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iStarUSA S21-20F2 Black Aluminum / Steel Tower Case Compact Stylish Mini-ITX Enclosure 200W Flex ATX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sturdy case. The gauge of the steel is nice and thick.

Cons: --No riser card, making PCI slot useless for the most part
--LOUDEST power supply I've ever heard in a non-rackmount
--Not enough clearance on PCI slot for card insertion, a lot of exertion and bending required

Other Thoughts: Managed to file, bend, and shove one of these (N82E16817998052) into the only PCI slot. This is the only way to make the PCI slot usable because there's NO RISER CARD. This is the loudest power supply I've ever heard that's of a non-server nature. There's no reason this thing needs to scream all the time.

SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 1U Intel Atom D525 Dual Gigabit LAN w/ IPMI Server Barebone
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This server is AWESOME, don't let the egg count fool you. This server has FIVE eggs in my book. Where else can you get IPMI for about $300? It's quiet, runs cool, and makes a FANTASTIC pfSense rig.

Cons: The reason you can only see one is because (redacted) caused this purchase to lose four eggs when it decided to drop the price thirty bucks and not charge for shipping about a week after purchase as part of their "Ferrite Embryo" policy. Their rationale is that it wasn't a "Ferrite Embryo" item at the time I purchased, even though it falls within the dates of the "Ferrite Embryo" period. Thanks, (redacted). This is how you show appreciation to a loyal ten year customer. Oh, actually it shows your "Ferrite Embryo" policy is intended solely to lure business away from competitors, and also have the unintended consequence of infuriating your existing ones.... What do you do, every time you mark a product as part of the "Ferrite Embryo" program and one of your customers calls you on it, you tell them to get lost? Because that's what you did to this one.

Other Thoughts: I remember when (redacted) used to offer free FedEx Express Saver shipping and customer service was their priority. Now it's purely making money and forcing their customers to fight them tooth and nail every step of the way to get a quality product at a fair price-- yes, fair, (redacted) is by no means the lowest price in town. And now that they're not the best at customer service anymore, I see no real reason to maintain loyalty. There are plenty of other vendors out there who have better customer service and take a lot more care in how they ship their products. Quit blowing money on commercials, (redacted), and get back to delivering on customer service, and fast... You guys know how fast the online retail market moves.

Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These suckers are FAST!

Also, in a Kingwin KF-1000-BK mobile rack and a decent fan behind them, these drives almost feel like room temperature even after being run hard for several days straight.

Very impressed with the capacity, speed, and the thermal efficiency of these drives.

Did I mention they're FAST? :)

Cons: It only has a three year warranty instead of five- c'mon Seagate, put your money where your mouth is. Western Digital has five year warranties and they don't even have a 3TB Caviar Black that would go head-to-head with this drive!

All of my drives have been plagued by the infamous "chirp" some may have been reading about. Plus, most of them leave the activity LED constantly lit in the aforementioned mobile rack. This is due to all of my drives (ST3000DM001-9YN166) shipping with the CC4C firmware.

My advice would be to download this ISO ( ) and boot it on a good, old-fashioned BIOS based machine (forget that UEFI garbage, that caused a few of my reflashes to fail) and flash the drive to Firmware version CC4H and savor the quiet performance increase (and activity LEDs that don't lie if that's important to you- it is to me!)

Sorry Seagate, you lose an egg for chirpy drives.

Other Thoughts: After the reflash I noticed a BIG difference in performance with these drives. As part of a ZFS RAIDZ2 pool I noticed my throughput go from roughly 510MB/s during a scrub of the pool to well over 580MB/s and often would dance around the 590/595MB/s range!


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 02/04/03

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 10/17/08
  • Last Review: 04/14/13
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