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Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's a WD Black drive - they have been at or near the pinnacle of performance for rotating drives within their class.

I was worried, reading many online reviews that the access time may be slow, but using the same test software I am getting consistent ~12msec seeks including latency. Lots of reviews show 15+

Cons: Throughput for this old beast is not quite up to par with other drives today, but for my workloads, access time is more important than throughput.

Still a hot drive.

Other Thoughts: The new model just came out with higher throughput, and apparently optimized seeks. That makes this drive suddenly cost competitive with other drives that do not have 5 year warranties and do not have the low seek time.

For the time being, this will replace Hitachi as the go to 7,200 rpm 4tb drive for me.

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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low Profile, small footprint.
Same width as network racks
Look good, price is right.
You can actually fit 2 3.5 inch, 1 2.5 inch drives and an optical drive all at the same time.

Cons: Tight assembly takes some planning. Some motherboards don't play well with connector locations. Power supply depth is a major concern.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these cases in use right now.

One has 2x4tb drives a 128gb OS drive and an Antec SATA hot swap tray - used as an HTPC and media server w/ i5-760 and AMD HD6670.

One has an i7-4770, Intel quad GBe NIC, 2 Velociraptor 500gb drives, a C300 128gb boot drive and a WD320BEKTdrive.

One has an i7-3770 and a couple drives running Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2013.

They are all silent and stay cool.

As mentioned above, they are the same width as regular rack mount gear, so I have a couple of them sitting in a network rack with the other network gear.

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GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Luckily I read the reviews 09/30/2013

This review is from: GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler

Pros: Work well, quiet, move a decent amount of air

Cons: I ordered 6, two of them didn't work.

Other Thoughts: Luckily I read the other reviews, someone mentioned pressing the fan blade in, on both of my dead ones, the blades clicked into place and now they work!

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Jeff D.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeff D.

Date Joined: 07/01/04

  • Reviews: 38
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 05/09/08
  • Last Review: 12/05/13
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