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

Pros: Great for NAS like freeNAS that use constant spin. Forget the need for speed as 5400rpm is perfectly fine in that use case. Drives are engineered for NAS use.

Cons: Failure rate: 2 of 6 exhibited errors with smartctl -a /dev/ada[x] showing LBNA or in kernal WRITE_FPDMA_QUEUED errors.

RMA process a bit weird as you register your drives but some might not be selectable in RMA screen, and you need to call WD to get them appropriated.

Other Thoughts: I always buy +1 drive than I need; that way I can swap it in and RMA the bad drive and resilver while I wait for replacement. Then I'm back to +1.

AMD A10-6700 Richland Quad-Core 3.7GHz Socket FM2 65W AD6700OKHLBOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Great price considering it has GPU built-in.
2. Low wattage at 65W and frequently well below that
3. 4 Cores
4. Has increased the speed of doing tasks I need from my Phenom X2 3.2 dual-core
5. Pair this with high speed RAM and you fly.

Cons: 1. Stock cooler is like the headphones you get with any smartphone. Throw them out. It's like there's a law they have to include them but that's about it.
2. Until another firmware update drops for the mobo, I cannot get the RAM @ 2133.

Other Thoughts: I have a combo HTPC and work-from-home PC so I needed to do some large Excel (10MB) file processing on the work side and some MKV creating on the HTPC side. Both those tasks got noticeably quicker with this CPU.

My Rig:
1. This CPU
2. AsRock FM2A85X mobo
3. Silverstone Milo ML05B case
4. Silverstone PSU
5. GeIL 2 sticks PC-1700 RAM @ 1866
6. Couple of Silenx white 80mm coolers
7. Ceton TV 4x Tuner with cablecard from FIOS
8. 2 SSDs @ 256 GB, non-raided

And freeNAS running in the basement with all the media serving out to it on the HTPC side of things.

ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) 7 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent features for an ITX board. Lots of SATA (too much?) ports and USB3 and 2 internal USB2 headers. Supports best Richlands.

Cons: One PCI-E slot is one too little. Consider that most NIC cards are superior to board-level Realtek (especially under stress), that I'd wanted one for NIC and one for either TV tuner or Video card. The no-back plate is worth an egg off since you're severely limited in after market coolers: Noctua 9 basically. Anyone messing with Noctua 12 needs to know you cannot use both RAM slots and cannot use the PCI-E slot either.

Other Thoughts: I'm not really down on the board. It's really good. It's just that ITX is usually in a small case, and combined you get crushed on vertical limit of coolers. This board and Silverstone milo 3 make a poor USB3 connection (flimsy).


Marc I.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc I.

Date Joined: 03/17/08

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 07/04/09
  • Last Review: 02/03/14
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