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September 27, 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 industry is going through at the moment are a transition to PCIe 3.0 and the widespread usage of SSD technology in storage arrays. Addressing these trends, the LSI SAS 9207-8e is designed to provide eight ports of SAS 2 or SATA III 6.0gbps connectivity to external disk shelves in a variety of configurations.

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September 26, 2012

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, actually has more small business users than home users at this point. As a result, we get tons of e-mail around various topics, one of which I personally have a passion for – the need for a real small business server. Big vendors will market offerings, generally designed for enterprises to the small business market. Alternatively, manufacturers market servers designed first as a standard desktop chassis at the home and small business segment. Here is the [...]

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September 25, 2012

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-B2 for $130.30¬†with free shipping and tax in California. The IBM ServeRAID M5014 is great. The card is essentially a LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i with half of the cache (256MB instead of 512MB) and no RAID 6 or RAID 60 support without the IBM M5000 feature key. For the price, that is probably the best deal around. IBM sells a ton of the ServeRAID M5014 RAID controllers every month and they have great firmware. That is, great firmware for servers that run 24/7. One of [...]

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September 24, 2012

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 the consumer desktop space, but also with low-end servers. Frankly, these days a Core i3-3220 with its onboard Intel HD Graphics 2500 is plenty fast for the vast majority of users. On the other hand, what about a Pentium G2120 with only two cores at 3.1GHz and no Hyper-Threading? Let’s take a look. Be warned, to time these benchmarks you can use a sundial.

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