Archive for April, 2012

LSI SAS 2208 RAID Controller Information and Listing

One of the most popular server RAID controller chips out there is the LSI SAS 2208. The LSI SAS 2208 is a 6.0gbs SAS 2 or SATA III based controller that features eight ports and native PCIe 2.0 connectivity. In the forums we ha...


Gigabyte GA-7PESH1 Dual Intel Xeon E5 Motherboard Review

Today we are looking at a Dual Intel Xeon E5 motherboard from Gigabyte, the GA-7PESH1. Gigabyte contacted me about a year ago around the time of the Intel Xeon E3 launch inquiring as to whether or not I would like to start revi...



EVGA SR-X Classified First Look

Today we take a look at what the EVGA SR-X Classified is all about. The EVGA SR-X Classified is a successor to EVGA’s popular SR-2 motherboard. Brands usually associated with single socket mainstream motherboards (e.g. th...


LSI SAS 2108 RAID Controller Information and Listing

One of the most popular server RAID controller chips out there is the LSI SAS 2108. The LSI SAS 2108 is a 6.0gbs SAS 2 or SATA III based controller that features eight ports and native PCIe 2.0 connectivity. In the forums we ha...



ASUS P8Z77-V Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Motherboard Review Z77

Today we are looking at the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro which is a Z77 chipset motherboard for the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU lineup. I have quite a few boards to review for Ivy Bridge but as the ASUS P8P67 Pro review was very popular with Sand...


Gigabyte Server Motherboard IPMI Walkthrough – Part 1

Gigabyte has released their new Intel Xeon E5 series server motherboards recently. As most server vendors do, Gigabyte has a IPMI 2.0 interface for the new LGA 2011 motherboards. After looking at both the Supermicro IPMI web ma...



LSI SAS 2008 RAID Controller/ HBA Information

One of the most popular server RAID controller chip and HBA controller chip out there is the LSI SAS 2008. The LSI SAS 2008 is a 6.0gbs SAS 2 or SATA III based controller that features eight ports and native PCIe connectivity. ...


Intel Centerton Atom Based 6w Cloud CPU – Battling ARM

At Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Beijing Intel announced its new Centerton Atom SoC to combat the looming threat of ARM architectures in for cloud applications.  HP, Dell and others have already announced plans to offer ARM...



ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS First Look

Just released from ASUS is the high-end workstation dual LGA2011 Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard. When you look at the board you can’t help but notice 7x PCIe 16x slots, plenty of room for expansion on this board. It is clearly ...


Intel Ethernet Controller Buffer ECC Comparison

Intel recently posted an article outlining the ECC schemes found in its Ethernet controllers. For those that do not know, Intel Ethernet controllers have small (tens of KB usually) send/ receive buffers that help performance bu...