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Pros: very stable, reliable, good cooling, overclockable if necessary. set your RAM profile in BIOS to XMP and enjoy DDR3-1600 (using ASUS P79X79WS motherboard).
Cons: sometimes it may be necessary to double check your RAM timings in BIOS to avoid blue screens - that's all it takes.
they stay cool under any load.
only 5 year warranty?
Other Thoughts: I bought like 6 or 7 sets of them. since then, their price went up 10-20%. unusual.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: relatively fast (though not much faster than my 4-year old LSI 9650-8LPML with 1/4th of its cache memory), accommodates 4TB NAS drives and 3TB desktop drives for its array.
Cons: maxView Storage Manager software is the worst piece of hardware management software I've ever seen. I still can't get it to change or accept any login credentials. somehow I've never had this problem with 3DM2, which is a very similar Web management interface for 3ware LSI controllers. I have to use command line arcconfig, which is cumbersome and makes controller and array management harder than it should be (it could've been acceptable 20 years ago, not now)
Other Thoughts: if Adaptec aims to be a player in the prosumer and entry level IT market, they need to work on their horrible software. setting Apache Tomcat as the foundation for their Web management interface (and all related configuration and operational issues)? really?
bottom line: I will stick with 3ware. I bought this card only because it was $100 cheaper than currently and than comparable ARECA card, and by supporting PCI-Express 3.0 promised better performance.
compared to 3ware 9650SE with a BBU unit, I'm seeing maximum 20-25% better performance in RAID5 arrays than RAID6 array on 9650SE (with cheap consumer-level disk drives sporting only half the cache of the ones on Adaptec). running this Adaptec card on ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard. the 3ware controller is running on a 4-year old X58 Gigabyte motherboard.
this card can be described with just one word: DISAPPOINTING.
Pros: - relatively inexpensive for 8-drive configuration out of the box,
- brand name,
- 1GB of DDR3 ECC memory for cache.
Cons: - major problems with extending RAID arrays, and nothing seems to work
- if you want MaxCache feature, pony up double the money for the Q model. yeah, like I'm going to fall for that.
Other Thoughts: At first I defined 2 RAID 5 arrays: 4 WD Red 4TB drives in one array, and 3 Toshiba 3TB drives in the 2nd array. After some time I removed all data and partitions from another of the Toshiba hard drives (the exact same model as the ones already in RAID 5 array) and attempted to expand my 2nd RAID 5 array to use this drive.
Not possible. MaxView doesn't let you do it. You can only assign the 4th drive as a local or global spare.
I managed to copy all data from my 3x Toshiba RAID 5 array onto the other array (4 x WD Red 4TB in RAID 5), but still can't create a new RAID 5 array consisting of the 4 Toshiba drives - whether I use MaxView, or whether I boot up into the controller BIOS.
This is unacceptable.
I used to like LSI controllers and now I know why.
I don't mean to be overly critical of this storage controller, but in my experience it's a garbage and a major time waste. Extending an existing RAID array by adding 1 drive of the same type is not supposed to be that complex.
I've never had this problem with 3ware LSI 9650-SE (used up to 3 of these at one time, each one connecting 8 1TB drives that weren't even NAS-enabled).