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XFX employs some U.S. based support that should be easier to deal with than a faceless Chinese brand.
Maybe this card works great on non-Socket 1366 motherboards? maybe?
Cons: not sure if lemon by design or XFX unloading a bad batch to RMA customers.
only got this card when my 6970 2GB stopped working.
1st RMA had crazy screen corruption and almost instant 100C overheat problems running furmark.
2nd and current RMA has occasional screen flicker with CCC 14.4 and same 100C overheat problems running furmark. (no overclock obviously)
Other Thoughts: XFX Support has blamed my PSU, Mobo, Ram, CPU, Monitor, Case, anything to not admit they're shipping faulty cards out.
When I sent 1st cards in they claimed their testing proved the cards were fine. I've since swapped out every single other component and experience the same flickering and overheat issues. Tried a friends Asus 280X and no problems... but yeah... not XFX's fault still somehow.
Lifetime Warranty = Your Lifetime of grief, stress, and waiting for that 72hr support forum reply. you know, the one blaming your choice of political candidate for your overheat problems.
Pros: This is more of a public service announcement.
There is a new firmware VR07 for this drive that replaces VR02 and has a lot of bug fixes. It's not listed anywhere on WD's website, and they insisted that it did not exist over multiple phone calls.
Cons: WD support is not well. They should really list firmware updates on their website or have some record of them. This update has existed since before June 1, 2013, and still... no mention of it anywhere.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Holds a lot of drives
- quiet relative to machine room storage, maybe quiet enough for a non-bedroom closet
- using a 3ware 9690SA I was able to benchmark about 300MB/sec sequential using 11 Samsung identical enterprise grade drives with CrystalDisk x64
Cons: - too loud for a living or home entertainment environment
no drive failure lights, no SGPIO, no raid native enclosure support
- SAS expander scheme is all wrong. of the 4 SATA 3.0Gb channels going into the device, 2 get wasted on one drive per channel. Then the remaining 2 SATA channels get divided between the remaining 10 drive bays. Do a little math and you get theoretical max 600Mbit/s per drive of those ten. Divide by 8bits per byte, and you're at about 75MB/sec max speed per drive on those 10 expanded drives. modern SATA2 and SATA3 drives can run at 110-150MB/sec, so you're just throwing bandwidth in the garbage.
Other Thoughts: I can totally imagine that this device has a purpose. I'm just not sure what that purpose would be. 12 drives is getting high for "guess which serial number to pull" failures. It really needs enclosure support to identify failed drives.
Home Media enthusiasts beware this is not for you. Get a synology diskstation or something that actually has a brain and can deal with consumer grade drives. This devices should be used with a real raid card and therefore enterprise grade drives.
If I had to guess who would be able to find a use for this, maybe security camera recording on the cheap? cheap HBA+linux might = stable soft raid with consumer drives?
HBA+freeNas might = win
It really is the bizarre case of a product without a purpose.
my raid dropped a lot of drives but I can't tell if it was the Raid card or the enclosure