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Pros: large capacity, speedy, works when it does work
Cons: Bad apple, quality a shadow of former self
Other Thoughts: Purchased this on Nov 23, 2012. Nearly a month ago, the drive half-died on me. By half-died, it went ka-put but power-cycle (power down, power on) brings it back to life. It can be detected on start up, but reading data off of certain random areas takes a while. Worse yet is that some data became unreadable. Fortunately I was able to barely move essential files to another working drive, despite that it took hours for that to get done.
This is one of the drive models that Backblaze uses in their storage systems. It had one of the worst failure rate out of the drives they've ran and used. Yet I don't put the kind of strain or load, the drive still couldn't live longer than it should have. I thought I could trust Seagate with the kind of reliability that they had. But I guess they've really gone downhill.
I don't think it's worth getting Seagate drives any more. It's disappointing when a company as big and as reputable as Seagate starts throwing out bad drives that couldn't last longer than their biggest competitor: Western Digital.
Conclusion: avoid this drive like the plague.
Pros: Latest Z68 chipset, USB3.0 connectivity, HDMI output, Virtu for configuring Intel GPU setup, lots of overclocking options
Cons: Nitpicking but I wish they'd truly use UEFI instead of clinging on to BIOS. It's time to move forward. Get rid of the BIOS. Other than that, I don't know anything bad about this particular board.
Other Thoughts: So far, so good. The board has tons of options for overclocking. I don't even overclock that much and it's overwhelming for me. It will take me a while to actually tune the board and the rig to get the most out of my 2600k CPU. Virtu will certainly make transcoding video files an interesting option once I have everything set up. The board runs fine and I have no problem yet, sans software issues from games which is due to bad programming and optimization.
I chose this board after seeing the dismal reviews for the ASUS P8P67 PRO. It was my target board when I started planning for this upgrade. However, as time went by, and reviews are posted, the outlook and the ratings (3 of 5 egg/star at last view) for the board just doesn't look good. Current specs below:
Intel i7 2600k
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 w/ ACK-I5361 mounting bracket & Noctua NF-P12
16GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL)
XFX HD-695X-CDDC (Radeon 6950 2GB) XXX Edition (x2)
This review is from: Patriot X-Porter 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF2GUSB
Pros: Small, simple, comes with activity LED
Cons: 2GB size ain't big enough, heh.
Other Thoughts: Used it to put in a couple of USB boot utilities as well as BIOS files for motherboards. Does what it does.READ FULL REVIEW
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