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Pros: Fairly fast by eSATA, current JMicron HW RAID Manager from JMicron website is Windows 10 compatible and has an email function to alert you if RAID failure occurs.
Cons: As others mention, the physical build quality is not good. Additionally, the unit failed to spin up the drives after a couple years of occasional use; I had 9TB of data in a RAID-5 array, and was grateful this was just a backup device. A year later, I removed the power supply and powered the unit instead with an external power supply (an unused PC PSU, trigger wire attached to ground). It worked, confirming the built-in power supply as the culprit. It is back in use, this time as a 2-drive RAID-1 unit.
Other Thoughts: I question the value of cheap RAID arrays after this one's PSU failure, a MediaSonic's board failure, and my LG-NAS's tendency to destroy the RAID array every time it is shut down or restarted. It seems a poor use of resources to protect against data loss from hard drive failure using a device with worse reliability than the hard drives.READ FULL REVIEW
This is a small microATX board, significantly smaller than the Asus P7-H55D-M EVO microATX setup it replaced.
The performance is excellent.
CPU VRM capacitors are solid.
It has headers on the motherboard for SP/DIF, COM port, consumer IR port, parallel printer, as well as the business related headers for trusted computing platform and case opening alert.
Cons: For the cost of going to the cinema stag, a lot is given up in comparison with the similarly named ECS H87H3-M(1.0).
- A PCIe 2.0X16 slot has been replaced with a legacy PCI slot. There is no chance for SLI or Crossfire with this motherboard.
- two RAM slots have been sacrificed
- two audio channels have been thrown out
- three audio ports lost (the 3 jacks left are line in, line out, microphone in).
(It does, however, gain two external USB2.0 ports and a second case fan port in comparison with that board).
In comparison with an ASUS H87 board that costs approximately double, it loses additionally
- a PCIe port (replaced with another legacy PCI port),
- UASP support
- 2 additional USB 3.0 ports
- Toslink (optical digital audio output)
There does not appear to be a power LED connector on the motherboard; in its place is a "message" connector. I would not mind being corrected/clarified regarding this issue.
There is only one USB 2.0 header on the motherboard, leaving much of the front panel of my home theater PC case without USB support. On the positive side, there is a USB 3.0 header.
The Intel graphics driver on the enclosed disc is incompatible with the newer i3 Haswell cpus. Fortunately, Windows Update downloads the correct one eventually.
Other Thoughts: If you are using HDMI, the loss of audio ports and Toslink is irrelevant. You could add a coaxial digital output cheaply, though, given the presence of the internal header.
If you plan to use HDMI and Intel graphics, and if you don't need eSATA (or if you have an eSATA PCIe card), I wholeheartedly recommend this board. For the price, it is an excellent bargain.
If you do need the extra features, it is cheaper to buy a more expensive board than to add those features with upgrade cards.
Pros: Fast enclosure when used by USB3.0 or using a separately purchased eSATA port multiplier PCI-express card (I use the Mediasonic ProBox HP1-SS3 PCI-Express 2.0 x1).
Cons: Newegg was helpful when I could not get a response from the manufacturer to repair the device under warranty when it started to shut off at random times.
Fans are loud unless on low.
If using eight 7200rpm drives, it is better for the drives to just put up with the noise.
Other Thoughts: Only the failure of the manufacturer to respond to my requests for warranty repair prevents me from recommending this device.READ FULL REVIEW