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This review is from: WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Desktop SSHD Bare Drive
Pros: Can be used in any application with little trade off
Quietest spindle drive Ive ever owned
Stays nice and cool under heavy writing
Cons: Random read not as good as a 7200rpm until data is Cached to the 8GB NAND.
Other Thoughts: This thing is a BEAST!
This Drive Benchmarks nicely as you can see from other reviews, but I feel that "the numbers" don't always tell the story of how the drive will perform in real world use. Here is my Experience with this drive over the last few weeks.
So I moved my entire Steam Library (over 500GB) and all my documents on this drive the second after I formatted it. The write speed never dipped below 85MB/s. It peaked over 200MB/s a few times and easily maintained a avg of 130MB/s. That kind of performance on a 5400rpm drive is pretty impressive when you consider the variety of file types and sizes. MP3s, JPEGs, ISOs, and super small program files.
Sequential & Random Read:
loading games from this drive, felt very SSD like. Its a good bit faster than my 1yr old 1TB WD Black spindle drive That I used to store my Steam library on. Most games load in less than 20seconds initially, but then after running the game a few times they were stating in less than 10seconds. This is very similar to the speed I see when I install a game on the SSD that my Operating system is installed on. Nice!
Power user thoughts:
For the $180ish this drive cost, you could easily get a 4TB 7200rpm HDD and a very fast 120GB SSD combo. But this is and entirely different setup that might require a bit more knowledge to run, Back up, etc. so for simplicity sake, this New WD Drive is a stellar option. But from a performance stand point its not the best option for the money. You could run a Intel SSD and 1TB spindle drive with IRST set up in RAID (this process take a few clicks and your done on the software end). Not only would the setup be likely faster but you could also configure it more ways to suit your needs.
The setup Ive been running for a while now:
120GB SSD (Windows & Core Programs)
1TB HDD (Games & Documents)
BUT, now that I have this Drive I am using it as a dedicated Games drive and its much faster than my old setup. The difference is very noticeable, even more so after the game has been loaded a few times.
the Performance is there. its not like the "hybrid" drives from 5 yrs ago. This thing moves with the 8GB of NAND! Its also ridiculously quiet. the sound is best described as someone drumming their fingers on a wooden table, a room or two away from you. its a very Muted, low frequency sound. This was observed with an open side panel about 30" from my ears. Its very fast compared to any of the other spindle drive Ive used and worth the money for a no nonsense solution for Very fast 4TB drive. I would easily recommend this drive to anyone.
This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Increased rage
Ridiculously easy to set up & install
Cons: Range extension could be better
Gets pretty warm to the touch
Other Thoughts: Ive had a few of these come my way over the last 5 yrs. this is by far the Best Range extender that ive used so far.
the set up is so simple, it should take less than 5min for anyone, no matter what level of tech understanding they have.
The range is the best Ive seen, but that does not necessarily mean its "great". For having external antennae I would have thought it might have better range than it does. maybe swapping out for some longer antennae would help? But it would also look bad and possibly be in the way if you just have it plugged into a wall outlet thats in a area of high traffic.
Id say i got an easy 20' more of "usable" range with 2.4GHz on the side of the house the extender is on. that's through a a few walls mind you. so i guess its not so bad. but the frustrating part is now in some areas of the house devices can get confused and pick the extender over the main router. This is more of the devices fault Vs it being the fault of the extender, but it is a common problem with all the extenders Ive tried to date and Its been a deal breaker more than once with people Ive set these up for.
Over all not a bad product. price is right for the range you get Vs saving the time and headache of running hard lines and 2nd routers etc.
Pros: Solid, Clean power delivery, under load
Quiet (the fan barley kicks on under full load with a 4790k & 970Gtx)
Built like a rock
Really efficient per Watt
Corsair Link can be cool (sometimes?)
Cons: Cable connectors are Really hard to insert and need an uncomfortable amount of force to completely seat into the power supply and motherboard connectors, etc. At least you know they are not going anywhere?
I also find the cables are really hard to manipulate. they are crazy stiff. as long as you know this and pre-bend your cable runs this can actually be a plus. if not... it can add a lot of stress with the leverage it can generate on Sata connectors etc..
Being sleeved cables, (which is all the rave for some reason...) they don't lay flat like the other cables from my other Corsair power supplies. this makes routing them neatly behind a motherboard tray much harder. (being really nit picky here)
Corsair Link has improved but its still not 100% where it needs to be.
Other Thoughts: Another solid power supply by Corsair.
Built like a Tank with efficient, clean power delivery. Your really cant go wrong here. I Highly recommend Corsair power supplies and this one is no exception!
Over the years I have always used Antec and PC Power Cooling power supplies for all my Builds (and builds for friends). Depending on the budget and system needs the 2 companies had all my bases covered. Then a few years ago BOTH companies seemed to have dropped off the Map. Not really sure what the Lul in Antec's power supply production was all about but they were hard to come by. PC Power Cooling was bought up by OCZ which shortly after went Bankrupt and then the PC Power cooling name was bought up by a company named Firepower. Long story short, I needed a new "go to" Brand that I could trust. I gave Corsair a shot and haven't Been disappointed.
The Build quality is top notch. even on the lower tier units. To keep things simple, the upper tier units Basically Just use more efficient components. I guess you could say "better"? But its mostly about efficiency here. At the end of the day the higher efficiency components gets you quite a few things. The 1st being $avings over time. A typical 80+ power supply will supply your system with 80W of power from every 100W it pulls from the wall. just think about that for a second... for an avg system to pull around 400W under load thats like almost 100W just turning into heat inside the power supply and doing nothing but costing you money and causing your Fan to run faster creating more noise. The 2nd thing efficiency gets you is longer part life cycles. Since the components are doing less work to get you the same amount of power Vs a lesser power supply, they don't get as hot and last much longer as a result. It really is a Win, Win that pays for its self a few times over the life of the power supply. sure the initial cost is more But you end up saving quite a bit in the end.
Then we have stability & reliability. Again, to break it down easily. All "high efficiency" components are, is over rated components... As in, you are getting 1000W parts in your 750W 80+ gold power supply. A typical cheapo 750W power supply is more likely to contain 500W parts. It will probably give 750W, but only in the most ideal circumstances and typically we are not talking about situations reproducible inside your PC. like 20c ambient temperatures and perfect 120v AC supply. inside most PCs ambient can easily reach 30-40c and typical power coming from your wall outlet is around 110-115v AC. under these conditions the same cheapo power supply will be only able to give you maybe 450W MAX. this means it will be stressed under normal loads and likely have a much shorter life as its components are being over driven.
You really do get what you pay for here. Never Skimp on your power supply And they can last you a Few builds!
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