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One of the core values of Puget Systems is transparency

We detest hype in the midst of an industry that is full of it. Our mission is to provide the highest quality hardware and consultation services to our customers, and to back up our decisions by freely sharing what we've learned along the way. To earn a place in our product line, a computer component undergoes rigorous testing. We apply the results of our testing, along with our years of experience in learning reliability trends and manufacturer characteristics, to make prudent decisions about what we can put our name behind, whether that's an individual part or an entire computer. With the following articles, we are writing up the results of these internal processes and discussions, and taking them public. We feel we can take this on with a unique perspective as we evaluate each topic with the experience, resources, and objectivity of a system builder. If there is a topic you'd like us to write about, email us at !
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Qualification: LSI 9341-8i & 9361-8i RAID Controllers

Written on March 24, 2014 by Matt Bach

At Puget Systems, we've been using LSI RAID cards for a number of years now and have always been very happy with the quality of both the controllers and the MegaRAID software. The new 9361-8i and 9341-8i RAID controllers from LSI continue in their predecessor's footsteps but add PCI-E 3.0 support and the new mini-SAS HD SFF8643 12GB/s connector.


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Product Qualification: Intel RS25DB080 RAID Controller

Written on October 6, 2011 by Matt Bach

In this article we will be reviewing the Intel RS25DB080 8-port RAID controller which features two 800MHz processor cores with 1GB cache memory. Our testing however shows that this card suffers in terms of performance when compared to the Intel RS25DB040 and RS25DB080.


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Product Roundup: Intel/LSI RAID cards

Written on August 18, 2011 by Matt Bach

As hard drives are becoming faster and faster, you need a RAID card that is able to keep up with them. Today we will be reviewing the performance of five RAID cards. From LSI: the 9211-4i, the 9750-4i, and the 9240-4i. From Intel: the RS2BL040 and the RS2BL080.


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Product Qualification: LSI 9211-4i RAID Controller

Written on August 9, 2011 by Matt Bach

The LSI 9211-4i is a budget-oriented four port RAID card that supports RAID 0,1 and 10 as well as single drive configurations. In this article, we will be reviewing its performance compared to the RAID cards in our current product line.


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Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea

Written on February 5, 2007 by Jon Bach

As president of Puget Custom Computers, I get a unique perspective on computer products and technology. Our company specializes in selling high performance custom computers, and that naturally brings up the question of RAID often. There is an overwhelming opinion out there that if you have the money and want a blazing fast and stable computer, that you should put your hard drives in RAID. We have known for years that this perception is just flat out wrong, but the problem is that the idea is so widely accepted that it is nearly impossible to convince our customers otherwise. In fact, if we try too hard to talk them out of it, we end up losing the sale! Should we be selling configurations that we know are flawed, for the sake of making the sale? We think the answer comes in the form of transparency and education! This article is just the latest effort in educating the public about RAID.


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RAID Explained

Written on April 15, 2006 by William George

The acronym 'RAID' stands for Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks. There are several variations designed to meet different needs. Some are for making larger, faster storage solutions. Others trade off size for increased reliability. Yet others try and accomplish both. This article gives a rundown of the basic types of RAID available today.