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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent case, just remember a few things 09/23/2014

This review is from: BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case can hold 5 3.5" drives and 2 2.5" drives total. This makes it a great case to use as a file server. There is room for a tall CPU heatsink and fan. I am very happy with the case.

Cons: Just remember: there is no external 5.25" drive. Also remember to check the measurements. I didn't and it was bigger than I thought. Although it can hold 5 3.5" drives, it is not hot-swap friendly. Installing a power supply is a little tricky. And the manual is pathetic. I had to figure most everything out on my own.

Other Thoughts: The case came with a fan at the bottom. I move the fan to the top of the case and put 2 drives at the bottom. Like someone else said, I also put the side doors on backwards so that the power button faces the motherboard side. This worked out great in keeping my cables organized.

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3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-10M 1 Unit of 1M Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works even at 6 Gbps. No complaints.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Just remember this is a long connector.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works well enough. I bought this because it said "low power" and because of the direction of the mini-SAS connectors. The pre-boot GUI is very nice and straightforward. I have not tested performance because I did not buy this for performance. I like how the UEFI in my Asus motherboard can read some (but not all) of the information of adapter. It immediately worked with 4x 4TB WD Red Pro hard drives.

Cons: Not all motherboards are compatible. I wanted a new server to replace my aging, but excellent, HP Mediasmart ex495 Windows Home Server. I had an older Core i3 in a Gigabyte motherboard and it would not work. I put it in an Asus motherboard and it worked great. Then I decided to use an older small 2.5" hard drive as my boot drive. I only had 1 mini-SAS to SATA cable, so I connected the 2.5" drive on the motherboard and installed Windows on it. I made sure to install the LSI drivers using the Windows setup process. But when Windows started, the drivers gave the common "Code 10" error. It would only work when the boot drive is connected to it.

Other Thoughts: I would neither recommend nor not recommend this adapter. I also found out that you cannot update the firmware unless the operating system recognizes it. So I do not know if the latest firmware has the quirks because I could not find out without it working.

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Display Name: Wade B.

Date Joined: 10/10/03

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