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Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Not fast. Drive failed after just 4 months. 10/15/2015

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: When it worked, it worked ok.

Cons: Well, as of today (10 months in), it's completely dead. I didn't realize, but it's been reporting errors for over 6 months. So yeah, that means it lasted about 4 months. Even during those 4 months, the drive performance was about 20MB/s for sustained IO, which is NOT 5x faster than 5400 rpm drives.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully RMA process goes smoothly. It looks like I'll be paying my own shipping, which isn't ideal.

LG 23MP47HQ Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything is as advertised. Nice and bright, all the pros of a nice display at a great price. I didn't test speed or colors. Since HDMI is the only digital input, it probably depends a lot on how you're driving it.

Cons: I subtract half a star for HDMI being the only digital input option. What year is this? I get that it probably was to save a few bucks, but in this day, I'd rather drop the Dsub VGA and have one or two more digital options.
The other half star is for a poor included stand. It feels like incredibly light weight plastic that will snap any moment. Again, probably to save a buck. It does have VESA screw mounts, so if you're buying it for that, it won't be an issue, although you should be aware that this thing isn't super thin. The monitor is almost 0.65" deep, and the place where you mount doubles that before you even get to measuring your mount.

Other Thoughts: Get what you pay for. If you want a display, yep. If you want all the bells and whistles, be warned.

MSI Z97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works as advertised. All features are there and work. Handles my v4.5 Haswell perfectly, um, well. Not using it for a high powered rig, but wanted a Z97 chipset and 3 monitor out. This fit the bill as the cheapest one on the day I looked.

Cons: BIOS defaults are odd to me. For Windows 8.1 and 10, I had quite a bit of tweaking to do. Now, mind you, again, I wasn't building a high end system, so maybe I wasn't their "target customer", but still, you expect the advanced features to be off and the basic ones to be on, not the other way around. Nevertheless, the BIOS is laid out well and easy to navigate and setup. I immediately turned off the ugly POST screen, and will turn off legacy BIOS POST all together as soon as everything is working right. No one cares to see that garbage anymore.
Memory slots are really, really close to CPU. Probably not quite the best layout for OC, but many other models are very similar.

Other Thoughts: It's early, but I could see myself getting another MSI.


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Display Name: Scott L.

Date Joined: 03/22/04

  • Reviews: 24
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  • First Review: 12/22/09
  • Last Review: 10/15/15
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