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WD WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works Great - now

Cons: Needed to RMA 1st drive

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up review on my review date 4/28/2013 - As it turned out, I did need to RMA the drive, as Windows would not "keep" the drive registered in Drive Manager. The replacement dropped in, recognized and formatted instantly, and I have put over 1 TB of data on the drive without issue. Basically the only downside is that It cost me an extra $10 to RMA a defective drive, which made this not such a great deal, but the drive works well - just wish it did the first time. Newegg as usually was great with turnaround shipping the replacement.

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WD WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price Point for size, On line software support

Cons: Difficult to configure

Other Thoughts: To preface this, I have installed 3TB drives in a Windows 7 environment before, in fact this was my second 3TB drive on the same system I installed this drive on. My prior drive was a Seagate, and it went in like a charm. This drive was quite the opposite. After configuring to GPT in disk manager and setting a volume, the thing would not format. I tried multiple approaches all to no avail. Interestingly, it would format to 2.2TB in MBR setting, but simply no dice on GPT. I was about to RMA the thing, and then tried one last thing - I downloaded Western Digital's Acronis application and used it's installation utility. I have no idea what it did differently than me, but within a few minutes, the drive was up and formatted. So all things considered, it should be a good drive, but it does not seem like I should have needed to use their application to get it installed. I don't know if this was an artifact of a refurbished drive, but if so, I offer this advice to try the Acronis download to other buyers before giving up on it.

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Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Like Aaron Rodgers.... Shhhhh.... 12/18/2012

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Quiet, cool, low profile and reasonable price

Cons: Installation instructions are lacking and require a magnifying glass. Wires used to attach fan to the heat sink are tricky to get on once in a case

Other Thoughts: I purchased this cooler as a replace for a stock AMD fan with this unit for an HTPC that I use in a bedroom. The base AMD fan was so loud that nothing short of turning off the PC would let me get to sleep, and I needed to keep the volume level up when watching video in order to drown out the fan noise . This unit solved those issues in spades. It truly is whisper quiet. I did not have any temperature issues previously, but it seems that core temperatures are down slightly with the addition of this cooler (AMD quad core is running 85-90F while processing HD video). As stated in the cons, the installation instructions are lacking. The installation diagrams are actually good, but are so small as to be almost unusable (this is the reason I took one egg off my review), but once you get it figured out, it's a pretty straightforward process to install the heat sink to the motherboard. I learned after screwing the motherboard back into the case that it would have been wise to install the fan back on to the heat sink beforehand, as the retaining wires that clip the fan to the heat sink are tricky to get clipped on when you only have about a half inch of clearance between the radiator fins and the case, and big fingers like me. Also, due to the wide footprint of the radiator fins, it can also be tricky to get the fan connection plugged into the motherboard depending on the layout of your board. On my Gigabyte board, I did not have any trouble with memory module clearance as some others have indicated, but if your modules are anything above standard profile, I can see this being a problem. Additionally, the overall height of this unit is low at 2.3”, which was also a must for my application in a confined HTPC case. I have not had it long enough to speak to fan durability, so I’m hoping that this is not an issue. I will be buying another one of these coolers for another HTPC once they are back in stock.

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Display Name: Kevin C.

Date Joined: 05/08/03

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  • First Review: 12/18/12
  • Last Review: 06/01/13
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