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This review is from: PNY Prevail 120GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Disk SSD9SC120GEDE-PB
Pros: They're SSDs.
Fast . Easy to install . Long life !
PNY backs this series for 5 years to consumers with registration . Assembled in USA .
Very solid , all metal housing.
Cons: Just like all others , only 111.xx G available space.
Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these in a RAID5 boot array (Adaptec RAID card) that have been running non-stop for 3 months now. No crashes , no loss of data , no nothing . Just fast SSDs working as intended .
I did not change bios , try to over-provision , run a boatload of tests , or anything else . I put them into a backplane cage , installed and hooked em to the RAID card , and started using them . I have them in a HTPC I rip my movies with (tons of temp files !!) so the 10k cycle was of importance to me . Glad I didn't pay particular attention to the other reviews here . These things have very high end flash memory (enterprise) and solid , proven controllers . Just go to tweaktown.com and search the review there . Highly recomended ssd !!
Pros: Small form factor. Easy to install. Set up is not as complicated as some make it out to be. Card does ALL raid calculations onboard. Windows just sees a disk . Has options for just about any array possible. Maxview Storage Manager is easily navigated . Reads all smart attributes . RAID migration is easily done. Can set power saving setting for drives , arrays , and the card itself . It will email any reports to you.
Cons: Must read instruction manuals . This is not a plug and play item . Card does run warm @ ~68C . Maxview says this is normal. I am no noob . But I still read manuals. Maxview Manager must have same password as Windows. Then , every time you login , you MUST also logout . Cannot just close the window. If you do not , system has to be restarted.(This is MY observation...not in directions). I only access locally,so I cannot comment on remote access to arrays. BIOS takes ~45 seconds to load and check array status.
Other Thoughts: I have this card running a 4 SATA SSD RAID5 boot array and a 4 SAS Hard drive RAID5 storage array. Have been up over 3 months now with no errors or problems. I have the SAS drives slow down , then park , recheck in 8 hours. Also have the back-up capacitor/board installed. This thing is fast ! For writing to a RAID5 , I was worried about the temp files for ripping DVDs . With NO GPU acceleration , only compute from CPU and temp bins , I rip full movies in under 8 minutes. Windows7Pro boots in 3-4 seconds AFTER this boards' BIOS loads . This is only thing I wish I could change..BUT..it is designed to run 24/7 and the cold hard fact is my machines last longer and have fewer problems (read as:Windows errors) when I leave them always on. I use this in a HTPC/Media Server I built. So glad I paid no heed to the other two reviews here. I am happy with this purchase !READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well thought out . Built to last . Holds eatx+ m/b (see cons). Has all parts and screws that you'll ever need . Accepts big video card (as long as you don't need all 4 h/d (3 1/2") slots . Will accommodate a larger CPU cooler . No hard drive vibration detected with 4 7200 rpm hard drives installed and running (solid cage and attachment arrangement) . Good cooling with extra fan slots and multiple sizing . Power switch can be locked with faceplate along with muted power on LED brightness (blue , so not annoying)
Cons: My m/b (990fxa ud7) has the 90° data connectors on back side of board. With the full size fans installed , cannot use them . Have to use smaller fans . Another 1/4"-3/8" would've made a big difference . But how many put such a large board in htpc ?
Once you install CD/DVD drive(s) , the drive cage gets tricky (and heavy) to line up and install (no problem at all if this is first step , but a hard drive will fail eventually , and to remove , cage has to come out .. unless you only screw one side)
Other Thoughts: I put ALOT of components in this case . 4 h/d , DVD , fan controller, 5 1/4" backplane cage (holding 4 ssd) , eatx m/b , sea sonic x-series p/s , 8 1/2" long video card, raid card and 7 cooling fans (did not use those supplied , arctic fans only...very quiet) . The airflow keeps it all cool .
I left the inside 5 1/4" vertical drive slot open for some of the extra cabling (in a good spot to tuck the excess) . I am glad I did not need the slot...though it seems a cavernous case at first , it fills up quickly . Planning and patience is required if you want to fully utilize the case options .