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Great Board - RAID 5/10 is a great addition 06/13/2014
The rig I use is setup to be a gaming system as well as Plex Media Server host. It requires a low latency NIC for gaming as well as Gigabit for transfers to and from my NAS which the Killer NIC so far has been providing both in great amounts. I actually even installed SWAT4, old I know, connecting over a VPN with a friend and was still getting sub 18 ping through that. I also manage a rotate of backups to USB 3.0 drives which are ample on this board. My previous board only had 2 USB 3.0 ports so having 6 allow me to ditch my USB 3.0 HUB and get full throughput of each port.
A huge pro that people may overlook is that this has RAID5/10 available. It’s hard to find a RAID controller that functions well in the first place, let alone one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I removed one of my 4 bay NAS to create a RAID 5 array with 4x2TB WD Blacks. My NAS are software RAID so given limits of 1x 1Gbe NIC having it built in is far faster.
I have a two different sets of 2x4GB DIMM DDR3 which this was able to set properly out of the box. I didn’t have to manually adjust from what it had to get best settings.
I had a really easy install that worked out simple. So far no complaints. i've seen other reports so perhaps mine is from a diff batch.
I decided to mount this board into a new DIYPC | ALPHA-DB6 RTL open bench case. I moved from an i5 3570K to an i5 4670 and with it a Zalman CNPS8900. This made for easy access to the SATA ports and around the board on install. I had to do some fancy mounting for my additional drives. Payday 2 plays well but that’s not much to the board as it is the CPU/GPU, latency with the NIC seems like it could be on average 1-3 ms lower than the Atheros AR8151 built in to my previous board. For me the big factors are the abundance of USB3, fast NIC, array of SATA ports and the RAID addition. It really differentiates itself from other boards.
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