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This review is from: HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: One of the faster eSATA RAID card I tested with my ProBox 4 bay external raid box. Supports eSATA replication out of the box*.
Cons: One of the slowest posting cards I have ever worked with. Takes full 30 seconds just to post and detect the drive array. *Detected all 3 of my WD 3gb green drives out of the box, but after a firmware update, would only see 2 drives no matter which bays they were in.
Other Thoughts: I needed a bunch of extra storage for archiving very large files so I opted for the 4-bay RaidBox and installed 3 drives, leaving room for some future expansion. My Asus Sabertooth x79 has built in eSATA but the transfer rates were abysmal - around 20mb/s. tried a couple other cards (including the one made by the RaidBox people) and was able to get it up to about 40mb/s but that wasn't good enough. I finally got to the RocketRaid controller and it worked quite well, providing transfer rates up to 180mb/s. Great! But on post, this thing shows firmware from 2010 and the post time was a full 30 seconds so I thought a firmware update may be in order. I downloaded the v13 firmware from their web site and after flashing it, it did nothing for the post time, and although the post screen showed a 2015 date, the card was now only seeing 2 drives in the ProBox instead of 4.Not even windows would see all the drives with the drivers installed. Only two would be visible regardless which bays they were in and the flash utility did not backup the old rom. The MFR site only provided the latest firmware so I had to search over hell and high water to find V11 of the rom and hope it got me working again. It did but I was back to the 2010 firmware, however the older flash utility backed up the rom before flashing. Funny.
Don't bother with phone support, they won't answer. You have to register your device and create an account on their web page to get support. You may get it but good luck with that. They eventually replied and said they would look into it. I don't expect them to.
Pros: Cheap - That's about it.
I can't say anything good because it only turned on for 3 seconds then died.
Cons: Ignore the one egg rating, it's actually zero. This thing is basically a piece of garbage. While it looks like you get a lot out of the box, the reality of it is it's super cheap hardware. When I plugged in the AC adapter, it made a visible spark every time. The unit turned on for about for about 3 seconds then went blank and would do nothing but emit a single beep on subsequent power on's. I'm going to try and make NewEgg pay for shipping so at lease I'm not out that too.
Other Thoughts: Save yourself some time and spend the extra few bucks for something better. I didn't read the review before I purchased and really should have. Hopefully you're reading this before making yours.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Hawking HD45R Hi-Gain Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
Pros: Great LAN speeds. moves extremely large files (10-20GB) in just minutes to another machine on the LAN. Fairly quick and easy setup.
Cons: I feel there are more cons than pro's.
1) Menus are dreadfully slow after the last bios update, taking up to 2 mins to load a menu page.
2) Each time you save a setting, you have to wait 45 seconds for the router to reset itself.
3) Slow network connection on boot; takes windows 2-3 additional mins to connect to the network after pc boots, on ALL machines in the house.
4) Marginal WiFi speeds, even giving unstable connection errors from 8 feet away at times. 5K unusable from more than about 20' from the router.
5) Port forwarding does not work. BIOS update was supposed to fix this problem but I installed the latest BIOS and no luck yet.
6) Poor phone support; Called Hawking support several times to address some of these issues and all they were able to have me do was reset my router, forcing me to reconfigure it and pretty much wasting my time since I had already read all their support pages and did all that BEFORE I called. Every issue I called about I was told to reset the router, which did nothing. Beyond that they were zero help.
Other Thoughts: This router looks great on paper but the reality of it is that Hawking is aware of the issues this unit has and has done little to nothing to fix any of it.READ FULL REVIEW