Buyer’s Guides
Intel DC P3700 400GB PCB Open

Notes from our latest enterprise PCIe and NVMe SSD efforts

Recently we have been working with NVMe and PCIe SSDs in the lab and with the enterprise 2.5" NVMe drives, SATA III and SAS3 SSDs are moving down the stack


Intel RES2SV240 SAS Expander

BYO SAS Expander Deal: Intel RES2SV240 SAS 2 Expander

A great SAS expander deal was recently spotted. The Intel RES2SV240 SAS 2 expander is being sold at a 75% discount



Intel S3700 and 710

Inexpensive Intel DC S3700 800GB drives on ebay ( $550)

A great deal on Intel DC S3700 800GB drives on ebay in two listings at $550/ drive


The 11TB+ SSDs sitting on the lab desk (not in systems) by mid-November 2014

Buyer’s Guide to getting a used datacenter SSD inexpensively

Our buyer's guide to getting a used datacenter SSD inexpensively - with a little patience, dual ported SAS SSDs can be had for around $0.50/GB



Lenovo RD640

Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Deal – only $453

A great deal on a Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 which is $453 with free shipping. The server includes a Xeon E5-2620 V2 and 8GB of ram to make the deal better


Intel 730 480GB SSD - Power Capacitors

Intel 730 480GB SSD – Power Capacitors Present in Retail

We open a retail boxed Intel 730 480GB SSD to see if power capacitors are present as part of an investigation into whether there is power loss protection



Intel 730 SSD

Friday Deal: Intel 730 480GB SSD – $199

Eagle-eyed forum readers find a high-quality Intel 730 480GB SSD for $199.99 at two major retailers


XeonPhiDie_03

Get a mid-range Intel Xeon Phi 31S1P for under $200!

Intel is running a deal to get a mid-range Intel Xeon Phi 31S1P for under $200 with development tools included. 90% of street



Samsung 4TB External deal drive

Deal of the Day: Samsung 4TB USB 3 drive for under $100

A forum member spotted an awesome deal on 4TB external hard drives. We discuss the deal and the viability of using the drives as internal


ASUS Z9NA-D6 USB PCIe Spacing

Intel LGA1356 deals are here – B2 replacing Westmere-EP

We are starting to see some of the Intel LGA1356 deals predicted a few months ago. Socket B2 Intel Xeon E5-2400 series is replacing Westmere-EP for lab use