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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -5TB (4.54TB after windows format) is MASSIVE!
-Portable but uses power ac adapter
-USB 3.0 Cable included
-Works as advertised, no issues starting the pc with it plugged
-Nice black finish
-Above average transfer speeds (100MB/s) compared to 2.5"
-Elevated bottom to dissipate heat but must lay on flat surface
-Backup software is great and easy to use

Cons: -2yr warranty
-no power switch
-attracts fingerprints
-no reason to use utility
-heat dissipation is decent
-can only lay flat

Other Thoughts: Included with the Hardware is a 4' USB 3.0 cable, HD, power adapter, and a built in seagate utility software.The drive itself is made of matte plastic with a blue bottom that gives it a nice contrast but despite the matte finish it seems to absorbs oil from the skin when handling the HD. Vent ports are present and keep the temps warm to the touch. There is a minor humming noise from the drive and write's and read's with a minimal mechanical seeking sound. There isn't an led present nor is there a switch to turn off the HD. Turning the HD off requires manually unplugging the power cord or the "safely remove HD" function through Windows. Transferring large files was around
100MB/s which is not bad for a USB 3.0 mechanical HDD. I didn't encounter much issues using this for normal storage such as transferring movies, pictures, torrenting, etc.- all worked without a hitch. The main problem with a HDD with this amount of space is not knowing if it will fail and if it does all 4.54tb of data is going disappear. Included is a 2yr warranty which is decent but being as it is a portable hd and marketed as consumer level product it is no surprise and other competitors are the same.

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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -stable stock speeds, I do not overclock as this is for a HTPC
-feature packed!! HDMI in/out (audio passthrough)
-AC wireless built is solid and works great!
-6 SATA-3 connectors is plenty for multiple HDs and SSDs
-M.2 Socket for future upgrade ability is a nice feature to have
-LAN built in
-6-USB 3.0
-Bluetooth 4.0 built-in

Cons: -ONLY 2 DDR3 Slots (16GB supported)
-Old bios, but easy to update
-M.2 socket on the back of the board

Other Thoughts: This is a great board for building a mini-itx. It comes with many great built in features such as HDMI out, AC wifi, Blue tooth, and M.2 socket to take advantage of newer SSDs. The only con I had was that there are only 2 memory slots which is to be expected with a mini-itx, so make sure you buy the correct memory size. Everything has been stable so far and HD1080p movies have worked wonderful on the HDTV. Wireless is also great for being onboard.

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GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper Z97 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Stable overclock; easy to use bios settings, advanced settings for hardcore users. I haven't had any issues with a mild overclock.
-Plenty of slots (3-pci-e, 2-pci, 2 pci-e 3.0 x16 and x8 for gfx cards)
-SLI/Crossfire Graphic card support; great for those who cant decide with Nvidia/AMD or want future capabilities of switching later on.
-Integrated sound card is good and works great with headphones; has a built in amplifier for higher impedance headphones as well as gain switches. Having this feature saves money in the long run because a dedicated sound card with a built in amp is easily over $100. But for the hardcore gamer or sound junky It is not quite as crisp sounding as a dedicated sound card but very good for something that is built in.
-Led lit "trace path lightning" is a unique feature to showcase the board
-USB 3.0 and Sata-3 connectors
-4 DDR3 DIMM slots up to 3000(OC) and 32GB
-cmos switch reset, power, cmos clear is in upper right corner which is easier access than bottom right

Cons: -Killer E2200 ethernet- I didn't notice much difference between this and your generic ethernet NIC in terms of speed or lower ping. That really depends on your ISP.
-generic red and black theme
-had to update bios for newer versions
-overhyped sound capabilities (not as good as dedicated)

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic motherboard and very stable during a mild overclock. Easy to use gui bios. The built in audio is actually very good in my opinion and comparable to a mid range dedicated sound card. If you're not a sound junk you would be easily satisfied with this integrated feature. Gigabyte has been a trustworthy brand and very reliable in my recent builds. I would not hesitate to buy this again.

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Amennie T.'s Profile

Display Name: Amennie T.

Date Joined: 12/12/05

  • Reviews: 52
  • Helpfulness: 25
  • First Review: 01/05/06
  • Last Review: 08/11/14
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