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Pros: I have been using 2 of these drives since May 2013 as media storage drives in windows media center for whole house steaming. They are still running great while not being in a RAID array.
Cons: ALL 7200 rpm drives HAVE TO BE ACTIVELY COOLED! If not, don't expect them to last very long.
Other Thoughts: When I first bought these, I got a Rosewill Blackhawk case with them because it came with 2 front fans preinstalled cooling fans for the HDD cages. It's been great ever since.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When working, all is well, I'm happy.
Cons: When I first got the board, the killer nic was switching on & off, never stable, so, I flashed the bios. The board came with the latest Bios. After that it was okay for about a month & a half. Then, the pc would start slowing down & the usb3 controller started dropping out. Reflashed the bios, The PC was back at speed, but, the usb3 was gone.
Other Thoughts: Either the bios chip or it is a poorly written bios. The current file is 7693vM2. I've tried it in Windows 7 32b, win 10 tp 32b, &,win 10 64b.The most problems show up in the 32 bit windows installs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Tomshardware charts has this listed as the 2nd fastest consumer HDD ,only beaten by WD's 1TB Velocoraptor 10k rpm drive. This costs 33% of what u would pay for a raptor. I have this paired with a cache drive from OCZ, & only my sata11 southbridge (AMD 790) is holding this combo back.
Other Thoughts: WEI only tests the transfer speeds of a system drive- mine was 5.9 even with the cache drive installed. I OCed my ram( Gskill Ares) from 1333mhz- 1600mhz WEI went up to 6.3. Without the cache drive this wouldn't happen. If anyone knows why feel free to comment.READ FULL REVIEW