Archive for August, 2012

Supermicro X9SCL+-F Server Motherboard Review for LGA 1155 Xeon E3

The Supermicro X9SCL+-F is a a Intel Xeon E3-1200 (and V2) series, LGA 1155 server motherboard that is designed to be a solid, low-cost entrant in the marketplace. Before we continue, let’s address the obvious question, w...


ASUS P8Z77 WS Motherboard – Long Term Review

You may remember back in May Patrick did a review on the ASUS P8Z77 WS workstation motherboard. Since he tests a lot of hardware, this board made it my way to replace an old ASRock P55 Deluxe3 and try it out long term. Below i...



New LSI Nytro MegaRAID Launched

We recently received word that LSI is busy at VMworld this week releasing a new LSI Nytro MegaRAID in 100GB, 200GB and 800GB capacities. This is a product where we really see the fruit of the LSI SandForce acquisition. The prod...


AMD Opteron 3200 Series – Where did they go?

Where in the world is the AMD Operon 3200 series? Back on 20 May 2012 I did a quick news piece about the AMD Opteorn 3200 series launch, something I was super excited about at the time. Here’s the thing, Intel is complete...



Mellanox ConnectX-2 MHQH19B-XTR – 40gbps Windows SMB 3.0 Adapters

In Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Microsoft introduced SMB 3.0 which greatly improves shared storage performance. After playing with it a bit, and I think others can concur, whereas SMB 2.1 was not a superior performance opt...


New Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 LGA2011 UP Preview

Supermicro is adding another motherboard to the burgeoning list of current LGA 2011 Intel Xeon E5 offerings with their X9SRL and X9SRL-F. The main difference between the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard and the X9SRL motherboar...



Intel Xeon Processor E5-1620 Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon Review 4C/8T 3.6GHz

Today we are looking at the Intel Xeon processor E5-1620 which is a really interesting alternative to the Intel Xeon E3-1200 series. With only 4 cores, 8 threads running at 3.6GHz base and 3.8GHz max turbo, and a relatively mun...


Preparing a Server for Windows Server 2012 Hardware Requirements

As we all know, Windows Server 2012 has gone RTM and now a lot of folks are preparing hardware for one of the biggest releases this year in the server space. I am personally building a new test configuration and wanted to share...



Leadtek Winfast GT 640 Server GPU Low Profile HTPC Preview

Today, we are taking a look at the Leadtek Winfast GT 640 Server GPU. It features a low-profile GPU which users may be interested in for HTPC and server applications. With the new Ivy Bridge CPU, we now have access to PCIe 3.0,...


LSI SAS 9202-16e – A look under the hood

After Jeff’s awesome writeup of his LSI SAS 9202-16e performance experiences, I did want to do a quick piece looking under the hood of the LSI 9202-16e. For those that missed it, this is a $200-300 ebay card that LSI sup...