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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL8D-8GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Not DOA. I have purchased 4 sticks of G.Skill 1333 and 6 sticks of 1866 memory and never had a problem with any of them. Of course I also purchased 3 sticks of Corsair 1600 and two sticks of DDR2 800 and they worked great as well. So many variables that can lead to failure in a product of this nature and yet they are consistently reliable. I wish software was this trouble free.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: I have read numerous articles trying to figure out if jumping from 8 to 16GB of memory makes an improvement. The consensus seemed to be that it would make no difference unless you were performing memory intensive tasks like Photoshop or video editing. Awhile back when memory was much cheaper, I tried it just out of curiosity. I could detect any improvement and used the 2nd set to build another PC. This time around it seems like it has made the PC more responsive while loading webpages even though the WEI memory score only improved by 0.1 points. Could just be my imagination but mostly I'm satisfied that they function.

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NETGEAR 5 Port 10/100 Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (FS105)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I enjoyed using this product for several years without any problems. It was replaced with an 8 Port switch recently but still works just fine. I was also impressed with the metal housing and the fine orange peel finish.

Cons: None so far

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Relatively low cost/TB, Low noise, No vibration issues.

Cons: Based on reviews, it seems there are better NAS drives available but I would rather sacrifice a small amount of performance/reliability for a significant cost savings.

Other Thoughts: The site offered the best deal to date since I have been watching prices (4 for $400) and I have had mostly positive results with this model. Out of 13 purchased for use in several DROBOS, I have only had one that had problems. It pretty much stopped working after very little use and would not function in the array or as a standalone drive. WD's RMA process is pretty straightforward and my only complaint would be paying to ship them a drive that should have worked in the first place.

Samsung used to be my favorite drives due to cost and reliability but when they were bought out, I started buying WD drives instead. The Samsung drives are still going strong after years of 24/7 use and I hope the WD drives will match them in longevity.

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Michael K.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 07/03/08

  • Reviews: 49
  • Helpfulness: 25
  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 08/13/15
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