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Pros: I've installed two of these in two different clients' computers so far in new builds. Both were looking for something to drive lower-resolution monitors (1920x1080 and below) for some online MMOs and other assorted games. Both cards have performed amazingly well and haven't needed to be touched at all for any sort of thing whatsoever. the heatpipes help keep this sucker cooler than the underside of your pillow and it's indeed a perfect design for a low-power GPU. I've not heard one instance from either client of the GPU overheating.
Cons: Can't do 4K without using both HDMI ports, if I"m not mistaken? and even then, 4K is limited to 25Hz. not necessarily the best, but if you have the money to waste on 4K monitors, you have the money to waste on power-hungry cards like the current line of AMD Radeon R series cards or the recently released GTX900 series of cards...
Other Thoughts: I'm going to be getting one of these cards come Christmas if I can help it. it's going to be going in a bit of an older system I have (Precision T3400/Xeon X3320/8GB/lotsa hard drives/other misc cards) and I need a card that can handle my basic needs while using very small amounts of power and being overspec for said needs. This way, I CAN run games if I so choose to. All in all, this is a COMPLETE AWESOME BUY and you should consider it. I would recommend getting some RAMsinks for the GDDR5 chips onboard, which can be had from a few companies including Zalman for relatively cheap, or very cheap if you check that-one-auction-site and get a 50Pk out of China. dab of thermal compound in the middle and superglue on the edge of the chip, add a sink, press it on, hold for a minute, let sit for 10 minutes afterward. Done.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Follow-up - Drive is still working great!
Still quiet-- have to listen closely to tell if it's working or not.
No bad sectors or anything like that yet. Windows is still very fast working off of this.
Cons: didn't come with a free box of pop-tarts?
Other Thoughts: Within the last couple months, Newegg added back some of the 2.5" Spinpoints again. Regardless, they're a dying breed. Seagate is now the default branding on these Seamsungates, and the name change alone is reason for worry about the stability of stock at any time. I will admit, for the price, this is a GREAT upgrade for any laptop or even a desktop system if so need be. These would be great cheap high capacity drives for those 4 or 6-slot 5.25" bay coolers. just make sure the one you use has fans.
as I reviewed two months ago, I put this into a Gateway E-265M to replace a 160GB hard drive which is now in another laptop. I said I was going to be downgrading to a 320GB WD Black, but that did not happen. said drive was needed elsewhere. I'm honestly glad I didn't downgrade to the 320. I find myself not worrying about disk space while using that laptop anymore. the SMART readout on the drive is still good, and I've had no problems yet with anything. This is my only laptop without an accelerometer for hard drive protection, so I'm amazed the drive is lasting as long as it has, even. As long as you don't abuse the laptop you put any hard drive in, they tend to last longer anyways. handling the drive carefully once out of the package also helps.
I'm going to be buying another one of these to replace the dying Hitachi drive in a late 2009 Mac Mini-- I intend to see a big performance increase, and of course, room to put a few VMs with room left to spare for expansion.
Pros: Access times are VERY low. About the same speed as a 7200rpm drive of around 320GB, since there is more space packed on the platter.
This has more than enough room for dual-booting, if you so choose to do such. Much more space than the 160GB drive I cloned from.
Also, runs rather cool. Compatible and recommended for use in laptops with active disk protection (as in, an accelerometer that parks the head when in motion.)
Cons: Price. I purchased this only because it was a shocker deal. I would not have bought this otherwise, since I still think the 750GB+ range for 2.5" drives is a little too expensive to be venturing into unless you truly need the space.
Also, it doesn't make me breakfast or mow my lawn. sadface.
Other Thoughts: This is my second Seamsungate purchase after a very good experience with a 750GB Spinpoint M8 I bought back in late May for a Thinkpad X120e. SMART on that as of today is still showing 0 errors, and is running VERY cool (under 40C), which is good for a longer lifespan.
This hard drive was placed in a Gateway E-265M, an early Intel Santa Rosa-based Centrino laptop. Boot time decreased significantly, and tasks inside Win7 itself have sped up, as far as opening programs and things of that nature are concerned.
However, as I have figured out, I do not need this much space in this laptop, and will be downgrading to a 320GB 7200RPM drive of another manufacturer with a black label. This will be going into an actively-cooled 2.5" enclosure to use for backups, and to ensure drive longevity.
But, this does not mean to be a deterrent for anyone looking for the maximum amount of space possible in their laptop. If you so need it, get it. This is the last of the Seamsungates. Seagate has released a new drive based on this exact tech, and is no longer going to manufacture these drives after a given point, regardless of popularity. This is why the smaller drives have all been deactivated for good. all that's left at the time of this review are the 320GB and 1TB Seamsungates.