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Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The prices were good, so after trying one out for a while, I purchased 7 more of them as the needs required. They work pretty good and seem to be reliable. I have Linux, Windows XP and Windows 8 installed in one computer, each installed on a different drive, and Windows 7 and Suse Linux installed on separate drives on another. I also have three installed in an ICY Dock for backups.

Cons: One computer I built was for playing games in 3D. I used a 6 core CPU, and SLI'd a couple Nvidia GTX 580s. My performance score was 5.9. That was the score for the hard drives, and also the lowest score. The computer can keep up with anything you can throw at it, so I don't really consider the drives being to slow. I think that the only thing that could make the score higher would be a solid state drive, but they still don't have the capacity I would require. All my games play in 3D, even the older ones.

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Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA  Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works great in Windows and Linux 06/01/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device)

Pros: When I rebuilt my computer using a motherboard that had on PATA or floppy connectors, I was able to use my original IDE DVD writer with no noticeable change in performance. I am still using it and have been for six months. Saved having to purchase a serial ata DVD writer. It is a good product and doesn't stick out the rear of the drive too much, as some may do.

Cons: No cons on the product. Had to download open source DVD burning program for Windows XP. Linux has its own burning programs, and Windows 8 seemed to work OK also.

Other Thoughts: I will probably keep using it until the DVD writer wears out.

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MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good board for SLI'ing 12/15/2011

This review is from: MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: There is enough slots for a couple extra cards even though those two GeForce 580s I have in there take up two slots. Have HDTV board in the PCIE x1 above the video, and a SCSI controller in the PCI slot. The video boards each take up two slots, so you so loose a couple of slots.

Cons: I dual boot in OpenSuse 12.1 64 bit and Windows 7. The built in Realtek LAN works great in Windows 7, but I can't turn it on in OpenSuse 12.1 because it uses the new 3.1 kernel. To counter that, I had to put a LAN card in the PCIE x16 slot just below the top video Geforce 580 to get on the internet in Linux 12.1.

Other Thoughts: I suppose either a Linux developer or Realtek will come up with a driver that will turn on the built in LAN in Linux that uses the 3.1 kernel and above. The old 2.4 and 2.6 kernels are going to be a thing of the past.

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MICHAEL W.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL W.

Date Joined: 02/09/03

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 12/15/11
  • Last Review: 06/01/13
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