Date Joined: 03/29/05
Pros: I tried two different "bargain" cables. One gave me a purple screen right out of the package. The second one, at twice the price, turned the screen purple after a few months. 2 different computers, 2 different video amps, 2 different cables, and 4 different monitors all with the same purple screen.
This Tripplite cable worked perfectly right out of the package. Now, I need two more, but they are out of stock.
Overall Review: Good to find a product that actually works. I hope that they will get them back in stock.
Pros: Nicely constructed box, one screw installation for both drives. Fan is reasonably quiet, and case runs cool to the touch
Cons: I could not get the box to configure as a RAID 1 system using two new WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB drives, no matter how many times I tried the setup instructions. Window 7 64 bit Ultimate insisted on calling it a RAID 0 setup when connected over USB 3.0.
Overall Review: Turns out that the Vantec NexStar MX enclosure uses the same JMicron chipset. If you navigate to their site and download their driver file jmb39x_raid_ap1.zip, you can configure the Star Tech enclosure in any configuration without regard to the config switch setting. The utility even has a window to send eMail messages with drive problems, and shows a log of enclosure error messages. I have 4 of the Vantec NexStar enclosures, and two of them have lost their partition tables within the last 2 weeks. I bought the Star Tech enclosure this time, hoping that it would be more reliable. Time will tell.
Pros: Nice external appearance.
Cons: This case was part of a combo special deal. The case doesn't use standard hex standoffs, but instead has rounded elevations in the support plate with threaded holes to support the mobo. I had qualms about these touching and possibly shorting out the mobo, Assembled the system per typical practice, and got a dead mobo in the bargain. I guess I should have listened to my intial intuition.
Case metal is pretty flimsy, and front panel lacks a reset switch.