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This review is from: Verbatim 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97000
Pros: Excellent quality discs. Supposedly the AZO technology allows for extended archival life without buying those gold discs, and that's a feature I need. I think I might buy another spindle while it's 20% off!
Cons: 2 coasters out of >20 used, but I'm 99% sure that it was because of my external USB burner or Imgburn, not the actual discs.
Other Thoughts: Imgburn automatically burns these discs at 4x even when it's set to MAX speed; maybe manually setting it to 8x would work. I'd rather it takes a little extra time and makes sure it writes every bit correctly though, so this doesn't bother me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had 2 of these drives for bit over a year now, and just bought a 3rd. Quite fast for a 5400rpm (60-70MB/s eSATA write speed with large files). Great for backups, and large video/CAD project files. Can't beat the price for size, performance and reliability.
Cons: None so far! I don't use any of that SMART monitoring stuff, so I don't have to deal with the possible bad block problem that some have reported. I also use them as external drives, and installing the firmware requires them to be the Master Drive (internal) when patching.
Other Thoughts: I really hope that Seagate keeps all of Samsung's manufacturing techniques and quality controls in place, since Seagate HDDs are pretty lousy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works just fine! Will sometimes actually outperform my EVGA 9800GTX+ in Folding@Home for some reason, and adds 60% more fps to many games.
Also, this card is roughly 0.5" shorter than my EVGA, which worked great for me because my mid-tower is a little tight for space.
Cons: Probably more because of SLI itself rather than this specific card, but for some reason Riv*Tun*r can no longer control the fan speeds on either card anymore. EVGA Precision works fine, so it's not a big deal.
Also, this card runs ~5-8C hotter than my EVGA even though the EVGA is in the primary slot. It's probably because the PCB is smaller. Still, temps aren't a big problem, even in my mid-tower.
Other Thoughts: Temps ran pretty hot for the first few days, but then they dropped significantly. I guess the heatsink paste had to cure.
This card only uses one 6-pin PCI-E power plug.