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Pros: They don't explode? Seeing one doesn't frighten the cat very much? I can't think of anything more apposite.
Cons: If you look closely at the picture of the cable, and imagine installing it, you'll see that unless your power supply is mounted at the top of the case, or you have SAS drives (I'm not suggesting that you could use it for SAS) the drive connectors are attached upside down: the little orienting stub points UP when for SATA it needs to point down.
So, to use it, you have to turn the cable upside down, and put the last connector on the lowest drive. Then, unless your power supply is top-mounted, you have to run a molex extension up from your power supply to meet the molex connector on this cable which is now dangling in mid-air from the highest drive.
If you have a Really Long molex extender, you can perhaps route it around the edge of the case out of sight. If you don't, it will always dangle gracelessly in mid air, putting stress on the connector nearest to it.
The insulation on the wires is also quite stiff, making the connecting of adjacent drives problematic.
Other Thoughts: Like so many products from Mainland China, as opposed to Taiwan where things are done to a high standard, this cable was evidently designed and made by people who had no idea how to do it, the sole intention being to sell it, not that it be useful, satisfactory, or give value for money.
(I didn't buy this cable at Newegg, but rather at a competitor's brick-and-mortar store in Cambridge. I incautiously bought 2 of them, and they're going back)
Pros: It's a nice color
It worked well while it worked
It didn't take everything else with it when it died this morning.
Cons: It went out with a bang -literally. It sounded like a firecracker.
It should have lasted closer to 19 years than 19 months.
Other Thoughts: This is the second Antec power supply that has died prematurely. Both were bought from Newegg, if that's significant.
I don't beat up my computers. I'm not a gamer, I'm a retired engineer and write software pro-bono.
Power supplies are transformers with rectification. Both transformers and rectifiers have been around since the 1800s. The technology pre-dates the everyday use of electricity --it is s-t-a-b-l-e.
Only cheap components and poor quality control can explain premature failures in stable technology.
I would much rather pay 10% more for high-quality components than "save" the 10% through cheesy components and poor or no QA. As Edwards Deming proved, savings from corner-cutting are no savings at all, and it costs only a few percent more to deliver very high quality. Newegg should demand that its suppliers deliver that high quality.
Pros: - It's a Rosewill product
- It's cheap
Cons: - It cannot be used as a simple SATA 2-port controller, which is unusual. They're defining "JBOD" to mean "spanned" here: concatenating 2 disks into a single logical volume.
Other Thoughts: I feel that Rosewill and Newegg let me down, since "JBOD" historically has not meant "span" and is not a type of RAID.READ FULL REVIEW
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