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This review is from: PicoPSU-160-XT 160W 12Volt DC-DC ATX Mini Power Supply
Pros: I used a few of these to modify a couple Regular Nintendos, and an XBox. I ran out of room for a power supply with the motherboards in these boxes, so after they were gutted, and cleaned out, then retrofitted with all of the necessary computer components, I was able to use the PicuPSU's to plug in to the 24pin power connectors, and mount my own new power plug that allowed me to have basically a laptop power supply outside the computer, allowing the mini inventions of mine to remain perfectly silent as intended, while still being able to utilize the complete use of the computer.
Cons: The only thing in my opinion that could make these better is if they could somehow reach the 300watt power levels with out the heat issues. Also, a few of the wires on one of my PSU's were not soldered all the way, and when the case was shut, broke the connection to the circuit board. I had to re-solder them at an angle to make them work properly, but still cost me a half hour of build time scratching my head trying to figure out what went wrong. Wasn't too bad when I finally had my coffee and looked at it again though lol
Other Thoughts: These are a LOT cheaper elsewhere ($40-60 with the power adapter included usually) so never just buy something with out looking. You might pay half the price with other reputable vendors.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -The price per TB is incredible.
-Great drive for RAID 1 or RAID 0
Cons: I have purchased 12 of these drives, and so far 1 hard drive has gone bad within the first month, and a 2nd drive went within 100 operating hours. I have all of them in a RAID 5 configuration, even with minimal system access the drives sill went bad. Also these run extremely hot, ventilation, or in my case, Koolance HD-60 coolers are REQUIRED or they will cook themselves and fail.
Other Thoughts: I'm using an Areca 12 port SATA card, the overall speed seems horrible for a RAID 5 when they were all running (under 200MB/s) but when it was still working was absolutely great. Tech support claimed these drives could work in a RAID 0 or a RAID 1 efficiently but a RAID 5 was "untested" and recommended a enterprise drive for RAID 5, which costs 3.25x more per TB.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: -8 Individual SATA II Ports
-Expansion Capabilities (suck as battery backup)
-Small Card Overrall great for tight builds
-Onboard Chip Cooler (mine was actually seated properly)
Cons: The starting instructions are incredibly vague. I had to fight with the controller when I lost a drive to actually use the new drive and write to it (apparently you need to set the new drive as a "Hot Swap", then go to rebuild array and it will start rebuilding, I did it inside Windows 7 with the web interface). When it finally took, the card was automatically set in low priority, and I still haven't figured out how to change it to high priority, so a RAID 5 with 255gb of data took almost 30 hours to complete, which needless to say, sucked.
Other Thoughts: I was able to set up the controller pretty quick when I disabled the RAID controller on the motherboard, I was able to see the controller in the BIOS. I set the new RAID 5 with the 8 drives, but even in high priority mode took 3 days to initialize, that hurt but I was leaving for a while anyways so was fine). Then I had to enable the onboard RAID which disabled being able to see the RAID controller in the BIOS, which was ok since I can't boot to 10+TB anyways. After Windows 7 installed I just was able to modify all the system setup stuff in Windows so I didn't need to see it booting up anymore.
Athlon 1090T 6core AM3 CPU
2x 320gb SATA II Raid 0 Primary Boot
8x 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7.2k RPM RAID 5
3x Plextor SATA DVD RW
ATI Radeon 9250
Custom Liquid Cooling for GPU, NB, SB, HDD(x10), CPU
Full Tower Case
USB 802.11n Draft