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LSI MegaRAID SATA/SAS 9260-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Supports Virtual Drives(Very, very important if you want to present a large disk to and install Windows). Very fast, the Cache is a-plenty(512 MB, double the cache that my hard drives have). It also supports SSD and has optimization features for those, for future expansion. It also supports SAS extenders fr expanding out your array. The optional BBU I bought separably is great, and offers additional performance bonuses due to write back. This card is actually sitting in a spare slot in my Nvidia 780i triple SLI motherboard. Bought that way back in the day when I saw that PCIe 2.0 would be an excepted and common standard for add-on cards; I was right. It now serves as the platform for my WHS11 file server. The LSI Megaraid monitoring tool is usefull as well for checking up on the cntroller/BBU healthOh and when I called LSI for help on setting it up, I got a person instantly, none of that stupid call routing stuff, just an honest, nice and knowledgeable staff member. Glad I bought LSI!

Cons: The card does take a while to initialize the disk array, but part of that is that it is spinning the drives up gently, and checking the health of the array. This is normal for all servers equipped with RAID adapters and is not dependent on the host machine hardware, nor component disk specifications.

Other Thoughts: Originally I tried software raid, I wanted to RAID 10. Didn't work. I bought four Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 2 TB hard drives back in the days before the flooding in Taiwan, which left a 4 GB partition after RAID 10. Only one problem Linux, and Windows does not play well with non EFI/UEFI motherboard when doing software RAID on large disks. What I did was get this card set up a 4 TB raid and then broke that down into a 200 GB Virtual drive for Windows Home Server 2011, so it could install(meet the 160 GB minimum and still be NTFS) and the rest was a seperate partition formatted with a GPT file system. NTFS only supports one 2 TB maximum partition per disk, the rest goes to waste as unpartitionable space. A NTFS partition which Windows has to be installed on cannot reside on the same "disk" that has a partition for GPT(which can be partitioned to zettabytes). The Virtual disk feature allowed me to cut the singular RAID 10 array into two usable pieces, while not wasting space on the array

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Intel EXPI9402PTBLK Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable, link aggregation(channel bonding), TCP segmentation offloading, jumbo frame support, low latency and high reliability. I have a pair of these and I actually experienced 99%+ realworld sustained gigabit throughput on large file transfers on my windows home server using standard CAT 5e kinked up and thrown on the floor(I know right, so much for engineering and installation practices). I also use this for my PFSense firewall box, one port goes to the WAN, and the other goes to my internal gigabit home network so that particular card gets it's workout supplying my connection to the internet day in and day out.

Cons: None other than it requires an open PCI express slot which are becoming more and more common. It's required though as 32 bit PCI would barely would the bandwidth.

Other Thoughts: Maybe a bit overkill for a home user, but even then I demand reliability and low latency and high throughput performance for the high traffic common nodes on my network. Everything a man could ask for, for a home, small business, enterprise network. I suspect these cards will last a very long time, and will be recycled into various machine builds until 10 Gb Ethernet becomes economical/common for the home user. Even then until disk/internet technology catches up there will not be a need.

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Hogood HCOF-11006 Special Aroma, 1lb Bag, coffee (Beans)
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Interesting, but not incredible! 11/22/2011

This review is from: Hogood HCOF-11006 Special Aroma, 1lb Bag, coffee (Beans)

Pros: Very smart marketing technique. Innovative and very capitalist! Maybe there is hope for China to adopt an open business model. What better way than to market coffee products through a die hard computer related sales site? Received a sample along with an order of completely unrelated computer parts. Hey, free coffee I can always use that.

Cons: Expensive and not any better than Folgers. Average, but not bad either. Not worth the price, Starbucks is way cheaper and offers a more diverse and complex flavor.

Other Thoughts: "My taste You know" Made in China. Distributed through Rosewill. Grown in Yunnan province. Was worried to drink it though after the whole lead based paint deal, has FDA passed approval on the safety of this food item?

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Display Name: Mark J.

Date Joined: 02/16/06

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  • First Review: 02/26/06
  • Last Review: 11/27/11
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