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Battery Back Unit Improves Performance
Pros: I have used the 12 lane unit since December. It's the same card less 1 connector.
Cons: Just buy the BBU right off, with the card, and save yourself adding it later, as you will come to the conclusion that you need it.
Other Thoughts: My performance array, in my workstation, is 6 x 150 MB raptors. My primary SQL Server DB is 400GB with several multi-hundred million record tables. I use system to add and relate new data. The process is very random read intense and I write records in blocks up to 10 million at a time. The system runs circles around my Dell 6600 with a terabyte SCSI array. I think that a 12 to 14 Raptor Drive array with the 9650 will be a killer for performance and plan to build one soon.
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So far so good, but slower than marketing hype
Pros: Amazingly simple to set up.
Cons: Slower than marketing hype says. I have 16 x ST3750640AS in a RAID 6 and am not getting anywhere near the 600-700MB/s read/write performance the marketing brochure states. However, it is fast: HD Tach 240MB/s burst, 162MB/s avg read
Other Thoughts: I doubt my mb/cpu is to blame, I have the Intel 975XBX2 and QX6700.
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Great Card, Supports OCE, Fast
Pros: Supports OCE (older versions do not), cable lengths are very long, easy setup, great interface (web), very easy to manage.
Cons: I don't like the scheduling menu, kind of confusing since I thought I had maintenance scheduled, but it didn't work until I played around with it.
Other Thoughts: I thought migration of a 750gb taking 3 days was a long time, that is until I talked to someone who had a 500gb and an adaptec card and it took 12 days for them. Their array (as was mine) were both fully accessible during migration. Be sure to research GPT partition tables before setting your array up if it's going to be larger than 2TBs.
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