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ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive
Reliable

Cons: Can be picky about PCI-e slot

Other Thoughts: I've used this part in several applications. It's a decent implementation of a very cheap wireless chipset. I tend to download Realtek's wireless drivers rather than use the ones included on the installation CD.

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OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 5 year limited warranty
Includes 2.5" to 3.5" adapter
The drive shipped with firmware 1.5

Cons: It's too thick to fit in some laptops that make use of 2.5" hdds.
Power consumption could be better.

Other Thoughts: I'm no fan of OCZ, but I bought this drive on a lark when the Samsung 830 series 128GB SSDs were unavailable. So far the OCZ drive has performed as advertised with no issues.

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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good performance for a green drive, reliable, lowish temps. Ideal for applications that demand capacity over random read/write performance.

Cons: No longer manufactured by Samsung.

Other Thoughts: I've used this drive primarily in low-demand arrays for BDRs, network backup systems and my main home NAS. In these pampered conditions--excellent cooling, large single-client file transfers, extended idle times--they've been fast, available and reliable with a failure rate of about 5% in the first year. Failures have been graceful with all but one reported by SMART before data loss occurred.

My experience has been mainly with the Korean-manufactured HD204UI flashed with the 1AQ10003 firmware intended for the Japanese market. As a side note, Seagate's RMA process has been painless--replacement drives have all been rebranded Korean-made HD204UIs.

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David R.'s Profile

Display Name: David R.

Date Joined: 11/14/03

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 08/18/10
  • Last Review: 04/24/13
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