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August 30, 2012

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, what is the difference between the Supermicro X9SCL-F and X9SCL+-F? Simple, the X9SCL-F utilizes the platform’s Intel 82579LM gigabit NIC alongside a 82574L while the X9SCL+-F has two Intel 82574L gigabit NICs. Let’s take a look at the board. One of the most popular articles on the site over the past year and a half has been that of the Supermicro X9SCM-F review so we are now looking at a lower cost alternative that will be suitable for many [...]

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August 29, 2012

ASUS P8Z77 WS Motherboard – Long Term Review

You may remember back in May Patrick did a review on the ASUS P8Z77 WS workstation motherboard. Since he tests a lot of hardware, this board made it my way to replace an old ASRock P55 Deluxe3 and try it out long term. Below is a write up on my experiences setting up the ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard, getting it working and using the motherboard for some time.

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August 28, 2012

New LSI Nytro MegaRAID Launched

We recently received word that LSI is busy at VMworld this week releasing a new LSI Nytro MegaRAID in 100GB, 200GB and 800GB capacities. This is a product where we really see the fruit of the LSI SandForce acquisition. The product basically combines a LSI MegaRAID controller and caching technology with SandForce solid state drives. 

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August 27, 2012

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 completely dominant in the single CPU server space and the market needs competition. Sure, the ARM based server architecture is making some positive buzz in the industry, but until those become widely used and supported Intel needs some competition. I have little doubt that the Xeon E3-1200 series and Xeon E5-1600 series lines (and their successors) will be positioned differently than ARM server CPUs.

Let’s take a quick status update of where the AMD [...]

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