Joined on 10/21/05
Pros: Runs great, and easy for an average guy like me to setup. They send you a book with it, which helped me immensely.
Cons: Costs more than the others.
Overall Review: My geek son is in "server integration" at a firm I won't mention. They use these cards, so I got one. They never have problems with them. They are true RAID, with all sorts of backups and redundancy built into them for power loss, drive failure and the like. I use it for a RAID5 but it has a RAID6 engine in it. If I can configure it, you can, too
was easy for me
Pros: I followed the instructions, put the stuff on the board, and ran the CD install. All worked fine and booted right up. I was amazed that something that complex worked so well for me. I haven't put anything together in 5 years.
Cons: none that i see. don't know what the others are talking about, but I'm not a gamer. i didn't overclock it, but the included software allows it easily. just wanted a nice big horse to use, also for A-V.
Overall Review: I went nuts, used a Q9770, Corsairddr3 2-2 gigs of ram. Oh, they don't tell you up front, but if you are going high, like 1600, you only get one set of ram per channel, even though there are 2 slots. I went with the 2-2 gigs, because I don't think from what i read, that the board will take 4-1 gig sets at the higher speed. Used a 850 W supply, Arctic Cooler, and an 8800 GTS, too. I'm so happy it worked out, and oh yeah, i stayed with XP. no vista for me. The board sees 3.25 gig of the ram, but its there for the next and hopefully better OS.
Pros: works as advertised. the card readers and the plugins
Overall Review: it is plastic, so don't break it jamming the phone jacks in and out...they are sticky. The headphone didn't work on one channel. i took the thing apart...all small screws and boards to get to the plugs. pushed them in and out a few times and the cables to the motherboard and all worked. the metal just needed to get through the plastic.