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ICY DOCK MB876SK-B Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I built an UnRAID file server with 3 hard drives from an old Dell Optiplex GX620, which wasn't designed for multiple hard drives, and the WD drive kept overheating. I bought this enclosure (along with another case fan), and it keeps the drive below 45C even when the drive is getting a workout. Because the PSU was old the Molex connector was actually perfect for me, although if I ever upgrade the hardware I could see this being an issue.

Cons: Even with this enclosure the WD drive still runs hotter than the other two hard drives in my server that are just air cooled. That's really more of a complaint about the drive I guess, but I kind of expected the enclosure to keep it COOLER than the other two. And yeah, the "lock" is basically just decoration.

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SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I chose this because of the review on HardwareSecrets.com and have not been disappointed. Plus I originally bought this on Shell Shocker, and with the rebate I effectively got it for over 50% off. I have been running this for a little over 4 months with no issues. Modular design with plenty of connectors. Single rail design. Cables were long enough to reach all of my devices in my Antec P280 case.

Cons: Some people have complained about the cables being stiff and hard to maneuver, and there's some truth in that, but I don't think it's really much of an issue.

Other Thoughts: I have been completely satisfied with this PSU, and foresee it lasting through multiple builds.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Amazingly fast. I put this in a new build with Win7 and it boots to login prompt in less than 15 seconds, and to desktop almost instantly after putting in my credentials. After optimizing my OS settings for a solid state drive and moving my profile to a secondary HDD I can't believe how quickly everything runs.

Cons: The only negative thing I can say is that my house lost power about a week after I first built my machine, and it totally hosed my OS to the point where I had to reinstall. I had not yet put it on a UPS, which was my fault. After a little research I found out this is a known issue with SSDs. Regular HDDs can lose power without losing data, but most SSDs cannot. Some enterprise-class drives have a supercapacitor which allows the drive to stay powered long enough to shut itself down gracefully, but this one doesn't. So if you don't have your system on a battery backup this SSD is not for you.

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Robert K.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 02/20/13

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/25/13
  • Last Review: 01/09/14
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