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Adrian B.

Adrian B.

Joined on 08/24/07

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Most Critical Review

Garbage

Enermax LIQTECH TR4 II 360 Addressable RGB All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for TR4, 360mm Radiator, Dual Chamber RGB Pump, T.B. Pressure fan blades, Black, 5 Year Warranty
Enermax LIQTECH TR4 II 360 Addressable RGB All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for TR4, 360mm Radiator, Dual Chamber RGB Pump, T.B. Pressure fan blades, Black, 5 Year Warranty

Pros: Performed very well when new - was quiet and effective.

Cons: Completely clogged after barely 3 months of use. Idling at 70C, any significant load causes thermal protection to kick in and shut the system down. Disassembled and found the coolant full of gunk, with fins and channels completely blocked.

Overall Review: Absolutely avoid. Enermax had issues with the original Liqtech and claimed they'd fixed them - obviously not. I am very forgiving about faults in a new product, but when you're this far on and still can't make it work reliably, it's time to pack it in.

Usable "Budget" RAID Solution

LSI MegaRAID SATA / SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB Onboard Memory RAID Controller Card, Kit--Avago Technologies
LSI MegaRAID SATA / SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB Onboard Memory RAID Controller Card, Kit--Avago Technologies

Pros: For the money, it's fast, well supported, and does what I need it to do.

Cons: Worst user interfaces I've ever encountered, both WebBIOS and MegaCLI. If you're not running Windows or Red Hat, you're pretty well stuck administering it from those two tools, and they are awful. But my biggest gripe is that you cannot migrate "hybrid" RAID types like RAID 10. This means if you have a RAID 1 running, and want to add a couple more disks to expand it as a RAID 1+0, you'd have to back up all your data, delete your virtual drives, and start over. Also, drive rebuilds are appallingly slow - migrating a two drive RAID 0 to a 3 drive RAID 5 can take, literally, days. When you're stuck doing this from WebBIOS, this means your server is offline for days. Luckily we only use this for a development environment (ESXi 5), so we can stomach the downtime and hassle. But I would not accept this in a production environment, unless I was on a super budget or had a lot of redundant systems and could afford to take some down for long periods.

Overall Review: If you're on a tight budget and don't mind some quirks or limitations, this will get the job done. If you've been spoiled working with equipment like HP SmartArrays or enterprise class SANs, you will be frustrated by it.