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Pros: - Modular
- Light but sturdy
Cons: - The 3x 5.25" bays in the tower cannot be removed, which is terrible for a modular system (biggest flaw). This restricts those of us with large motherboards and CPUs mounted on the upper right.
You can tell they made a compromise as the 5.25" bay in the 915R is removable. In the tower, the bays are structural and the case would fall apart without them.
- The 915R bundled is unusable on its own as it lacks a power switch unlike the retail 915R, which makes mounting a second mini-itx system there pointless. How would you power it?
- Lack of wide foot pegs for better stability especially if you intend to go all the way to 945 stack.
Other Thoughts: Poor usage of the space for HDDs and SSDs.
If you choose to mount all your storage in the 915R, you will find that the racks leave plenty of space that could have been used for more disks.
It would have been super easy to build an SSD rack that holds 10 of them easy or at least 6 in lieu of one of the 3x HDD racks.
Pros: - JBOD, RAID 0/1, BIG, and SAFE systems
- Easy drive installation
- Fan can be turned off
- eSATA + USB 2.0
Cons: - SAFE RAID type limited to SAFE33 and SAFE50 only
It would have been nice to be able to specify a custom SAFE value.
Other Thoughts: The 2TB limit per volume is not specific to this device.
Has anyone messed with GPT and this drive to get a volume larger than 2TB to show up?
Pros: - Price
- 8 SATA ports
- Plenty of USB 2.0 ports
- Includes AM2 Heatsink mount
Cons: - Overclocking limited to 210 HT from 200 HT (5% maximum overclocking)
- South-bridge overheats (no fan provided)
- No firewire bracket included
Other Thoughts: Using 2x Zalman 9500's heatsinks.
I have a 80mm fan directed to the south-bridge, which keeps it cool.