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Pros: It looks like a RAID controller
Cons: This is a software RAID controller, with an expensive price tag. It is no better than what Intel already provides on board.
CLI management only, NO monitoring/administration software.
BIOS GUI is intentionally crippled. Access to advanced/hidden features is an extra purchase.
Had to downgrade firmware to get it to work in Windows 7 Pro 64bit.
Other Thoughts: I have been in the IT field for 20 years, and this is definitely the worst RAID controller I have used. The following quotes are exactly from tech support about my issues and frustrations with this card.
"The 9240-4i is a software raid controller. It must be able to allocate some memory during power up or the driver does not load. Recent firmware releases include a check for memory allocation. It is not compatible with many
"If it works and the driver is running in Windows 7, then use this older firmware. The better option is use a hardware raid controller "
This review is from: VANTEC Quad Chip 4-Port Dedicated 5Gbps USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card Model UGT-PCE430-4C
Pros: Four USB 3.0 controllers, each with 1 dedicated USB 3.0 port.
Along with a PCIe bus to match it, almost.
Cons: 20gbps throughput for all 4 USB 3.0, PCIe 2.0 x4 bus is only rated for 16gbps. Not that you can max out all 4 ports anyway. Didn't work the first day I got it. The driver installed for one controller, but wouldn't install for the other 3. Worked with tech support for a week trying installing, uninstalling, I searched online for newer drivers.
Computer won't boot with the card plugged in any more. The fans blip like it wants to boot, but nothing. Mainboard LEDs are showing good to go. I pull out of the slot, and hit the power button then off we go.
Other Thoughts: Eventually found another company that makes the EXACT same card, and their forum users said to unplug USB 2.0 devices. And it worked. I got all 4 drivers loaded. Rebooted with all USB 2.0 drives and devices plugged in. Oddly enough I still have the SATA power cable plugged into the card while it sits on top of my PSU. I have never got around to speed testing. Maybe someone else has better luck.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arecont Vision So-Cap Brackets
Pros: Required for a certain dome camera to mount to their wait/ceiling hardware. Has a bigger lip than I thought it should have. Doesn't seem to affect the seal to the camera base any. Doesn't protrude enough that bugs are trying to make houses for themselves on the side of the camera housing.
Cons: The lip protrudes about 1/4inch over the side of the camera. I suspect there is a larger camera base out there and this is just a catch all product.
Other Thoughts: It's one of these gotchas. Buy their camera, then buy all of their other hardware to use their camera. I have no regrets buying. Not like my 3 year old dome camera was any different. If you are reading this, you probably already have it in your cart... or you are just wondering what the heck it is :-) 5 starts because it does its job keeping my AV20175DN in place.READ FULL REVIEW