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Seagate Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely high platter density combined with more cache and Seagate OptiCache tech make this the fastest 7200RPM SATA and SAS drives on the market (higher Sustained, Random, I/O compared to its competitors)

Proven reliability vs other brands, higher temp and vibration tolerances, and longer MTBF vs other manufacturers.

Nice long 5 year Warranty!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have installed a good number of these drives (as well as the older 1st gen ES drives) in file servers for clients without a problem. No DOA drives, no RMA's to speak of, and not a problem with installs yet - something I can NOT say about the competition WD RE3/RE4! These are the fastest and most reliable Enterprise Grade drives I have used (excluding SAS/SCSI drives in our larger data centers).

To the first reviewer that gave this a 1-egg rating because he can't read (or doesn't know how to look?) this drive has a 5 YEAR WARRANTY. I can't stand it when people leave bad reviews because they are too lazy to search - and it's clearly spelled out in the details page right here on Newegg!

Link Depot Model UV-ATA12-BK-2 12
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs 01/07/2010

This review is from: Link Depot Model UV-ATA12-BK-2 12" Cable

Pros: Nice clean looking cable, solid *outer* construction, well shielded, great for airflow.

Overall, makes for a good clean install...

Cons: Extremely STIFF and can be hard to work with. I'm using this cable in an Antec Three Hundred mid-tower case (budget build) and while all the other cables are able to be neatly tied behind the motherboard, this cable is wayyy to stiff to work with / bend / hide.

Looking at the inside at the top of the cable (clear plastic) you are able to see the wires and they are not neatly organized or tightly twisted like an EIDE cable should be. Similar to Cat 5+ every other wire is supposed to act as a ground to cut back any interference...

- I have only used the cable for a CD/DVD Burner which has worked great so this is fine for what I'm using it for, but I probably would look for a better quality cable if I were using it for a HDD. Just IMO, it may or may not work, but I'd rather be safe than sorry with a HDD and Data Corruption.

Other Thoughts: There is no side window on this case and I just needed an IDE cable so I purchased this for airflow purposes. I don't have any UV fans or lights or anything in the case so I can't judge this cable on it being UV reactive...

Overall, this is actually one of the better round cables I've seen and used. I would probably give it more like 4.5 eggs if I could. I guess it would probably be fine for a HDD considering there are no SSD/10k RPM IDE drives or anything - I'm just really picky and need the best parts I can find for my own computer...

It works without a hiccup with the DVD burner.

XFX GT240XZNFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best HTPC Solution Available! 11/22/2009

This review is from: XFX GT240XZNFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Built around the upcoming Fermi Architecture, Extremely Small, Quiet, and Energy Efficient, 40nm fabrication, Support for DX10.1, Advanced Video Processing features, HDMI Support. GREAT Blu-Ray/HD Playback!

In reply to the first review:

To you (or anyone else) purchasing a Video Card, please do your own due diligence before making a purchase!

This video card was not designed to be a mid to high-end gaming card! Performance wise this card is a replacement for the 9600GSO, and a replacement for the 9600GT with the higher performing GT240 versions with GDDR5.

This card, along with the 210, 220, and 240 w/ GDDR5 are an amazing solution for HTPC's (Home Theater) thanks to the advanced video processing including NVIDIA's PureVideo4 and HDMI, as well as the size, noise level, and heat dissapation due to the new 40nm fabrication!

You will NOT find any of these features with any other video cards. This card has a special purpose and people pay a small premium for any HTPC Video

Cons: Although it isn't really a con - as long as you are purchasing this card for its intended use (HTPC) - gaming performance will slightly suffer for the price, inline with a 9600GSO/GT.

Also no SLI support, but again not a concern if used in a HTPC.

Other Thoughts: Although I have not used this specific card, we are now using various NVIDIA GT 240's for new builds specifically for HTPC's.

In limited situations this card should be used in a regular desktop PC if you would like to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. However, if you plan on doing some moderate gaming I would highly recommend purchasing the GDDR5 version of this card with roughly 2x the memory bandwidth.

If power consumption, heat, or noise are not a concern I would advise looking at other video cards for the price or waiting for the GT300 series video cards coming soon.

Sorry for the long review, I just hate to see the *best* HTPC solution on the market get a bad review because someone didn't read up on it first!


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Display Name: Jon M.

Date Joined: 04/26/07

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 04/28/07
  • Last Review: 06/01/12
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