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Pros: I haven't purchased this particular Highpoint RAID controller, but I have purchased many others e.g. 2720SGL. In order to get 2 RocketRAID controllers working in the same motherboard, the INT13 setting must be disabled when flashing the new controller bios. Download the latest controller bios from Highpoint's website, and there should be a Windows program named hptflash.exe . You'll want to run this program without any drives attached, and before you install a second RocketRAID controller. After you have disabled INT13, boot into your motherboard BIOS to confirm whether or not that BIOS still sees the card as a "bootable device". By disabling INT13, your motherboard BIOS should NOT see the card as a "bootable device". At that point, you should be able to install a second RocketRAID, which will most probably come with a factory default of INT13 ENABLED. If you do NOT intend to boot from either card, then disable INT13 in the second controller, using a similar approach: of course, a different controller bios will be needed if the second controller is not identical to the first controller. Hope this helps. p.s. Don't forget Readme.txt which should download with the bios update files from Highpoint's website.
Cons: (not applicable if you disable INT13 as described above)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: We've purchase a half dozen RR2720 controllers, to test them installed in PCIe 1.0 x16 slots. THE biggest problem we have encountered is incompatible cables, which are difficult to diagnose. These Startech SFF-8087 work great with the RR2720 and support the 6G speed of SATA III SSDs, as long as the latest RR2720SGL BIOS is installed. The 0.5m cable length is helpful for cable management, and the latching SATA connectors are superior to the non-latching type.
Other Thoughts: If you are new to Highpoint's 2720SGL, it is highly recommended that you start with brand new cables like these. Otherwise, you may find yourself doing lots of trial and error (as we did) when the fundamental problem is an incompatible cable, like early versions of Highpoint's 1.0 meter SFF-8087, and one of Adaptec's "SFF-8087" cables (NOT compatible!). The extra length of a 1.0 meter cable also causes extra problems for cable management inside any PC chassis.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
Pros: Dear Corsair:
This is just an FYI concerning your 3-fan memory module cooler:
Our motherboard is an ASUS P5B-VM DO (not listed), and
we initially connected that cooler to an unregulated pin header
on the motherboard. At startup, the fans were spinning too fast
and causing extra vibration and noise. We isolated the problem
by playing around with Q-Fan in the BIOS; and, we have now
moved the fan cable to a pin header that is controlled by Q-Fan,
using the "Performance" setting. This reduced the rpm of those
memory module fans from 6000+ to 4275 +/-, and the annoying
vibration and noise have stopped.
We just thought you should know this little detail.
Summary: This motherboard was supplying too much voltage
to an unregulated chassis fan header, and moving the
memory module cooler to a regulated fan header cured
that problem -- by significantly reducing fan speed.
Cons: nothing serious (see above)
Other Thoughts: Other than that, we run Corsair RAM in all of our workstation,
and we L-O-V-E it! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
p.s. We just bought our first Corsair PSU last Saturday,
and it's a work of art! VERY NICE. Also, the higher
efficiency reduced the workstation's power consumption
from 150W to 120W during idle, as compared to the former
Cooler Master PSU that required 150W from our APC UPS.
That's a rather significant improvement, percentage-wise.
NICE WORK AGAIN!!
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell
Webmaster, Supreme Law Library