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SYBA PCI-Express USB/1394B Model SD-PEX50011
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1 out of 5 eggs Close but no cigar! 02/24/2012

This review is from: SYBA PCI-Express USB/1394B Model SD-PEX50011

Pros: Texas Instruments 1394b was the selling point for me. USB should be a no-brainier.

Cons: After three restarts the card appears to be working. 1394 works as expected under Win7, NEC USB is a complete joke. Do not expect to use with sound devices, hubs or start-up keyboard.

Worth avoiding.

Other Thoughts: I guess it's working, but so poorly I can't believe it.

TYAN S7025AGM2NR SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 DDR3 1333
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5 out of 5 eggs Three Steps Forward, One Step Back! 01/21/2012

This review is from: TYAN S7025AGM2NR SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 DDR3 1333

Pros: Useful slots out the wazoo! I mean how many 16x slots could you need?

I'm upgrading my Lenovo D20, reusing my Xeon 5550's and making use of existing RAM and drives. I fully expected to re-format my system drive, but low-and-behold the existing Win7 installation booted and repaired itself! That was fun, but some of the existing problems came back and I wound up with a clean install anyway. (shrug)

For those looking into this board, expect a major time investment to get it right! I spent about 20 hrs and now it's clean fast and quiet!

I now have 2 Quadro cards for Resolve, a RAID card, a Grass Valley edit card and a Blackmagic i/o card.

Cons: Only 4 RAM slots per CPU, now I have extra RAM. :~|
No 1394a/b. Thankfully I have an old PCI33 with USB lying around :~|
Only 4 built-in USB2 out the back.
Only stereo on-board audio. A minor case mod moved the jacks to free a rear slot. Not a big deal as my audio is external.

Other Thoughts: So far a very good choice for a video edit/color correction suite. I'm glad to see so many slots for modern cards and just enough legacy to get by in my 1394/USB pinch!

Overall probably a 30% performance boost, but with the added slots a 200% usefulness gain.

HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 PCI-Express x4 Four-Port SATA and SAS RAID Controller  Card
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Pros: I bought this to try in my Xeon Hackintosh and could not be happier! My original built-in RAID controller was not usable on the OSX side and this bargain works 100%! Performance is what I expected for this level of card. Burst rates are now 100 mb/s faster than my on-board RAID controller.

Cons: The OSX drivers are not in the exact folder I expected on the CD, but a minute of poking around in another 26xx folder had what I was after. The Highpoint website does not have newer drivers for OSX...

Mac users must be a (teeny) tiny fraction of hardware users.

Other Thoughts: I read lot of moaning about the manual before buying this card and I have to disagree. It's quite clear and adequately detailed. Making a floppy to flash the card with the latest BIOS was more work than setting up the RAID or getting OSX or Win7 to play nice together.


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Display Name: Rusty R.

Date Joined: 04/07/07

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  • Last Review: 02/24/12
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