Date Joined: 07/13/03
Pros: Discs read on every drive I own. Durable substrate.
Cons: More expensive than non-M-disc media.
Overall Review: This is now my primary backup medium.
Pros: - Fast -- using two of these SSD's in pseudo-SLC on Intel firmware SATA-III RAID-0.
- These are my benchmark results on CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2:
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1096.914 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 980.101 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 462.318 MB/s [112870.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 443.930 MB/s [108381.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1092.600 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 798.088 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 32.598 MB/s [ 7958.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 111.425 MB/s [ 27203.4 IOPS]
- Marginally faster write but marginally slower read performance on Windows 7 software RAID-0.
Cons: - Requires additional cost of converter to use on desktop / workstation computers. I am using StarTech SAT32MSAT257 mSATA SSD to 2.5in SATA Adapter Converters, which are great.
- To get pseudo-SLC, I am running the drives at 40% of their maximum capacity.
- One of the two drives I bought was defective. RMA with Newegg was smooth. The replacement drive works great.
- Small form factor means less surface area for heat dissipation.
Overall Review: I wish that Crucial/Micron would come out with larger drives with Dynamic Write Acceleration to allow for larger capacities with pseudo-SLC functionality.
Pros: The card detects drives, is rock stable, is fast, and is plug-n-play with Windows 7. I use the card for hardware RAID-0, hardware RAID-1, and HBA passthrough. It has not hiccuped once with the RAID-0 arrays, which is more than I can say for the Adaptec 6405 and 6805.
Cons: maxView does not work. I have had to configure the arrays in BIOS, but that is not such a big deal for this card since RAID-0 and RAID-1 arrays do not take long to set up and initialize, unlike RAID-5 or RAID-6.
Overall Review: For the ignorant user who complained about this card not having hardware RAID-5 or RAID-6 functionality, those features cost a whole lot more. The trend these days is to expose the drives directly to the OS for fancier high level drive management than hardware RAID can provide. This card is great for adding 16 ports while occupying only a single PCI-E slot. I hope to use it in the future as a 16-drive HBA for ZFS.
Pros: These sticks work at their listed ratings of 1.9v and 5-5-5-12 timings at 800 MHz on a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P motherboard.
Cons: Expensive $/GB compared to 2GB sticks.
Overall Review: I have not tried to push these faster or to tighten their timings because I'm not keen on burning out these expensive DIMMs. I'll let someone else go first on reporting their overclocking potential. If they were not so expensive, I'd buy another pair of these DIMMs in a heartbeat.