Date Joined: 06/10/11
Cons: Got this for a Linux (kernel 3.14 system. Linux recognized the device, but would not work. Dmesg kept complaining about a time out when trying to use it witha USB device. This uses the VL800 chip, which evidently Linux has a problem with. Replaced this card with a Vantec card which uses a different chip and the Vantec card works fine with Linux.
Overall Review: Did not try the Orico card on a Windows machine.
Pros: Plug and Play with Linux CentOS 6.5. Eliminated my HD hangs with other controllers (2 different vendors) running with the Marvell 88SE9230 chip. Faster also.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I was having a significant problem with WD 1TB hard drives running at 6gb with other controllers (2 different vendors) running with the Marvell 88SE9230 chip. Drives would hang. Jumper the WD HDs down to 3gb and drives ran fine. Problem is document on other web sites as an incompatibility with the WD firmware. This board does use a Marvell chip, not sure which one, but does not exhibit the HD hang problem with drives running at 6gb. The 4x PCIe interface also seems to add significant speed improvements over the other controllers with the 88SE9230 even when running the other controllers at 6gb with Seagate Constellation HDs.
Pros: Got this one as a replacement for another cheaper make that did not work when all 4 drives were installed. Althought this one was 50% higher in price, this one works! The front includes activity lights per drive. A great help when trying to figure out what is going on.
Pros: I have an older version and the concept is great for server or lab systems where you need to change out the drives regularly. Bought 2 of the newer version for a new server.
Cons: I have an older 3 drive version of this in a lab system and it has worked great for the past 3 years. This newer version however is not usable. It seems the backplane is too noisy. I was only able to use it with one drive installed (did not matter what slot it was in.) Some times 2 drives would be recognized 2 were installed (again independent of slots used). If 3 drives installed, a few times one would get recognized, but usually 0. With 4 installed nothing recognized. Bought two of these and both displayed the same problem. Tried multiple sets of different drives and different systems with same results. Newegg RMA process was great as always.
Overall Review: This newer version has flimsy slot doors compared to the older version. It seems they would break easy and with the mechanics of seating the drive, when the door is broken, the slot is useless.