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PNY Quadro NVS 420 VCQ420NVS-X1-DVI-PB 512MB (256MB per GPU) 128-bit (64-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express x1 Low Profile Workstation Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - PCIe x1 interface allows installation in many systems.
- Easy to install in Windows XP.
- 4 display ports, and cable adapter is included.
- 3D performance is good, 2D performance is excellent.
- Good for rendering large and dense charts, graphs, and maps.

Cons: - Price is kinda high, but for my application the price could not have been beaten.

Other Thoughts: My company uses these cards for analyzing the input\output of our servers, analyzing a section of the stock market, and generate designs to improve the datacenter's of other companies.

I was put in charge of purchasing new workstations for my company. Instead of buying new thousand dollar workstations, I purchased several of these cards and put them in some PowerEdge 2850's that we replaced with R815's.

I converted the 2850's by removing a power supply, removing all the hard drives (PXE), removing the RAID card, putting in a PCI-E riser card, putting a Sound card, and fixing the fans.. After installing Windows XP x64 onto each workstations and installing the cards, there would be 4 Logical Cores, 2 Logical GPU's, and 8GB of Memory.

For only ~$400 each, I created several workstations with these cards from old servers and harnessed myself a nice little (big) bonus at that.

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PNY Quadro NVS 420 VCQ420NVS-X1-DVI-PB 512MB (256MB per GPU) 128-bit (64-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express x1 Low Profile Workstation Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - PCIe x1 interface allows installation in many systems.
- Easy to install in Windows XP.
- 4 display ports, and cable adapter is included.
- 3D performance is good, 2D performance is excellent.
- Good for rendering large and dense charts, graphs, and maps.

Cons: - Price is kinda high, but for my application the price could not have been beaten.

Other Thoughts: My company uses these cards for analyzing the input\output of our servers, analyzing a section of the stock market, and generate designs to improve the datacenter's of other companies.

I was put in charge of purchasing new workstations for my company. Instead of buying new thousand dollar workstations, I purchased several of these cards and put them in some PowerEdge 2850's that we replaced with R815's.

I converted the 2850's by removing a power supply, removing all the hard drives (PXE), removing the RAID card, putting in a PCI-E riser card, putting a Sound card, and fixing the fans.. After installing Windows XP x64 onto each workstations and installing the cards, there would be 4 Logical Cores, 2 Logical GPU's, and 8GB of Memory.

For only ~$400 each, I created several workstations with these cards from old servers and harnessed myself a nice little (big) bonus at that.

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Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Very cool drive. I had running in an airflow constricted storage server without a hitch for well over a year. I probably didn't even need fans
- Very quiet. It fits in well to an already silent storage server.
- Reliable. Not a single drive had failed on me.

Cons: - HORRIDLY HORRIBLE AWFUL WRITE PERFORMANCE. I couldn't have imagined running this in RAID 5. I believe the highest large file transfer rate I've gotten was only 35mb/s when competing drives at least double that.
- It bottle necked ESXi performance considerably. The poor transfer rates only made my life more difficult and my customers angry.

Other Thoughts: I suppose the inconveniences brought on by these drives leaves only me to blame for not taking the time to research the drives, and my ineptness when going into the concept of a green datacenter certainly didn't help.

Even still, that does not excuse the poor performance. Skip this drive.

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Display Name: Kelly M.

Date Joined: 04/29/11

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/24/11
  • Last Review: 06/16/11
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