SCSI pros & cons

From: Carlos Murillo <>
Date: Fri Oct 12 07:18:11 2001

At 02:12 PM 10/12/01 +0100, you wrote:
>I see that BIOS setup utility on the cards as a sympthom of the low level of
>integration. The cards behave as an alien entity in the computer.

Which is exactly the point :-) . SCSI cards, unlike IDE subsystems,
are supposed to work by themselves and ease the burden
on the processor. This is considered a "good thing".

Like many others, I've not had problems with the Adaptec 2940 series.
I also like a CMD card that I have somewhere; it has a 72 pin SIMM
slot to increase the cache; at one point I had a 64MB SIMM there and
it helped the web server a lot.

But the nicest one I've seen is the ibm ultra-160 raid controller
in our smp netfinity Linux server. It absolutely rocks.

Do note that I tend to use HP, Sun, DEC or IBM scsi cables.
Mac cables have given me trouble before.


Carlos E. Murillo-Sanchez
Received on Fri Oct 12 2001 - 07:18:11 BST

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