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Western Digital RE2 WD5001ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very solid drives, great capacity, great read speed. Very stable. I'm not having any temperature issues with these drives, even at peak usage. Granted, they do sit behind a 120mm fan, sandwiching a Raptor (space inbetween).

Cons: Hrm. I bought 2 of these 6 months ago and the price has dropped about 30% since then. That's about the worst I can say.

Other Thoughts: I've got 2 configured in a RAID 1 (hardware RAID controller). Copy time, obviously, has gone up slightly. Installs of games take a little longer, maybe 5%-10% versus a single drive. On the other hand, read speeds are great. I noticed substantial improvement over my old configuration of a RAID 0 and 2 80GB IDE drives.

RAID 1 = mirroring, so I'm not worried about losing any data even should a drive fail. I'm not worried about that anyway, I'd just rather have the excellent read speed along with the security. Half a TB will take some time for most to fill, myself included.

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SILVERSTONE MFP51-B Multi-media system LCD display
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Neat toy but.... 08/03/2008

This review is from: SILVERSTONE MFP51-B Multi-media system LCD display

Pros: Remote works well, nice configuration options for information to display. News ticker, stock ticker, weather, sys information, you name it. Works well with XP 64, when so few things take proper advantage of that system. Asthetically it adds a great glow to a system with blue themed lighting, especially in the dark. Always a pro, Newegg RMA.

Cons: As others have said, viewing angle is fairly low, maybe 90 degrees. For me, a con would be that the device spontaneously forgot what it was. My systems (I tested it in 3) all kept reporting it as an unknown device. I lost the ability to configure anything with it and eventually it even lost the proper time.

Other Thoughts: I was wanting an interesting tool to fill one of the many spare 5.25" bays. Just something pleasing to the eye that would be exceptionally functional. This was probably too expensive (for me) for what it really does unless you're specifically building a media center rig. If you want a cool LCD toy for a machine, gaming rig or otherwise, grab a Logitech G15 keyboard (old style) and wait until they get this sort of thing to a better state. If you must fill those front bays, grab an HD cooler or two.

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MSI P6N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great, solid board 01/11/2008

This review is from: MSI P6N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The SLI capabilities this board possesses, especially for the price, are phenomenal. Full 16x on both channels main PCIe channels.

The massive copper heat pipe is a big plus. The fan on it seems to be good and quiet.

An eSATA port, plenty of USB and IEEE 1394 connections, 2x Gigabit LAN, a total of 7x SATA ports, though 2x SATA ports are for the included SIL hardware RAID system.

The included hardware SATA works very well, I'm getting vastly improved read speed on my 2x 500GB WD-RE2 drives and not much drop in write speed (RAID 1).

Cons: Biggest con: the board and my 4GB of Kingston HyperX 1066MHz RAM did not play nice. After my first XP x64 install couldn't download and install the SP, I thought the install was corrupt and put x86 XP on the system only to have the same issue. Ran memtest and got massive errors on all modules. It is almost certainly RAM dependant, but if you're getting any errors with this board, RAM timing values must be set manually in it's cell menu. After I set the values and ran memtest, the system had no errors and a clean bill of health. It is happily running XP x64 with 4GB of very fast RAM (voltage needed to be set manually to get speed up as well).

No XP x64 drivers included, had to go download from MSI, no big deal.

Could maybe use more standard SATA ports? I only have 3 free, not that I'm worried there. 1x IDE port only, so if you haven't moved to SATA for most things yet, you'll need IDE expansion cards.

Other Thoughts: The ability to do multiple RAID arrays will be useful to some, almost certainly. The system can do a 2 drive RAID 1 or 0 via the SIL hardware controller and additional arrays via the 5 standard SATA ports. I'm only making use of the 2 drive raid 1, with a RaptorX on the main portion. XP x64 and x86 installed perfectly to the Raptor from a SATA DVD drive with no need for driver disks, of course.

The included X-Fi is probably redundant for many gamers who will opt to pick up a high level card with 64MB of XRAM. For those who will use stock sound, the integrated card on this board is great, I'm sure. I opted for the big card so cannot comment.

I haven't messed with OCing yet, but I'm running every game I've tried at full resolution/detail/AA without it so far. I haven't picked up Crysis yet, though.

Make sure that your memory timing values are set correctly if you're getting errors! Despite that one flaw, everything else about the board is totally top-notch.

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Display Name: Ben F.

Date Joined: 07/10/03

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  • First Review: 01/07/08
  • Last Review: 08/03/08
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