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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap, stable & clockable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Paired to an A10-5800k on an FM2 board, she clocked to full right from the start, all timings correct. I played with the timings and got her up a threshold of just over 2, but only for parameter testing. I leave mine at stock and the system flies. The box with this in it is a HTPC box, with a lot of heavy streaming over GB LAN and a lot of hardware encode/decode. This RAM works very well with the system and I love that I didn't have to manually clock the RAM.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 DirectX 11 100357LP 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lo-profile, low-power use (bus powered), cool, quiet, steady, cheap for performance.

Cons: relatively narrow memory bus, fan shallow and heat sink thin.

Other Thoughts: Needed a dedicated solution for my newest HTPC build. Core of the box was an A10-5800k on an MSI board. On-chip graphics were great, but I wanted more, so I added this card. The difference in performance was not so big on benchmarks, but noticeable in actual use. Now my HTPC box will stream ANYTHING without a hiccup or pause, it will play BD-R natively at 1080p with the CPU and RAM barely over idle, and the loudest part of the system is the ODD and PSU fan (14Db). She games mid-range, and absolutely devours encodes/decodes. For the money, you can't get better.

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, capacity, decent warranty. For $99, can't be beat.

Cons: Ordered 4, one arrived with a dented PCB - appears to have been damaged in the factory, due to lack of marks on outer packaging and the sheer volume of bubble wrap used.

Other Thoughts: 25% DOA rate. Not horrible, considering that these 4 are the first time I have bought Hitachi drives for a build. I generally prefer Samsung, WD and - in limited cases - Seagate, but the deal was too tempting.

The other three drives all passed with flying colors, and after spotting the deep dent (but no cracks around the dent) in the controller PCB, I suspect faulty QA got me this time. These are for a Synology NAS unit, and will face heavy use in a RAID 5 array, so the testing is going to be quite extensive. So far, the other three are doing very well, with excellent test-bench performance, acoustic and thermal characteristics. They have another eight test bench cycles, then a full month in deployment testing in front of them (which can't start until the failed drive is replaced - already in process with 'Egg) before they are considered ready for line use. I will keep a close eye on them, and post if they turn south quicker than expected.


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Display Name: Kenneth H.

Date Joined: 02/11/05


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  • First Review: 05/28/05
  • Last Review: 06/18/13
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