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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 120GB Consumer Grade MLC SSD.
Solid Drive Construction.
SSD Chassis plays a large factor in heat dissipation.
SSD is heavier than other drives on the market.
OCZ ShieldPlus makes warranty claims that much easier. Product RMAs can be handled through that outlet.
Power Requirements are a little higher than most SSDs on the market, but for desktop use, this isn’t a problem to be concerned with.

Cons: Hot Swap support is limited, minimal RAID support.
If using as an external, two USB 2.0 ports are required to power the drive if powering through USB bus.
Sensitive to UEFI Secure Boot modes. Cloning an OEM install to this drive was difficult compared to doing a fresh install.

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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 5TB of storage may seem like a lot of storage for some, but if you have that availability, you will use it at some point. This drive operates seamlessly under normal usage. The drive arrived pre-formatted for Windows File Systems (NTFS Partition), however that can be adjusted easily through any partition manager. The external has moderate airflow and dissipates heat accordingly. The USB 3.0 connectivity provides consistent read and write speeds, averaging between 85-95 Mb/s when transferring large files. There is USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, which is good for users without USB 3.0 connectivity.

Cons: Depending on how your computer or recording medium is set up, this drive will not go into stand-by mode. The platters will continue to spin, even when not in use. I suggest you power down and unplug this external when not in use.

Other Thoughts: I still question the lifespan of Seagate products. Under moderate to heavy usage, many drives have failed, and I'm hoping this drive does not meet the same fate during the same duration.

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DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler 4 Heatpipes 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet operation
Consistent Airflow
Comes with thermal compound/grease
Minimal power draw
Easy on the eyes (Blue LED Lighting)
An upgrade compared to OEM Heatsinks
Fan header cable is of decent length, 4 pins.

Cons: I am not a fan of plastic pins for mounting the heatsink to the motherboard. The plastic push-pins tend to wear out or bend/snap at some point.
The fan is attached with thin (Aluminum?) brackets on both ends compared to being bolted/snapped in. This doesn't feel as sturdy.

Other Thoughts: I reversed the orientation of the fan to a pull-push fashion. Although this increases the noise levels and restricts airflow, I found a significant temperature drop during consistent CPU usage. The ambient temperature around the chassis is lower than operating temperatures and I figured I would rather push cold air into the heatsink than pull away heat from the heatsink.
I also replaced the thermal compound/grease with a generous application of Arctic Silver 5.

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Ibrahim H.'s Profile

Display Name: Ibrahim H.

Date Joined: 11/08/05

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  • Reviews: 132
  • Helpfulness: 51
  • First Review: 03/07/06
  • Last Review: 06/14/15
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