Date Joined: 08/15/04
Pros: - Performs so fast that I start giggling just thinking about it
- Worked on first boot in my H12SSW-NT
- Works with cheap (non-QVL) NEMIX DDR4-3200 ECC RAM, see my other review
- Idle power consumption for the server using this CPU is 110w - lower than the Xeon E3-1240v2 system it's replacing
Cons: - I've bought used motorcycles that cost less than this CPU
- Makes me want a Threadripper 3970X workstation
Overall Review: If you pair this CPU with a motherboard that actually supports it, it's an incredible CPU.
I'm running Debian buster, no idea how well it works with Windows. Linux booted and installed without any issues.
EDIT: updated Debian to Bullseye, running even better now. Migrated my Plex install to this machine and now I can transcode at least 3 4K files simultaneously on the CPU, when the E3-1240 couldn't even transcode a single 4K stream in realtime. I remain absolutely over-the-moon about this CPU.
Pros: - Cheaper than the equivalent RAM that was on the official QVL for the H12SSW-NT
- Worked on the first boot in my H12SSW-NT with an EPYC 7502P
- Automatically booted at the right speed, didn't have to mess with the BIOS to get it running at 3200MHz
- First hour of memtest86+ reported no errors
Cons: - Might actually be dual-rank and not 1x4 as claimed? Linux seems to think it's dual-rank.
Overall Review: I've only had it installed and working for a few hours at this point, but right now, I'm very happy with this RAM. It installed easily, booted up at the correct speed without any manual configuration, passed an hour-long memtest86+ run, and so far appears to be working perfectly in my Supermicro H12SSW-NT with an EPYC 7502P.
Some details from dmidecode about the sticks I've got here (no guarantee they'll be the same product for anybody else, I suppose, given the vague description):
Type Detail: Synchronous Registered (Buffered)
Speed: 3200 MT/s
Manufacturer: Micron Technology
Serial Number: 1C1040BE
Pros: - Fits perfectly on a Supermicro H12SSW-NT
- Idle temps on EPYC 7502P are 28-29C in a 25C room
- I haven't been able to generate enough load to max out the CPU, so I haven't seen a reading above 40C yet
Cons: Aluminum fins feel kind of flimsy, and the fan is hilariously loud.
Overall Review: If I had a bigger-than-2U case for this EPYC build, I would probably have gone with a Threadripper cooler like the Dark Rock 4 TR4 or something. But I have a 2U chassis, so I needed a small cooler. This one seems to be doing the job well enough so far.
Pros: - Installed 4 of these without any problems in X9SCM-F motherboard
- Booted on first attempt
- Automatically set the proper 1600MHz speed (previous RAM was 1333MHz, glad I didn't have to go into the BIOS to change it)
- Passed memtest86+ run for 12 hours with no errors
Cons: - Maximum size of DIMM officially supported on this motherboard
- I didn't order it years ago
Overall Review: I could have sworn I already had 32GB of RAM in this server, but I was looking at the system the other day and realized that two of my DIMM slots were empty. Obviously that was unacceptable, so I decided to see how badly it would hurt my wallet to max the motherboard out. Who knew 1600MHz ECC DDR3 had gotten so cheap? Just over a hundred bucks for an upgrade I probably should have done long before now.
Pros: - M.2 slot on the back supports NVMe and SATA
- Reinforced PCIe slot helps reduce GPU sag
- Optical audio out is welcome
- USB-C is also nice to have
Cons: - Clear CMOS jumper is under the GPU, so if you need to reset your BIOS, you also have to remove the GPU, move the jumper, reinstall the GPU, power on, remove the GPU, reset the jumper, and then reinstall the GPU, which is REALLY annoying
- Price is a bit on the high side
Overall Review: This is not a great board for pushing the limits overclocking; maybe if it had a backup BIOS like Gigabyte's boards, then the Clear CMOS jumper position wouldn't be quite so annoying.
Pros: - Port/plug layout worked great with my case (Phanteks Evolv ITX)
- Was easy to install Noctua L9X65 SE-AM4
- M.2 slot supports NVMe
- RAM worked at 3200MHz with one trip to the UEFI settings (G.SKILL Flare X F4-3200C14D-16GFX)
- Onboard wifi worked out of the box in Fedora 26
Cons: - Only two RAM slots
Overall Review: This motherboard is working really well for me. My only complaint is I would really like to be able to install more RAM, but 32GB is pretty good.
Pros: * Fast
* Low power usage
* Indilinx Barefoot controller chip (no skipping/stuttering here!)
Cons: Kind of expensive for 32GB, but hey! You want the future and you want it now, you pay a little more.
