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Purchased 3, RMA'd 1
Pros: 3Ware, now having been acquired by LSI, is the leader in hardware RAID. A company I trust and have had wonderful data saving experience with in the past. This device is natively supported by the linux kernel.
Cons: I had to RMA one of these because of a faulty solder on one of the SAS ports. But NewEGG, as always accepted it with out issue.
Other Thoughts: I have had to re-flash 2 of these devices to support with new firmware to enable support for larger drive capacities. Not my favorite thing to do, but each has been with out incident, and enabled all advertised features.
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So far so good
Pros: SUPER fast. Maxxed out my PCIe x4 2.0 slot with just 2 SSDs. I'm in the process of getting a system with PCIe x8 3.0 slots to truly test this beast with 6 drives. Will update after. I'm getting amazing speed by just creating a software RAID 0 setup through windows 7.
Cons: Since power and SATA data are all 1 connector, I need new cables for my 4x1 5.25" drive bay. Oh well, I should have researched better. Very clear in the pictures.
Other Thoughts: This card is not advertised with integrated RAID but is instead an HBA (host bus adapter). This is well documented on LSI's website and very clear. If you want the IR firmware you can flash it or just buy an OEM variant from IBM/Dell/HP (if you can find it).
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No RAID support!
Pros: Other than that...None: Card did not function as a RAID controller...shipped with IT rather than IR firmware!
Cons: I purchased this Host Bus Adapter to configure a 4-SSD RAID-0 partition for Win7 Pro (64bit) on a new ASUS Sabertooth X79 motherboard system.
Other Thoughts: Thank you NewEgg for giving me a RMA with a full refund!
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“SUPER fast. Maxxed out my PCIe x4 2.0 slot with just 2 SSDs. I'm in the process of getting a system with PCIe x8 3.0 ...”— 9/9/2012
“3Ware, now having been acquired by LSI, is the leader in hardware RAID. A company I trust and have had wonderful data saving ...”— The_Spider 3/14/2013