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  • Jackyl - Friday, July 06, 2007 - link

    I would like to comment on the MS2UT that I recently purchased. It is a mixed bag of problems. I have two Maxtor 7200 Proline 500GB drives in it, in a RAID-1. Sometimes when I power up the unit, one of the drives "fails" and won't turn on. The MS2UT display says the drive failed on the front LCD. I have to power cycle the unit to get both drives online. And sometimes when I do this, then it goes into rebuild mode and takes two hours to rebuild the 500GB drives!

    Support from Sans Digital is non-existent, and there are no firmware updates for the MS2UT on their website.

    For the amount I paid, I expected better reliability. How can I be sure the rebuild process didn't mess something up? This unit will be returned to the store. The fans on the unit are also so small, they hardly keep the drives cool enough. The drives still get hot to the touch, and the internal enclosure temperature runs 40c-47c. Drive temperatures can NOT be monitored, only the enclosure temperature!
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  • gevorg - Saturday, November 25, 2006 - link

    "The subwoofer features a 6.5 inch Super Bass driver with DBX technology providing a very deep bass tone with very little distortion in our listening tests, with the result being extremely clear audio."

    Is this a joke? No 6.5" driver can provide "very deep bass tone" and "extremely clear audio". No matter how abit's marketing put it, its still an entry-level subwoofer for computer games.
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  • iwodo - Friday, November 24, 2006 - link

    Unless i am mistaken their product range all start with letter N. As confirmed by their web page. unless Anandtech know something we dont know about ( change in product numbering? ).

    I am looking forward to N2100 review. As the new firmware nearly double the performance of previous firmware. The one tested on tomsnetworking was done was old firmware which is rather slow.

    The N4200 has already shown itself on tomsnetworking to be extra fast. ( faster then Buffalo terrastation ).

    I hope the review could include other testing like temperature reading etc. I have had quite a few NAS with constant hang becoz the airflow inside is rubbish.
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  • yyrkoon - Friday, November 24, 2006 - link

    Personally, I would be more interested in http://www.accusys.com.tw/eng/products_deskraid_77...">This Not sure what technology is uses to communicate with the host(its obvious it uses eSATA, but if no host drivers, or apps are needed . ..), but I've emailed them for detailed specs, speed, availibility (because I haven't been able to find it for sale yet), and we'll see what they have to say. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    quote:

    In our discussions with the majority of optical drive manufacturers, we can finally expect to see widespread adoption of the SATA interface by Q3 in 2007.


    Sweet baby jeebus, they're taking their damn sweet time.
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  • nullpointerus - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    They weren't making SATA optical drives because compatibility was nil. I was told by a knowledgeable support rep. that the SATA interface does not have a few of the standard media notifications that ATAPI supports - like disc insertion notification. But yeah, if the drive manufacturers had gotten together and set forth a standard set of SATA extensions years ago, it would have been working fine by now.

    Maybe Microsoft fixed something in Vista?
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  • peternelson - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link


    "widespread adoption of the SATA interface by Q3 in 2007."

    Crazy! They better get their act together quickly.

    I want the equivalent of a pioneer 111 writer and some bluray drive, both with sata instead of ide and I want them NOW!
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  • vailr - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    Dell has a Toshiba/Samsung SATA 16x DVD-RW drive. Combine with the Paypal $20 rebate and free shipping, for a final price of $30 + tax, shipped.
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.a...">http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod...us&l...
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  • vailr - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    The LiteOn SHM-165S6S-11C is being sold by several online European vendors, such as:
    http://www.pcupgrade.co.uk/productdetails.asp?Prod...">http://www.pcupgrade.co.uk/productdetails.asp?Prod...
    Haven't found any willing to ship to the U.S. yet.
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  • yyrkoon - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    There is only one problem however:


    Compatible Products
    This product is compatible with the following systems:
    Dimension C521
    Dimension E520
    Dimension E521
    XPS 710

    Does this mean the BIOS needs to be aware that this is a SATA opitcal drive, or what ? How about, is it possible to put this into a random PC, and have it be able to boot ? Inquiring minds want to know ;)
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  • vailr - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    More info here:
    http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=196446">http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=196446
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  • Madellga - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    Hi Gary,
    Its good to see AT looking into hardware other than CPU/mobo/GPU. I miss also monitor reviews - Christopher used to write them.

    quote
    "abit is introducing the iDome DS500 speaker and iDome Sw510 subwoofer to the market later this summer"

    You mean summer 2007 or summer in southern hemisphere (december-march)?

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  • yyrkoon - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA...">iDome link Reply
  • yyrkoon - Thursday, November 23, 2006 - link

    I would assume they have already been released, since I've seen something very similar to that at newegg. Perhaps its been an article long in writing ? Reply
  • yyrkoon - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - link

    Well, its good to know that someone is finally releasing a 1GbE external enclosure, for the "Pro-sumer". Maybe they exist, or maybe not, but if so, I've never seen one, but this is the first article I've seen mentioning one.

    I was just thinking about emailing you guys last night asking for a RAID controller review, but since you put up this article, I think I can ask my question here. DO you guys have plans for a semi soon (ish) Review on the latest RAID controllers? I for one am interested in the latest "scoop" on what is good, and what isn't. Although, I personally am only interrested in PCI-X, or mainly PCI-E cards.

    Anyhow, nice to know that the technology sector is still at work trying to dazzle the public, good article.
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  • Gholam - Sunday, November 26, 2006 - link

    There is really little point to putting GbE interfaces on these boxes, as their RAID performance is nonexisting. Intel has an entry-level 4-drive NAS box with dual GbE interfaces, but what is it good for when it averages 10MB/s transfer rates on a 4-drive RAID5 array? Reply

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