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This review is from: Seagate STDF30000100 30TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage
Pros: The Seagate NAS Pro, STDF30000100, arrives in a carton in which the unit itself is well protected from normal shipping hazards. The device itself is of a relatively small profile. And though the unit is the size of a small cube with dimensions of 9x8.5x7 inches, it weights almost 17 pounds due to 6 5TB hard drives residing in this space.
The instructions, even for a novice like me, are easy to follow to set this piece of equipment up. Follow the 5 step initial setup instructions on the NAS Pro Quick start guide. You just follow the On-screen instructions to complete the installation.
The Seagate NAS Pro settings can be configured in many options related to security, sharing data, disaster data recovery, performance, etc. I opted to set the hard drive configuration to Simply Raid. This allows the unit to have a maximum storage capacity of 25TB (out of 30TB) and allows the data to be rebuilt if 1 drive fails. There are options to create SimplyRAIDs, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10 configurations with single and double disk protection. Double disk protection will allow data to be recovered when up to two HDDs fail. Though this setup will decrease the amount of storage space on the 30TB 6 Bay model down to 15 – 20TB depending on the RAID configuration chosen.
I updated the firmware to version 188.8.131.52 from 184.108.40.206 on April 17th and that process went flawlessly.
Remote access to the NAS Pro is available thru Seagate App called SDrive. This is what I use on my Smart phone and my laptop. Since I travel extensively for my job I can access the data on the NAS Pro quite effectively from anywhere in the world in which there is connectivity to one on my devices.
You can setup your NAS Pro so that it can share Media, such as movies, music, such as iTunes, and pictures with UPnP/DNLA devices. I have turned this sharing feature on in the NAS setup options and it allows me to watch and listen to media on my Smart TV at home and from my Smart Phone from anywhere in the world I have connectivity.
The FTP function allows you to share files with anyone you want in which you provide them access to your NAS. The folders on the NAS are configured for Public and Private access so you can determine what access, in both read and write capabilities individuals will have when connecting to the device.
The device features a Wake on LAN function through the Seagate Network Assistant software you can download off of the Seagate site. This function will allow you to send a signal to your NAS Pro device to turn it on.
This 6 bay 30 TB model is ideal for anything from a personal cloud to running a small business. You have numerous options for setting up individuals/groups to what they can access on the drive.
Also you can use your Seagate NAS to be a Network Video Recorder through Seagate’s Surveillance Manager Software you can download from their site. It has support for up to 16 cameras. I plan on doing this soon.
Cons: My one dislike is that the device is a little noisy as it is placed only 2 feet from my ears. You can hear the platters spinning on the 6 hard drives and there is a small vibration. Though the device does incorporate some anti-vibration technology according to the manual. Though when I get my new wireless router I will place this device down in the cool basement and it will never be heard from again.
Secondly, the power fan that cools the unit does an excellent job and keeps the temps in the upper 30C range, but since I’m sitting 2 feet away you can hear it. These noise cons are trivial if you will be placing the device away from where you are working from.
Thirdly, just to see how long it would take to rebuild the RAID and resync the data I did a restore. It took 16 hours to do it. Expected the process to be quicker, but the system is still available for file accessing as the resyncing process was running.
Other Thoughts: In summary the NAS Pro 30TB unit is a solidly built device that should last for years if it is what your storage needs require. Seagate backs the device up with a 3 year warranty.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: The mouse arrives in a well packaged cardboard box. It appears to be well built like all Corsair products. The mouse provides 8 programmable easy-access buttons for you games. I am not a gamer so I have been using this mouse in the traditional manners of web browsing, excel spreadsheets and Full Tilt Poker. The lighting and dpi settings you have available are excellent.
Cons: The only issue I have with the mouse is its width. And though I have large hands it sometimes gets uncomfortable. It just maybe I'm getting old at 54. I prefer my mice to be .25-.375 inches narrower.
Other Thoughts: Like all other Corsair products, such as their RAM, PSUs, and computer cases, this product is manufactured with their usual excellent manner using strict quality control measures to ensure it lives up to its reliability in order to last for many years of use.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This review is for a ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
This motherboard comes with the usual behind the scene components found in an above average board. These are the premium 60A power chokes, premium memory alloy chokes and Nichicon 12K platinum caps used on a sapphire black PCB coupled to a 12 phase power design. These items are incorporated to prolong the life of the board and assist it in overclocking.
I installed this board on my bench/test table. I equipped it with a 5820K CPU, a GTX970 VGU, and some 4x4GB of DDR4-2666 CL15 memory powered with a 1200 watt PSU. The CPU is water-cooled.
I installed Win7 64-bit Ultimate on a RAID0 configuration on two 256GB SSDs. I updated the BIOS to version 1.50. I then installed the drivers and software found on the install disk.
I then loaded the usual CPU benchmarking programs to see what this board can do at a maximum vCore of 1.35v. Here are the results:
1) SuperPi running 6c/12t maxed at 4.72 GHz with CPU vCore at 1.35v
2) 3DMark06 running at 6c/12t maxed out at 4.63 GHz with CPU vCore at 1.35v
3) 3D Mark Vantage running at 6c/12t maxed out at 4.52 GHz at 1.35v.
4) Computer chess test with TogaII142JD maxed out at 4.58 GHz at 1.35v
In all, I was happy with what this board can do for its price. As it is not a top of the line X99 overclocking enthusiast board which can cost you near $500.
Cons: I did not like that a Molex PCIe power connector is in the middle of the board near the back of the CPU socket and behind the memory slots and in front of the first VGU slot.
Other Thoughts: At current pricing this board is at the selling point many other X99 board are at. Nothing effectively differentiates itself, so the purchase of this would be to stay with a manufacturer you have had success with in past builds and are comfortable in navigating through the BIOS settings. Or maybe you just want to try an ASROCK board. I previously purchased my first ASROCK motherboard, a ASROCK Z97 OC Formula, just to see what this manufacturer's top of a line board could do to a 4790K CPU.READ FULL REVIEW
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