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Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Top notch HSF 07/02/2013

This review is from: Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: Very quiet. Keeps my i5 very cool under a full load. Provides air cooling to the mobo components around the CPU. Since it isn't a "tall" cooler it can be used in more space restricted computer cases - and still provides superior cooling.

Cons: Installation. Since you are passing the screwdriver thru the heatsinks you have no visibility to see what you are doing. It makes it a pain to line everything up perfectly and will take longer to install than most HSFs.

Other Thoughts: Noctua customer service is first rate.

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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock - Retail
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lots of room for your cards and heat sink fans. Plenty of drive space available. Plenty of airflow. The dust filters are excellent. The hot swap dock on the top of the case is very convenient and simple to use. ON/OFF button on the top front as are the USB ports. The footing is sturdy and large enough to get the necessary airflow underneath the case.

Cons: Cable management. The way the hard drives mount are from side to side with very little space to the edge of the case. Having a right angle SATA cable connection here is a must. Also space is extremely tight between the pass thru cutouts and the motherboard, which again hampers cabling when it comes to the SATA ports.

Other Thoughts: I have installed a MSI 670 GTX video card and Noctua NH-C14 HSF installed with no problems. The side panel window, IMO, is too dark. I've installed all optional fans and they are all blue LED lit, yet I can't see much inside the case beyond motherboard LED codes and the top HSF fan.

For those who want a large case without dealing with the size and weight of a super tower this may be the case for you. It's large but not too large. And it's heavy but not too heavy.

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Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very good storage drive 06/23/2013

This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Raid certified 24/7 operation. Whisper quiet with low temperatures. Very good transfer speeds and lots of storage space.

Cons: Access time and burst rate. Price is a little high for a slower RPM drive.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 sees this drive as being 2.72TB.

Now for the benchmarks (SATA 6.0)

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Using Crystal Disk Mark:

50MB filesize
SEQ: 130.9 MB/s read, 121.9 MB/s write
512K: 51.56 MB/s read, 89.75 MB/s write
4K: 1.173 MB/s read, 1.751 MB/s write
4K QD32: 1.380 MB/s read, 1.709 MB/s write

4GB filesize
SEQ: 132.9 MB/s read, 132.0 MB/s write
512K: 47.12 MB/s read, 71.59 MB/s write
4K: 0.533 MB/s read, 1.415 MB/s write
4K QD32: 1.277 MB/s read, 1.418 MB/s write

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HD Tune pro:

4KB block size read test
MIN: 64.6 MB/sec
MAX: 67.8 MB/sec
AVG: 67.1 MB/sec
Access time: 17.7 ms
Burst rate: 164.4 MB

128KB block size read test
MIN: 71.4 MB/sec
MAX: 145.6 MB/sec
AVG: 121.4 MB/sec
Access time: 17.6 ms
Burst rate: 165.1 MB/sec

Note: These 128KB values were consistent with a block size of 64KB to 8MB.

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Currently run a pair of 500MB Western Digital RE4's (7200 rpm) in a RAID1. This Seagate drive beat the WDs as far as transfer speed goes but lost heavily when it came to access time (12.5 ms) and burst rate (4519.7 MB/s).

Seagate lives up to its advertising with this drive. All in all I would recommend this for those who store their data in raid system (and having a higher quality raid certified drive is important for this), however I wouldn't use it as your main/OS drive.

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