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This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive STBU1000101
Pros: It's fast! Like 90mb/s sustained transfer rate write on my HP Elitebook 8570p fast
Connector is awesome and can help you out in a jam with a regular bare laptop hard drive
Cons: The case is mostly plastic
Other Thoughts: So I have an old USB 2.0 Seagate 320GB drive. It is still working and I am a segate fan boy to an extent because they don't let me down like the WD's I have owned. I chose this because the Toshiba external has connector problems; and the other brands use who knows what drive inside; more often than not a hitachi (not impressed with those 2.5 inch drives at all... I am an engineer and I have seen massive failures with those) or a Western Digital which I do not like at ALL. It is a real speed demon for what it is. These comments come from a guy who is accustomed to large NetApp, EMC, Hitachi, IBM, and HP sans with multiple terabytes of SSD's serving mixed workloads.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Pros: It works...
It does it's job
It does not crystalize over time and by over time I mean like 5-7 years
Cons: it does not come out of white carpet very easily.
Yeah so that's not a con rather than overall stupidity.
Other Thoughts: Ok so I am a virtualization engineer and I do this stuff professionally and have for several years. When I can open up a 5 year old Dell server that had a proc upgrade and has been in 24x7 service running VMware vSphere and take off the heatsink and the compound is still pliable and fluid like I just applied it; I buy that product again. If a tech comes to replace a bad proc for me and pulls out some ceramic junk; I hand him a tube and tell him no; use this and a grain of rice per core please. If he gives me the deer in the headlight look; He gets instructed to leave the part.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: So I admit I'm not a gamer. But I might just become one now. This is the entry level to what I consider to be the NVIDIA ridiculous line. I started to go with a 9800 gtx. I'm glad I did not. This thing play call of duty on max settings at 1440x900 perfectly. So impressed with this card. My buddy has close to the same rig as me with the exception of the aforementioned 9800 GTX; lets just say someone was not a happy camper once they used my pc with a video card that actually came in cheaper than his.
Cons: Its big and eats 2 slots
Other Thoughts: My Little System:
XCLIO A380 Case
XCLIO X14 550 watt power supply
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066
Intel Quad Core Q9300 2.50ghz overclocked to 3.375ghz
EVGA GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
2 X Seagate 500gig 7200rpm Sata 3.0gb/s in raid 0
Windows 7 (x64) rc1
all this fits together nice and snug and would suggest this particular rig to anyone. If you want more overclocking potential go with the Q6600 proc; it has a much higher multiplier.