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Plextor M3 Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 476 MB/sec read, 343 MB/sec write in CrystalDiskMark (sata3 ahci). Nice improvements over the PX-128M2S. Had a copy of Acronis that I got with a WD Passport. Did an automatic clone from my PX-128M2S to this bad boy and I am up and running in less than 10 minutes.

Cons: None so far. Had it about a day. Let's hope it makes it through the infant mortality period. No reason to think it won't. Plextor SSDs are top notch.

Other Thoughts: Asus p8z68v-pro
8gb gskill 1600 dd3
i5-2500k O/C to 4.5ghz
Corsair h50

SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Been using this board as a pfSense 1.2.3 firewall in an M300 case with 4GB RAM (3GB supported in 1.2.3 32-bit) and an old Scorpio drive. Administered headless over IPMI, which works wonderfully. This board is rock solid and doesn't have a problem saturating my 30Mb/s fiber. Quiet, low power, low heat, low maintenance, powerful for pfSense, dual intel GB nic, and I am a happy camper.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Also tried Endian, Untangle, and Astaro, and performance seemed to suffer somewhat vs. pfSense with all the UTM stuff added on. May be inherent to those OSes, user error on my part with config, or D510 just struggled with UTM duties. However, running pfSense with snort maxed out, squid, and a number of other packages still screams with this board.

Arkview USB-DH88 Multi-Display USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA or HDMI Adapter (Link up to 6 Displays)
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Runs my Dell 1908FP flawlessly on Win7 64-bit Home Premium. No stutter or lag. Just works.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: My uses for the monitor this thing runs are pretty static. Not running video or anything with lots of movement. This is for my work computer and is used to display Word/Excel/Outlook and light web browsing.

Youtube and flash in Firefox doesn't seem to be a problem for the device, however I mainly reserve these tasks for my 24" ASUS or other 1908FP, both of which are on a GTS450. Not sure this is meant for the flight sim junkies, but then again those guys can usually pop for extra video cards...

It is important to point out that the driver it shipped with did have some stutter issues. It would blur the image during fast motion and lag. There have been two updates for this device through Windows Update since I've owned it, and it has fixed these issues. No more stutter/lag/blurring. Overall very pleased with the product and works for my uses.

p7h55-m pro, i3-560, 4GB gSkill 1333, Win7 64-bit Home Premium


Eric K.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric K.

Date Joined: 10/30/08

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/16/11
  • Last Review: 12/22/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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