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HGST Ultrastar He8 HUH728080ALE604 (0F23668) 8TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Fast! (197+MB/s fastest read, 172+MB/s fastest write on Atto Disk Benchmark)
+No bad/weak/damaged sectors (After 14+ hrs. surface test)
+Easily formatted as a GPT partition using NTFS file system
+Huge! 8TB! (7.27 TB after formatting)
+Shows as indeed a brand new unused hard drive (Using hard drive sentinel info.)
+Enterprise class HDD (rated for 24/7 use)
+Low fail rate according to different review websites
+Lower power requirements
+Good temps! (lowest is 30 °C and highest is 40°C in a 78°F room)
+2.5 Million hours MTBF rating & 5-year limited warranty
+A lot of top storage and streaming companies such as Netflix has started adopting these drives in their servers (Google it)

Cons: -Expensive (There are more cheaper drives)
-Unknown life span (Only time can really tell how long this hard drive will last)

Other Thoughts: Bought this from a competitor since Newegg doesn't have it on sale. I know its expensive but I'm satisfied with this purchase after doing my research and reading reviews about this hard drive online. This is probably overkill for what I intend to use this--storage of my Steam games. I have a HUGE Steam game library and even a 1TB SSD just won't be enough. This is the next best thing. I have another 4TB Enterprise HDD for my other important files. So far so good! My games are running smoothly. The migration of my data to this drive took almost a day using a disk cloning software (AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro) but everything went as planned.

The benchmark above was done after I have transferred my Steam library to this drive so maybe that's why it didn't hit the 200+ MB/read mark. But heck, its still super fast! This HDD does make audible seek/write/read noises but not loud--this is just normal for a HDD with platters.

Not sure about the HelioSeal tech yet but so far so good for me. I'm even pleased I bought this from another vendor 'coz they packaged this hard drive by wrapping it first using big bubble wraps TWICE and then placing it securely inside the box. Much better than how Newegg usually does it. Thanks eServer Pro & 4M4Z0N! :D

I know this is the SE (Secure Erase) version and not the ISE (Instant Secure Erase). But please, can someone from HGST reply and tell me how to do an ISE? I might buy that version next time. I know Seagate has Seatools to do theirs but I can't find one for HGST. My research led me to HGST site that says I have to use the "SANITIZE" command but doesn't show or tell how.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10Q-32GXM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Fast RAMs!
*Reliable!
*No errors!
*XMP Ready!
*Nice looking heat spreaders!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I own the 4GB version of these RAMs (16GB in total) and I never thought I will ever max it but I was wrong. I reached a point where I use about 14-15GB+ of my RAMs having over 200+ tabs open, Steam, LoL client, and another game I play. Finally decided its time to upgrade my RAMs.

My previous G.Skill RAMs (Also Ripjaws X 4x4GB Cas 9) has run reliably for almost 5 years without any problems aside from me maxing it out. Now with these new ones I was expecting the same reliability and it sure didn't disappoint.

I did two tests: Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool & Memtest86+ 64bit edition.

It passed both tests. For the Memtest86 test, I was able to run it overnight with zero errors on all 32GB of my RAM using the default timings. I'm sure I can OC these RAMs but really have no need for it.

My System Specs:
Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Platinum Certified PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz (Stable up to 4.8Ghz)
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooling
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS)
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 512GB (Selected Games and Programs)
Seagate 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x2 (Storage Drives)
HGST 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drives)
Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise HDD (Steam & Important Files)
EVGA GTX 680 Classified x2 in SLI Config (both stable @ 1293Mhz OC)
32GB G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 10-12-12-31 2T timings
Asus PG278Q ROG Swift Monitor 1440p @ 120Hz Gsync enabled (Can go up to 144Hz)
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive

... I want a GTX Titan X! :P

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ASUS ROG PG278Q Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Finally.... a high resolution monitor (1440p) capable of refresh rates of up to 144Hz plus Gsync & ULMB and other features. But I'm sure you already know that. If you are like me who seriously considered buying this monitor, I'm sure you have done your homework, read/watched reviews and follow different forum threads discussing this monitor.

Before this, I was using the Asus PB278Q PLS monitor which I also really like. I even prefer that more than LG's more expensive IPS panels that I ended up returning. And before that, I was using BenQ's XL2720T 120hz 3D monitor. The PG278Q is like the combination of both of these but better! Even though the PB278Q does have better viewing angles and color quality, I can honestly say I don't miss it at all after switching to the PG278Q! ULMB is great and it works but Gsync is simply a game changer! Since using this monitor, I haven't experienced any tearing in any of the games I have tried so far (CS:Go, Borderlands 2, ArcheAge, Dark Souls 2, Tomb Raider 2013, Sleeping Dogs, Ultra Street Fighter IV, etc). It's also very responsive because of the low input lag. Before, I would always enable Vsync since I can't stand screen tearing in games but this also resulted in increased input lag or stuttering. Not with this monitor! As long as you have a decent NVIDIA video card that can do 30-60 FPS, gameplay is buttery smooth!

I also like the build quality. The stand isn't cheap and doesn't wobble around. It has that red circle lighting at the base that adds a little flare to it which can also be turned off using the five-way OSD navigation key that is just pure genius! It's very easy to navigate the screen options because of this.

