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This review is from: Xigmatek CCM-35ABX-U01 (Recon) Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cons: Bends easier than a soda can.
Other Thoughts: I ordered this case on sale for $30. First one arrived with one of the bottom corners completely bent. I contacted Newegg and they were nice enough to offer expedited shipping on the exchange but as soon as the second case arrived it was also bent but even worse. I thought it was poor handling by UPS but there is no damage to either box. I started lightly pulling on the bent spots with my bare hands and the the metal just folds like an aluminum can. This is the worst build quality of any case I have ever purchased. I can't comment on building in it since I never got that far nor would I want to considering the poor material. This case might collapse with some weight inside of it. I have bought Xigmatek cases before but nothing as bad as this. Stay clear of this one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL
Pros: * Easy to install
Cons: * Its pricey
* No RAID
* 1TB Might not be enough anymore
Other Thoughts: I have been using this drive now for almost 2 months. It has been running 24/7 since it was installed. So moving along, this drive isn't like a hybrid. After installing the dedicated drivers from WD it actually shows up as 2 separate drives: a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. If you don't install the drivers it will only show up as a s single 120GB SSD. There is one thing I should point out here and that is while the 1TB HDD is visible in a Windows environment it wasn't visible in the BIOS. Not sure if that is an isolated thing but I am running the latest BIOS in my ASRock Z77 Pro3.
The idea with this combo drive is to install the operating system and core programs such as Office on the SSD and everything else on the HDD. I installed Windows 8 on the SSD and installed Steam, Origin and Uplay on the HDD and its working great. Booting into Windows 8 is a breeze usually taking 7-10 seconds. Running through Windows 8 is smooth and fast as expected with an SSD. Remember when installing your gaming software like Steam to select the HDD or else you will fill up your SSD really fast. I also created a media folder on the HDD and loaded my movies, music and personal photos. Lets move on some speed tests and a final verdict. These speeds were taken from the SSD.
Sequential Read: 321MB/s and Sequential Write: 110MB/s. These aren't mind blowing by any stretch but they are respectable for what this product is. Daily users will be satisfied with more than adequate performance. The drive as a whole is inaudible. Using it for almost 2 months now I have had no issues to speak of. Overall I am very impressed and I am still using it as my daily driver in my gaming machine. If you are someone that doesn't want to hassle with buying 2 separate drives then this is a good choice but only if you can find it for around $200. I have a hard time recommending it for anything above that price. You can easily find a 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD for roughly $160 combined if you look around. That isn't to take anything away from what WD has done with this combo drive. It simplifies using an SSD with HDD together and its an excellent choice for someone that doesn't want to haggle with 2 separate drives. Its the first one I have ever used that has successfully combined 2 drives into 1. Backed by a 5 year WD warranty which I have personally had to use on previous WD products you are in good hands as they are one of the best in the business. Aside from the price tag its a 5 egg item.
*Low Energy Consumption
*Impressive Gaming Performance
Cons: OC'ing is out of the question
Other Thoughts: I purchased this for a friends build on a budget and needless to say I am surprised on how well it performs. Its not a Core i3 or Core i5 and while it doesn't perform as well in intensive programs like Cinebench R15 and the x264 HD Video encoding its an amazing value for average daily use. Where it really shines and blew me away was in gaming. As I said I purchased this for a friends budget build with the intention of later upgrading to a Core i5 when he could afford a Core i5. Its paired with a EVGA GTX 760 and the truth is I thought it would bottleneck a little but I don't notice any difference between this and my personal Core i5-2500 and GTX 760. I actually went back and benchmarked a couple of games like Bioshock Infinite, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. I was expecting a much bigger gap but instead was pleasantly surprised to see that my system and his are within 7fps of each other on those games.
I can't say enough about how impressed I am with this chip. It stays cool and the stock cooler is actually pretty quiet this time around. I am assuming the fact this CPU doesn't get hot sort of negates the need for a large heatsink. I was going to go with an AMD APU but decided to go this route instead last minute and I am glad I did. This is a solid choice for an everyday family PC, office PC and an exceptional budget gaming CPU that could last you for a while until you decide to upgrade...if that upgrade is even needed.
My build: Core i5-2500 (non K), 8GB Gskill 1600, EVGA GTX 760, 1TB Hitachi HDD.
His build: Intel G3220, 8 GB Team Elite 1333, EVGA GTX 760, 1TB Seagate HDD