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This review is from: Intel EXPI9301CT Desktop Adapter Gigabit CT 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Pros: I have 2 of these NICs and use them in an ESXi 5.5 build. They work great and work right out of the box without any additional drivers. I'm using them to virtualize pfSense 2.1 and so far everything just works great.
Other Thoughts: If you need a reliable NIC with good performance, i'd highly recommend this. If you need extremely high bandwidth, i'd recommend a pro series but for the money, this is great.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: Great case for the money. Was surprisingly heavier than I though and I also own a few other large cases like an Antec1200 and HAF. The build quality is awesome, side panels are solid, has sound dampening all around, plenty of HDD bays and fits a Noctua D14 with ease. It's a very wide case so it also has great cable management and air flow. Such a simple yet complete case. Purchased some additional R3 fans for the front as it only comes with 1 up front and 1 in the back.
Using it for a home ESXi server build and is able to hold all 10HDD's I require and keep everything cool.
Cons: None really. Only issue i've seen is when the front panel comes off the wires for the front I/O are attached so if you have them tied back for cable management, it becomes difficult to remove the front panel to do things like clean the fans out or install another fan.
Other Thoughts: Best case for the money. It's very clean and sleek and works great for a home ESXi server build.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've been running this for a week now 24/7 and its working great. I've got it installed on a SuperMicro X10SAT motherboard without any issues and its running ESXi 5.5. Everything runs smoothly in ESXi with it and it can handle a serious load of VM's without issue. It does give off some heat but It's being cooled by a Noctua D14 so it's never an issue for me. Haswell quality is great and give you great performance to power usage ratio for the money.
Just remember this does not have onboard graphics but I think the 3.2ghz version does if you need it.
Other Thoughts: Haswell and ESXi5.5 are great friends so far. Great performance for the price, especially if you need things like vt-d. Would recommend over an i7 if you're not gaming like me and using it for server purposes.READ FULL REVIEW