Joined on 05/02/12
Works great. Easy install. Good value.
Pros: 12G interface. 8 internal connections. Installs easily with no problems. Documentation is well written.
Overall Review: Make sure you have either server grade cooling or a supplementary fan. People wonder why it doesn't come with one. The answer is simple. If it had a fan, multiple RAID controllers wouldn't fit in adjacent slots. Folks, this is server-grade hardware and those chassis can cool multiple cards in close proximity. If you want this in your workstation, either use a server case or get a fan. The card is great.
Pros: Seagate allows you to validate your warranty properly online with no gotcha's like WD (and HGST now WD) High capacity. 256Mb cache. Self encrypting.
Overall Review: Definitely recommended. Don't let anyone tell you Seagate isn't great. Yea they had some consumer drive problems in the past, but these enterprise products are absolutely top notch and hassle free. Seagate backs their products up. With the other brands you will be sorry if it ever comes to a warranty situation. I've had some bad experience on that front, but never with Seagate enterprise class products. The other reviewer is a goof. This is a SAS drive. Again, SAS not SATA. Of course the connector is different. I can't imagine the other reviewer doesn't feel foolish.
Seagate has come back really strong on the reliability front
Pros: Fast drive. Seagate warranty support is best. You can go online and get your warranty updated to go five years from the date on your invoice rather than the manufactured date. SED drive. Seagate enterprise drives are at least as reliable as any other manufacturers'. Don't confuse these with consumer models. Price/performance fantastic.
Overall Review: Of course we know Seagate had some problems with consumer drives, but these enterprise ones are just as reliable as any others and the price is a little better. Warranty support is certainly better than WD or HGST.
Does what it's supposed to and comes with SGPIO cable
Pros: Length is just right for server chassis. Not too short, not too long. Comes with SGPIO cable Individual cables at fan-out end are numbered so you don't wind up with a mess.
Overall Review: The SGPIO cable is there to plug into a backplane so that indicator LEDs will work properly on hot-swap bays. Most HBA and RAID controller cards as well as chassis drive backplanes support SGPIO.
Best value for the performance in this category.
Pros: 256MB cache. Seagate honors their warranties and you can validate properly online, unlike with other brand enterprise drives. No kidding, HGST can cause you big problems with service. Seagate is a pleasure to work with.
Overall Review: Don't let the problems Seagate had in the past with a couple of their consumer drives keep you away from this. This enterprise product is top-notch.