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MotoBatt MBCBB Big Boy Battery Charger and Maintainer 12V at 1.25A
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to use, handy, handles a variety of battery capacities and formats. Nice accessories: both alligator clips and circular ring connectors for lugs included. Bulk charges quickly. Has done well with both lead-acid and glass-mat cells.

Reconditioned an aging John Deere lead-acid tractor battery which I didn't expect to come back from the dead. That alone was worth the cost of the item.

Cons: None really. Doesn't make toast?

Other Thoughts: It's yellow so I can find it on my workbench.

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Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Economical but not nearly the SSD speed I was looking for 08/11/2014

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Economical, easy to install in RAID 10 configuration on Asus Rampage IV Gene. Very quiet. Gets about 190MB/s on HDDTune large-file read benchmark. Pulls great IOPS scores for short random reads: 144781 IOPS, but only 37 MB/s for sequential 1 MB reads and writes, and dinky 2000 IOPS for random writes.

By far the BEST warranty support rep I have ever dealt with in my life. Robert is amazing. The phone wait was about 20 minutes, but I got a professional and funny Seagate rep. who made the whole process a joy. Got me an exact replacement to keep RAID symmetry, and even checked the firmware compatibility. This is the kind of perk I didn't expect, and didn't even have to ask for (he mentioned it first), and is half the reason I called in rather than going through the website, which doesn't guarantee same capacity, etc. Kudos to Seagate warranty service for this guy.

Cons: One of the four drives has failed in 7 months, undergoing warranty replacement. Drive posts "error" in RAID array bootup, clicking noises.

Haven't noticed any appreciable decrease in Win 7 boot times since installing 4 of these six months ago in a clean Windows 7 installation on a new machine. If repeated use patterns are supposed to optimize speed after a while, I'm not seeing it either in Windows boot or major apps (Adobe, Office).

Other Thoughts: Am I doing something wrong by RAIDing these hybrids?

Still tempted to shell major money for two 1TB pure SSDs in RAID 1 to see if this makes a huge difference in user experience.

System specs:
Hexacore i7-3930K at 3.2 GHz (not overclocked)
32 GB Gskill RAM
Asus Rampage IV Gene mobo
Intel RAID manager

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SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this for an Intel i3930K system with dual ASUS Radeon 7770s in Crossfire and a RAID 10 array. I had plenty of power options for everything and some left over.

From the moment you open the package, everything exudes quality. A great array of cables comes neatly packaged in a saddle-bag. Very solid construction on all parts. All cables are braided, adding to a clean build and good airflow. Good manual.

I was aiming for a whisper-quiet build, and the fan on this unit did not disappoint. I chose a higher-efficiency power supply in part because the lower thermal loses of high efficiency supplies means less demand on the fan. I bottom-mounted it, so the fan is the most muffled of all fans in my case. I did not do an open-air comparison between its fan and the Noctua case fans I purchased, but it's very quiet. I can't hear it at all down there. Power supply provides great fan options for "hybrid" and "fanless" modes.

The modular style of jacks in the back, allowing you to use only those power cables that you need, greatly reduced clutter. Say goodbye to tying back a hydra of unused cables at the end of your build.

Cons: Doesn't have a cigarette lighter or laser light show?

Other Thoughts: Thanks for the case badge, I'll gladly display it. I'm a first-time Seasonic customer and very pleased.

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Eric J.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric J.

Date Joined: 11/27/04

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 09/02/06
  • Last Review: 08/11/14
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