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Most Favorable Review

Good value on whole, RAID & Non RAID Drives not supported separtely

ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy install, using I7-8700K, HP M2-250GB SSD Drive and fresh install of WIN-10 PRO. Bios was easy to use (for those who know how to walk around in a BIOS setup suite). Total setup after I built the physical PC took less than an a hour, half that time was spent waiting on WIN-10 to do it's thing

Cons: This was advertised as supporting RAID which it does. However the BIOS apparently either supports RAID or standard AHCI not both simultaneously. From the 6 internal SATA ports I had hoped to have a 4 drive RAID-5 and then two stand alone non-raid drives available. The BIOS ( I guess) assumes that your RAID ARRAY will also hold your boot info and operating system. My set up is to have a separate RAID drive strictly as a large file repository. The Bios allows one or the other but NOT BOTH. Their advertising and specs should be clearer about this. . I transported my old raid card and the four 1TB WD's from my old WIN-7 system which is slow to boot as usual but other wise ok. There are apparent hacks to work around this shortcoming but at the moment I had neither the time nor the patience to wade through that hack. I work from home and I don't want to spend hours/days a year from now when some update unintentionally disables the hack. ASUS MINUS 1 Star for this lack of transparency to the fact that the that the individual SATA drives cant be assigned independently as RAID or NON-RAID

Overall Review: I have been building desktop PC's since before many of you folks reading this were born. It is amazing how little the basic desk-top physical architecture has changed since 1984. The last system I built was 9 years ago and I could have almost built this one without the manual. Had to pay attention to the fact that the M2 slots eats one of the SATA positions for each M2 drive installed. The M2-1 slot is tucked away under the heat sink in the corner of the board, which leads to extra screws that must be handled and potentially dropped into the bowls of the beast. Not necessarily a dig at ASUS seems the industry thinks that because the M2 drives are so small they need smaller hardware and are using a 2-92(?) thread screw (used in watches and camera lenses) to hold the drive down when a 4-40 screw would have been just fine. ASUS provides the necessary hardware but the devil help you if you drop one.

Most Critical Review

Picture is misleading.

Canon PGI-270/CLI-271 Ink Cartridge - Combo Pack - Pigmented Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Paper
Canon PGI-270/CLI-271 Ink Cartridge - Combo Pack - Pigmented Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Paper

Pros: Good price if they are authentic

Cons: Picture Implies this comes in OEM cannon box but came "bulk packed " in plain white box

Overall Review: Cartridges appear to be genuine but cant be sure they are not counterfeit since they didnt come in a genuine Canon box ( not that is a guarantee either)

Plug-n-play out of the box in my ASUS Z370 MB

ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 560 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x8) Video Card RX560 4G
ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 560 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x8) Video Card RX560 4G

Pros: Easy to install , great performance bench-marked at 65-70fps in NovaBench. Granted I am not a game heavy user environment. Runs cool to the touch. No additional power requirements also a small plus making for cleaner looking install

Cons: None so far, as with all things made in China these days we hold our breath and hope the quality is good enough to last . Will report back if it doesn't

Overall Review: At the $110 price would recommend it to anyone

10/20/2018

Worked better than Expected

StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter
StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Needed some SATA expansion for my new build. [ASUS Z370-A, I7-8700K, WIN10-PRO, ] 1) Worked flawlessly with WIN10 (even though WIN-10 not listed in compatibility info) 2) Allowed me to mix ACHI and RAID1 drives, SSD and HDD on the same card 3) Quick install 4) Marvel GUI Virtual drive utility worked well and let me do RAID setup with out having to go through the Boot CTRL set up 5) RAID1 array speed benchmarked at 700/410 (R/W) vs 530/510 for the same drives running off the mother board SATA ports. 6) Would recommend to friend if they knew there way around WIN10 and building there own PC 7) so far has been a very cost effective alternative to the $$$ RAID cards out there

