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WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as advertised, now. I've always had good results with WD, especially the Black series. WD customer service is all you could ask for. Very pleased. Drive has been working just under a month now.

Cons: Unfortunately the first one was DOA. I called WD (not Newegg). I got thru to a real live human very quickly. WD cross-shipped a replacement. (I had to give them a credit card number of course.) No fuss, no muss.

Other Thoughts: In a perfect world, the first drive would have worked. In a near-perfect world, you will get a replacement quickly with no hassels at no additional cost. That is what happened this time and that is why I gave it 5 stars.

MSI Big Bang-XPower II LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's been running for two months now. Works great. OC'd CPU to 4.6GHz. (1.3V) Absolutely stable!

I installed Mushkin memory from previous triple-channel system. I had 6 sticks of 4GB each, 2000MHz rated. I took 4 sticks and OC'd them to 2400MHz (1.6V). 11-13-13-31. Absolutely stable!

Temps idle around 40C and max out around 65C under Aida64 stress test.

MSI Control Center is a neat piece of SW. Will be useful to newbies.

I'm using a RevoDrive X2 as system drive. Works perfectly with this board.

All in all, couldn't be happier.

Cons: UEFI BIOS is cute, but for my part, it just adds a layer of complication to an already complicated exercise. Documentation sucks (nothing new there, of course). Spent couple of hours on internet figuring out that if there is no input box, you just start typing anyway.

You should plan to spend some time getting to know this bios.

Other Thoughts: CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
System drive: OCZ RevoDrive X2, 230GB
Memory: Mushkin Model 998990, 16 GB
Vid: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB SC Signature 2

NETGEAR A6200-100NAS Dual Band Wi-Fi Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300/867Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Have Netgear R6300 router. 6 computers on home network. Decided to try an 802.11ac adapter. Decided safest path was to get Netgear to go with Netgear. Before I installed the 6200 adapter, I tested old type N150 adapter: 1GB file transferred in 2.5 min. Ran test three times, got same result +/- 3 seconds. Installed 6200, connected to 5GHz output of router. Ran test with 1GB file: 70 seconds =/-3. After all the complaining in the reviews I've seen, I was very pleased with the results.

Cons: Adapter crashed in middle of one test. Would not reconnect. I had to unplug and reinsert it to get it back up and running. If this persists, I will have to rma it. Yuck!

Other Thoughts: Several reviewers have pointed out that this adapter will never approach 900 Mbps throughput because it is a USB2 device. I hereby join the chorus: it is patently dishonest for Netgear to trumpet the "900" without clearly indicating that this refers only to the adapter's receiver/transmitter speed. There are numerous other ways to position the "900" as an advantage without misleading the customer. For my N150 adapter, the bottleneck was the r/t speed. For the A6200 the bottleneck moves to the USB2. That really is progress.


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Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 12/03/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/17/09
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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