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This review is from: C2G 39998 7.5in USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter Cable
Pros: Got a XP machine where the motherboard ethernet chip just died back on the net. It did what it was supposed to do.
Cons: XP had to have the driver loaded from CD (since obviously it had no network connection!!), but fortunately that is the one machine which still has a working CD drive in it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Big screen, decent resolution, crystal clear
Cons: I was worried initially because the VESA mount looked notional (it looked like you screwdrivered it into the plastic or something) but it turned out there were little rubber plugs you could take out, so call it a documentation failure (the "manual" isn't worthy of the word).
I guess another con is the newegg review system which thinks the dimunitive of screwdrivering something is an inappropriate word. Not a fault of the product of coruse.
Other Thoughts: I hooked the monitor up using the legacy VGA cable since my HDMI cable is still in transit. The monitor sync'd up right away. My Linux system intiially detected the maximum resolution as 1680x1050 for some reason, but I was able to use get-edid and parse-edid and cvt to get xrandr to add the full 1900x1200 resolution-I have not tried restarting so perhaps the full resolution would been automatically found, I may update this once this happens. No shadows or blurs in any way, so perhaps I won't even bother to use the HDMI cable.
FYI the working mode like was `xrandr --newmode "1920x1200" 193.25 1920 2056 2256 2592 1200 1203 1209 1245 -hsync +vsync` See the xrandr manual page for more details.
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DAL-3-O Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1356 (Socket B2) DDR3 1600
Pros: Decent number of SATA (only 2 SATA3), decent quantities of memory supported (check the memory compatibility in the manual, there are many rules about which memory you can use at which speed, more than the standard 240/DDR3/1600), decent number of case fan headers (all 4 pin PWM)
Cons: IMPORTANT: Requires special supermicro case (class "Revision M"--not searchable, so look at the supermicro website for compatable cases). I did get a compatible case which worked perfectly. For grins, I tried a legacy case I had lying around and while 5/6 standoffs lined up, the sixth (the middle screw on the edge where the two CPU sockets are) did not have a corresponding hole on the mounting plate, No embedded video card (Odd for a server motherboard).
Other Thoughts: More thoughts later, perhaps, when I have a chance to burn it in a bit.READ FULL REVIEW