Joined on 06/20/07
the sweet spot
Pros: - comfortably in the mid performance category not budget category- fast burst speed - priced almost in the budget category- endurance on par with the top brands running TLC (1300 TBW for 2TB, or about 650 drive writes)
Cons: These drives run hot under sustained loads and since the chips are on both sides of the PCB cooling can be a challenge. Factor a heatsink into the price of the drive if you plan to hammer it right out of the gate.
Overall Review: I'm running these as a "performance" tier in Microsoft Storage Spaces on Win Server 2019 Standard . Attached image is that storage space benchmarked with 16GB and after about 5TB has been passed through the tier.
Pretty good but some flaws
Pros: - Respectable sustained speed for 2TB version about 500 read/ 350 write- Super cheap- Above average endurance of 1600TBW for 2TB version, that's 800 drive writes- 1300 MBs read with 4x in parity when setting are tweaked correctly
Cons: - No uniqueIDs showing up in windows (see additional comments)- Not quite at the write limit of SATAIII, would be nice to hit that 500 mark- No SMART temp monitoring even in the TG software
Overall Review: Something is going on with the UniqueIDs with these on Windows Server 2019 Standard. They all have the same UniqueIDs so they can't be pooled from the Storage Spaces GUI and can't be diagnosed using the drive lights because windows is confused about which drive light to light. In fact, activity lights don't work at all for these, probably because of that. I've emailed TG and hope they can help out. These would really make great home lab server drives if all the features were dialed in. Maybe it's just a firmware thing. They have been pretty responsive so maybe something will come of it.
The best on the market in early 2021
Pros: - It's pretty much exactly what you could want in this price bracket and more
Overall Review: - A slightly more expensive mini-sas connector version of this would be cool- The quality is top notch, I have a few enclosures that cost twice what this one costs, and those all feel cheap and have quality issues.- All 8 bays running SSDs in a server, no issues, identical performance to them being plugged in direct.
officially been scammed
Cons: the is one of the only boards with these features in an atx size
Overall Review: I finally gave up on dealing with ASUS. I got my first RMA back from ASUS giving me qcode-00 and no pre-post, no different than the way I sent it to them. After ASUS wasted weeks of my time back in fourth blaming all the other components in the system I bit the bullet and bought a second Z9PA-D8 from Newegg. It pre-posted just fine running down the q-codes like it should. Really ASUS? Way to take care of your customers. Why wouldn't you just send me a new board in the first place? I am really disappointed I don't have any other options for this build or else I would not be using any ASUS products on it. I have already started turning clients and customers away from ASUS and will no longer buy ASUS after this incident. I run a production facility and every moment that has passed where I didn't have a working system that I planned on having, money is being lost. Also there are a few E5 V2 processors out there probably going in the trash because ASUS convinced me that they where bad and to return them. What a waste. Until I get a refund for the not working board, I'd say this board costs double what it is listed because two are needed for one working system. I'd stay away from ASUS. most of the other big name companies I have dealt with have been great. I originally posted ASUS had good customer support, that's when they tricked me into thinking they where going to fix the original board, I couldn't imagine whey anyone would pay shipping both ways just for nothing but they did. They had absolutely no problem doing it.
Cons: not really that feature rich when it worked. Temp sensors all over the place. Completely died after 6 days of constant up time. Cant give it zero stars
Overall Review: I don't want another one so I am not even going to try to have it replaced. Be nice to get my money back but that will never happen. Just more trash.