View Full Version : Formac SCSI cards-Any experience with them ?

08-13-2001, 11:32 AM
Has anyone had any experience with Formac SCSI cards ? They certainly are cheap(er) There's a new RAID card out now and I want to set up two Seagate 7200RPM drives in a RAID 0 config. but I'm a little hestitant with new gear.

08-13-2001, 08:21 PM
Make sure that the card is
LVD/Ultra2 or better?
is cabling included?
is SoftRAID included?
Will it work under X?

Can it do hardware RAID? (I do not know of ANY Mac cards than can do this).

Often you get what you pay for. UW is way out dated. GL

08-15-2001, 01:08 AM

DD, one of the earmarks of MacGurus is that they only sell what they use.

MacGurus does carry Formac gear (video cards), they do so because they have aquired, pounded on them, and found them to be a good product or value or both. That is the story with what gets sold on this site.

If it can take a beating and behave like gear should in mission critical applications, and the pricepoint makes sense for the intended target user, than it passes snuff and they'll sell it. If it hasn't been tested, it won't be sold until it has.

A solid plan for protecting the most valuable business asset: the satisfied and well supported customer.

D_x, Hardware RAID is another beast altogether isn't it ($$$$$$$$)?



08-15-2001, 02:13 PM
D_x, Hardware RAID is another beast altogether isn't it ($$$$$$$$)?

Well I think I was speculating on things like the IDE/ATA cards that have built-in 'hardware RAID' abilities... Those cards are along the same prices as regular SCSI cards, but still much cheaper than a hardware based SCSI card.

I know Formac has some great prices on UW SCSI cards and they can work fine - but I've seen people get burned - due to their own lack of knowledge and/or research into the subject. They see a WIDE SCSI card for $40 and jump on it not knowing its dated technology. I'm sure its a good card... but it is good that people look before they leap - to see the WHOLE PICTURE http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/dance.gif - its been a long day

08-15-2001, 03:56 PM

if you are using obsolete single-ended ultra wide drives, the the Formac is a decent value. If you are using LVD drives (which are the only SCSI drives currently manufactured w one exception), the Formac is not the correct board to use, regardless of which system you run.

heed me now, or pay me later: the Formac has poor compatibility w LVD drives, it runs such drives at half their rated sync rate, it does not support signaling advances inherent in the LVD sub-paragraph of the SCSI-3 spec, and Formac's support--how can say this gently?--is phenomenally pathetic. If you encounter a problem, they will refer you to GERMANY, assuming they answer the phone.

prediction: Formac will be the next high-tec company to bite the dusk.

you read it here first.


08-15-2001, 08:41 PM
see.................? I'm tellin ya Mag, there's a position with your name on it at the Dept of State. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif