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Pros: Fast shipping from Newegg.
3 TB drive runs really cool.
I bought one of these three weeks ago and liked it so well that I bought a second one. Both worked perfectly when I received them. Installed my new 3 TB Seagate ST3000VN 000 NAS drives and backed up 888 GB of data from my NAS. These are exactly what I needed.
Other Thoughts: DRIVES LARGER THAN 2 TB SUPPORTED
I installed my two new Seagate ST3000VN 000 3 TB NAS hard drives in the RX-358 enclosures and connected them with eSATA cables. Windows 7 detected them and automatically installed the correct driver. I then allowed 7 to initialize each disk.
Using the “Disk Management” utility I right clicked in the “Disk 1” (or Disk 2) area that said “Basic 746.52 GB Online” and selected “Convert to GPT disk” The display changed to “Disk 1 Basic 2794.39 GB Online”. Finally, I right clicked in the “2794.39 Unallocated” drive area and performed a normal NTFS format procedure.
Both 3 TB drives work with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10. Windows XP & earlier only support the Master File Table (MFT) architecture and can’t work natively with drives larger than 2 TB.
I could not convert the drive to GPT format through the USB interface. However, once converted & formatted, I can read & write data to the drive normally through the USB interface.
Pros: Speedy initial delivery from Newegg
Newegg return policy & timely replacement.
I dislike posting a bad review even though I feel it’s deserved so I wanted to follow up with what I found.
Cons: As I stated in my previous review I’ve tried two of these Athena power supplies. Last week, I ordered a different brand and installed it last Wednesday. The computer has been run 12-16 hours every day for a week without a single reboot. Even with the new Athena power supply, I had at least one reboot a day and some days multiples. I also added two new 3 TB hard drives in addition to my original 320 GB drive without the rebooting issue occurring. That problem appears to be solved by the new PS.
Other Thoughts: Last week I stated that the Athena Power AP-MP4ATX40 needs better filtering. I mentioned the noisy supply voltage in my previous post. To be fair, I am able to detect similar noise with the new supply. The difference is I have to turn the volume almost full up to hear it. When the Windows 7 welcome sound played I thought my speakers would blow! The audio amplifier noise from the new power supply is undetectable at normal to moderately loud volume levels where it was quite pronounced from both Athena power supplies. 2nd problem solved.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Speedy delivery from Newegg
Fits my old HP pavilion XT856 case.
Advertised to provide:
A “maximum power” of 400W.
Has a 24 pin MB ATX connector + a 12 volt 4 pin processor connector.
Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H MB, Q9550 Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor, 4 GB Corsair xms2 DDR2, ATI Radeon HD5570, Floppy Disk Drive, Seagate 320 GB ST3320620AS SATA HD, HP DVD Writer 1270d, Hauppauge HVR-1800 TV Tuner, HP 6511-SU Keyboard & Mouse.
Cons: I bought one of these (MP4ATX40) in July of 2009 to power my new HTPC. That computer would periodically reset itself –especially under load. I never knew why. Recently, one of the fans went bad in that power supply. I substituted an old 300W full size ATX PS temporarily and ran it for 2 ½ weeks installing operating systems and copying large amounts of data without experiencing a single reset. Concluding the original Athena power supply was bad, I ordered a new one. The new one arrived on Friday and I installed it Saturday morning. The computer hadn’t been on 2 hours when it reset itself while installing Ubuntu 14.04. I am writing this on Sunday night and I’ve had two more resets. My “Killawatt EZ” shows the max input power draw from the 110 volt mains is 130 watts on boot up, or less than 1/3 of the output the unit is rated to deliver. Sitting idle, where it also rebooted, it only draws 85.9 watts. Not sure if these power supplies are grossly over rated or I just got two flakey units in a row -5 years apart.
Other Thoughts: I prefer to use the computers power supply to power a small audio amplifier that drives my HTPC speakers. That way the amplifier is only switched on when it’s needed. The amplifier needs 12 volts @ < 2 amps. If I try to power it with either of the Athena power supplies I hear constant switching noise that gets especially bad when the hard drive is running. I do not hear any noise when the amplifier is connected to any of my other computer’s power supplies. With the Athena power supplies installed, I have to use an “always on” 12 V, 1 amp AC adapter to power the amplifier.
If I can find another brand that fits my case and supports my motherboard I’ll definitely try to send this one back.
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