drawing 35W total! :-) Also needs airflow modifications to keep the CPU cool(it runs 60C stock, 70C with the quieter fan). Technically this is fine - but cooler is always better. I added a second Noctua fan to the back left side (opposite the supply) then blocked off ALL the vents with the *exception* of the vent right by the power supply in the front. By doing this air is pulled over the CPU and keeps it around 45C under modest load and still basically silent. Server would have been nicer if some of this had been taken into account when it was "designed" ... but its easy enough to do.

Solid - but not perfect

Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design
Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design

Pros: Works solidly in Linux (3.2.x), performs well without any flashing firmware or other inconveniences.

Cons: Default jumper settings as stated in manual were actually set backwards to prefer the external connectors. PCI card didn't fit in slot without a good bit of bending of the metal to fit in my Supermicro server(the other cards are fine - so its not the case itself!). Always kinda cheap when you have to do that - but the card itself looks well made. Like others noted, only the first 2 drives will show up in the BIOS POST screen - disconcerting until you realize they work just fine. Cannot boot off the "last" 2 drives either because of this.

Fits the bill perfectly

Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card with microSD/SDHC USB Reader Model MRG2+SDC4/4GB
Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card with microSD/SDHC USB Reader Model MRG2+SDC4/4GB

Pros: Simple, cheap, and comes with a nice bundled reader that was better than expected. Price is fantastic, and just works smoothly in my Blackberry 8900

Cons: Not the fastest memory on the planet to say the least, but the price is right

MacBook Pro ... snappy!!

OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G
OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G

Pros: Works well in my MacBook Pro (late 2008 edition). Came with 1 rev out of date firmware, but still runs really fast. Easy to install if you have the right tools(torx) and fast restore from time machine backups. So far bootup speeds are fast enough(few seconds after hardware POST) I just power down versus suspend most of the time. No noticable decline with use.

Cons: Suspend to disk (aka suspend followed up by battery pull) doesn't work with the current firmware - corrupted disk image every time. Outside that haven't had an other issues but DO keep an active TM backup just in case (and have suspend to disk disabled - no point having the extra writes since it doesn't work) Without a Windows Bootcamp partition, there is no way to do a firmware upgrade. I REALLY hope OCZ will eventually provide a bootable CDROM upgrade option (PLEASE!?!?!?!?)

Overall Review: Very worthy upgrade, not entirely for the faint of heart, but gave new life to my trusty lappy. Would give 5 eggs if OCZ properly supported OS X, which they *claim* but don't really do when it comes to firmware upgrades.

So far so good...

Hitachi GST Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K (0S00164) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail
Hitachi GST Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K (0S00164) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail

Pros: Not too much to say ... drive worked seamlessly as a backup drive in a NexStar3 USB/eSATA enclosure with no problem attached to a Linux fileserver. Have tortured it for a week now and still working well with no sector errors. Quiet and decently fast considering the size.

Cons: Really nothing as of yet anyway. Time will tell with bleeding edge drives.

10/19/2009