Servers

Current LSI HBA Controller Features Compared

After finding some PDFs with various bit of info on LSI’s range of host bus adapters (HBAs) I thought I would bring them here to help anyone looking at using one. LSI HBA cards are great way to add fast storage beyond th...


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...



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...



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...


Gigabyte GA-7PESLX Dual Intel Xeon E5-2400 Server Motherboard Review

The Gigabyte GA-7PESLX is a new server motherboard from Gigabyte supporting up to two Intel Xeon E5-2400 Series CPUs. Gigabyte is relatively new in the server space but is making a dedicated effort to enter the market building...



Antec ISK-110 VESA Mount mITX Case with 90w Power Supply Review

The Antec ISK-110 VESA mount is a mini ITX case that comes with an internal, fan less 90w power supply. I recently was looking for a new HTPC case for the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe. My goal was to make a speedy current generation HTP...


The LSI 9202-16e Host Bus Adapter – 5,000MB/Second anyone?

If you’ve ever shopped for a stable, high-performance SAS or SATA host bus adapter (HBA) then you have no doubt heard of LSI and the venerable LSI SAS2008 SAS controller chip. Cards based on the SAS2008, like the LSI 9200...