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Pros: Fairly Fast transfer speeds
Cons: Died in less than a year. For cost vs performance, it isn't that much faster than a SATAIII 6gbs drive.
Hot like I couldn't beleive! Any given moment, when I tested with a laser heat sensor, it would register between 112 and 120F. When it was transferring it would shoot up to the higher end, then when I tried to encrypt the drive is when it would not run for more than 20 or so minutes, then lock up the entire computer. Finally, computer won't boot with it in it at all and it hangs at initializing the card.
Other Thoughts: I don't mind the sub par performance/cost ratio. I was looking to try to build a higher end rig with no or few external cables, meaning no CD-ROM and no regular drives, so I didn't even have sata power running from the modular PS. I put this in hoping i accomplish this and I did for a few months. Now dead, very glad I had a good backup system with this.
Also, I was never very comforatble with the always high temps.
There is also a strange rattle from the get go as another poster has mentioned. It still worked, so I thought it was a plastic washer or something, but perhaps this was one of the poor build qualities.
This review is from: Intel P4308CP4MHGC 4U Pedestal Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Pros: I had already written a positive review and thought I would put some other thoughts down.
Cons: I do wish the BIOS and hardware level controls were a little easier to administer. Especially hard if I have to do it from the UEFI shell.
Other Thoughts: I still am in love with this case, and Intel server boards overall.
So I had also mentioned having a problem with the fan noise. I had found I never configured the FSUSR. I ended up updating the BIOS as part of the process of installing the server.
Found the needed files here:http://ark.intel.com/products/56413/Intel-Server-System-P4308CP4MHGC
and the specific download page
and set the internal EFI to be 1st boot and then ran the commands found here:
Once it handled the updates to the misc firmwares, one of the question was if I wanted to update both the FRU and SDR, which I responded yes, and the EFI shell discovered the motherboard on its own as well as allowing me to set the fans to "accoustic" mode back in the BIOS , which is now no louder than a standard workstation.
If you do mess up, you can still run just the configuration portion again, by booting back into EFI shell, then going to the USB drive you have your BIOS/Firmwares on, change directory to that, then run the frusdr /cfg master.cfg command again.
This review is from: Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-2500S 2.70 GHz - Ultra Small
Pros: This went into a area that had little space. Because the user would need to interact with product CDs from time to time, having access to the drives were important, but at the same time, the work area was originally a hallway counter, so space is cramped. Hanging this on the a wall bracket, and mounting the monitor under the upper cabinet allows the user a "normal" work area.
It does seem strong enough to handle the workload of my office worker, no stuttering or hesitation beyond normal expected interactions.
I am also pleased that despite being used it doesn't have to cycle the fan up when it is being used, which I thought it would given its small size. While not ITX sized, it is very compact and has a good layout.
Cons: none- i5 is great platform for middle ground usersREAD FULL REVIEW