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ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B 5 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 5 in 3 has been very reliable 09/24/2011

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B 5 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module

Pros: I've been using the 5 in 3 for many years now and don't have a single complaint. Now I'm looking at adding a 3 in 2 go ahead and fill up the case and take use of the 8 port highpoint controller (areca 4320 card)

Cons: not 6Gb compliant

Other Thoughts: it was a good investment

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ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom 330 1.6GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this mobo for over about a year and a half. runs nonstop. reboots every now and then. sometimes i have to turn it on when the power goes out. has about 2TB of video on it using Microsoft Media Center & Windows 7. it's almost as fast (responsive) as my cable box. Running digital out to an older Parasound receiver - sounds great.

Cons: i wish 1080p playback was simpler to set up in MS HTPC. required other third party application(s) for playback to be successful. i think i ended up paying for one of them.

Other Thoughts: used the following:

APEX MD-100-C Black Metal with piano finish Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200)

StarTech SLSATAADAP Female Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter with Power

one or more of the may not be required for HD playback:
CORECODEC COREAVC 2.0.0 w/ CUDE
Haalie Media Splitter
Realtek HD Audio Drver
ffdshow
DirectVobSub

I also went and picked up a PCI slot fan & wired it up to 12v and used a potentiometer in series to create enough flow of air, but not too loud...so that it stays cool. Helped alot when watching HD. No issues getting hot after that.

mini-wireless keyboard w/ touchpad. i would like to get a Harmony 900

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330 (0F10311) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Purchased 5 of these drives, four from newegg and one from local electronic supercenter. All of them running off a Highpoint 4320 RAID controller in RAID. They are consistantly faster than the 750GB Seagate drives they replaced.

Four Hitachi drives in a RAID0, using HDTune 2.54, had an average transfer rate of 473.1 MB/sec and a 347.1 with RAID5. Seek times 7.1 and 7.4 cooresponding.

HDTune Pro 4.00 puts the Sequential read middle with 2265 IOPS @ .4ms @141.549 MB/sec
Random seek size 8MB @ 18IOPS 55.5ms / 73.076MB

Cons: Had to rebuild the RAID partition once and it's not been online twice. If I rescan the drives after controller is online, drives are available. This could be isolated issue related to the swap, but it never happened with the others.

Other Thoughts: Over 5TB for using single drive letter on Windows 7 is nice using GPT. Using 5 bay IcyDock for disk management and cooling keeps the disks between 91F and 111F degrees during IDLE/Minimal use. Can't wait for larger drives to back it up!

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Display Name: Kirk M.

Date Joined: 06/04/04

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 01/20/06
  • Last Review: 09/24/11
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