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SAMSUNG Spinpoint MP4 HM640JJ 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've got two of these running in a G-RAID mini portable drive, s well as one running in a Mac mini. All three drives get continuous use, and I carry the portable around all day every day. Couldn't be happier - these seem quiet, fast, and cool.

Cons: none that I've encountered in 6 months of use

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XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this card for an htpc machine since it allows for direct HD audio through the HDMI connect. The machine also had to do a bit of moderate gaming (WOW, Starcraft, Modern Warfare, etc.). The gaming performance has been great... silky smooth in all games mentioned with options maxxed at 1920x1080.

The real delight has been the HD audio, though. Combined with PowerDVD HD (with Blu-Ray support), the picture and sound are incredible, fed directly to my pre/pro via the single hdmi cable. Never expected this quality... far surpasses the PS3 in the Blu-Ray quality.

Ours seems to run extremely cool and quiet, but it's in a super-ventilated case. Installation with drivers and all was the simplest I've ever experienced. Very highly recommended for an htpc that needs some gaming muscle.

Cons: None that I've run into... none at all. I'm truly delighted, and am looking at buying a second one.

Other Thoughts: If you use this with PowerDVD, keep in mind that you need to play with settings for Windows (speaker setup and monitor overscan), PowerDVD (audio and video output settings), and the card itself as well as your pre/pro... it took me awhile to dig up all the settings. But once i got 'em right i was truly blown away... can't stop watching and listening (it's great for audio as well). And the positive side to all the settings is that you've got a great amount of control.

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HighPoint RocketRAID 3522 PCI Express x8 (x16 slot compatible) SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Relatively fast processor, sets up volumes quickly, good set of controls and monitor readout, can send error e-mails, no fan, optional battery backup, can be managed through BIOS in POST (PC booting only) pci connection (localhost) or over ethernet (ip).

I've got this card running a RAID 6 on a Mac (4 - 1TB drives), and so far it's been completely solid. Speeds seem good (I'm concerned more with data safety) and I'm running the minimum number of disks for RAID6 (four). Not much else to say, except the following couple of notes:

1) you need to give the unit some time to rebuild if there's a power outage. I had to do some (unrelated) hard reboots and the RAID volume didn't come up at first. Took me awhile to realize that it was rebuilding... seems to take 20-30 minutes for four 1TB drives (not bad at all).

2) take time to double check the cables you need... it's hard to get good pics or info on these. I ended up buying SAS to eSATA when I actually needed SAS to SATA (internal).

Cons: Manual seems informative but skips important aspects or makes brief mention of them. Mine came with log entries showing disk failures, but I think that was due to OEM testing (short period, sequential disk failures... definite pattern). I've seen no hiccups whatsoever in roughly three months of 24/7. Wish they had wiped the log just for my peace of mind.

Cables seem expensive, but are of excellent quality.

Other Thoughts: I like this card a great deal... it has everything I wanted, and was the cheapest RAID6 option when I purchased it. It leaves me with 4TB of headroom left, and will only get faster with each drive I add. After a drive failure with a software RAID0, I wanted to step up to a hardware RAID and this card is a great foundation for that.

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Display Name: John F.

Date Joined: 03/11/02

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 07/14/03
  • Last Review: 02/19/11
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