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Pros: Speeds are good but in certain benchmarks it is half the speed of the Samsung Pro series NVME drives.
Cons: There is no software to monitor this drive. Plextor it seems built a drive that you can't monitor with Plextool how ingenious. I mean in todays day and age why would anyone want to monitor the health of there SSD. Also there is an annoying plextor Blueish/Green logo that must load first in order to boot the system. The best way to describe it is like an Adaptec RAID card booting. The RAID bios loads first than it has to find the drives and tell you everything is normal. It adds about 10 seconds to the boot process. I spoke with Plexto support and there is no way, at least the rep I was speaking too says, to disable the Plextor boot process.
Other Thoughts: I would like to recommend this drive but I can not. If your on the fence trying to decide on this or Samsung, buy the Samsung. It costs a little more but its faster and Samsung has tools to monitor their drives. That is mind blowing, Plextor dropped the ball in this one. Too bad.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Love the layout, the gold plated USB DAC is a nice touch. Although it comes with the Sound Blaster built in we not using it. I built 2 identical computers for our 2 recording studios. List of Components: 2x i5 4690K, 2x Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD, 2x WD SE 1TB HD, 2x 8GB of GSkill Trident DDR3 2400, 2x XFX R7240, 2x Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Coole, and finally 2x Corsair RM450 Gold rated PS. Running Windows 7 Pro x64, Reaper, Sound Forge and Vegas Pro. Connected to the USBDAC is a CI1 USB Audio Interface from Steinberg. I added a TI based firewire card and connected a Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 audio interface. Our studios utilize ISDN, Source Connect Now, Skype, Phone patch, and in house Gretch-Ken and Whisper Room sound isolation booths with Shure and Sennheiser mics.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Our audio engineers love how fast these computers boot and perform.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Passively cooled, PCI-E x8 slot, extremely low power usage with low heat dissipation. Love the design of this board.
Cons: I wanted this to work so bad. I was looking forward to upgrading my old home NAS. FYI- This does not work with these hardware RAID cards Adaptec 5805 and Highpoiunt 3520. However the Highpoint 2720SGL will work which is a software RAID card. I wanted hardware RAID to to reduce CPU usage since this is an ATOM based processor.
Other Thoughts: Had a ticket opened with Supermicro and their solution to my problem was to buy a supermicro RAID card. I was told by support that because this is such a new product they have not done enough testing yet to see what works and what doesn't. According to SM their own AOC-USAS2LP-H8iR will work with the board which will set you back another 499.00 for the card. I already have 2 cards sitting in my office that work perfectly. One from Adaptec and the other from HighPoint why should I have to invest in another card. I don't care if they are only SATA II generation controllers with 8 drive I can get over 500MB Reads and Writes which is more that enough for streaming my content at home.READ FULL REVIEW