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Donald C.

Donald C.

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Most Favorable Review

Works great

SYBA SY-PCI40010 PCI SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
SYBA SY-PCI40010 PCI SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: Have a Promise TX4300 card with 4 1.5TB Seagate drives in Windows Home Server. Added this card with 2 2TB Seagate drives, popped in the driver CD when prompted by the hardware wizard, and everything just worked.

Cons: None...works as advertised.

Overall Review: System specs: AMD Athlon FX-53 cpu MSI K8T Master2Far MB 320GB Seagate HDD 2GB TwinX DDR-400 Promise TX4300 Raid controller Syba PCI40010 Raid controller 4 1.5TB Seagate HDD 2 2TB Seagate HDD GeForce 6800GT video card Antec Lanboy case Antec 550W TruPower This old gaming desktop was rebuilt for use as a Windows Home Server. It supports 10 desktops as NAS and backups, backup for 2TB library of TV shows on Win7 media center PC, and mirrored DVD/BluRay library.

Most Critical Review

And on the second day

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR240GB
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR240GB

Pros: Worked great for 1 day

Cons: Running 4 x 240GB SSD in RAID0 was going fine until day 2, one of em died. I guess it was too good to be true.

12/16/2012

Good board

Intel BOXDZ77RE75K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDZ77RE75K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: BIOS is full featured, lots of features. It's an Intel board with the Z77 chipset so you can run SSDs in a RAID0 with TRIM support using the latest RST drivers from Intel. This is only possible with an INTEL board even though the same chipset on other boards won't work with the driver.

Cons: This board has 6 SATA controllers on the Intel chipset (2 x 6gb/s, 4 x 3gb/s) and 2 x 6gb/s on a Marvell controller. You cannot put drives from the different controllers into the same RAID array. So my 4 x 6GB/s SSDs that I wanted to RAID0 is impossible. Two of the drives have to connect via the 3gb/s ports. Nothing in the specs mention this. I found it deep in the manual when I couldn't get the RAID controller to detect all 4 6GB/s ports. As this is Intel's highest end board, that just sucks. Intel needs to provide drivers for this chipset to every other board manufacturer that uses Intel's chipset!

12/28/2012

Not what it seems

G.SKILL TridentX Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C8Q-32GTX
G.SKILL TridentX Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C8Q-32GTX

Pros: Decent price for amount of memory

Cons: Using Intel DZ77RE-75K board with I7-3770K CPU the memory only registers as DDR3-1333, not the DDR3-1866 on the label. Raising the speed to DDR3-1600 made the system not boot with memory warning beeps on bootup.

12/15/2012

Big storage--no whammies!

Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Decent price, loads of storage. I added 2 of these to a Windows Home Server already running 4 1.5TB 7200.11 drives. I see plenty of complaints about quality but these 6 Seagate drives plus the 8 320GB Seagate drives I have running have had no problems. I did have 2 WD 500GB very reliable drives out of 6 die within a week of each other. I just buy what I need at the best price. These did the trick.

Cons: Wish they were 7200rpm...

Overall Review: Running in a 24x7 Windows Home Server used as NAS and backup for 10 desktops, backup for 2TB Windows Media Center TV show library, and DVD/BluRay MyMovies library.

Good Board

ECS G31T-M(1.0) LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS G31T-M(1.0) LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bought this for HTPC, but wife's Asus P5N32-SLI got fried by a bad power supply. Swapped this in its place and she's happy again. The slots are close, but everything fit. - C2D e6400, 4GB OCZ DDR2-800, 8800GTX, PCI Soundblaster Elite Pro

Cons: Floppy and IDE connectors at lower left of the board, while most people will have their drives by the upper right. Mini cases won't be a problem, but my midsized Antec case made the IDE cables stretch diagonally over the video card to reach the lowest 5.25 bay. SATA drives won't have a problem. Only 10/100 ethernet...no 1000.