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This review is from: SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4M6G RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD (via Bundled RR642 RAID Controller Card) 4 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays eSATA (via 6G Port Multiplier) 4-Bay eSATA 6G Port Multiplier RAID Tower w/ 6G PCIe Card
Pros: External lights and indicators are nice, reasonable compact space, fast when everything is working
Cons: Boot time is extremely slow as it spins up the RAID, but I've seen this with HP controllers as well.
This RocketRAID RR642 card is very poor. Getting drivers was difficult because downloads from their site weren't working for several weeks. Even after updating drivers, the driver has crashed multiple times. Twice it stopped responding while doing backup (Win7) and another time the system crashed with a Bugcheck 159, which I was able to verify was caused by driver RR640L.SYS using windbg.
Other Thoughts: Based on what others have said regarding the actual card and the difficulty of obtaining support from the manufacturer (one customer talked about 30 day response time), I am thinking the best option will be to back up all my data and obtain a different card, reconfigure RAID, and then restore the data which is a huge pain.
I would recommend a different solution at least with the controller until Highpoint either makes better drives and supports their product better, or SANS Digital goes with a different card provider.
Pros: Card is very fast and was probably an order of magnitude above the Radeon HD 5770 I was using before. I use it to run Second Life, which is a very demanding application believe it or not. The 3GB helps for those creators who insist on using 1024x1024 textures for everything and there's a whole room full of them
Cons: So far only two:
1. If you are using Media Center, you need to change Desktop Color Settings --> Content Type reported to the display to Full-screen videos to solve a flicker issue
2. It doesn't seem to respond to Windows Magnifier hotkeys if I have an app in fullscreen mode. Most people won't care about this, though
Other Thoughts: I'm happy with the card so far. I haven't tried OCing it yet, because it's running just fine as it is for me but I'm told it OCs rather well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Not a lot of tweaks here, just plug it in and go
Cons: The status pages aren't very helpful
Other Thoughts: I had been leasing one from my cable provide at $6 per month, so buying this is a no-brainer because I make the money back in < 2 years.
I plugged it in, then had to call my cable provider and give them the MAC address on the unit so they could provision it. That was about the extent of the setup.
The status pages give a lot of info about signal strength and such, but the numbers are meaningless to most of us. It would be nice if it gave a range of optimal values so a layman can easily tell, but fortunately you can google and get a good idea of what those numbers should be.
The page will also show it's using IPv4, even if it's passing through an IPv6 address because that's just talking about the device's management IP so don't let that throw you off thinking it's not working with IPv6.
Display Name: Warren Y.
Date Joined: 12/12/05
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