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Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST3000NM0033 3 TB 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great storage drive for my games 12/11/2013

This review is from: Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST3000NM0033 3 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Read and write average about 178MB per Crystal Disk benchmarks. Excellent warranty. Great US based customer support.

Cons: Must switch to IDE mode in Bio's to use their SeaTools in DOS to check drive. Also windows version of SeaTools will cause BSOD if your in ahci mode.

Other Thoughts: I had a 512Gb SSD for my Steam games and ran of space. I read that there was an advantage to use a SSD for your game drive and so I was reluctant to switch back to HDD. Well I have seen no difference in the loading of open ended environments or respawn speed. Games feel as snappy as before. I'm glad I switched and happy with it.

PNY VCGGTX680XPB GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I have to say I was not sure if the one 680 GTX could match my PNY 580's in TRI-SLI. Well it did and even better. For example I play Metro 2033, Saints Row 3rd, Battlefield 3 and Batman A.C. with max setting and MS AA using NVidia 3d vision 2 kit. V sync is now my favorite it just works great and no more tearing in cut scenes, also FX AA is really nice and in some games looks just like MS AAA or better , the best part but no frame hit penalties . No thermo issues versus the 580's. Its quiet and doesn't get over 60C @ 57 percent fan speed in Battlefield 3 and saints row 3rd, Metro is about 70c @ 63 percent fan speed. So if you have Tri-sli 580's its ok to get one of these GTX 680 ‘s and still have all the eye candy and much easier cooling solution.

Cons: Two things I don’t like is that they don’t have a 30 day trade up program and the rebates take about 3 months.

Other Thoughts: As far an the PNY cards this is the 4th one and all of them never had any problems. PNY has Good phone support as far as pre-sales. Life time warranty after registration for original purchaser but anyone is covered under the 1 year warranty with proof of purchase. I never had to call customer service or tech support ever.

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory Model CMT16GX3M4X2133C9
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Purchased 2 set for my R4E with the 3960X @ 4.2 and running @2133 XMP mode enabled. have made a couple of ram disks, reading and writing around 7.2Gb/sec. I am getting ready to try ram cashing with my Samsung 830 512Gb X 2 (purchased from Newegg, verified baby), yea in a nut shell, welcome to heaven on earth Gamers, the red carpet is extended to us chosen few who can pay.

Cons: No fan accessory and it comes in a small cardboard box

Other Thoughts: Ill give update to the ram cashing to the SSD's performance


Garry C.'s Profile

Display Name: Garry C.

Date Joined: 01/20/04

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 12/21/10
  • Last Review: 12/11/13
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