If you are a gamer, this is the top monitor to get right now. Before getting this monitor I thought... "meh... not IPS... too expensive, etc.... " But doing my research and following reviews... I finally decided to give it a go and now I'm glad I did! I mean just look how hard to get this right now despite the price! All of those days spamming F5's payed off and I was able to snag one! I believe I got the last one of the 2nd batch because when I was buying this, I accidentally put a quantity of 2 instead of 1. When I tried to check it out, it didn't let me saying quantity is insufficient. That's when I noticed I put 2 there. Quickly updating the quantity to 1, I was able to proceed with my order. Phew...

Other pros worth mentioning:
*No stuck/dead/bright pixels on my panel after meticulously scanning visually for them
*Very minimal back light bleed at the bottom (Not noticeable unless using all black background)
*Color reproduction better than most TN panels

Cons: Nothing is perfect but it comes close (as far as a gaming monitor). When I first started this monitor, the color was a little on the yellowish side. Also, when I tried to switch to 144Hz using the OC button on the monitor, it changes the colors to only 8bit color which to say the least isn't nice to look at. I resolved this problem by manually customizing the refresh rate, resolution, and color depth on the NVIDIA control panel to 144Hz, 2560x1440p, and 32bit--kinda like how you would OC any monitor using the NVIDIA control panel. This solved it. I was running at 144Hz, 32bit on 1440p resolution on both desktop and in playing games. But this introduced another problem. My GPU seems to not throttle down at all (it stays in the middle 863Mhz clock rate) even when not gaming and only idling on the desktop. The power brick adapter in turn also is very hot to touch and my GPUs are putting out more heat. So I decided to put the refresh rate down to 120Hz. This resolved the GPU throttling and heat problem but another one arises. When I switched to 120Hz, I noticed immediately that the screen got dimmer significantly. Later I found out that this is due to ULMB. Using ULMB automatically puts the screen dimmer. I can't stand this. I prefer Gsync anyway over ULMB so I disabled it and that worked perfectly--my screen is bright again!

Now another random annoyance arrived. Some of you might have experienced this too. The "Out of range" error you may get sometimes when playing games or just randomly. This hasn't happened to me that much (maybe just 3-4 times) and mostly only when I was trying different weird monitor OC like running it at 105Hz, 110Hz, etc. (I was experimenting). Another bug I have encountered is this monitor sometimes drops the Gysnc feature. I was wondering one time why my gameplay seems off... and behold.. when I checked NVIDIA control panel, Gsync option wasn't there. The monitor still runs fine but Gysnc option is gone. I'm happy to say though that simply unplugging the displayport cable from you PC and putting it back (while PC is still running) fixes this. I'm not sure if this is a displayport issue or NVIDA driver issue or the monitor itself. So far since switching to 120Hz refresh rate, this hasn't happened again. Most of my problems was encountered when using 144Hz refresh rate.

The PG278Q is a true 8-bit monitor without dithering that is better than most TN panels but if you are a graphic designer or in a trade that needs very accurate color reproduction to work with, you should get an IPS/PLS monitor instead. This is a gaming monitor for gamers.

Other Thoughts: Even with the cons, please don't let this discourage you. Those happened like only 5-10% of the time while using this monitor. And since switching to 120Hz, I haven't encountered it again. I know this is marketed at 144hz and it does indeed work also on that refresh rate (I was able to game at 144Hz on many of my games), I feel its not the right refresh rate for me. First, I didn't like that simply using 144Hz makes my GPUs throttle higher than it should be even when not doing anything and just idling on the desktop. Secondly, I cannot really reach 144 FPS constantly on most games that are set High to Ultra settings (I have GTX 680 Classifieds in dual SLI). I figured.. sure, I can game at 144Hz but what's the point if my GPUs cannot really push that far all the time? 120Hz is my sweet spot.

Tips:
When I was setting this up, I used TFT Central's ICC profile that they have released for this monitor. Next, I updated the driver to the official PG278Q Asus driver that is on their website (Yes, there is one.. check it out). I also switched the Color Temp. to "Normal" instead of the default "User Mode" since that looks too yellowish to my liking. "Normal" is just right. I left the "Brightness" at default 80. This will be up to your own preference how much brightness you want. Next I disabled ULMB since this makes 120Hz darker/dimmer plus I can't use ULMB anyway at the same time with Gsync (I prefer Gsync more). Lastly, don't forget to disable Vsync on the settings of games you play if you use Gsync! And that's it! So far all these steps has worked great for me!

I hope this review helps you in your decision!

My PC Rig:
Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Platinum Certified PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz (Stable up to 4.8Ghz)
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooling
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS)
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 512GB (Selected Games and Programs)
Seagate 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x2 (Storage Drives)
HGST 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drives)
Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise HDD (Steam & Important Files)
EVGA GTX 680 Classified x2 in SLI Config (both stable @ 1293Mhz OC)
16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 9-11-10-28 1T timings
Asus PG278Q ROG Swift Monitor 1440p @ 120Hz Gsync enabled
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive

...I want to upgrade to Haswell-E 5930k... but my estimate for the set up I want is around $2200... Gah!

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