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HighPoint RocketRAID 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great, cheap PCIe 1x RAID card 03/06/2014

This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: If you're looking for a great, cheap PCIe 1x card to do RAID0 or RAID1 this is the one to choose. It's from HighPoint so there's a WebGUI utility for Windows that lets you monitor the card and check the status of drives and the integrity of the RAID. Find me another card in this price range that does that. Good luck with that.

Has a Staggered Spin-Up option other cards in this price range do not. All in all and excellent value.

Cons: The onboard BIOS takes a while to run through it's self-diagnostic and drive scan / spin-up, etc. Not a huge con, but it will delay overall boot up by a bit.

The RocketRAID BIOS set up & config is not hugely self intuitive. Granted I re-used HDD's from another RAID card, but it took me a few minutes to figure out how to erase the old "config" off those drives so the RocketRAID 620 could work with them.

The HighPoint Technologies web site is a little tricky to search and find RocketRAID updates, but not impossible.

Other Thoughts: As always, check the manufacturers web site for the latest updates (e.g., drivers, BIOS, etc.). Most of the previous detractors were probably running the original v1.0 BIOS on their card which was known to have issues. Updating to v1.1 should erase those issues.

This card is based on the Marvell 88SE9128 chipset, so there may be issues if you have another Marvell based controller in your system already. Be advised!

Bear in mind this is a PCIe 1x card, so you're unlikely to achieve true SATA III 6Gbps throughput ... ever!

Despite what others have said there are drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2 & even 2012 now.

This is an excellent inexpensive RAID1 solution for an aging Dell PowerEdge server. I installed one in a PowerEdge SC440 with 2 Seagate ST250DM000's under Win2K8R2 and it ran great. Probably not as fast as the original PERC 4/i that came in there, but that died so I had to make adjustments. And this allowed me to keep the server humming along as a secondary server for Windows AD / DC.

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Acer TravelMate P6 TMP633-M-6639 Intel Core i3 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 13.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: TravelMate is considered the standard business laptop from Acer. It's an upgrade from the consumer Aspire line because it includes features like built-in support for the Acer ProDock (LC.DCK0A.005) and Disk Anti-Shock (DAS) protection. It also comes with a 2 year standard warranty (versus 1 year).

As a business grade laptop it includes all the features you'd expect from a business laptop such as TPM, DAS drive protection, docking support, Intel Management, Intel Anti-Theft, vPro (not on this model CPU) and Acer ProShield Security.

This unit ships with Windows 7, but has the sticker and can take a free upgrade to Windows 8.x if you're so inclined. It has several USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port, which is refreshing to find on a laptop. The WiFi card is dual-band and a physical WiFi switch is on the front edge for 'airplane mode'. The unit comes with an extended battery which provides 12 hours of normal operation.

The fan is almost silent and I don't find the laptop to be excessively hot during normal use. Certainly no warmer than other small business laptops in this class.

Cons: Upgrading to Windows 8.x requires a BIOS flash to the newest Acer BIOS (available free). Not a big deal, but worthy of note.

It does not include an optical drive (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.), but that was known ahead of time. Again, just worthy of notation. No big deal.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my old Acer Timeline 3810 which was starting to show her age a bit. She's 4 years old this month (01/2014).

Despite what the detailed spec's say per Crucial this unit will hold 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. I installed that as my first upgrade and it makes quite a noticeable difference in the system's performance. But not nearly as much as the Seagate 500GB SSHD hybrid drive I installed. This system uses the Intel HM77 chipset so the SATA subsystem totally takes advantage of the 6Gbps SATA3 & SSHD hybrid drive's massive onboard cache, and boot times reflect that immediately. Although the spec's say 12 hours of battery operation I'm seeing closer to 15 - 17 hours in my day-to-day job functions.

Prior to purchase I had read other reviews that said the keyboard is "spongy and soft" and loud. This is not my experience at all. This keyboard is much better than the chiclet keyboard on my 3810T. The touchpad is larger than my 3810T's with dedicated mouse keys and a center fingerprint reader for those so inclined. I also read that the screen was dim, and this too is not the case. I actually had to turn the brightness down as it was too bright for my tastes.

All in all this is a great laptop for anyone looking for a business laptop for their small or mid-sized business (SMB).

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Acer TravelMate TMX483-6691 Notebook Intel Core i3 2375M (1.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very inexpensive for a laptop with these specs. Has a very decent i3-series CPU (dual-core, 4 threads) and a 500GB drive with 16MB cache. Not bad for the price. Acer has all the Windows drivers (Vista, 7, 8, etc.) on their support web site.

Cons: Comes with Linux, not Windows, pre-installed.
Haven't yet figured out how to install extra memory in this baby.
You need to search the Acer Support site for 'TravelMate X483' to find drivers, etc. It's not listed in their current product list.

Other Thoughts: That "con" about Linux is really just a heads up. I bought this unit knowing full well it was a Linux laptop. But I also saved myself probably over a hundred dollars by not buying a laptop with Windoze 8, which I wouldn't want anyway. I installed Windows 7 Pro with no problem. The drivers from Acer snapped right in and Windows is running flawlessly. Bought this for my son for college. Battery life runs about 4 - 5 hours.

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Display Name: Keith W.

Date Joined: 12/09/05

  • Reviews: 27
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  • First Review: 05/25/07
  • Last Review: 03/06/14
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