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VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very easy to set up, instructions crystal clear.
Looks nice
Adjustable fan
Getting 100-130 MBps xfers on USB 3.0

I am only using it as a JBOD, so I can't comment of the RAID capabilities.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Need recessed screws for the disks. Not a big deal, I just didn't have any and they are not supplied.

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Crucial M500 CT960M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed in ASUS G75J with no issues. Even though its Win 8, the Win 7 image backup is still available if you know where to find it. So replacing the old disk and re-imaging was quite easy.

Fast? you bet. Especially since I was replacing a 750GB 5900 rpm disk.

Cons: None so far.

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HighPoint RocketRAID 622 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs OK, the jury is back in 02/08/2013

This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 622 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Faster than the default PCIe card that came with the unit. Write speeds have increased. Driver now appears to be stable, though it took a bit to get there.

At least on Linux, if you are willing to fight with the driver, it does get the job done. Note I am using for JBOD only.

Cons: Took a bit of trial and error to get the driver stable. Website table layout a bit confusing when getting the Open-source drivers.

Other Thoughts: Note: I am only using this for JBOD, not using the RAID functionality. The following is abbreviated, just pointing out on how I got it to go.

Have TR5MB with PCIe card connected to CentOS 5.9 in-home server (Dell Precision 390) with 5-1TB disks installed. The card that came with the unit was plug and play but finally started to give up the go.

The 622 came with a driver disk, but only up to CentOS 5.5 (plus others). You can find the Open-source drivers on their website. Make sure you get the exact ones for this card, there are a few choices and the web site can be slightly confusing (this may have accidentally caused me some issues). In the end I made sure CentOS 5.9 had all the available patches, rebuilt the driver following the instructions supplied (make/make install worked without issue). I have been stable since then. This server runs 24/7. Ran a number of large file tests, no issues.


Of course, YMMV.

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Thomas R.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas R.

Date Joined: 09/16/04

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 09/14/06
  • Last Review: 03/15/14
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