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This review is from: Verbatim DVD+R DL 8.5GB 8X with Branded Surface - 50pk Spindle
Pros: Burnt the whole spindle backing up DVD9 movies. Not a single coaster. Great media. Made in Singapore.
Cons: Premium product with premium price. Promo codes?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit
Pros: Four platter drive with a solid, well built, appearance. Retail packaging, the sturdy box with plastic inserts cradling the drive helps absorb the shock of home delivery. Basic in box inclusions, mount screws, SATA cable, molex to SATA power adapter. Very quiet operation. Saved $35 and got free shipping with a daily promo code, so keep your eyes open for savings.
Cons: The SATA cable could have been a little longer and had snap connectors. I suppose everything else was good considering the price for this drive.
Other Thoughts: I ran a pass of badblocks on the drive upon delivery, verifying working order. Before partitioning, I ran a read/write benchmark using linux's disk utility.
Minimum Read Rate: 71.9 MB/s
Maximum Read Rate: 205.1 MB/s
Average Read Rate: 142.5 MB/s
Minimum Write Rate: 59.3 MB/s
Maximum Write Rate: 155.3 MB/s
Average Write Rate: 114.9 MB/s
Average Access Time: 16.8ms
Pros: Ivy Bridge architecture, 22nm fabrication, low-power consumption, quad core with hyper-threading. Stomps absolutely everything else in the Intel price range. Basically an i7, minus the iGPU, for an i5 price. Mind blowingly fast in x264 video encoding work loads where hyper-threading is full utilized and all logical processors approach full load for duration of task.
Cons: Comes with a probably decent stock cooler but I don't have any use for it, let Intel keep it and knock another $20 off the price!
Other Thoughts: Works perfectly with ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 (B3) on 2.10 firmware; 8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600; Nvidia 9800GT; on Fedora 16.READ FULL REVIEW