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HighPoint RocketRAID 644L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy setup. Easy install

Cons: Software RAID, but knew that buying it.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this card with a Rosewill RSV-S8, two WD Red 2TB drives on each eSATA channel. Setup of the RAID was a breeze, initialization time was long, but that's expected. So far, I've hit the max speed of anything pushing data to this. I believe I can probably hit 225-300MB/s but the drives I was copying from could only hit 150MB/s max.

Expect longer boot times from a cold boot. The control checks and initializes the array. This is normal, and intended.

CORSAIR AXi series AX860i 860W Digital ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Corsair CP-9020037-NA Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I love the modular setup. Also, this is the first power supply I've had that was so close to nominal values. The +5volt on the motherboard, came in at 5.00 and the +12 at 12.00 according to my bios. Never seen that even on the best PC P&C supplies. The 3.3 volt rail was at 3.297. Those voltages are well within any standard to keep your system stable.

Cons: Link software works with windows 8 but I'm still tracking down drivers for the dongle.

Other Thoughts: Never, ever skimp on a power supply. Ever. Price is not a con if the supply is well built and reliable. A bad power supply can ruin every component in your computer. It should be heavy (this one is), quiet (means fans don't need to work overtime or hard to cool), and stable (the DSPs they use seem to be working great according to my motherboard BIOS).

Never skimp on a power supply.

Sorry for the car analogy. No one would buy a Porsche and put Walmart grade oil in it. That would just be asking for trouble.

Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F360GBGS-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Blazing fast, absolutely insanely fast.

Cons: "Only" 360gb other than that, none.

Other Thoughts: Default settings, motherboard SATA 6g, post 44k read ops, 38k write ops on a fresh install of windows 8. On the quick tests, hit an easy 350MB/s transfer rate and would hit more with some tweaking.

Install of windows took minutes. Approximately 3 minutes longer than coping the files off the DVD. Hard for me to test real World performance as it saturates my gigabit network at home and the server drives aren't even that fast.


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Display Name: christopher a.

Date Joined: 07/15/02

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  • Last Review: 02/15/13
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