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AMS Venus DS-309U3 Aluminum 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid Enclosure 07/18/2014

This review is from: AMS Venus DS-309U3 Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Very nice enclosure. I can't hear the fan in the unit at all. Keeps the drive cool. Easy installation. Just an FYI, this particular model is driverless, although the pictures show it comes with a driver CD. Even the box says there's one inside. There isn't. I called the company. It's not required for this unit, so no worries. Really nice enclosure and everything seems to be accessing very fast and with heavy use to the drive.

Cons: It may be the drive I have in the enclosure, but I can no longer get SMART attributes for the unit. Not a big deal at all, however as it's rarely needed.

Mediasonic Smart Drive HD6-SU3-BK Aluminum 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Good-looking enclosure. Easy install (10 mins max).

Cons: Worked for 10 mins. Playback of a .avi file stalled. HD was completely locked up and froze the system until the enclosure was powered off.

The HD went into thermal shutdown.

Took the drive out and it was HOT to the touch after a grand total of 10 mins inside the enclosure. No room inside for air / airflow at all..

HT | OMEGA CLARO II 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely incredible sound! You can hear things in games you never did before with onboard audio. This is the "Big Brother" to the Omega Striker. The Striker is an excellent card in itself, but this card is a beast. Arkham Asylum sounded incredible. I upgraded from the Striker to this and at about an extra $100 more, I can tell you it's more than worth it.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It was a little bit tricky for me to install into the PCI slot but otherwise works perfectly once I had it seated properly.


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Date Joined: 12/31/05

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