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This review is from: SYBA SD-PEX50049 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA / IDE RAID Controller Card
Pros: Cheap, if it works
Cons: Junk. Shipped without a bios installed on it. Tried it in multiple machines and got same result. Would display text saying "BIOS Upgrade in progress, do not power off" Mind you this is prior to POST completing. Let it set that way for three hours hoping POST would complete, but it never did. Again I say junk. Also this device is incompatible with ASUS Rampage motherboards with built in Marvel 9123 SATA controllers.
Other Thoughts: Bought it to work with a MAC 5bay SATA port multiplier that only seems to work with Marvel 912X chipsets. Never even got that far as to test if it worked, however I did do a bit of research on this. This has a 9125 chipset for the SATA controllers and a 9128 for the PATA controller, both which are supported by Linux.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap drive, works most of the time. Suitable for bulk storage -- but be sure to back everything up! 7200rpm is decent speed for a bulk storage drive.
Cons: These drives have a two year MTBF. I bought eight of them a little over two years ago. One failed a week before the warranty ran out. Seagate replaced it in a timely manner without incident. Three others failed within three months of the warranty ending. I expect the remaining four to fail in the very near future.
Other Thoughts: These went into a Dell R510 with a PERC 700 raid controller. You need to upgrade the raid controller to the latest firmware in order for the drives to be recognized. As these are unsupported drives by Dell, drive SMART data does not seem to be understood by the controller so unless the drive is offline, you won't get an error. Be sure to ZERO out your replacement drives as my replacement drive I got back from Seagate had raid metadata on it and would not rebuild properly until it was zeroed out.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Polk Audio RC60i White Round 6.5" two-way in-wall/ceiling loudspeaker Pair
Pros: OK sounding speakers for the price. Very nice mounting method for drywall.
Cons: High frequencies not as pronounced as I would expect.
Other Thoughts: Makes a nice addition to get music in my kitchen without having extra equipment standing around. Clean install and decent sound. High freqs not as pronounced as I'd like, but then again I guess I am spoiled with M70s in the tv room.READ FULL REVIEW