Joined on 03/01/08
Not What I Was Expecting
Pros: Has jumper to bypass onboard BIOS, very small size, seems sturdy, supports SATA II, supports LBA48, comes with latest firmware and drivers. Allows bootable install of RAIDed Windows XP once everything is figured out. It will get the job done, although I will use it for DVD and backup drive in IDE/SATA mode via jumper setting.
Cons: Confusing instructions, system will not boot if motherboard and card RAID are both turned on and drives are attached to card - at least one must be set to IDE/SATA mode (I was hoping to use both for RAIDing). Poor overall I/O performance compared to SB700. Somewhat of a CPU hog at times. GUI is OK, but need to read all instructions on SI website, 2 or 3 times. Took a lot of trail and error to figure everything out.
Overall Review: Stats from testing using PC Wizard on new Barracuda 250GB drives that were initialized, repartitioned and reformatted (Quick NTFS) before each test was run under Windows XP Pro: RAID0 Seq writes: SB700 55.85mb/s, RC-211 56.03mb/s Seq reads: SB700 227.07mb/s, RC-211 128.92mb/s Buff writes: SB700 249.82mb/s, RC-211 94.72mb/s Buff reads: SB700 341.64mb/s, RC-211 170.08mb/s Random reads: SB700 47mb/s, RC-211 40mb/s RAID1 Seq writes: SB700 47.37mb/s, RC-211 40.8mb/s Seq reads: SB700 139.92mb/s, RC-211 100.48mb/s Buff writes: SB700 169.47mb/s, RC-211 59.87mb/s Buff reads: SB700 228.49mb/s, RC-211 105.79mb/s Random reads: SB700 46mb/s, RC-211 38mb/s IDE/SATA Seq writes: SB700 54.9mb/s, RC-211 55.57mb/s Seq reads: SB700 140.82mb/s, RC-211 102.28mb/s Buff writes: SB700 183.42mb/s, RC-211 85.61mb/s Buff reads: SB700 212mb/s, RC-211 108.29mb/s Random reads: SB700 40mb/s, RC-211 43mb/s
These Are Great Sticks
Pros: Popped these onto a 760GMA-P34 (FX) motherboard and my FX-4300 fell in love with them at first boot. Excellent price and free shipping sweetens the relationship.
Cons: Absolutely none!
Overall Review: The motherboard reads them as DDR3-1776 so I set the FSB/DRAM to 1:4.66 and they now show in CPU-Z running the rated DDR3-1866 speed and timings (10-11-10).