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MSI  R9 270X GAMING 2G ITX 256-Bit  GDDR5  PCI Express 3.0 x16  HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This is probably the most compact video card that's reasonably fast. Excellent form factor. If you're looking for something that'll fit and you don't have room for a longer card this one will do the trick.

Cons: Came DOA. In the card's intended home, the computer would not even post. Checking to see if it wasn't just a motherboard issue I tried it in another, which instantly gave the "no video card found" post beep error code.

I will probably miss out on the rebate as well because of the exchange issues. So I'll probably be out the return shipping and the MIR. Not very happy about that.

Other Thoughts: I actually have a fair number of other MSI video cards. They've been pretty good in the past. Getting one like this that's dead right out of the box is a first for me.

The exchange with newegg is already under way, will have to see how it works out in the end. Due to size limits, it's very likely that buying any other model would mean getting something a fair bit slower, so I'm giving MSI a second chance.

Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fairly quiet, cool. Lots of space. Currently running 6 of them in an e-sata raid so I can't say too much about the individual drive speed, but they're pretty speedy together. They're at least fast enough to continuously push ~90MB/sec over a gigiabit network, basically the max you can get. No trouble with them being recognized and added to a software raid in Linux. I've had the raid verify run several times on them and they've come back good so far.

Cons: None that I can think of. They could always be 7200 RPM drives, but then they'd run considerably hotter.

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy the drives all at once in an attempt to avoid all the drives failing at once in the raid. Only the first two I picked up have serial numbers that are remotely close. Decided to give these a try after having several EFRX & EARS drives fail after a depressingly short amount of time. Hopefully these drives will prove more reliable in the years to come.

HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Card 05/15/2013

This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Actually seems to support port multiplier on at least one port on the card, which seems to work decently in linux so far. Lots of configuration options with the bios utility - note that some of them can only be done with the bios flashing program. With proper configuration you can add more than one of these to a system. About as fast as onboard SATA controller, no complaints about its speed.

Of all the cards I've had to deal with in linux, these have been some of the least troublesome ones.

Cons: If you're using these in linux, you may need to add a script to your initramfs-tools local-premount that simply calls udevadm settle. I've found that Ubuntu at least doesn't like to wait for the card when using port multipliers, multiple 2300s or other controllers, and can cause hangs and other undesirable behaviour on boot. iirc, calling udevadm settle used to be the default when initializing software raid setups, but the knobs seem to have taken it out in newer versions because it makes the system boot slower. I'll take a slower boot over a software raid not assembling properly at boot.

If you add more than one of these to a system you need to flash the bios on the card or you will get an "out of memory" error. Highpoint has an FAQ about this issue. it's an easy fix and for the most part involves changing the maximum supported number of arrays to a smaller number like 2-4. If you're simply using this to add drives it's not an issue at all.

Also as far as I've figured, the activity LED connectors on this are pretty much useless on a regular desktop.

Other Thoughts: I can't say how well these perform in Windows, as I've only used them in Linux. Aside from needing to flash them when adding multiple cards they've performed flawlessly.

Also, these supposedly have a connector for drive activity, but the way it's setup is pretty much useless imho.


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Display Name: Shaun M.

Date Joined: 11/14/02

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