I appreciate the suggestion, and the price is good. Unfortunately,
the Silicon Image SIL0680 chipset has problems with low-level operations,
like getting SmartData from hard drives. That includes drive-temperature-
monitoring utils, etc. I'm not sure if that board, being advertised as a
'RAID' controller, is affected in the same way. It may have different
If you're never dealing with low-level drive functions, then you may never
notice any problems (maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it <g>).
If you're interested in details about this, I'll post a link to the Everest site,
or you could try running Everest home edition and going to the Smart Data
page. Be prepared to reboot afterward.
So...I removed two Adaptec (SI0680-based) cards and installed Promise
cards. If I keep burning coasters, I'll switch back and avoid running
On the other hand, this may be due to the Plextor itself. I'm considering
picking up a NEC ND-3820A or maybe the Benq that you like. Plextor
seems temperamental at best.