Joined on 09/12/11
Bought 8, No Fails
Pros: Large storage capacity, decent speed.
Cons: Run a little hot.
Overall Review: I purchased 8 of these to put in a RAID 6 configuration. After reading the previous reviews I DBAN'd all 8 drives to insure quality with positive results on all, no fails. Doing this will ensure drive quality, but should not be done without patience. 26 hours per drive.
Solid RAID card for 8x backplane
Pros: This card works well for an 8 bay hot swap case. Easy to configure and has hardware RAID. has large heatsink and does not get terribly hot.
Cons: The placement on the internal SAS connectors is a bit high for a 2U case. You have to bend the cables almost immediately and can cause some bunching when installing with multiple cards.
Overall Review: I have 8 3TB 7200 sata drives configured in RAID 6. Almost 500MB/s read and 250MB/s write over the network. This card was perfect for the server build. I would not recommend putting this card in a consumer grade build.