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macally G-S350SUA Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Neat while it worked.. 08/14/2014

This review is from: macally G-S350SUA Aluminum 3.5" SATA USB & 1394 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Nice and cheap. FW400x2, USB2.0, eSata, etc.. Looks like my Mac Pro..

Cons: Case worked fine for my backup drive (I used it very little to be honest) at first and when my old ATA drive in my old Lacie enclosure died 3 or 4 months ago, I dropped a 250gb WD in it and copied all my stuff from my iPod to the drive.. Worked fine up until like 2 weeks ago and now all it does is power up.. Tried it with multiple drives and while I can hear them spin up and keep power, Im guessing mine fell victim to the typical Macally 'works for a bit then just craps out' syndrome. Both FW ports dont mount, the USB wont mount.. Havent tried the eSata cause I dont have a card for it, but Im gonna guess that wont mount either..

Other Thoughts: I dont know if its the power supply, the board or what.. It powers up but wont mount a newer 250GB WD, a 320GB WD laptop drive or an older Maxtor 160GB drive at all.. From previous experience with Macally products at an old job (Kinkos Corporate Tech Support, the stores used Macally products alot), this seems to be Macallys typical MO with their products and I think next time Ill just spend the money and get an OWC case.. My 10 year old Lacie d2 case still works (although its PATA) yet the Macally lasted barely 2 years??

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PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap and backwards compatible with older systems.. But thats about it.

Cons: Bought this kit in May for my G5. First pair was DOA so Newegg sent me new ones.. Now in the last month or so my Mac has been freezing and kernel panicking like crazy. Decided to run Apple System Diagnostics and my memory failed horribly. ASD, Tech Tool Pro, Memtest, all failed my PNY sticks. The good old Apple factory RAM is still running just fine, too bad now Im back to 2GB of RAM while I wait for PNY to either answer the phone or fix their broken RMA website. Been trying for two days to fill out an RMA request on their site only to be met with a broken ASP form. Next time Ill pay the extra $10 and just get Crucial like I should have 6 months ago. Thanks to the kernel panicking (usually around like 1-2am so it sat with the fans in overdrive all night until I woke up the next morning), my G5 actually overheated and killed a hard drive of mine as well.. Thanks PNY!

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PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just bought a used dual core PowerMac G5 to replace my aging dual G4 system and the first thing I did was get ready to make use of the 10x faster bus speed.. Im up to 6GB now and OS 10.5 and Logic Pro are running awesome. Will probably add another 4GB as soon as money allows it.

Cons: Never had any issues with PNY RAM before however... First pair of sticks I got was bad and caused my G5 to kernel panic and go into wind tunnel mode.. Newegg replaced em with absolutely no trouble at all.. And luckily I live just a couple hours from them so the whole return only took about 2 days to get to Newegg and get back to my house and into my Mac! New pair is running just perfect and passed all of Tech Tool Pro's memory tests this time.

Other Thoughts: Its ram. Does what it should!

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Display Name: Chris C.

Date Joined: 02/28/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 05/17/11
  • Last Review: 08/14/14
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