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This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: It does make the drives faster.
Cons: It is not possible for me to format a drive on these cards, then unplug the drive and plug it to a motherboard internal SATA port, nor see the drive in a USB 3.0 dock. If you format a drive on these cards, DO NOT MAKE ANY PLANS TO MOVE IT BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE SEEN AFTER THAT ON ANY OTHER PORT EXCEPT AN IDENTICAL SYBA CARD. I learned the hard way. You have been warned.
Other Thoughts: I am running two of these in a Hackintosh with a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, one in a 1x slot and one in a 2x slot. Both work fine and have been for a long time. They increase boot time slightly when you have 2 drives hooked up to each because it's taking a minute for the drives to load and the cards. No big deal. I'm somewhat surprised to hear all the Windows users having tons of issues with these cards. I have never had them not load or cause any problems in the system. The PCI 1x slot is a tiny bit slower than the 2x slot, but they both are nearly as fast as an internal SATA III port.
Oh, and to the guy who says these cards don't work with a 3TB drive, I suggest you check your BIOS settings and make sure you have support turned on for >3TB drives on your MB if you run Windows. I've been running four 3TB drives on two of these cards for 2 years or more without issue.
Pros: The space is huge of course. Using Blackmagic Disk Speed test on Mac with 5GB chunks for testing it was averaging 185 MB/s write and 180 MB/s read, so I think the speed is good. We'll see after I've had it for awhile. I'm fixin' to do a copy of about 5TB to it. It's cruising along on one TB now, says about 2 hours but I think it will be a lot less.
Cons: NON-STANDARD MOUNT HOLES. SEAGATE: PLEASE tell the community why you would do this! I have racks that slide in and can only get two of four mount pins in. I did a workaround for the back two and screw ed (why can I not type S C R E W E D here without a profanity filter picking it up??) them in on the bottom with washers at the corner of the plastic slide in my case, but it's outlandish that a user would have to do that!
I think we deserve to know what your reasoning is here! WHY would you step away from standard case mounting and do this nonsense?
Other Thoughts: I'm giving this two stars because of the screwing around I had to do with the screws.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAIDMAX Helios ATX-819WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: It actually looks cool and good concept once I fought my way through setting it up.
Cons: It's built very cheaply. The front fans snap in on some tabs and are hard to put in. I don't think they take into account heat fluctuations, the stupid cheap plastic tabs will get loose and eventually the fans will either move or rattle.
They only included ONE fan, in the front, that puts out almost no air. They do NOT include a rear fan which is very standard.
There were ends of pop rivets rattling around in the bottom, I had to take an extra few minutes and make sure there were no broken rivets anywhere because of that. Poor QA there, and looks shoddy to leave work waste rattling around.
The top fan mount has two screws and 4 plastic tabs holding it on. They did NOT INCLUDE THE NECESSARY LONG SCREWS TO ATTACH THE FAN. Unforgivable omission. Nobody has the proper type and size of shoulder bolts laying around to put that fan in. I wound up using small metal screws and turning them in from the side just at the mount point because I didn't have a 1 1/8" screw to go thru both fan holes like they have it set up.. Had to mess with that for 15 minutes longer than I needed to hunting up the right screws.
The drive cage nearly bent when I put just a little bit of pressure on it, very very cheaply made.
The standoffs are non-standard, small fine threaded screws go in them. Those are included but I was expecting to just grab my pack of motherboard screws and put it right on, instead I had to sort through theirs and figure out that the really small screws go in the standoffs.
Even their own Raidmax logo insignia that they have glued on the front is glued on there crooked.
This case is not worth the normal price they have on it today, and not worth the twenty five after rebate I paid.
Another company with a fairly good name putting something out REALLY REALLY cheap to make a fast buck.
Take a pass on this one people, you will be disappointed.
Raidmax needs to find out why there's like...ZERO...quality control for this case. I'm appalled at the lack of quality and lack of rear fan and stupid cheap plastic snap-on fan mounts, but mostly that they couldn't even include the proper screws to mount the top fan.
Other Thoughts: I said it all above.READ FULL REVIEW