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VANTEC 4 Channel, 2 mSATA + 2 SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Card with HyperDuo Model UGT-MST644R
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The thing actually works, speeding up boot time by combining SSD and HDD. Options allow you to use SSD as just cache (less chance of data loss), or combined to increase overall capacity (chance of data loss if a drive fails). I have two mSATA cards and one HDD set up as a single volume. Software console allows you the option to choose specific folders to stay in cache, instead of letting the system randomly determine what should be there. Has a header for the HDD LED indicator light on your case.

Cons: I had issues getting the software to work properly under Windows 8. If memory serves me correctly, I ended up loading just the driver from the web, and just the console software from the included disk. There are only two SATA ports. Wish it supported RAID 5. Card requires an uncommon x2 PCIe slot, which means you're most likely going to put it into a x4 or x16 slot. That could interfere with video cards requiring those slots.

Other Thoughts: A pain in the behind to get set up due to issues with the software, but once working, it's fast. Recommended.

SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive itself seems fine, if you're looking for something with low capacity. But I'm not paying for just the drive...

Cons: The ReadyCache software really feels useless. Maybe I don't see it because I already have a RAID-5 setup, but I was hoping for some performance boost. It's just cutting off a second or two on load times, if anything. Drivers load after boot, so there's little to no reduction in boot time. Cache takes a while to fill up, apparently files need to be accessed numerous times before they are allocated to the SSD.

Other Thoughts: For a noticeable performance boost, I recommend sticking with an Intel motherboard that supports SSD cache with its chipset, or get a third party PCIe card that supports HyperDuo.

ASUS ROG POSEIDON-GTX780-P-3GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: You should be able to get a 180 to 200 MHz core overclock on this card easily on liquid. Memory should overclock 100 MHz or more. No need to purchase a waterblock if you're planning to liquid cool. Cheaper than a GTX 780 Ti (Is that a pro?). Mine worked out of the box without issues, unlike many AMD cards I've had to RMA lately due to bad luck.

Cons: Even with the overclock, you're not going to get near GTX 780 Ti speeds; you'll probably be more around the original Titan in benchmarks. GPU Tweak utility can overvolt, but it has to be manually set again at reboot; overclocks will stay after a reboot if you select the proper option. GPU Tweak will crash on Windows Vista. (Yes, the little operating system that everyone hates, but I have a few games still to complete that don't run well on Windows 7.) Still more expensive than a reference GTX 780. Liquid cooling helps reduce the temperature, but after half an hour of testing, it still comes in at a warm 56 degrees Celsius. Card is hot to touch even with liquid cooling due to minimal liquid contact with VRMs and memory, which seem to be air cooled. Although I'm unable to verify, some sites state the liquid channel is aluminum which may cause corrosion in mixed metal systems. The diameter of the liquid cooling channel also seems small when you look down into it, which could restrict coolant flow.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a liquid cooling solution to replace some dying GTX 570 cards I had. Would have loved to get a GTX 780 Ti, but with those being a hundred more than this card, and double that for a waterblock, it wasn't in the budget. Benchmarks show the card, when overclocked, to be slightly faster than two GTX 570 cards in SLI. Heaven 4.0 with max settings at 1920x1200 is hitting 57 fps; the 570 cards were getting around 52 fps. In comparison, a single GTX 670 is getting around 36 fps, or about 64 fps in SLI on my system. It could be better, but about what I expected for the price.


Keith M.'s Profile

Display Name: Keith M.

Date Joined: 11/02/02

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 11/07/07
  • Last Review: 05/30/15
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