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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI LIGHTNING
Pros: This thing SCREAMS.
Plays everything I own at 4K and 60 FPS on pretty high settings... BUT
Cons: After ~10 minutes of 4k gaming (or ~40 minutes 1440p gaming), the device just DISAPPEARS until I cold-reboot my computer.
I've rules out specific 16x pcie slots, and driver issues (by recreating the issue in both Windows (playing FallOut 4 and JustCause 3) AND in Linux (playing DyingLight)).
In Windows, I get an error code 43, saying the device had an error and windows turned it off.
In Linux, dmesg reports the card as having "fallen off the PCI bus".
It is FAST, but all 3D applications inevitably crash it HARD, leaving me at a black screen.
I observed the windows crash by using my old card to drive a second monitor... the game dies, both monitors go black for a second, then only the monitor plugged into my old card comes back. In device manager, the code 43 is shown for this card.
Other Thoughts: This card is a beast... So much so, that the inconvenience of RMAing this one WILL NOT leave a $700 bad taste in my mouth.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 622 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: I didn't have to buy it separately?
I got what I paid for?
Cons: Periodically freezes my computer after trying to write ANYTHING to it.
Other Thoughts: The issue can be fixed by removing the card or shutting off my raid box.
I'm excited to get what I paid for again... with a more expensive replacement.
Pros: The enclosure might be fine?
Cons: The included PCIe card is a significant detriment to the performance of my 4.8 GHz 6-core watercooled monstroscity of a computer. It locks up my computer for a few seconds of every minute after trying to write ANYTHING to it.
Other Thoughts: San Disk ought to ship this enclosure with one of their own cards. The included HPT RocketRaid 622 is a sad excuse for a raid controller.
I'm excited to see if a "SANS DIGITAL HA-DAT-4ESPCIE" that I just ordered will allow me to push the envelope of my 8-bay raid box...