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Adaptec 2940 AU or Tekram DC310 SCSI Controller?

Posted on 1998-09-28
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I'm getting my older Pentium running Win95 OSR2 upgraded. I have 3 HD (540 MB to 6.2 MB) and 2 CD ROMS, all SCSI II. The vendor promised an Adaptec 2940 AU, but now he can't get one. He suggested a Tekram DC310 instead, for less $.  I've looked at the specs for both--the Adapted Async rate is 3MB/Sec and it supports SCSI-1, SCSI-2, SCSI-3, Ultra SCSI; the Tekram Asnyc rate is 5MB/Sec and it only support SCSI II.

I don't want to be stuck with an older SCSI controller when I choose to add newer devices, which seems to be the main drawback of the Tekram card.

My question: Should I stick with the Adaptec?
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by:theh95
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stick with the Adaptec, because Adaptec have better support, and most of OS from Mircosoft will write the drivers for Adaptec.  You will not run into too much troubles in the future when you do any OS upgrade, For Tekram, you will run into alot of problems and times to get it work in the future.  GOD knows when they will out of market. Unless Adaptec have been in the market for about 15 years or longer.
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I appreciate your opinion, but could you give me a little background for your reasoning? I mean, do you have a lot of experience in this area, or what have you read that leads you to this conclusion? My tendency is to want to go with Adaptec too, as they are more well-known, and the SCSI Configuration software appears to be pretty good, but it'd be nice to have a little more to go on than an unsubstantiated opinion.
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That is from personal 15 years Experenice in building novell, NT servers and workstations, dealing with too many SCSI devices and cards.
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by:redfox072197
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Ah, that's helpful to know. I'll accept your expertise! One more thing--have you worked directly with the Tekram cards and personally experienced the configuration problems you've reported? Or just had others share their experience with you?
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by:theh95
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Never dealing with Tekram card, but other CNE and MCSE I have worked with in the past 8 months have the problems with it.  Due to upgrade from older OS or Server to newest OS or Server.  They took more time to fixed the problems, if the company will spend little more money, they can save money on the service area.  Some people try to save $50.00, but at the end they spending $500.00 more on the service.  Some time they even lost some of business all because they try to save $50.00 at the first place.
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Thanks for the input. I appreciate it very much.
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