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March 29, 2012

Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler Review for Servers and Workstations

Today we are taking a look at the Corsair Hydro Series H100 liquid cooling solutions specifically in the context of servers and workstations. I opined in the earlier Corsair Hydro Series H80 review about my thoughts on why the LGA 2011 platform is ideal for testing higher-end coolers so I will defer to that piece for the explanation. Let’s get down to business and look at the big Corsair cooler.

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March 28, 2012

Thermaltake MAX-1542 Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

Solid-state storage is getting cheaper almost by the day, so it is no surprise that users are starting to put more than one SSD in their workstations and desktops. Personally I have had at least three SSDs in my main workstation for two years now. Thermaltake sent its solution, the Thermaltake MAX-1542 hotswap enclosure that puts four 2.5″ hot swap drive bays into a single 5.25″ drive slot. Old-time users of this site may remember I used similar 4-in-1 devices with my old 8x 15K rpm SAS setup. At that point I used  two Athena Power 4-in-1 hotswap enclosures but came away thinking that they were not the best in terms of noise, especially cooling 15,000 rpm 2.5″ SAS [...]

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March 27, 2012

Tyan’s New Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5-2600 Series C600 Motherboards

Today I am taking a quick peek at the new range of Intel C600 chipset based server motherboards from Tyan for the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs. Having been a fan of Tyan motherboards for some years except the last couple of years where Supermicro have come into their own in the server market. Did Tyan deliver a full range of motherboards for Intel’s most important server CPU launch in recent history? Let’s take a look at what they are bringing to market.

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March 26, 2012

Launching the STH RAID Calculator v1

A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to put a renewed effort into building useful tools for ServeTheHome.com. The first tool is relatively simple, it’s a RAID calculator that allows you to pick RAID levels then computes the resulting array capacity. Feel free to check out ServeTheHome’s RAID Calculator and give some feedback on the future direction of the tool. I do plan to have the simple Poisson distribution based MTTDL (mean time to data loss) calculations found in the MTTDL primer added shortly to the RAID Calculator, as well as explicitly add ZFS RAID levels such as RAID-Z, RAID-Z2, RAID-Z3 (for now one can use RAID 5 and RAID 6 to approximate.) One other item [...]

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