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areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs not good for SSD's 04/08/2009

This review is from: areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Areca supposedly makes good cards.

Cons: Three SSD's, RAID 0 = crash every time there is any real disk activity. The same array works fine on ich9r. Five months in testing.
And lets not forget the price for four ports.

Other Thoughts: I contacted Areca on the matter. They said that they got no response from the the SSD manufacturer when asking for units to test with to improve their firmware. I connected them with a rep from the SSD manufacturer who shipped them several disks to experiment with. There has been no response from Areca to either me or the SSD manufacturer since. The Areca rep said that the SSD's sent to them were a "loan". I am suspicious of anyone who I loan things to that then neglect to return my calls.
The card is a $300 paperweight for me. It might be good for ading more SATA ports to a system. But then, there are much cheaper solutions for that.

Also if you are thinking about using this card for any modern SSD's, think again. Even if my situation is a fluke, the card is limited to about 400 MB/S. That's less that what 2 SSD's these days can put out.
Get a new motherboard with igh8r or up for less money instead.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSB2.0-16GB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I would like to say that I also have the 2 Gb version. I accidentally dropped it in a parking lot in the winter. It spent two months there getting snowed on, plowed into snow banks and driven on. In the spring when the snow melted I found the drive and still use it to this day! Now I have one which is 16 GB and it cost 5$ less than the 2 GB one I have did. It is generally accepted that larger flash drives have slower speeds but this one seems to be on par with my 2 GB model.

Cons: The use of friction as a cap retention mechanism is less then ideal. The cap is easy to loose.

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OCZ Core Series OCZSSD2-1C64G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: SSD's are fancy

Cons: Drive is basically a $280 paper weight. I suppose you could use it to keep your music on or something like that but it is a garbage system drive. The system will grind to a halt if anything writes to the disk. And the data corruption issues some of you may have heard about make it necessary for me to reinstall the OS every week or so.

Other Thoughts: I immediately had problems with this disk. I RMA'd my first one and the new one has the exact same issues. There is faulty technology involved in the construction of this disk. Either OCZ should recall this defective product or we should be able to exchange them for a full refund. And I have spent plenty of time watching the OCZ forum to keep abreast of what's happening with these disks and it doesn't look good. It seems pretty definitive now that in many situations these disks are slower than the slowest drive you can buy from Newegg.

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Colin L.'s Profile

Display Name: Colin L.

Date Joined: 03/27/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 12/04/06
  • Last Review: 04/08/09
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