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Crady P.

Crady P.

Joined on 10/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

No Issues With Win 7 Ultimate 64 or Windows 10 Pro

SIIG SC-SA0R11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-Port Hybrid RAID Controller Card
SIIG SC-SA0R11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-Port Hybrid RAID Controller Card

Pros: Works great so far. I'm using this with a 500GB Samsung EVO SSD as a scratch disk for video editing. Originally that drive was connected via a 2-port SYBA SATA card and the throughput was limited to about 200MB/s. Now, I consistently get 480+MB/s. MB is a Rampage III Extreme and all 8 existing SATA ports are used as: RAID 1, 10, and BD drives Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Primary applications: Adobe Premiere, Media Coder and After Effects CC

Cons: Arrived with the metal tab on one eSATA port mangled but after a bit of fiddling with needle nose pliers it seems usable

Overall Review: TIP: I did not use the included CD and instead went directly to the SIIG website and downloaded the latest drivers prior to the install. According to SIIG, if you're running Windows 10 you don't need manually install their drivers as Windows 10 provides them.

Most Critical Review

Arrived Defective - Killed My SSDs

ASRock X299 TAICHI XE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X299 TAICHI XE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy setup. Easy overclocking. Painless online BIOS updates. Accepted the RAIDs from my old ASUS Rampage II Extreme without issues. FAST! Allows me to run dual RAID 10s — one as the boot drive and one as the data drive — plus a SATA tray for backups and a BD writer, all without having to add an expansion card.

Cons: 1. Misidentified my G.SKILL TridentZ Series DDR4 3866 memory as 2xxx modules 2. Would not maintain BIOS RAM settings 3. Two SATA connectors (no. 3 & 4 of 8) had hidden shorts that instantly destroyed my SSDs ASROCK Support agreed the board was defective however, even though I purchased the extended warranty Newegg will not ship a replacement until the faulty board is returned meaning I have to suffer serious downtime. Based on my experience I would NOT recommend this board

Overall Review: Windows 10 Pro. 32GB RAM installed (will be adding an additional 32GB in future). 4.3GHz Kaby Lake running at 4.6GHz. Noctua CPU Cooler. EVGA GTX1080 FTW graphics card. Black Magic Intensity Pro card for realtime previewed on HDTV. 850W Gold series PSU. System is used exclusively for editing with Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop

Silence Is Golden

Noctua NH-U14S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A15 140mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U14S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A15 140mm Fan (Brown)

Pros: Have this set to Silent Mode in BIOS but even after adding the second fan (highly recommended) the thing is whisper quiet. At idle my 4.3GHz Kaby Lake CPU (OC'd to 47GHz) hovers around 33C so it's all good. The quality and finish of the hardware is excellent

Cons: None, although the installation diagrams could have a been a bit clearer

Overall Review: I love Noctua fans and this is the first CPU Cooler from them that I've tried and the quality is exceptionally good. It is rather large (in a good way) so a little pre-planning on memory installation and cable routing is in order. I have this installed on an ASROCK Taichi XE and elected to install the 12V power cables and memory prior installing the CPU and cooler - made it all less fiddly

10/14/2018

Mixed Feelings

Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST2000DM009 2TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST2000DM009 2TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast. 7200 RPM and 128MB cache with a rated 6 Gbps over compatible SATA. In a RAID 10 configuration based on an ASRock X299 TAICHI XE motherboard with 32GB DDR4 RAM and a Intel Core i7-7740X running at 4.7GHz under Windows 10 Pro I averaged over 340MBs R/W using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test with the 5GB test filesize Cheap for its capacity and warranty Very quiet - even during large file transfers

Cons: I ordered 3 and one arrived DOA. It may be specious but on the face of it that's a 33 percent failure rate (zero hassle exchange from Newegg with free shipping so there's that) Or just bad luck

Great For Media Servers Or NAS

WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 64MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX
WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 64MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX

Pros: Virtually silent thanks in part to its relatively low speed of 5400 RPM - a speed that is more than adequate for serving up HD movies and also contributes to its low power consumption.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommended and would buy again

Excellent Product

VANTEC NST-366S3-BK 3.5-Inch SATA 6GB/s to USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure, Black
VANTEC NST-366S3-BK 3.5-Inch SATA 6GB/s to USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure, Black

Pros: I have two of these and love them. Attractive design, nicely finished, lots of airflow for cooling, a proper ON/OFF switch and an optional stand that is very stable. Overall very impressive at this price point. I use these with SBCs - one running PLEX and the other running OpenMediaVault and both use 4TB drives with no issues (the SBCs both have clear plastic enclosures and I attached them to the outside of the cases with VHB tape which makes for very tidy and compact setups). The HDD simply drops into the drawer which is held in place with 2 screws which makes drive access super easy

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommended and would buy again