Date Joined: 08/17/08
Pros: Works out of the box with CentOS 6, FreeNAS, OpenFiler, and ESXi 5u1. Supports 9k jumbo frames (tested in OpenFiler and ESXi) and averages 50-60MB/s as an iSCSI initiator.
Overall Review: Comes with a low profile bracket.
Pros: Fairly inexpensive gigabit card. Worked out of the box with CentOS 6, FreeNAS, OpenFiler, and ESXi 5.0u1. As an iSCSI target (with OpenFiler) the transfer speeds were 50-60MB/s
Cons: Abysmal iSCSI initiator performance with ESXi (<10MB/s), jumbo frames limited to 7k
Overall Review: This card is probably fine for most people.
Pros: The 2.4GHz coverage is noticeably greater than the WRT54Gs that it replaced. The ports are gigabit, the interface is snappy, I haven't had problems with either one (got two at the same time).
Cons: The 5GHz coverage isn't as good (could be due to my house) so I have one in the basement and one on the top floor (blankets the entire house comfortably).
Overall Review: I can't speak on the stock firmware/OS as I put DD-WRT on it directly after opening the box. Am able to stream HD MKVs to three different wireless devices simultaneously.
Pros: The GUI for the BIOS is pretty slick, updating the BIOS without an OS was easy, installation was easy
Cons: My OS (CentOS) kicks out lots of IRQ assignment errors. There is fine-print in the manual that says "when using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure the drivers support 'Share IRQ' or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments." so this board will not work reliable with the PCI-X (yes, X not E) dual NIC cards that I have (Intel and HP)
Overall Review: I like that it has onboard VGA so I didn't have to spend money on a video card that would only be used for installation. I just can't use a buggy board as a file server.
Pros: I bought 2 of these to put in a whitebox ESXi 4.1 server (an Optiplex 760). The VMs start up and run very fast.
Cons: Every few hours the drives disappear from ESX and the VMs crash (apparently ESX doesn't like it when its datastores go offline). I haven' had this problem with other SSD models I have.
Overall Review: The included adapter tray isn't standard length and won't work for some bays.
Pros: This does exactly what I bought it to do...the bays lock to prevent accidental opening and the blue light flashes when the drive is in use.
Cons: These do not come with any sort of guide to explain the lights. Out of the four I purchased one of them has the blue light on solidly and the red light is glowing pink. No clue what that means. Does it mean not enough power? Does it mean the fan isn't functioning properly? The drive seems to read properly. Also, BE CAREFUL to wait a minute after opening the bay because the drive components may still be spinning.
Overall Review: To the user having trouble with hot-swap: it sounds like your SATA card doesn't support hot swap. Try getting a SATA card that explicitly says it does. To the other person: I don't think you're supposed to connect both the four pin and fifteen pin power cables. I have two bays connected to four pin power and the other two bays connected to 15 pin power.