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This review is from: SilverStone RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: There is plenty of room for massive hardware! The air filters actually work really well. I clean them off every 3-4 months and they do a great job preventing dust from entering the case. The cable organization is great and there is plenty of room for cables. However, be sure to buy 3 foot SATA cables. I have 4 HHD’s and 2 SSD’s….and still have room for more! The 3.0 USB is pretty fast with my external HDD’s….it writes about 50mbps. There is room for LARGE power supplies.
Cons: The front bay door doesn’t stay down consistently. It is a little annoying if you are burning a lot of disks. It doesn’t seem to stay locked down. There are ways to keep the door down….and it is still awesome looking if you need too.
The holes in the back of the case to bring cables in from the wire management side to the front of the case are small and not in a convenient place with my MoBo. That said, I still bring in 4 SATA cables through it, but it is TIGHT! There is room to cut your own hole, so I am considering that for future builds.
For the external USB ports on the front-top of the case…..there doesn’t appear to be enough room for two USD thumb drives.
This review is from: StarTech 2 Port PCI Express Internal SATA Controller Card Model PEXSATA22I
Pros: 1. Works as expected
2. Ability to run RAID 0 or 1
3. Easy to install/Upgrade
4. Nice GUI representation of RAID configuration in Windows. It could have more options, but it is very simple to understand.
5. Good card for the money.
Cons: 1. While in Windows, I don't think there is error reporting if one disk goes down. If you open the software you can tell you lost a disk, but it would be nice to have a pop-up.
If you restart, there is a RAID status right after the BOIS that will tell you if the drives/RAID are normal
Other Thoughts: - I bought this controller to build a RAID 1 with two 1.5Tb drives for personal data backup. I am not using this for startup OS. So far everything has worked great. I did do a fail over test and it took about 12 hours to re-sync drives, but for how large the drives are that is pretty good. It does tell you if the job was successful.
- I used two SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drives.
This review is from: Corsair 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CMFSSD-64GBG2D
Pros: - Fast response time and fast data transfer time (example: transferring 15 GB to this drive look less than 1 min 30 secs....its blazen!!!)..Every thing about this drive is FAST....even the install
- Awesome for gaming and large file recall
- MTBF = 114 years!!!! lol I hope so!
You will not be disappointed.
Cons: Only price....but in time it will come down...and can't wait for that day. I will buy several.
Other Thoughts: - I am using this drive for games only currently. I am very much considering one for the OS.
- I would recommend SilverStone SDP08 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" Bay Converter. It can hold two SSD's and looks great in chrome and very easy to install