Joined on 05/14/03
SLOW and LOUD
Pros: Compact, has lots of features built in.
Cons: This unit as advertised by newgg as FAST and SILENT. It is neither. Connected to my gigabit port it is only reaching a maximum speed of ~25MB/s which is somewhat less than a regular USB2.0 external drive will do (about ~30MB/s). Just to say, 25MB/s is only ~200megabit, or about 20% of a gigabit link maximum. Secondly, this unit is LOUD. The details page says it is fanless and silent. These are both wrong, the unit has a fan blowing out of the back and the hard drives GRIND quite loudly. It is far and away the noisiest piece of equipment in my PC room. The Web interface is terribly slow, the login page takes 10 seconds to pop up. Navigating the settings pages each takes about 5 seconds to display any information.
Overall Review: NOT RECOMMENDED!
Pros: Looks nice, good performance
Cons: Apparently, the fans on this model are dying in droves. Both my fans seized up a bit before a year had passed and some searching revealed this to be a disturbingly common problem. The fans dying on me I would not have cared about so much were it not for the LOUSY customer support. I asked MSI to do a cross-ship so I wouldn't be out of a working PC for weeks. They refused to do so. What decent vendor won't cross-ship a video card? I asked to be forwarded to a higher level about the cross-shipment issue and the fact that these cards have an EXTREMELY common fan failure issue and MSI refused to do that as well.