Joined on 03/07/04
Great with Shibby Tomato
Pros: After upgrading to the latest tomato, it's a really nice little router. There are a lot of features, and very stable. Rally flexible configuration options, if a little cumbersome.
Cons: No usb, limited cpu/memory, not high end, not free Setting up guest wifi is a little confusing, first you must setup a separate network/bridge (br1) then a virtual wifi for that bridge, then manually add a firewall script to restrict access (gist.github.com/tracker1/7655394)
Overall Review: After upgrading first to the ddwrt-mini version for this router, then up to the latest shibby tomato supported by this router (tomato-K26-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-115-Max), it's running great.
I so want to love this case...
Pros: It's gorgeous... the silent paneling is a nice touch, and the layout is 90% there, aside from a few niggles. I would definitely use this case again if it were for someone not using extra video cards, and that didn't need extra fans.
Cons: The motherboard support cutout is 3/4" too high to use, this should come down to about the first addon slot. The area behind the motherboard is too cramped, had to reroute my main mb power cable in the front, as it wouldn't fit behind, as it is, could really use an extra 1/2" here No support for 240mm radiator, and 120 only works in top position. I used an H55, and could only mount it in the top position, and even then it blocked the release for the EPS connector. The "SSD" screws included are too long, and didn't mount properly... fortunately, I had other SSD screws to use. The tool for the motherboard standoffs was about useless, and difficult to use.
Overall Review: If the case were 1/2" wider (with room behind the motherboard) and maybe an inch taller, or deeper so a 240mm water cooler could be mounted in one of those positions it would be a nearly perfect case, as it stands, don't use this if you are water cooling. The fan controller should be changed to support PWM 4-pin connectors, had to cut the side off to be able to connect my fans. Also, while the intended fan controller slot is a nice addition, it really doesn't function well, the rear fan blocks the access, which I needed pliers to remove the screw it was so tight, and the cables really don't have a place to go except over the top of the power supply. Also, with the variety of screws, it would be nice if they were bagged separately. - this case - msi z97m-G43 - i7-4790k - corsair h55 - 32gb ddr-1600 - msi GTX-970 4G - 4x 480gb ssd (seagate 850 evo) - CM CX-600M PSU - 4x CM Jetflow fans All in all, it was a nice, if somewhat frustrating build.
32GB in my DS1621+
Pros: - More RAM - ECC - Synology NAS Compatible
Cons: - A little pricey
Overall Review: Running two of these in my Synology DS1621+ NAS box. The intent was to have more memory for applications, though not really using much beyond Plex. No issues that I'm aware of, been running without issue for just over 9 months now.
Great for FreeNAS 8 Box
Pros: 1. Cheap 2. 8 drives 3. 3TB drive support 4. FreeBSD/FreeNAS 8 support
Cons: 1. you need to flash it to the non-raid firmware for FreeNAS (difficult to find). 2. you need to partition any drives before connecting them to the card, or they won't be seen. This took me over an hour to figure out... used the host controller to put a GUID partition table on each drive, then this controller would pick them up. 3. You'll have to look for the FreeBSD 8 v1.0 driver for use with FreeNAS. Getting the driver module in is more of a pain of FreeNAS than the controller. 4. finding the firmware and getting the driver on your FreeNAS 8 setup is a pain. There are a couple places in highpoint us/china sites to get them. 5. FreeBSD/FreeNAS 9 is supposed to have a compatible driver, that seems to not work properly... so you'll be stuck on FreeNAS 8 if you go this route.
Overall Review: Having to partition the drives (can repartition) in order for the controller to see them was a huge gotcha. It was a pain to find a simple, fast, dumb controller for >=8 drives that supported 3TB drives, and this was up on the short list. It was a great value, and I give it +1 simply because it actually does the job, unlike two others I tried. Me FreeNAS setup is mainly as dumb storage for rsync backups, and for media storage. I have 12x 3TB WD Green drive, 8 on this card, and 4 on the host controller.. 10 configured for Raid-Z2 with 2 setup as host spares.. I figure I can relatively safely lose 2 drives in 2 days time before I would have to worry.. this gives me about 22TB of storage with some good redundancy. It's not hardware based raid.. it's run via a software driver even with the "raid" bios... and OS based raid is a bid safer anyway. If you want to run the raid bios with another OS, I can't speak for that. It works for me, YMMV. (I would have given it 3 eggs, but the alternatives I tried or looked into were either far worse, or much more expensive).
Just bought my second one...
Pros: Pretty significant amount of storage for an SSD. Relatively decent pricing.
Cons: Bit more expensive on newegg than other sites.
Overall Review: I'm running mine on my vmware esxi 5 whitebox... working great so far... just ordered another, which will take over as the main hdd on my personal computer. I bought from another site for 485, which is quite a bit lower than here.
3 of these running great.
Pros: 4 trayless hotswap 3.5" drives in 3 5.25" bays... SATA power connectors
Cons: Kinda pricey, honestly should probably be closer to $75, but nice overall. One of the doors in the three enclosures I purchased sticks a little.
Overall Review: The SATA power connectors are either a plus or minus, depending on your needs... for me, it was great as the PS I had for this system has 9+ SATA connectors, but only 3 molex.