Date Joined: 04/21/05
Pros: Able to buy parts on-line super cheap as all of the tech is 10 years old but still can run simulations and other heavy lifts. Box came with converters for screw in AMD heat sink.
Cons: Had issues with posting BIOS. It was self inflicted as in the final analysis I had an extra spacer that was touching the mother board. First step in troubleshooting is alignment of spacers with mounting screws. My eATX case had a few spacers in the wrong place for this motherboard.
Motherboard was delivered with original BIOS. Not new eggs fault as the board arrived in what looked like original packaging. Had to dig on Tyan's website to find BIOS download. Used rufus and FreeDOS with a usb stick to upgrade BIOS. I also purchased a cheap AMD CPU 8212 to get the BIOS up so I can upgrade to the Quad Core CPUs that were purchases but only work with the BIOS upgrade.
Overall Review: Very happy once the set-up was done. I bought this 10 years ago when Tyan first release the motherboard and it is still running. Was very happy to see someone with inventory and bought a few more. All in, the server is up and running for less the $500. 64 gigs of RAM and 16 cores. Able to run my trading platform and simulations with continued stability.
Running Ubuntu - needed to add SIS video driver manually to get the video running. Was not a big deal.
Pros: Still working after 4 months. Running fast as ever. We have two x61s running with this drive.
Cons: None Yet.
Overall Review: http://www.crucial.com/support/
All the reviewers who say they cannot find support. This URL was included in the docs. well a piece of paper that was in the box. Kinda of lame, but it is still there.
Pros: Fast and large. Installed without a hitch. This is the best upgrade I have ever seen.
Overall Review: I had to change the sata setting in my BIOS to high compatibility. FYI. Without this setting, the blue screen of death would be seen. Once I put XP on the drive, I restored using backup. It is a handy little tool that comes with XP.
I also used an intel SSD and had to change the setting in the BIOS as well. Once XP is running, I was able to change it back to sata without issue.
Pros: The box itself is a very nice box. Drives are easy to slide in and out. The fans are fairly quiet. The lights are clear as to what they mean
Cons: I was able to get the ADS3GX4R5-E card to work with the box and Ubuntu 8.04. Previous versions of Ubuntu would only use one driver. I had to try a few cards, but this one worked out of the box. The documentation is not what I would call helpful or understandable. I would have given it 5 eggs if the docs where better. If you have one green light, the driver for your card is not working or needs to be updated. I was able to call tech support and at least get this answered. They were helpful.
Overall Review: I am using software raid from Ubuntu. One must install mdadm in order to be able to set-up the software raid. Once it is set-up you will need to wait a few hours for full performance. The box goes through a set-up of some sort. I copied files while it was going through this and noticed a performance hit. The green lights looked like a x-mas trees. Once they went solid, the performance improved to what I was expecting when I would copy files.
Pros: Worked out of the box with Ubuntu and Athena Power BP-ESATA350SESR.
Overall Review: Using Linux software raid.
Pros: Worked out of the box when the latest version of Ubuntu and the Addonics ADS3GX4R5-E card was used. Once all hard drives are in the box, the lights should turn green within a few minutes. I had one drive turn green with the other remaining red. I got this behavior with the pci other cards. I called tech support and this means there is an issue with drivers. Ubuntu 8.04 found this card right away and all was green and happy. Fans are quiet. Very happy with the box itself.
Cons: Did not work out of the box with previous versions of Ubuntu and a few other cards. If it had docs that I could understand, I would give it 4 or 5 eggs. There is no excuse for such horrible docs. The included disk is useless.
Overall Review: I am using software raid in Ubuntu. You will see a device for each hard drive in the dev directory. sda sdb sdc etc. If there are partitions on the drives then you will also see numbers (sda1, sda5 , sdb1, sdb5) etc. You know your new box is working when you see these in your dev directory.
Pros: I have three x61s laptops. The sticks worked well in all three. XP and VISTA had problems finding the entire 4 gig. Linux did not. XP and VISTA are real good at finding three gigs.
Overall Review: Bought at $xx wish I bought at this price. xxx was charging much more.