Pros: I have been running 3 of these for about a year now, with no problems. They are connected to their companion board, Silicon Image 3132 chip set, I get 5 drives per board. My experience with IstarUSA products has been positive, they are very well made, a little pricey, as all server type equipment is. The boards are SATA II (3Gbps) I get about 60-90 (Mbps) throughput on most file transfers.
Cons: SATA II, a bit pricey.
Other Thoughts: Be sure you have a board that accepts port multipliers. I'm currently using Rosewill RC-219 and IstarUSA multi drive units.
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Pros: I'm using this in my DVD Tower. Instead of running 8 different eSata cables externally this allows me to run two cables for better cable management.
Cons: The blue lighting is kind of bright. I understand its activity awareness, but sometimes bright can be bad.
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