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Pros: - Worked perfect out of the box - always a pro
- This thing has some weight to it, and the housing feels solidly built.
- Aluminum housing which aids in dissipating heat
- Capable of 20TB max - though I haven't tested that.
- Very reliable so far.
- The actual sleds are metal, except the plastic doors \ clasps
- The sleds will accommodate both 3.5" and 2.5" drives
- Temps on mine are good, so the fan rarely kicks in - when it does it's very quiet on lowest speed.
- Sleep mode works exactly as intended
- Price point for what you get is OK by me; It's in the ballpark of other similar systems
- Came really well packaged from Newegg, and shipped from CA, US to a remote address in Canada in only 3 days on regular ground shipping.
Cons: - The bottom drive sled on mine is a poor fit and it catches and sticks once slid in. The only way to free it is by reaching inside from the above bay to wiggle it free.
- Only a one year warranty; that kind of makes me nervous
Other Thoughts: I've had mine a couple weeks now and despite some aforementioned limitations I absolutely love this enclosure. This is not a RAID box. This isn't ideal for constantly accessing or streaming data because of the sleep mode, but the sleep mode is a feature I wanted and it's a +1 for my needs. This is really designed for backups and that's why I got it. I want my drives to spin down except when backing up.
Regarding the sleep mode: After 10 minutes of no access it powers down into sleep mode. Then after clicking on my drive in Windows to access, it takes mine 15 seconds b4 it is able to access the 3TB drive (I timed it). This is OK by me as I want to save wear on my drives that are only accessed for backups. I've tried this with my AllwaySync backup program and it works flawlessly. It comes on only when my backup program accesses it (this happens automatically at scheduled times), then powers down afterward and I don't have to think about the whole process. Piece of mind for me.
I installed only one 3TB 7200rpm HDD that was already previously initialized GPT, formatted NTFS, and had about 1.5TB of data on it. Windows 7 recognized it all correctly inside this enclosure from first usage. No probs there. I'll add more drives for backups as I need.
To transfer 55 GB between my computers internal 7200rpm HDD, and the 7200rpm HDD I put in this Rosewill box, it took just under 6 minutes on the USB 3 connection. Fast enough for my needs. I don't have eSATA on my mobo so I couldn't test that.
I tried to stress this to the point of greater heating by transferring 150GB, to get the fan to kick in higher, but I couldn't get it to heat up. Possibly because I only have one drive installed, and possibly because my apartment is at a constant 22 C (70 F). The fan also completely powers off when in sleep mode.
As far as hot swapping goes I haven't tried it. I've never understood the need actually. Power down, remove, power up. A little patience ensures stability and reliability.
I love this little unit, I'm glad I bought it. Longevity will be the key though, and I'll post another review if I have issues. I'd buy one again. If you know what your needs are, and this fits the bill, I'd recommend it.
Pros: Worked out of the box which is always a plus
Works at rated speed and timings
The usual fast shipping from Newegg
Cons: none I can think of
Other Thoughts: I picked this kit up when Newegg had it reduced by $55, making it a sweet deal. I gambled that I could match this with similar GSKill Ripjaws X sereis, but an 8GB (2x4) kit @ cl8.
for a total of 24GB on a dual channel board (Gigabyte GA H97 D3H)
Well it worked! I was able to get all 24GB running in dual channel, in XMP, at the rated 1600 and at the cl9 timings.Runs fast and sweet!
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H97-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It worked out of the box which is always a bonus :)
Not expensive - it won't break the bank
Simple, easy, straightforward, BIOS
6 SATA III connects is a decent enough amount
Has M2 or SATA Express (you can't use both at the same time, and it reduces SATA III connects)
Why pay more if this is all you need? Calculate your needs. If there's no need to overclock or go flash then this might be your board. I would not recommend this for multi GPU use because of the PCIe lane limitations, but for a single GPU this is great.
I've had no CPU, PSU, USB 3 or sound problems. I find the rear panel sound to be quite good through my Sennheiser phones - I don't have speakers hooked up. I've also not tested the onboard graphics as I have a discreet card.
Cons: As others have mentioned there is the issue with the PCIe lanes that you need to know about before you buy the board. Not a defect, but a caveat. If you use the M2 slot you will reduce the PCIe to x8, rather than the full x16 Not a big deal if you aren't planning to use M2, But if you are, buyer beware.
One of the fan headers is in an awkward place in the middle of the board; almost like it was an afterthought.
Other Thoughts: I've had this for about 4 months now. I installed an i7 4790 (non-k), 24 Gb GSKill RAM (yes 24Gb) , a GTX 650 Ti Boost, 3 HDD's, an SSD, 620 W PSU, USB peripherals, and it's been all good.
I was pleasantly surprised with how this board worked with my RAM. I initially had 16Gb (4x4) GSKill Ripjaws 1600 that are not on the boards memory support list
I ran them in XMP to get the rated 1600 cl8. No problem, all good.
But then I decided to try pulling two sticks (2x4) and adding 16Gb (2x8) for a total of 24Gb.The new RAMis here
They are very similar but cl9 and obviously the higher capacity.
Well with a few tweaks I managed to get both kits to play nice and now I have 24Gb running in dual channels (actually flex) Channel A 8Gb (2x4) and Channel B 16Gb (2x8) @ cl9 which is the slower cas of the two. Still very reasonable.
And it runs stable and great. You can run memory in Manual Individual mode that will allow you to set different timings for the different channels - perfect for what I was trying to do. I figure that's a pretty sweet feature for a cheaper board.
This board.is just a really nicely laid out (mostly), simple, no flash board with a few extras that you won't find on other boards in this range. It was the only H97 board I could find in this price range that offered SATA III, M2 and SATA Express options, despite the aforementioned limitations.
I have zero regrets with this board and I'd recommend it based on my positive experience so far, for others who think this board may suit their needs also.
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