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This review is from: SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS4UM+B JBOD (Hard drives are accessed individually) 4 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0, eSATA 4-Bay eSATA Port Multiplier and USB 3.0 JBOD Tower (Black)
Pros: * Took 4x 5TB drives without a hiccup (so no need to worry about the 4TB limit in the specs).
* USB3 connection is reliable and fairly speedy.
* It's super quiet, even with the fans on high.
Cons: * Sliding the drives in can be finicky.
Other Thoughts: I'm using this USB connected to a NUC NUC5PPYH as a low-power file and download server with 4 Toshiba x300 5TB drives. The NUC is running Windows 10 and the storage is set up in a Storage Spaces array with single redundancy (effectively software RAID5).
Speeds cap out around 60 MB per second (so around 480mbps). This is a hard limit in the array, as before I used it on the low-end NUC I connected it to my desktop (i7 4770k) and it hit the same limits. It helped considerably to get consistent speeds on the NUC when I installed PrimoCache and assigned 2GB of RAM as a write buffer on the slower hardware. Part of this speed limit is due to the inefficient storage algorithms used by Storage Spaces, but mostly it appears to be capped by the interface on the device end. For my purposes, the speed is sufficient, but you may want to look at using the eSATA connection if you need more speed, as other reviews indicate it is significantly faster.
As far as reliability, the array has been connected and running 24/7 for over a week now with zero disconnects. Other reviews indicated random disconnects to be an issue, but in my experience so far it has not been a problem. I transferred 7.5TB from my old server to the new one in a single multi-day transfer (via FreeFileSync) with zero issues, and have used the system constantly since with none as well.
At this point with two weeks of use, I would recommend this array. It does what I wanted it to do, and does so reliably.
Pros: The board lasted 8 months before something went wrong....
Cons: So, at the 8 month mark this board's onboard network card died on me. I would not consider that to be such a bad thing, but the customer support this far has been awful. The first person (after a nearly half hour wait) seemed like they knew what they were doing, but after I finished giving them all the information they needed they failed to send me the necessary form for the advanced RMA that I asked for. A week later, I get onto their chat system to check the status, only to have the support rep close the session without typing a single word to me. I tried again, and the person told me what had happened with my RMA, but could not actually help. So after another half hour phone wait I get another person who actually sends me the docs I need. I just sent off the forms so the story isn't over, but I can tell you right now that ASUS is not a company you want to deal with if anything goes wrong.
Other Thoughts: It's nice to know that ASUS does indeed honor their warranty, and even offers free advanced RMA service. However, they make it so painful to get that service that I'd rather try someone else next time. A+ for style, F for effort.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a fast CPU, not much more that needs to be said.
Cons: None. It does what it says it does, and is stable when doing it.
Other Thoughts: I got a dud when it comes to headroom for overclocking. Absolutely zero above stock 3.9, even with a good overvolt and tons of tweaking. It DOES happen - just be aware that it does, and be happy with the (quite impressive) stock speeds.READ FULL REVIEW