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This review is from: WD Black WD6001FZWX 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Performance Storage
Pros: The Western Digital Black 6 terabyte (TB) hard drive (model number WD6001FZWX) is a 3.5” mechanical hard drive with 128MB of cache, a SATA 3 interface, and spins at 7200 rpm. There is not much differentiating mechanical hard drives when you get into the multi-terabyte range, but the WD Black WD6001FZWX distinguishes itself in the marketplace by offering the largest cache available on a consumer grade hard drive; the 128MB of cache allows for speedier reads and writes. The 7200 rpm speed ensures efficient transfer that is still quiet and the drive runs cool.
In my testing on a SATA 3 interface I was able to achieve read/write speeds averaging 532 MB/s - that's megabytes per second. Remember there is a difference between megabytes and megabits. These speeds are completely within the norm for the SATA 3 interface and I am happy with the results.
Other Thoughts: This is an OEM hard drive. It does not come with cabling and mounting screws/hardware. Newegg did an excellent job on packaging the drive with the drive in an anti-static bag and suspended in rubber-ish (soft plastics) supports inside a small box. This box was then packages in the shipping box filled with plenty of foam peanuts. Good job to Newegg on shipping hard drives - I remember when their shipping of OEM hard drives was abysmal, they have certainly improved greatly.
While the speed of a mechanical hard drive can never match that of a SSD, this 6TB monster is perfect for storing large amounts of data as a secondary drive within a desktop system (i.e. duty as mass photo/video/music storage, or a game library). Western Digital offers a 5 year warranty on this drive which is one of the best in the consumer mechanical hard drive market.
Testing was performed on a X58 Asus mobo in the SATA 3 channel (Marvel controller).
This review is from: Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Game Drive for Xbox STEA2000403
Pros: Tiny form factor, 5400rpm 2 TB mechanical HD inside. The HD inside is a Samsung Spinpoint drive; which have generally been more well received, well reviewed, and overall a better mechanical HD from what I’ve seen over the years. It is USB 3.0 native with a cable included but can also be used with USB 2.0.
This drive offers a ton of space if you’re increasing your Xbox 360 or Xbox game and media collection. Just plug the thing into your console and it works. The bright green color scheme compliments the casing of the factory Xbox and Xbox 360.
You can also use this hard drive as just a regular external hard drive on a PC or Mac. Just plug it in, format appropriately and use it to store whatever you want.
The thing is quiet. You can only hear the drive spinning and the drive head moving to read/write if you put your ear up to it; otherwise, you won’t hear it during normal operation.
Other Thoughts: My transfer speeds on the USB 3.0 bus on my PC were to be expected for a USB 3.0 drive. The limiting factor is the spinning speed of the drive at 5400 rpm. This allows for quiet operation and lower heat; meaning longer life.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The DeepCool GF120 is a 120mm case fan or radiator fan that moves quite a bit of air and does so quietly. There is nothing too exciting about a computer case fan so let's just get down to the specifics and what they mean to the average case builder.
The GF120 is a 120x120x26mm computer case fan that can also be used on a 120mm (or larger equivalent) radiator. Since the bearing type is a fluid dynamic bearing you will get very long fan life and very quiet operation. Most economy and OEM-type fans on name-branded PCs will use cheaper sleeve or rifle bearing fans that are noisier and don't have the lifespan of a nice fluid dynamic bearing.
The GF120 is all black in color and the entire external fan housing is coated in a thin layer of rubbery-feeling, elastic coating to help reduce noise. Moreover, the included anti-vibration rubber fan mounts also contribute to quiet fan operation when mounted. The impeller blades can also be removed as an entire piece and replaced easily if you desire to paint the blades and/or fan housing.
Inside the box you will also find a cable extension/connection to force the fan to run in a lower power mode (at 7 volts versus the normal 12 volts). The cable is a 4-pin PWM fan connection so you can control the power of the fan via your motherboard, fan controller, or other means that uses a 4-pin PWM fan header.
Fan speed in full power mode (12 volts) can be controlled between 500-1800 rpm, with maximum airflow at 79 CFM and creating a maximum noise level range of 17.6 - 32.5 dB. In the lower power mode (7 volts) the fan runs at 1200 rpm, with maximum airflow at 58.6 CFM and noise level will be below the maximum dB listed above.
Other Thoughts: There's not much that can really differentiate a case fan among the many vendors that are in the market. You get what you pay for in terms of cost, the extras included in the box, and the bearing type.
With the GF120 you are getting a very reliable fluid dynamic bearing fan that moves quite a bit of air and does so at very low noise levels. It is also a nice touch that DeepCool provided anti-vibration mounting screws and sleeved the fan cable in a nice black mesh sleeve.
I expect to get several years of reliable use out of this fan, both as a regular 120mm case fan and as a 120mm radiator fan.
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