Awesomeness (If you know what you're doing)6/8/2010 4:10:30 PM

Pros: This bad boy is fast, versatile, and reliable. It is a server device, so definitely not for the noobs to play with. I'm using this to run two 6Gb/s SAS 418GB Hitachi's @ 15K with 64MB cache in a RAID 0 stripe, it's quick, I mean insane knock your socks off quick! Also have my SATA DVD writer hooked up to it. I didn't have a backplane in my machine and it took me quite some time to find a cabled connector for my SAS drives. This item here: Adaptec 2231900-R mini SAS x4 (SFF-8087) to (4) x1 (SFF-8482) SAS fan-out Cable - 0.5M, available from NewEgg, sorted me out nicely.

Cons: Would be nice if the specs had a note onconnection options, backplane, cables, etc. Interestingly, it comes with the 3Gb/s cable which is TOTALLY useless. Wish they just knocked the price down and didn't provide the cable. Guys, update the firmware BEFORE trying to use this device in a custom build. RAID BIOS just hangs otherwise. I left my SATA master drive in place and booted Windows with the card in. Intel have a nifty set of tools to update the firmware from DOS, Linux, or WIndows.

Overall Review: Guys, update the firmware BEFORE trying to use this device in a custom build. RAID BIOS just hangs otherwise. I left my SATA master drive in place and booted Windows with the card in. Intel have a nifty set of tools to update the firmware from DOS, Linux, or WIndows.

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