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Merax Black 15.4
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4 out of 5 eggs 10/16/2012

This review is from: Merax Black 15.4" Sleever Model 207-288

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Quite thin, but fine for the cost.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you know that this is NOT sized for 16:9 laptops.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500410AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Extremely fast. Gets ~140mb/s single drive, and ~280mb/s with 2 in RAID0, with the ext4 filesystem and linux software raid.

These drives are also thin; due to being single plattered.

Cons: Makes a couple odd noises, but I think seagate drives often do.

Other Thoughts: Would love to put 4 together in raid 0....

Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
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Pros: Has a bios so I can boot off of a cd drive attached to it. I also like how it is low profile and short. Works out of the box with linux, required drivers from a usb for vista to install.

Cons: This card was a bottleneck for my harddrives. I saw ~20mb/s DECREASE in speed for single drive performance and ~80mb/s DECREASE in RAID0 performance compared to the motherboard's native controller and linux software raid.

The onboard raid controller was not able to set up a raid0 properly. I used the onboard bios to make a 100gb raid0, and instead of making a 50gb partition on each drive and striping, it decided to make one partition on one drive, giving no performance gain.

Other Thoughts: Not impressed...would not buy another. I learned that if you want a good sata addin card, you're gonna need pci-e x4 not x1.


Patrick G.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick G.

Date Joined: 07/25/06

  • Reviews: 29
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 09/10/06
  • Last Review: 10/16/12
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