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Pros: Nice price, and speed as well as components and modular design. Pretty quiet considering it is an enterprise platform and 1000RPM.
Not too much voice coil chatter and pretty smooth operation. Overall I am pretty pleased and would recommend this drive to my friends.
Cons: I got 5 of these, 4 to use and 1 to abuse, OK not abuse but explore. I did notice that the thermal caddy was virtually useless, if you are a bold person like me and willing to void warranties to see what you are getting, ig you take a look at the ICY Dock cradle the drive sits in there is a thermal foam and some thermal paste however it isn't actually pasted (the plastic covers are still on) This may seem like a small detail but it kinda makes the Heat sink not preform as well and it keeps the drive warm. I don't know what excuse I will be receiving here but this is kind of the whole selling point behind the thermal solution, otherwise I would get the bare drives and mount them in the standard little bay converters or caddys. I don't mean to be hard on WD but if you are going to sell something like that, at least make it functional. I don't expect an RMA or an explanation, as I have stated I voided the warranty by looking, and I don't expect anyone else to do so, I am just one of those risk takers that likes to see just what I am paying for.
Other Thoughts: I understand that the thermal application shouldn't mount to the PCB, so somewhere the design implementation changed but the entire assembly processes hasn't. I think better attention should be paid on the Engineering department at WD to prevent these issues, not that it is a critical issue but more of one that defeats the design.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P0456 140mm CPU Cooler
Pros: It cools.... Massively It will take almost any heat you throw at it, with the fan on I have never saturated it to the point where it did nothing and without the fan with any reasonable use even gaming, as a passive heatsink I would not expect any issues. I love the design, I would change maybe 2 things and thats about it.
Cons: the fan... it is a cheap rather poor design, and I know about moving air, it was my job to know how (working with jet engines) I would have went with with a 9 bladed style with almost the same shape of blades and pitch/ geometry these ones with the air gaps between cause vorticies and do cause vibrations that lead to noise/wear also for the rpm speed it is not moving as much air as quietly as a fan of that size could. Secondly the pipe should be facing the other direction, not pointing over the memory, as it is the fan does not allow alot of air over the memory, and the pipes will prevent memory with larger heat spreading solutions on them.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: At the time this board was the best of everything, it was leading edge and it still can hold a candle to some of the newer ones. Plenty of Usb ports, an Esata, firewire support... onboard raid (lower end as all onboard is but works well) 5 SATA ports, IDE and floppy capable and am3 processor capable. Like I said it works well and takes a beating .
Cons: I did have an issue with one not working , it was DOA but then started working then went dead about 4 months later, I RMA'ed it and got another, then 3 years after that I used it for alot of stuff from games to programming and VMware and it died again, this time it was because of the stock thermal paste failing and my southbridge cooked... stared having alot of I/O issues and so I got another, and used my own thermal solutions on it... and am currently useing it.... the southbridge has a rather laughable heatsink on it... and the northbridge.... I wouldnt count on it to play minecraft before the stock gpu there overheats everything.
Other Thoughts: Other than that as I stated I have had 3 of these, abused them.... and used them. and I am still rather happy with them.READ FULL REVIEW