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Brian W.

Brian W.

Joined on 03/25/01

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Most Favorable Review

Work great

3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M 1 Unit of .5M Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable
3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M 1 Unit of .5M Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable

Pros: Easy to install, secures with metal clips.

Cons: Make sure you get forward or backward cables depends on your application (SAS connector on card = forward, SAS connector on drives = backward).

Most Critical Review

Works good, except for the random drop outs

SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 PCI-Express x4 Low Profile SAS RAID Controller
SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 PCI-Express x4 Low Profile SAS RAID Controller

Pros: Cheap and fast (when it works).

Cons: Using this card to host 8 drives under FlexRAID/Win7 for a HTPC. Under heavy usage, a drive would randomly drop out of the OS and require a hard reboot to return. Same thing would happen on soft reboots.

Stable and fast

Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports (SASUC8I)
Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports (SASUC8I)

Pros: Just works OTB - Win7 x64 automatically found and installed the right drivers Detected all the attached drives, keeps finding them again consistently on reboot As others have indicated, this is actually a rebadged LSI card and selling for $50 cheaper

Cons: Takes a bit of Googling to find the right drivers and firmware on LSI's website

Overall Review: Hitting CTRL-C during card initialization didn't bring up the config utility as promised, but the card seems to be working just fine anyways.

Works great

Seagate BarraCuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Lots of space for your money, fast and stable.

Cons: Doesn't make me coffee.

Great case, just not for my application

LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Light and very well made, with Lian-Li's attention to detail.

Cons: Turned out to be too short to fit both my motherboard and the Norco SS-500 hard drive modules I wanted to use in my media server. The modules ended up blocking the SATA ports on the mobo.