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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Value on board Raid replacement. 05/09/2014

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single

Pros: Great Raid card. This is not a high performance card, so if your expecting high perf and don't get it, don't complain, buy the card with 512MB of cache if you want high perf. This card is a great on board raid replacement. On board raids are not reliable majority of the time and are not true RAID but Virtual RAID. If you looking for something to take it's place and plan on running RAID 5 for Data storage, this card is great. I have it hooked up to 5 Samsung 2TB 7200 RPM drives and it has been rock solid for nearly 2 years. Write speeds average around 110/mbps going from my SSD to the RAID, this is what I would expect for a Raid card at this price range running RAID 5. I can't comment on SSD perf with this card as I have never done it, but I imagine with Average write speeds of 110/mbps with 7200RPM platter drives you can expect at least double that. Really happy I bought this card as it has never done me wrong in the 2 years I have owned it. The web driven UI is awesome and easy to manage. Setup was a breeze and I had no driver issues with Win 7 x64 or Win 8/8.1. I actually bought another one of these for my Hyper-v Host, Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, no issues there either, driver install was a breeze and raid setup/config was just as easy. If you looking for a Raid replacement for your poor virtual on board raid, this is the answer, buy it and be happy!

Cons: No Cache, but really this is not a con. This card was made for someone who wants true hardware RAID but does not need stellar performance.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what all the bad reviews are about regarding perf, if you wanted killer perf in RAID 5 you should have bought a far better card. On top of that the bad reviews about compatibility, common people, there is a reason LSI has a compatibility list they keep updated and they tell you to look at before buying the card, it's not their fault if you ignored it.

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AZZA Solano 1000R Black / Red Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front MicroATX/ATX/Full ATX Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sturdy construction, no sharp edges, I like the hard drive caddies, Plenty of room, Both side panels come off and this case has a hole where the CPU is to make swapping CPU heat sinks easy that require access under the board. I love the colors of the case and the great air flow it gets. I could care less about the blue power LED that everyone Cries about although I'm also not the type to boast about what my machine looks like on the outside, it's whats inside that you should be boasting about. The key things to look for in a good case are good construction, air flow, size, this case has all 3. As for the review below who quotes cable management, that's not the case's job, that's your job, Learn how to use Zip ties and clips/clamps. On a side note there are plenty of places in this case to run and hide cables including the extra space they give you behind the board. I was able to run majority of my cables behind it. All in all this is a good case for the price.

Cons: None really aside from the Hard drive caddies taking up a decent amount of room, if you have a fairly large video card and more then 6 hard drives you may need to do some finagling to get things to fit.

Other Thoughts: Good budget full size case with great air flow.

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OCZ Colossus LT Series OCZSSD2-1CLSLT1T 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Completely Unreliable.. Don't waste your money.. 06/24/2011

This review is from: OCZ Colossus LT Series OCZSSD2-1CLSLT1T 3.5" 1TB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: When it works this drive is everything is should be, big and extremely fast. Rock Solid performance.

Cons: I have went through 3 of these drives so far. The first was DOA, Second lasted 30 days then dead, no Bios would detect it, 3rd drive same deal lasted about 30 days and died, no bios will detect it and if it does you get nothing but read errors. I'm going for a 4th, because of course at this point there is no going back and getting my money on this one, Stinks because I will just get another drive that will last me a month and then I'll be hitting OCZ up for another replacement. On a good note OCZ has been great about the RMA process so far. Quite Possibly the most unreliable piece of hardware I have ever bought. Fairly upsetting considering the price.... I will say this when the drive works, its all its cracked up to be and then some, but good luck getting it to last any longer then a month or 2....

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Display Name: James E.

Date Joined: 11/12/04

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 08/17/05
  • Last Review: 05/09/14
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