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WD Red Pro 2 TB NAS Hard Drive WD2001FFSX up to 16 bay: 3.5-inch SATA 6, 64MB Cache
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Surprisingly quick. 5 yr warranty. Zero operational issues. Cooler and cheaper than the black drive.

Cons: Price. This size at this price means you might do as well or better with another product at a better price. With SSDs so prevalent any more and increasing in size cheaper, it's getting difficult for HDDs to compete. Drive still was pretty warm in operation.

Other Thoughts: My wife's Windows XP was failing and she wanted to go to 8.1. I recommended a separate drive for this and I took a chance on this drive. This drive takes to booting like a duck to water and is pretty snappy about it. I would NOT hesitate to slap an OS on this. This is an interim drive for her so WD better hustle into the SSD-type market before that day comes. :)

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SAMSUNG 850 PRO MZ-7KE512BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 10 Year Warranty. Design makes sense- I think it will likely make 10 years and more.

Cons: Price- but I'm not going to let that knock an egg off. Moreover, as competition continues to grow, I think this unit has plenty of headroom to compete in price. But don't hurt yourself waiting for that.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line: I can't afford to lose my data. I upgraded my 256GB 830 with this 512GB 850 Pro because I wanted more space quality. While I'll never care about the difference in speed, I like the idea of having my data there 10 years from now. Regardless- don't forget to back-up anyhow.

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ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Though time consuming, migrating to this platform was straightforward and the ASRock BIOS was simple to follow and helped make difficulties easier to overcome. I had no problem with CPU or memory installation and there were many helpful ways to check yourself and monitor operation. I'm running an i7-5820 with 16GB of 2666 and am pleased with how this build went.

Cons: I was migrating from a DDR2 platform so a direct OS migration failed- so I opted for a clean install of Windows 7 and applications. I'm using upper end HDDs, but applications take longer than usual to launch than they did on my DDR2 system and sometimes they don't launch at all. I tested my media and memory and am running stock speeds and voltages, so it looks like an integration problem.

Other Thoughts: The system is on the bleeding edge of consumer technology so I think there are still kinks to work out with DDR4/2011-v3 tech. There have been no BIOS or firmware updates on my install so I suspect my problems need more tweak than fix. I also suspect that this board caters more to the SSD crowd. Still- I'm more ot a developer than gamer so it's good to have 12 cores and 16GB to crunch with. I'm confident enough in the system at this point to be cautiously optimistic that issues will be figured out or addressed- but I can't give this more than 3 eggs until I do.

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STEVEN R.'s Profile

Display Name: STEVEN R.

Date Joined: 04/02/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/02/06
  • Last Review: 07/28/15
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