Cons: Take aways 1) Manuals and CD-ROM with drivers in the box useless, way out of date (2014) (Minus one star) Went to the manufacturers WEB site and downloaded more up to date manual and latest drivers 2) My mother board only had PCIE x1 and PCIEx16 slots, this uses a PCIE x2 so chewed up one of my PCIE x16 slots ( not a big deal) 3) Downloaded Manual and Marvel GUI Interface made setting up RAID1 easy. But there were no instructions on what to do to rebuild a RAID1 array if one of the drives fails 4) No RAID5 support

Overall Review: 1) Took a chance that this would work with WIN-10 Pro only lists compatibility up through WIN8, ..For a change I won and it was recognized by WIN-10. Saw some other threads on other forums about installing the card, boot, then install the drives and Re-boot, less confusing to WIndows I guess. 2) I am only using the RAID drives as File Storage ( two, 2TB-WD SSD Drives, about 1TB of actual data). Have no idea if I set this up a bootable RAID drive what would happen. 3) Been using RAID's as secondary backup for years and had a previous member of a RAID5 HDD array fail took forever to figure out what to do and rebuild that array. Not wanting to be "down" for an extended period again in the event of another failure I simulated a drive failure ( hot pulled the SATA cable) . A compulsory failure message popped up. After stumbling around a bit blind as there are no recovery instructions from STARTECH or Marvel on how to do an array rebuild finally figured out which icons to tap via the Marvel GUI. The rebuild of about 1TB of data took about 4 hours 4) Not entirely sure (ignorance on my part mostly) if the MARVEL GUI interface gives you software RAID array or a bios raid array, No real info in the docs. Works...so ignorance for the moment is indeed bliss.

GREAT SUPPLY ! TAKES THE PHRASE "PLUG-N-PLAY" TO A NEW LEVEL

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 CP-9020137-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 CP-9020137-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: I love the concept of only having to plug in ONLY those power cables you need. Makes for a much cleaner cable dressing. First system I have built in 9 years and I could actually see the mother board when I was done. Quiet. Did I say that I like not having to tame the "Medusa" of cables that I didn't need?

Cons: None that I experienced so far

Overall Review: I have been building desk top PC's since MS-DOS was a boy ( over 30 years now) . This supply made this latest build the easiest, and by far cleanest build yet. I would recommend this supply to friend without hesitation.

A great (BIG) case... luv it

Phanteks Enthoo Pro series PH-ES614PC_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (non-power supply cover)
Phanteks Enthoo Pro series PH-ES614PC_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (non-power supply cover)

Pros: Been rolling my own so to speak since the 80's. and it has been 10 years since the last build, it was time to re-up. This is one of the best cases I have ever had the pleasure of strapping a mother board into. LOTS and I mean LOTS of room. Plenty of room for a tower cooler and the water cooler mounting area is provided too.This case is big . Lots of attention to ease of cable dressing makes for the cleanest build I have ever done. No glo-in-the-dark gamer non-sense, just plain rugged case. Heavy case, empty it weighs 30lbs.

Cons: Minor problems which you expect as a minimum from China these days. 1) Missing screw in one of the card cage braces left the brace wobbling in air ( easy fix) 2) The whole removable air filter thing is a great idea but it wasn't carried to the area above the option cards. Lots of holes back there will let unfiltered air in. I hope they were thinking "positive pressure" inside the case would vent thought he back but I am not convinced yet . Time will tell. 3) Removing the front of the case to service the fan is tougher than it needs to be. None of the above were show stoppers however ( just minor annoyances) and I would still recommend this case to anyone

Overall Review: AS I said above this case is BIG and HEAVY. Read the dimension specs closely and measure where you are going to put it. I frankly wasn't paying close attention and lucked out. Where I need to put it squeaked by with about 1/4" to spare. Did I say heavy ? fully built out it weighed in at almost 45lbs. I wouldn't be putting this on a cheap card table ! Some earlier reviews complained about holes not matching up for Mother board mounting, apparently someone was listening as everything lined up flawlessly on this one. Under my tutoring eye my wife actually built this PC and she had never built a PC before in her life . So once again ...want a big case with lots room, this is for you. For you gamer kids they make similar cases with pretty fans too, the ones with enough flashing lights and glass doors to give one a seizure