Subject: Re: Decent SCSI card for AlphaStation 200?
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From: Ross Harvey <email@example.com>
Date: 08/30/1999 22:40:07
There are pluses and minuses. My non-scientific impressions (take these
with a grain of salt, my experience with these has not been deep) ...
* SRM can boot them (as long as the chip isn't newer
than your SRM)
* the driver has been a royal pain, but does seem to
always get beat into shape
* common, which is good; SRM usually cannot boot them.
* not the highest performance driver, but I've been very
happy with my buslogic card, and I think they are cheaper.
SRM can never boot them.
* hi end, but rare, you may get to "discover" new problems
* I'm told srm can boot them :-)
As far as where to buy:
* visit www.resellerratings.com
For SE scsi, buying new kind of makes sense, see the above URL. For
differential, the stuff is extra-expensive new, but extra-cheap used,
as people don't generally appreciate the value. I got my buslogic
differential card new, since buslogic is usually quite cheap, but
I got my differential ncr cards used, and got used or new-but-surplus
diff drives. For some reason, there are lots of WD Quantum Atlas II's
To find something like a "used ncr differential pci scsi" adapter on
the net is a real challenge, but I did accomplish it once...
Hope this helps...