Archive for September, 2012

LSI SAS 9207-8e SAS II and SATA III HBA: A First Look

I did want to take a few moments to highlight the LSI SAS 9207-8e that we have in the labs. Although Jeff is currently working on performance numbers for the card, the LSI 9207-8e is a SAS 2308 based card. Two major trends the ...


Small Business Servers – 10 Features We Need

Today we are taking a break from the usual review and guide schedule. This is an appeal to the various manufacturers out there regarding the Small Business Server that we need. As a background, ServeTheHome, despite its name, a...



How to Flash IBM ServeRAID M5014 to LSI 9260-8i Firmware

The IBM ServeRAID M5014 has quickly become a enthusiast favorite. Recently we did a piece on finding a great deal on IBM ServeRAID M5014’s with BBUs inexpensively. On ebay there are tons of no-bracket M5014 part 46M0916-...


Intel Pentium G2120 55w Dual Core CPU Benchmarks and Review

After months of waiting, September saw the release of the Intel Pentium G2120 and other Ivy Bridge based Core i3 and Pentium CPUs. This is significant in the marketplace because Intel sells an absolute ton of these CPUs both in...



Intel vPro SBA and Anti-Theft: Patrick on Tom’s Hardware

Want to take a look at the Ivy Bridge generation vPro, Small Business Advantage (SBA) and Anti-Theft? Check out my latest guest post on Tom’s Hardware this morning. As some may recall, Tom’s Published another Intel...


Supermicro X9SCM-F and X9SCL-F: BIOS Flash v2

We get feedback that some users have issues flashing Supermicro X9SCM-F, X9SCM, X9SCL, X9SCL-F, and X9SCL+-F BIOS. This is especially important since these boards share the same BIOS file and have been around for awhile. These ...



OCZ Agility 4 128GB SSD Review and Benchmarks

OCZ entered controversial territory with the Vertex 4 and subsequently the OCZ Agility 4 SSD. For those drives, OCZ paired Marvell SSD controllers with in-house Indilinx firmware. Although OCZ has been fairly quiet regarding ...


LSI 9202-16e Update: 5,900MB/ Second on an Intel Xeon E5 Server

In a previous article, I tested the LSI 9202-16e and pronounced it the fastest host bus adapter that money can’t buy, with an AMD server pushing the card to over 5,200 MB/ second. Patrick then went on to pry one apart fo...



Windows Server 2012 – Install and Turn on GUI from Command Line

What happens if you install Windows Server 2012 without the GUI features and then realize that you want to turn on the GUI? For those who are used to GUI based Windows Server administration, seeing a command line interface can ...


IBM ServeRAID M5014 RAID Controller with BBU – $130

Just a quick note to the readers out there looking at a RAID controller, there is a scorching hot deal on the IBM ServeRAID M5014 RAID controller with BBU right now. I recently was looking to populate controllers for my new W...