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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good performance at the price as long as you dont use that last .5GB of vram

Cons: If you run a game that tries to use all (or close to all) the vram, the frame rate drops significantly, this is a known issue with the GTX 970 cards that NVIDIA is responding to, NVIDIA stated it is trying to help those affected get a refund (as well as other things to help mitigate this issue, namely driver updates, though I doubt this will help much since the issue is a hardware limitation); however, MSI seems to be one of the few companies refusing to accept refunds. Unless this is changed, this will absolutely be the last MSI product I buy for my self or those that buy through me.

Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great for the price, but has a few issues 10/09/2013

This review is from: Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit

Pros: immeasurably faster drive speeds than any other raid card i have used, great management, good bios and software interface, gets good marks on the key points

Cons: HOT!, make sure it has a good fan near it or you will get overtemp alarms, also, makes resuming from sleep take forever (since it has to boot the raid card's bios during the resume, too a week of testing before i realized that the resume was just taking forever, I thought it was just not resuming at all)

Other Thoughts: Just a note all of my references to other raid cards are comparing to firmware cards, mobo raids, or software raids

Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fastest full raid built I have experienced from any cards so far (only took 10 hours compared to the 18+ from the others i have used), good performance, good options.

Cons: If you dont have extremely good airflow where you plan to install it, or be prepared to get a fan for it (luckily it fits 40mm case fans, but uses screws not often used with fans so prepare a trip to a hobby shop), took a few tries before i realized that the the username and password it was asking for during the install was the computer's admin username and password

Other Thoughts: Bios configuration was quite standard, plenty useable (possibly a bit easier to learn then the web interface) but nothing special, web interface is very detailed, but took a good 30 minutes of just poking around to find everything I wanted, and not the most responsive interface either, will post an updated review once i get my fan, apparently, installing the fan usually drops the temp by a good 30 degrees and significantly speeds up the unit


Brandon A.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon A.

Date Joined: 08/22/09

  • Reviews: 33
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 08/26/10
  • Last Review: 02/24/15
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