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Pros: None so far
Rosewill had the driers, but in a useless form.
Cons: Can't install the drivers because some id10t decided to put them in an "install Shield" installer and not make available just the .inf and supporting files. A driver can ALWAYS be installed if you have these and every company should put them on the CD. It costs nothing more.
I cringe every time I see an executable file to install a driver. They often don't work.
This one unzips, but the files needed can't be extracted.
NOTE to Rosewill: Put the driver files in a folder with sub folders for each OS so a technically competent person can use the product they purchased.
Other Thoughts: I realize companies want to make it automated for the average person, BUT the average is not going to open up their PC and install a card.
This card was to replace a RC-505 which was a snap to install (I bought 3 different cards from Newegg. The 505 was the only one that worked) and has performed flawlessly under XP, Windows 7 and several versions of Linux. 5 minutes to search for and find the drivers.
Since the 508 uses a similar NEC chipset I figured it would be a breeze.
Nope. Shame on you Rosewill!
Pros: SOLID, fast, loads of connectivity. runs cool.
Cons: For the time none. Wish it had native >2.2GB drive support in the BIOS but Win7 and Linux work perfectly as is.
Now there are systems with more CPU, RAM and lower power use, but none seem to have enough connectivity, especiallySATA and eSATA ports. I much prefer eSATA over USB 3.0 for performance since my external backup drives run in RAID 0.
Other Thoughts: Bought the rev 2.1 from Newegg in 2006 along with a Q6600, 4 500GB HD in RAID 5 connected to the Intel controller with 8GB of DDR2 RAM, HD3870 GPU with silent cooler, CD & DVD burners in a Antec 182 silent case with 5 temp controlled fans & Corsair 550 W PSU.
OCed to 3GHZ with GB's software which was included. Now running Windows 7 and Linux Mint dual boot.
No plans to go to Win 10 since I made the mistake of updating a laptop to 10 and have regretted it.
Selling that laptop and just bought a Lenovo hybrid which can be upgraded to Windows 7 as drivers are available.
Will run AMIDuos so I'll have an Android 6 tablet and a Win 7 laptop in 1 package. Best of all worlds.
RAM and GPU are unchanged 10 years later and this system has been used daily for 10 years.
I do flight simulation but no real gaming. Lots of file management, translation etc.
The GB PC now has 2 Samsung 830 SSDs, and 2 HGST 4TB NAS drives all in RAID 0.
Has a Rosewill 4 port USB 3.0 card, the digital audio IN header hooked to my recording gear and a card reader/eSATA/ 3 USB 2.0 ports in a 3.5" bay.
External drives are connected to the 3 eSATA and the USB 3.0 ports with almost real time backup (Dsyncronize).
Everything powered by a CyberPower 1500VA UPS.
The HD3870 drives a 39" VIOS TV and a LG 49" 4K TV mounted above via HDMI.
For sound the system drives a SMSL Q5 via USB, COAX from the VIOS or Toslink from the LG into 2 Acoustech PL-980s and PL-200 sub.
Need to buy a new 4K capable GPU (HDMI 2.2a outputs) when the market settles down.
Aside from that I see no need to change anything.
For 99% of people using a PC this system is more than sufficient.
Latency in the I/O system is very low and sequential R/W is 500+ MB/s with the SSDs and 300+ with the NAS drives.
Pros: Good all around performance and reliability for the price.
Looks like Mushkin solved the early reliability problems.
Cons: None seen yet.
Other Thoughts: It's always funny seeing someone post speeds without preconditioning the SSD correctly for either sequential or random R/W.
Search for ssd preconditioning, do some reading and then, and only then, can you get some meaningful figures.
Testing a never used SSD gives little info as to how it will perform in normal use.
This drive does ~50Mb/s in averaged real world use with similar latency to faster drives which puts it ahead of about 2/3 of SSDs in common usage over the past 3 years but well behind Samsung's 850 EVO or Pro, but those cost $157/$216 vs $105 when I purchased this one.
For the design and the price it does a very good job and is a solid value, especially when on sale.
As I would guess everyone here knows an SSD is the best bang for the buck to improve a desktop or laptops performance and in most cases there is little to no noticeable difference during use between this SSD and the fastest client SSDs and the lesser lifetime of the cells never become an issue in normal home or office use.
Considering I paid almost the same for my Samsung 830 128GB SSD's a few years back I think this is a bargain.