Overall Review: I replaced the HDD in my HTPC box with this SSD and it is now pretty much silent - the only moving parts inside the case are the fans, but I can't hear them. I stream everything from the internet or from my storage server, so the 32GB size on the SSD isn't really a problem for me.
Pros: - Nearly silent (should be silent with an SSD)
- Atom 330 CPU supports 64-bit instructions
- HDMI video and audio worked on Linux with very little trouble
- AC3 pass-through over HDMI out works beautifully!
Cons: Seems like Newegg is having a hard time keeping these in stock. There's a fan inside the box, but I don't hear it even when it's on. The 320GB hard disk, on the other hand, I can hear if I listen hard enough - should be better once my SSD gets here.
Overall Review: With VDPAU and AC3 pass-through working on this little box, I'm seeing ~10% CPU usage on 1080p content.
Pros: In the future, the concept of a hard drive "spinning up" is funny, because in the future, hard drives don't have moving parts. In the future, seek times only exist as part of a scary story you tell children about the Dark Times.
You don't have to wait for the future though. It's here, now! And it's amazing.
Cons: The future might be here, but it's not cheap yet.
Overall Review: Updating the firmware on this drive was a royal pain, because the one system I was planning on using the drive with (the unibody MacBook) is the only one that the Intel firmware update utility appears to dislike. I had to move the drive into a different machine, reconfigure its BIOS to turn *off* AHCI (because the firmware update CD didn't boot properly from the DVD-ROM when AHCI was on), and then run the update tool, which froze after I confirmed that yes I really want to update my firmware.
After waiting a few minutes at the frozen screen, I rebooted and the firmware update utility claims that my drive is running the new firmware, and it works in the MacBook, so things seem to be okay now, but I was a little worried that I might have just bricked a fairly expensive hard drive.
This whole process would have been much smoother if the firmware update utility just worked on the unibody MacBooks.
Pros: Easy to install, doesn't require extra PCIe power connector, provides great Compiz acceleration on Linux with the NVIDIA binary driver (running 185.19)
Cons: It doesn't have VDPAU support under Linux (because it doesn't have the hardware to accelerate HD decoding properly), and it doesn't do DirectX10.
Overall Review: As long as you know the limitations on this card and you don't care, it's great. Worked perfectly the first time I plugged it in and has been running like a champ ever since.
Pros: Works great with Windows 7, Linux, and Mac OS X. Inexpensive. Reliable (so far!). Very solid performance - I regularly see 30MB/sec reads from this drive, and usually sustain 15MB/sec writes. The only USB flash drive I've gotten better performance from is the OCZ Throttle, which is more expensive and also bulkier and uglier.
Cons: The cap is easy to lose since it doesn't snap on the opposite end of the drive.
Overall Review: Aside from the easy-to-lose cap, this drive is pretty much perfect. The shell is actually made out of metal, and has a very satisfying feel to it.
Pros: 802.1q VLAN tagging! Configurable via web browser.
Cons: Haven't been able to find any.
Overall Review: This switch works perfectly for my network - I have my cable modem plugged into port 1 and my router plugged in on port 2, sharing VLAN 2, and then the rest of my computers are plugged in on ports 3-8, sharing VLAN 3 with the router. The router only has a single network cable going from it to the switch, and it routes all of my network traffic via VLAN tags. Took ten minutes to set up and works perfectly!
Pros: Easy installation. No drivers needed (on Vista and Win7 beta). Works perfectly with AnyDVD HD. The drive is amazingly quiet!
Cons: Nothing I can think of.
Overall Review: I haven't tried burning any DVDs or CDs with this drive, even though it's capable of those things. But it's perfect for reading CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and BluRay discs.
Pros: Includes low-profile brackets for HTPC cases! Very pleased that those came in the box. Also, this isn't marked anywhere, but this card has a G98 GPU in it, not a G86 like the first-generation 8400GS cards. This is important for reasons described below...
Cons: It's not fanless, so it's possible that it may generate some small amount of noise. I have so much other ambient noise I can't hear it, but there is a fan on it.
Also, obviously, this card is not for Crysis or heavy 3D applications.
Overall Review: I bought this card for a Linux HTPC box since NVIDIA released beta drivers with VDPAU support.
It's important that this card has a G98 - the G86 can accelerate H264 and MPEG1/MPEG2 decoding, but not VC1. The G98 can accelerate everything the G86 can, as well as VC1 and WMV3, so I'm really happy that there's a G98 in this card.
Preliminary testing with VDPAU on Linux shows that offloading H264 decoding drops my CPU usage from 60-70% to 5% or lower, which is pretty amazing.
Comments: Quiet, works great in Linux and Windows, and it's extremely fast. Ordered on a Wednesday with Express Saver shipping and it showed up on Friday.