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Robert K.

Robert K.

Joined on 02/24/05

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Most Favorable Review

1 DOA of 10 ordered, otherwise to spec

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-240G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-240G

Pros: CrystalDiskMark had it within 10-15% of an edge boost pro and mushkin chronos in all categories, Ubuntu reported max transfer rates ~500MB/s (sorry don't have numbers in front of me) Fit perfectly in my HM67 chipset E420's and got full SATA III performance (don't let Lenovo fool you, these machines support SATA III in the built in hdd bay) All drives shipped with 2.15 firmware from Newegg, ordered in Nov. Even if not, the linux based tool works like a charm (I used Ubuntu Live CD 11.10) and it did not wipe my drive on the single older one I did.

Cons: One drive would blue screen every time I booted my image, since I had plenty of laptops to test it on, and other agilities were booting my image fine, it was easy to convince OCZ support that the drive was faulty. The RMA process was fairly painless, except... They didn't offer to pay for shipping, just gave me an address and sent it on my dime. Kind of a crummy touch to a perceived 10% failure rate!

12/13/2011
Most Critical Review

poor drivers, mediocre MFC

brother MFC Series MFC-9320CW Digital Color All-in-One Printer With Wireless Networking
brother MFC Series MFC-9320CW Digital Color All-in-One Printer With Wireless Networking

Pros: The Pros are the price, speed, and quality of the print jobs, as well as the built in Fax features, which I assume work (however I haven't had the opportunity/need to test)

Cons: Hooked this up straight to the wireless w/ no print serv to share for 4 XP clients. First install works ok, second install broke first install's connection and subsequent users unable to print. OK no problem.. switched to static IP address and manually opened firewall for software, so far so good... then it just periodically started not working for certain clients. I found a 'Network repair tool', called nettool from Brother on their product page. That tool does repair the broken connection, but is indicative of bad driver software in the first place. Also dropped our WPA2 wireless and needed to be reset once already in 2 weeks, rest of our wireless clients are ok. it's so/so, but it's not nearly the rock solid 4-user workgroup printer sans print server I was hoping for based on the previous reviews. T

Overall Review: These issues seem like they will be easily fixed with future driver releases, as they already have released software workarounds. I guess as far as MFC's go though, this is about par for the course, bad drivers, spotty recognition of new IP addy when on DHCP, etc etc.

onboard softraid hotswappable and stable

Intel S3000AH ATX Server Motherboard LGA 775 Intel 3000 DDR2 667
Intel S3000AH ATX Server Motherboard LGA 775 Intel 3000 DDR2 667

Pros: Onboard softraid is very easy to configure when usng the LSI chipset (Intel Embedded Raid Controller) driver install went fine, and a regular format of two 640GB seagate sata II's in a RAID 1 array took < 1 minute. Sata II drives are hotswappable and LSI chipset had no problem with me pulling the plug on a drive while running win update, then plugging the drive back in and letting it rebuild. Intel website and support is very good. The version I got from newegg supported my new Xeon X3200 (SLACT) right out of the box, meaning it's a newer revision w/ the appropriate BIOS loaded, a big plus as I didn't have another Pentium use to do that.

Cons: Only 4 USB ports including the optional case ones. The pinout info for the chassis connectors is hard to find. the latest BIOS R49 gave me some problems with responsiveness after going into the hardware monitor section of the BIOS setup. When I used the intel server deployment wizard it downloaded R47 from intel.com and recommended that.. go figure, but it resolved that issue. I've had some trouble with a PS/1 Mouse being recognized (as in, not at all) but I haven't tried since I've downgraded the BIOS.

Overall Review: For a small business budget server I didn't want to spend so much money on a hardware raid solution, so I was happy that this one offered an onboard fake solution from LSI, the performance is fine and my disaster tests have gone pretty smoothly. I would probably recommend this server board again, and would definitely look first at intel boards for my next build.