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This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL
Pros: Speed, storage capacity, size.
Cons: Price. (For now...)
Other Thoughts: This is an incredible evolution of SSHD technology. Before this drive if you had a laptop with only one drive bay you had to either settle for an average sized SSD or get a huge HDD that was sluggish by comparison. Now you get a perfectly sized SSD for OS + lots of programs and tons of storage for everything else! It comes at a steep price for now but for early adopters with a laptop that has only one drive bay but a screaming processor and 8+ GB of RAM, this will future proof that thing until all of its hardware is obsolete... The included Acronis was ridiculously easy to download and install and cloned my laptop's SSD in about 5 minutes! Then the WD software enabled the 1TB HD and I am cooking with gas with a laptop that appears to have (and works just like it has) two hard drives! It boots just as fast as the SSD alone, but the WIE went down in Win7 from 7.8 to 5.9... Odd, it must be taking the 5200rpm HDD into account because performance has not been hurt in the slightest and programs load as fast as any SSD I own. Everyone else has done file transfer speed reviews so I'll just let you read their reviews for the numbers. This drive is a dream come true. I used a WD Raptor for almost 6 years and loved it because that sucker booted, ran programs, and transferred files like no other HDD (still have my whole OS on it in a drawer for emergency recovery) but went over to other brands' SSDs when they got cheap. Now I can see if WD Black Squared is as reliable as the Raptor. IF you have the money and the laptop for it, buy it. Period.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Solid one-piece construction. Allows two 2.5" drives to be oriented topside up in one 5.25" drive bay. Holes all line up. Cheap.
Other Thoughts: This thing works as advertised and allowed me to tuck two 2.5" drives into a single optical drive bay while leaving the front panel cover in place so they basically disappear. Doing that let me remove one of the three-bay HD cages in my Corsair C70 which improves airflow tremendously. Very please with the results.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Very Spacious, Great HD cages that are removable, USB3, cool power & reset buttons, room for 9 fans total, no sharp edges, industrial strength all-steel construction (even the face), dust filters built in and easily removable for cleaning, plenty of room behind MB tray for cable routing + grommets on all cable routing holes. Room up top for a 240mm OR 280mm radiator. Handles on top for moving the case are super convenient, as are the latches that hold on the side panels. Definitely the easiest case to work on that I've ever used.
Cons: Almost too many holes for all the fans. The power supply mounted in the bottom needs extra long cables to reach the auxiliary MB power connectors at the top of most MBs. One MB standoff was missing as many others have stated on Corsair forums, and they are taller than standard standoffs so I just left that one out of my build. Didn't seem to hurt anything... (so far!)
Other Thoughts: I had to order an 8-pin extension to reach my MB's aux. power jack. I taped up the window grates with clear packing tape and it improved airflow from front to back/ bottom to top and also dropped noise levels noticeably. The steel feels solid and allows me to stick magnets to it. I put two 120 fans in the bottom, moved the included 120 plus added another 120 to the front panel instead of leaving them on the backs of the drive cages. That was an odd place for a fan IMO... The bottom line is this case is very flexible, well built, and oriented for builders and tinkerers. I love it.READ FULL REVIEW