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WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad, not the best. 10/22/2014

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Let's talk specifics:

*2TB - That's ALOT of space! :D

151.84 MB/s sequential read
143.12 MB/s sequential write
24.64 MB/s random read
87.09 MB/s random write

Not the fastest drive on the market obviously, but its fair.

I have some WD Black, Blue & Green Drives lying around.

Comparatively, each excels at its own thing.... that being said. The buyer should also do their homework prior to making a purchase in order to ensure the maximum value out of their dollars spent.

Cons: - I had to put some camera's I had collecting dust to use to adequately test this thing :p

- Price seems to be a bit high compared to similar products from my point of view (other reviewers have noted this as well)

- It is still a HDD... meaning it has moving parts. If this thing gets too cold or too hot, there is likely a possibility of affecting performance. But that's just the nature of the technology.

Other Thoughts: *3 Year Warranty is decent.
*This is a 5400 RPM Drive, but it is designed for 24/7 use. Could be a pro, could be a con.
*Didn't see any performance issues during my load testing, but I don't have a significantly large setup to test against with.
*Not sure how well these would do in a RAID setup for prolonged usage / storage. I may look into this and update my review later.

Overall, I'd say its solid.
But the price doesnt feel justified at this point in time.

DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad.... Not bad... 08/27/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17" with 2.1 Speaker System 140mm Fan 4 USB Ports

Pros: - Lightweight
- Multiple USB ports
- Built in speakers
- Pull fan configuration

Cons: - 2.1 Speakers (Wish they were 5.1)
- Requires it's own DC power (no USB power)
- Was using an air duster to clean it out and it blew off one of the aesthetic internal grates. I tried to pull it out but I've had no luck. Poor construction or bad luck? Not sure.

Other Thoughts: - Dropped my temps by about 10c under full load on my gaming laptop, which is pretty significant.
- I expected the CFM to be a bit higher, but we can't have it all.

I would recommend this product to anyone with a laptop that gets way too hot.
It should definitely help extend the life of the hardware by a few months if not years.

ASUS ROG MATRIX-R9290X-P-4GD5 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Impressive Size
- Sleek Design
- Awesome color changing load indicator
- Scored a 4816 on Firestrike Extreme with a very mild (5%) overclock.
- Runs much cooler than a lot of other 290x designs.
- This is amplified if you have a massive case with great airflow (I have the Corsair 900D)

Cons: - As I stated above I have the Corsair 900D Case, I had a hard time getting the screws in due to the lack of room to get my hands in there (and they are petite), this is because the size of the cooling block & backplate add alot of extra bulk to the card that I have not seen in other models I've previously owned.

- These use Elpida RAM, which are known to have problems with artifacts. I was able to overclock using the following settings:

GPU Clock: 1150 Mhz
GPU Voltage: 1300
Memory Clock: 6000 Mhz
Memory Voltage: 1550
Power Target: 150
Fan Speed: 60-75%

If I went anywhere beyond this point, I would see artifacts on a semi-consistent basis in most benchmarks (Heaven, Valley, 3D Mark, etc.)

But if you have problems with it, do your research - the hotter they VRM gets, the more likely the card will throttle itself and result in artifacts. Also, individual results will vary when playing the silicon lottery with any GPU.

- Not really a con, but this card will run hot on air. I'm accustomed to having my cards run under 50c, this one can and regularly does go 60+ depending on the load I'm throwing at it and whether or not it's over clocked. Just remember this: The more voltage you have the card using, the more heat it will generate. If you watercool it, I think one might be better off buying a cheaper 290x and putting a water block on there or getting an ROG poseidon.

Pick your poison ya know?

Other Thoughts: It really is a great card, I have seen monstrous performance increases compared to my old card. (HD 7870) Yeah the price was a little high, although I was going to originally buy the DirectCU II version, I waited for the drivers to mature a little bit before making a purchase.


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Display Name: Craig B.

Date Joined: 11/03/09

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  • Last Review: 10/22/14
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