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NORCO SS-500 5-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good option for NAS 05/17/2014

This review is from: NORCO SS-500 5-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

Pros: Reasonable price, holds 5 drives in the space of three, decent construction.

Cons: The fan is rather loud but removing the back plastic shroud exposes the circuit board and the fan can be unplugged (standard 3 pin fan connector) and fed out through a slot in the plastic (after you break away the plastic sliver that covers the slot). With the fan connector free you can plug it into a controlled fan slot or, what I did, is run it off the 5V supply instead of 12V. This drastically reduces both airflow and noise but it seems to be enough airflow for most drives. Not sure I'd use it with 10,000 RPM server drives however.

Also it would be easy to replace the fan with a quieter model since it has a 3 pin fan plug and isn't soldered into the circuit board.

Other Thoughts: I have not had any issues with this but it has not seen hard use. I have not tested the hot swap capabilities.

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XFX PVT84JUDF3 GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Lasted over 6 years. Bought it in Dec 2007 for around $100, died in May 2014.

Cons: Didn't last forever, but then again it is obsolete now. Doesn't support DirectX 11 so won't run modern games.

Other Thoughts: Nice run for a pretty heavily used card (sons computer, lots of BF, COD, UT2K4, etc.).

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Coboc EA-HD2DVI-3-BK 3 ft. 30AWG High Speed  HDMI to DVI-D  Adapter Cable w/Ferrite Cores M-M
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap and short works great when PS3 is right next to monitor. Works with no issues.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's nice to see sane prices on digital cables. Even nicer to see these kinds of prices for what turned out to be a decent quality cable that worked well and didn't leave an extra three feet of cable to manage.

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Max L.'s Profile

Display Name: Max L.

Date Joined: 11/19/02

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/14/12
  • Last Review: 05/17/14
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