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Pros: The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i RAID card was easy to set up with the included software and flash the firmware although I did need to call their Support for a little help. It appears to have good data transfer rates in the little testing I did. The BIG problem was getting the computers to boot afterward into Windows.
Cons: From the beginning I did have trouble with their firmware on a computer running Windows 8 with an ASUS Sabertooth motherboard and had to revert back to an older version. That was finally fixed though but I'm getting card related errors and disk errors in the Event Viewer running Windows 8.1 on two computers. The hard drive activity light feature on the card never has worked even though reported approximately six months ago. They know it is a firmware issue but they aren't very fast in fixing some things. Their recent 8.1 driver and firmware update made my computer almost totally unusable.
Other Thoughts: I have two of these cards on an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard. I put a small fan in the processor heat sink to help keep it cool. I have been told by LSI that they have had problems with ASUS motherboards. Because of this, I do NOT recommend using them on ASUS desktop motherboards. I have notified ASUS of the issues but nothing has been resolved by them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: At least it worked when installed. Layout was ok and looks fine.
Cons: Using Windows 8, the computer kept on waking up very early in the morning on various nights after it was installed--wasn't nice since it was in bedroom. This finally stopped for no reason at all.
The Fast Boot feature worked for a while, then stopped.
The board has been confirmed to not work properly with Adaptec 2405 and 5805 RAID controllers. When coming out of Sleep Mode, I get a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). On another computer, using the same board, I cannot do a Windows 7 to 8 upgrade because of an incompatibility issue with an Adaptec 5805 RAID controller. (Adaptec says their board works fine with other motherboards.)
I keep getting an error message concerning ASUS software after a reboot. ASUS has not resolved this and most other issues remain unresolved for several months.
Pros: The EFI BIOS is easy to navigate.
Cons: I have RMA two boards a total of at least four times for various problems, with the vendor and with ASUS. Sometimes the board had refused to boot into Windows and I get a message about overclocking but I wasn't overclocking. One of the last two issues is that I keep getting a low Vcore voltage warning but according to upper level Support people at AMD, the CPU is fine. On two boards now I have had a problem with the Realtek HD Audio Manager popping up when I haven't connected or disconnected anything or even moved the computer. That is occurring now.
Other Thoughts: I contacted ASUS about my current two problems but a Support person hasn't responded to two of my e-mails. I e-mailed another in ASUS Customer Loyalty but now he is giving me the run-a-round and says "I don't think there's anything wrong with AI Suite or the motherboard." A second level Support person told me the reason the first board had the Realtek HD Audio Manager popping up was that there was a bad connection on the board--which makes sense. After the board was replaced, the problem stopped occurring. The last two times I called ASUS Support I was on the phone for over ten minutes and wasn't able to speak to anyone.READ FULL REVIEW