Joined on 06/28/11
Good but flawed
Pros: Good for the price, supports SAS II / SATA 6.0, PCIe x8, support for every OS ever.
Cons: Awkward port placement, buggy drivers, buggy firmware. Card cannot be forced into write-back; my old 8204 would warn me that the array could become corrupted if I lost power but would still allow me to enable it. This card doesn't give me the option. My system: Intel DX38BT / Xeon X3360 / 8GB DDR3 / Radeon 4870X2 2x Seagate Cheetah 15K.6 137GB SAS, RAID 0 / 2x Hitachi 5K300 3TB SATA 6.0, RAID 0 Windows 7 x64 SP1 This card was an upgrade from a LSI MegaRAID 8204, which would not recognize my new 3TB drives. I checked Hitachi's compatability list, and found that the 9240 was certified, and since I've had good luck with LSI's "software" SAS controllers in the past, gave it a go. I decided to do a clean install, and the install itself went fine. however, when transferring ~4.5TB of data from a file server, the system would regularly bluescreen a few minutes in. WinDbg fingered the storage driver (which was the latest version). (continued)
Overall Review: This was an unsigned driver, LSI also had a slightly older signed version available, so I installed it and the bluescreens stopped. It was then that I decided to update the firmware, which turned out to be a big mistake. The card came with 3.55, and when I updated to 3.60, the machine stopped POSTing. It would try to complete POST but hang before boot if I removed all the drives, but that didn't really help me either. Finally pulled the card and put it in a SH3200 based server, where it worked properly. I was able to downgrade the card to 3.56, which got it running in my DX38BT machine. It has been working properly since then, but only if I run older firmware and drivers, which is a bit worrisome. I'm pretty sure that there is some obscure bug in either the motherboard or card firmware that's causing this, but this is the first time I've ever had problems with a LSI card and now I'm a bit worried. Moral of the story, if it works don't mess with it.
Pros: They work, are sturdy, and they are quick rails. Most models are toolless, and they include the screws for those that aren't.
Cons: The clips are a bit fiddly, and the slides feel a bit cheap. They don't slide quite as smooth as they ought to, and they don't have clips to retain the unit in the rack, unlike most OEM server rails. Not terrible, but for the price I expect better.
Overall Review: Overpriced! Oh well, if you need them, you need them. Still, there's no reason that Synology shouldn't include these - it stands to reason that if you have a rackmount NAS, you're going to be needing the rails.
Pros: Very, very nice board. You don't really do any better than this. Tri-SLI plus an extra x8 slot for a SAS controller (or quad-SLI), LGA 2011, Xeon friendly, runs ECC memory without complaint. The onboard POST readout is a nice touch. I suppose a second NIC would have been nice, but I can see how they may not have had any PCIe lanes to spare... still, the absolute best LGA2011 board that there is.
Cons: Docking an egg for it's lack of granular controls - the last board I had was an Intel Siler, I miss being able to define fan behaviour with total flexibility per port, and the Intel tuning utility was a lot cleaner and easier to deal with. Also, I wish that the board was geared a bit more towards stability than O-M-G UBERCLOCKING. It's running $2000 worth of chippery, Intel knows what they are doing and if it was possible to make this stuff *reliably* faster they would already be doing it.
Overall Review: My board shipped with the "Liquid Nitrogen" jumper enabled, and it would hang on POST quite often before I caught it. I mean, really. LN2? Sounds like a totally insane way to torture very expensive kit to death to me. The POST readout is in a bit of an awkward spot, most top-mount PSU installs will have cables running over it; would have been nice to see some kind of remote mount for this.
Cons: Would not function. CPU is Xeon E5-2687W, there is no reason that this memory would be incompatible that I am aware of - this CPU is validated with many different modules of the same density, voltage, speed, and layout. This is the third Mushkin product in a row that has failed or not lived up to expectations for me. First was Redline DDR3-2166 memory (4x4GB, P/N 993997), which would not run stable at anything above 1333 at recommended timings and voltages. Second was a pair of DDR3-1600 4GB SODIMMS, BOTH had errors in Memtest86+. Third was this memory, which fails POST with a memory compatability error. Even though they are a local business, I have to wash my hands of them.
Overall Review: Mushkin used to be SO GOOD - I've only bought Mushkin for about 8 years now. Even better was the fact that if I ever had a bad stick (really rare), I could drive down to their HQ and they would swap it right out for me. It's really too bad, they seem to me to be slipping...
Customer service not responsive
I realized after I ordered that I had my old address in there, tried contacting them before it was delivered to get it redirected, they didn't do it. Now I have a motherboard that I had to pay for that's completely missing. Not fun.