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Seagate FireCuda ST2000DX002 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: We have been using Seagate SSHDs in all desktop and laptop builds for going on 5 years ... and while we still use SSDs in desktops when user budget is sufficient, no longer putting SSDs in laptops. Yes, SSDs get great benchmark scores but .. well put it this way ... if used in a production environment, you will not see ANY increase in productivity, the user being the bottleneck here in all bit very specialized applications. On same box we measures 15.6 seconds boot time with SSD and 16.5 seconds with SSHD. I'd say we have bought over 3 dozen to date and 0 failures.

If you want see "real world" failure rates of Consumer Hard Drives in a Consumer Environment as opposed to the useless Backblaze study, past the next line after the usual www-dot (newegg doesn't allow links to be posted in reviews)

Cons: Would be nice if the bumped the size of the SSD portion a bit .... cost was the reason 5 years ago, no reason not to now.


Pros: Case of the Year 2013 - Enthoo Primo
Case of the Year 2014 - Enthoo Pro
Case of the Year 2013 - Enthoo Evolv

The one I think is best of the bunch is the Luxe; they made the mistake of getting that one out in the same year as the Pro or they mighta had 4 in a row.

Cons: Will hold that thought until I get done with a few Evolv builds

Other Thoughts: Based upon multiple builds with the Primo, Luxe and Pro, I can't say enough about Phanteks quality and innovation. The best on market fans, the PWM fan Hup that powers 3 pin DCV fans, the pull out rad mount on this case is so well suited for the Swiftech H240-X anbd future loop expansion


Pros: Jonnyguru ratings of 10.0 on build quality and performance; enuff said. have it scheduled to go in a MSI XPower Z170 water cooled Titanium build

Cons: Many cases (i.e. Enthoo Luxe) hide this beauty.
I agree, sell the PSU with a coupon for free set of cables and provide at least a black option and a white option.

Other Thoughts: Had a user who I did a build (in white Enthoo Luxe case) for (he bought all the parts) who bought an EVGA G2 1000 due to a one time sale that had it cheaper than the G2 750 (which was all he needed for SLI'd 970s) .... I had recommended the Snow but a) the price as over $100 more than the G2 at the time of the sale and b) the perty white PSU was hidden by the case's optional PSU shroud so thought was, won't see it. As it turned out, the G2's fan is the loudest thing in the case and now he's wishing the baby snow silent (750) wuda came out 1st as noise is annoying.


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Display Name: John N.

Date Joined: 06/11/03

  • Reviews: 31
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  • First Review: 02/06/08
  • Last Review: 10/13/16
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