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This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 2220 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: This card was a replacement for a Highpoint 1850a. The hot swappable capacity of this card is great, as is the dynamic RAID expansion/migration. In addition, the SATA II/300 support was a noticeable upgrade in performance from the 1820a.
Cons: Highpoint's management software still sucks. The card shipped with an outdated firmware/BIOS, but I updated prior to hooking it up.
Other Thoughts: I have this card and a RocketRaid 2300 (PCI-e x1) in the same rig. In order to avoid conflicts, I had to use the firmware update procedure and disable INT13 traps. This means that I can't use the RAID to boot from, but that's ok with me.
I have 8 matched Maxtor 300 gig in RAID5 and the performance is solid.
Pros: Has adjustable refresh rates, built in speakers work and there's a front panel audio jack which is convenient.
Cons: It's not widescreen, has limited resolution range.
Other Thoughts: The lack of any drivers and the fact that the text quality are laughable compared to lesser priced Acer widescreen models make me wish our IT department had someone who actually used things prior to purchasing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Maxtor MaXLine III 7L300S0 300GB 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Other Thoughts: I have 5 of these in a fileserver that I built to replace an array of WD2500JD's. These drives are quieter and the increased cache seems to give e performance increase over the WD's.
So far I've had no problems whatsoever with any of them. I've got them mounted in Athena SATA removable chassis so 3 fit in a 2 5.25" bay and are removable. Quite nice.