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Pros: Specs 19dba @ 69CFM, reasonably priced and LED is just a decent amount of brightness.
Cons: a) As another review stated, they probably get 19dba in a benchmark/lab. I have a Coolermaster Cosmos S and I installed these fans on the bottom, top 3 and two push/pull on a corsair H70 all mounted in the rear fan spot. These fans are not balanced properly and create a lot of vibration which resonates considerably when you have 6 fans or more like I do. It makes my case sound like a vibrating chair that is trying to fly away. On top of that, I have no clue how but these fans absolutely suck upside down (with the air being pushed UPWARDS). The top 3 fans on my case, I had them blowing air OUT and they made minute endless rattling noises from all 3 fans. I took the case apart and took them out and powered them on and when I flip them, the noise is gone. Overall these are not well suited for multi-fan, silent, high flow builds.
Other Thoughts: Should use these as a 1-2 fan setup per case, mount vertically or horizontal with air blowing DOWN for quietest operation. Do not bother with controllers, I use NZXT 5 fan digital controller and even at 40% they vibrate. I will have to find a better alternative.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: The card performs well for the price and has good overall specs.
Cons: So an update regarding my previous post. I bought this card on 01/11/2011 (go figure) and as soon as I installed it in the new server, it kept failing drive 2. I swapped drives thinking thats the problem, no dice, port 2 kept failing. I swapped SATA cables, no luck, ordered a new HDD cage, no LUCK..So obviously its the controller. It would strangely work for about 2 hours (while i setup SERVER OS and drivers, updates and other apps) and then all of asudden start beeping and show Disk2 Failed. - I contacted ARECA in Taiwan on March 14th, they deffered me to "TEKRAM USA" a LOCAL company for the RMA. - I sent them an email, days later I got an RMA number and instructions. I sent them the board, waited 1 week and received a box in the mail. - Packing slip said "BOARD TESTED OK" and "PORT 7 OK" and "RETURN TO CUSTOMER"... I sent them an email and they replied with "SORRY" and I asked for an advanced RMA or something and there has been no response for 4 days now. ABSOLUTELY THE WORST RMA!
Other Thoughts: I have NEVER had any manufacturer or their repair facility send me back the broken/defective item that I sent to them. Some just take forever, some just wont even respond. This is by far the worst, I waited almost 3 weeks to have my BRAND NEW card replaced and I got the same one back because of someone's incompetency or just laziness. I have one more board from a different client that has the same problem now and I am MAD at TEKRAM for their VERY poor service. I will escalate this to NEWEGG and if newegg fails to help me since I spend $80k a year or so here, I will do a chargeback and never buy areca and never buy from newegg. STAY AWAY IF YOU NEED FAST WARRANTY, OR BUY EXTRAS AS SPARES (like I did) AND THEN THROW AWAY THE DEFECTIVE ONES.... I AM VERY UPSET.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel S3420GPLC ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1156 Intel 3420 DDR3 1333
Pros: Made by Intel, who makes the industry leading Processors. They should know exactly what to do with making a motherboard.
Cons: Too many! - I have repeatedly tried to use Intel for server builds, and each time the server ends up with an Asus or Supermicro server board. Lately Intels motherboards are flat out horrible. VERY slow posts, VERY picky motherboard regarding components. ARECA ARC-1220 doesn't show up in half the boards in the boot rom. Overall I am very dissapointed in what Intel motherboards have become, perhaps I had to have purchased a $300+ mobo, idk, but for this price, I used Asus and SuperMicro that just flat out SPANKED this one. I now have 1 new boxed that I cant return and 3 other open box intel mobos laying around. Never again!
Other Thoughts: Perhaps a more expensive board will work better. So far this particular board has failed on 1 server for no reason, and 2 others simply just didnt want to work with the ram, raid cards, video cards, etc.. Server has a Matrox 8mb VGA built in.....you can forget about using a higher res monitor and if you get a PCI/PCIE video card, it will more than likely not let the server boot.READ FULL REVIEW