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LSI SAS 9207-8e SAS II and SATA III HBA: Benchmarks

Patrick took a first look at the LSI SAS 9207-8e host bus adapter recently. Now it’s time to see if the new card can deliver the performance we expect. In this article, we test throughput and IOPS performance in an attempt to...


Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim DVD + 2 x 2.5″ in 5.25″ Review

The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is a really cool product. Here’s the basic idea – take a standard 5.25″ optical drive bay and make it more useful. Useful in the sense that it allows one to still use the 5.25″...



Intel Core i3-3240 55w Dual Core CPU Benchmark and Review

Today we are looking at the Intel Core i3-3240. With Hyper-Threading, the Intel Core i3-3240 is a dual core four thread CPU. Cache is 3MB, much lower than quad core parts. At 3.4GHz is is quick, but a power user really wants t...


Intel Core i3-3220 55w Dual Core CPU Benchmark and Review

After months of waiting, September saw the release of the Intel Core i3-3220 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 ...



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 ...


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...


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...


Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F Dual Socket LGA 2011 Motherboard with SAS

The Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F is a dual socket LGA 2011 motherboard for Sandy Bridge-EP processors that has outstanding features, lots of onboard drive connectivity. A quick preview, the Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F motherboard ended up w...