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This review is from: Zotac ZBOX-EI750-U 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Iris Pro 5200 w/128MB eDRAM Mini-PC
Pros: Quiet and works as intended. Besides initial hiccups with HDs no other issue.Works really nice with my portable monitor so I can take it as a backup for my laptop when traveling.
Mem G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB
Cons: Does not work with many HDs. I've tested with Muskin 120GB mSATA and Crucial MX100 and it did not work with neither. It seems to work with Samsung SSDs.
Other Thoughts: Even though box could be placed horizontally, follow manufacture's instructions and place it vertically since it dissipates heat that way much better. I even tried with the cooling pad underneath, but it did not cool it as well as wen it is position verticallyREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Does what it is supposed to do very well. Just bought another one
Cons: A bit pricy for what it is, but then again it is cheaper then other competitors.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Advanced configuration options. Configurable over network. Works great with enterprise 10K and 15K disks. Removed 2 eggs for support
Cons: If combined different speed disks (15K or 10K with 7.2K) the card will not handle it well causing ESX 5.0 and 5.1 server to crash.
Support is non-existent. US support is some guy in CA that might or might not answer your email and if he does it is usually "deal with it" type of answer. This card comes with low profile bracket and detachable network connector, BUT package does not contain separate bracket for network connector and cable that would connect connector and card. I sent an email to "US support" and i got an answer that areca does not manufacture cable and that i should create cable by myself. Several days later i got an email from some other company asking $40 for cable, but no network connector plate.
Other Thoughts: I have 5 Areca raid card and i'm thankful i do not need support yet since they they just work (except already mentioned issue with disk combination), otherwise i feel it would be nightmare dealing with support.READ FULL REVIEW