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Western Digital WD AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Have had this thing in a home theatre library working 24/7 for over a year. No issues. Excellent drive for the price. Plenty of space and speed for 1080p movies and TV. Formats to 1.81TB in Windows. Not bad at all.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: 4TB is now available but 2TB is where the sweet price point is currently.

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Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: When it worked, it was fast.

Cons: Crpped out and won't turn on at all after one measly power outage. No other hardware failed, just the SSD. This Neutron SSD had my OS and all my applications on it, so thankfully not much was lost. Then again, this is supposed to be a reliable SSD, and you pay a premium. Obviously not worth that at all. My research indicates Intel SSD is more reliable these days. Corsair seems to have gone majorly downhill here. Forums are cluttered with Corsair SSDs that have failed after power outage. Buyer beware!

Other Thoughts: Going to try for a warranty claim since this has 5 years and the drive was purchased in 2013. Did I forget to mention that? The drive is less than a year old and failed after one measly power outage (no other hardware affected all over the house in multiple other pcs/electronics)

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX gaming board with double-sided ROG Armor, 23C-degrees cooler CrossChill and 120dB SNR, 600ohm audio
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Have had this board installed for about a week. Build went very easy. The board is obviously high quality given the price point. Sure you could get another 10 port SATA for $160-$180, but this board has about ten billion crazy addons that make up the price differential.

BIOS is decent. Overlclocking profiles do make things easier, but those will only work to a certain point...Make sure you switch to XMP profile if you purchase high speed DDR3. It's easy, and I did find the board detected the profiles correctly. The core i7 and GSKILL overclocked easily to 3.9 on the basic mobo profile.

Board comes with some whiz-bang stuff. Most of it's good, some of it's useless. At least the SATA ports have 90deg angles on them. Works well since the SATA ports are mounted to the side.

Plenty of fan leads, though I found I ran at the top of the board and I had to route some fan cables down to find slots on the motherboard.

Since my install ultimately went down extremely easily and this board has performed as expected I think it's worthy of the 5 eggs. That's my initial reaction, will update as time passes.

The 10x SATA, socket 1150, Z87, and extras were what sold me. Now it just needs to work reliably for the duration. I have had Asus in the past with no problems on the mobo, lets see how this one does.

Cons: Wish it was cheaper, but it's understandable.

Other Thoughts: If all you need is Z87 and 10x SATA you can save $100 by sacrificing on all the extras. If you don't care, like Asus, want the extras, then this works great.

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Display Name: James J.

Date Joined: 05/01/05

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 03/12/07
  • Last Review: 03/18/14
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