Date Joined: 06/29/11
Pros: Legendary Asus build quality and feature set. Love their UEFI. Has everything you might need in a business environment. With a SSD, these things boot Windows 7 before the logo stops swirling.
Cons: I bought two of these for budget Mastercam stations. One of them has to use WiFi, and I could not find a WiFi card that didn't cause blue screens during file transfers. I even used an Asus brand card and moved them around to different slots. Had to swap to the Z97K CSM model to get it stable. I ran hours and hours of diagnostics and everything came back good. Same WiFi cards work fine in any other computer.
Overall Review: Would not recommend this one. If it has any sort of stability issue I cross it off my list for good.
Pros: This is a cheap yet powerful card for entry level RAID systems. The setup of RAID arrays is pretty straightforward. It was a breeze to configure a 16TB RAID 5 array using 4TB drives. And one of my favorite features, the management software can send emails in the event of drive failure.
Cons: Update the BIOS as soon as you install this card! The unit I received had the original BIOS from 2008 and would not recognize the 4TB drives I had plugged into it. The drivers on the CD were also from 2008 and useless. I also had problems getting the management software to recognize the controller, but after installing it as administrator that started working.
Overall Review: I have used several HighPoint RAID controllers now. They all have their own little faults, but they do work. I highly recommend them if you aren't concerned about peak performance. This card is compatible with the Asus P8Z77-V motherboard, but you may not be able to access the controller BIOS with a wireless keyboard.
Pros: This is a decent little power supply. It is very sturdy and well built which gives the impression it'll last a long time. It isn't clear from the specifications, but it does have two 8 pin CPU power connectors which some server motherboards require. It also has plenty of other connectors for drives and peripherals.
Cons: There's a few small connectors that I don't know the purpose for. No manual is included or even available to describe them. I can only assume certain motherboards or cases have a spot for them.
Overall Review: This fits the Chenbro SR107 server chassis with adapter bracket part number 83H552107-004. You will have to remove the mysterious switch from the side of the PSU, but that's the only issue.
Pros: I haven't done very many server builds, but so far I am impressed with Asus. This board is laid out well and comes with plenty of SATA cables. The BIOS is incredibly feature rich, probably more so than anyone would ever need. The manuals detail every last setting and include very detailed pictures of connector locations.
Cons: The POST process is very slow. You can disable the LAN option ROMs to speed it up quite a bit. Make sure the chassis intrusion jumper is left in place or leave the side panel on when booting it up or it will halt with a fatal error!
Overall Review: I've tried server motherboards from Intel and Supermicro but they always have little quirks that make them a pain to use. Asus is more generic and much simpler to setup and start using. They have been my go to brand for many years, and will continue to be.
Pros: This is a very nice looking cooler. It's a shame it will be tucked away in a server cabinet all of its life. It is very quiet and seems to work well mated to a E5-2620. Installation was very simple and straightforward.
Overall Review: Fits nicely on Asus Z9PE-D16/2L
Pros: It works. What else can I say?
Overall Review: Bought this for Asus Z9PE-D16/2L based on Kingston's compatibility search.
Pros: These are awesome cases. I've purchased 29 of them and every single one was perfect. The power supplies and fans are fairly quiet and reliable. Most of the case is tool-less which is great for reducing build and repair times. They look great in a business environment and seem very durable.
Cons: The wires coming from the power supply are almost always woven through each other which can make cable management difficult. Since there's no side panel window you can't see it, but I like things to be tidy.
Pros: I love these drives for building computers for customers. They are reliable, fast, and simple. The lack of a brand logo helps make a more professional looking PC. I've purchased over 30 of these so far and only one has been problematic.
Cons: One out of 30+ had problems from the start. It corrupted files as it read them until it gave up and wouldn't be detected by the system.
Pros: Over the past year I have purchased around 40 of these kits and all but one have been flawless. Can't ask for much more than that at this price point.
Cons: Had one bad set in the last order. Out of how many I've purchased, this is better than par for the course compared to other manufacturers I've dealt with
Pros: Over the past year I have purchased over 30 of these hard drives and not a single one has failed yet. They are very fast and quiet, scoring a 5.9 on the WEI.
Overall Review: Samsung is proving to be the most reliable hard drive manufacturer out there. They are holding up better than Seagate and FAR better than Western Digital.
Pros: I purchased 26 of these keyboards so far and all but one have been flawless. They are very comfortable and quiet to type on.
Cons: One out of 26 would sometimes not be detected on bootup. Not even worth the return shipping to replace. Also, the cord is rather short which sometimes requires the use of extensions on large desks.
Overall Review: These have a rather large footprint, but so far it has not been an issue.