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Pros: It’s nicely made. It was quiet for my test. The fan(s) are easy to take off. The fins aren’t horrible sharp cutting into your flesh when you handle it. It’s beautiful, just too much for me.
I personally can’t justify making a purchase like this just to squeeze extra performance out of my processor, when a few months down the road a newer and faster processor will be available.
Beautifully packed! They didn’t cut corners when they packed this! Foam seat on the bottom and top and a nice little box with thermal paste and all the extras to install this on the specified systems it says it will support. You just need to make sure it will fit in your case and if you have a vertical sitting case, you may want to plan on adding a support for it. The way the heat pipes ran up a bit helped clear the heat sinks on the chipsets nearby. I could see the fins you may see on some of the memory chips being an issue, but I didn’t have those kind of heat sinks on my memory and had I used the second fan, it would have been on the opposite side taking the hot air out of the back and not pushing it into the cool air I was bringing in from the front. It is very well possible to get a third fan and wire clip for those that would want to go to that extreme. (Space providing.)
Cons: It’s really huge! If I had a vertical case, I probably wouldn’t have attempted to attach this to it. I’d have been concerned with the stress it would put on the board. It’s too massive for my liking. I don’t take eggs off because I don’t like something or agree with the practical or impractical uses it may have. I take eggs off for issues the product may have. This was built for overclocking and anyone interested in doing that will probably have a custom built computer. I can’t say exactly how many, but I know a lot of these are vertical standing and I really believe the weight of the heat sink will prove to put far too much stress on the mainboards.
Not a quick install like OEM, but I wouldn’t trust it if it were! You need to install this correctly and need that back plate to cage this monster! (If you are planning a build, I’d recommend getting a case that supports easy install. Some have a hole where you’d put the back plate making working with this a breeze!)
I may not like it because of its size and It was a lot of effort to install it, but my system needed cleaned up anyway. I can’t be negative about this because it doesn’t sail my ship. It is a nice product, just overkill for me. If someone is looking to overclock and is in the market for a beast for a heat sink then this is a great solution for them! 120mm fans; after all, are huge and I like them best because they are quieter. That’s for my case though, I never thought of having them slapped into a heat sink like this! I wish I had it a decade ago when I was more interested in overkill components!
Other Thoughts: I can’t take off an egg because it’s a Godzilla for a heat sink. The size was clearly stated in the specs. It took me all day to install this because I had to take my motherboard out along with everything else and by the time I got it all back together, I was unable to put the top of the case back on. I can’t off an egg for that either because it’s smart to install it properly. I thought about shooting a few holes right where the heat sink would need to extrude to make it like it busted through the top. A clever and unique mod? I uninstalled it and put it off to the side. May build another PC and plan for this heat sink.
I feel my setup doesn’t provide me the opportunity to give advice on this heat sink. It was quiet for me because my case fans were louder than it. I had to remove the outer fan to fit it in my system, so I was also only hearing one fan. It’s quiet for me, but I’m also hard of hearing. Had the top closed, I’d have removed the case fans, and I’m sure the second fan would have worked great for me.
It ran cooler when I looked at the temps, but without being able to put the top of the case back on; that factors in. Taking a fan off factors in. I don’t have any doubts that this does a great job though just from what I’ve seen. It says copper base but unlike the copper color pipes, it looks like the base is silver. (Just like that science project in school where you change a penny to silver then to gold.) I’d have preferred the copper color.
Also note this is not version 2 which the manufacturer’s website states has a fan hub and supports two PWM fans. This one only has one and the other is only 3 pin like the description describes.
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: Gives the ability to save and upload to and from Flickr, Facebook, and Youtube.
Give the ability to save from mobile devices.
5TB of space. Simple Backup plan(s)
Easy to use Dashboard to make it all work.
I love the way it lays flat instead of vertical, I love how the LED light is toward the back of the drive and not the front and I love how you can shut it off if you want to. I love how it seems to be a lot cooler than other drives I’ve tested. All in all, I am impressed with how well this works.
I normally don’t use these for backup drives because it’s a pain to manually move things to a drive and I never liked the software that came with other drives. This one however is simple enough that I’ve decided to leave it as a backup drive instead of my first thought of making it a DVR drive for my HTPC. I never went past half on my 3TB drive, so there really isn’t a need to go larger. If it wasn’t for the social media part of the software, I’d think this backup drive was no different than any other, but Seagate has made a very good impression with the dashboard software!
Cons: It takes a few minutes for the dashboard to recognize the 5TB drive. You’ll need to see Backup Plus Desktop 5TB and Cloud under storage devices before you can access a lot of the functions. Info, Manage, and Support will show up when you click the drive after it shows up. Manage is where you can turn off the LED light. Click the Home button to access the backup plans. It’s a good idea to select files so you can check or uncheck other drives and/or folders in your computer that you want or don’t want to backup! You have complete control once you learn where it is! At first I thought the software was buggy and flawed, but you just need to open it and give it a few minutes. Then it works like it’s supposed to. Keep in mind how many files a 5TB will hold and remember it’s not an SSD. It’s not going to be lightning fast, but it does just fine in comparison with other HDDs.
It may take a few minutes to backup your mobile device as well. It doesn’t work in the background, so you’ll want to stick with it till your initial backup is complete. Then it’s just a matter of syncing the few photos you take here and there.
Other Thoughts: This is a great way to sync photos with flickr but I already had another method and over 30GB of photos. I’ll continue to use that method, but this would be a great feature for someone who is just starting out or has no other means of syncing their photos with flickr.
I am glad to have it sync my facebook account though! You can disable whatever you don’t wish to use, one or two or all three. I’m not using YouTube now, but I think I’ll give it a go down the road!
Don’t be fooled by ANY drives (USB 3.0 up to 4.8Gbps speeds) advertising.
That is the possible bandwidth for USB 3.0. That does NOT mean the drive should transfer at near 600MBps. You will be sorely disappointed if you even think that for a second! You will need to read the rated speeds for ANY flash drive, SSD, or HDD and only aim to reach those speeds. A simple Update to your Chipset drivers may improve your speeds, but you can’t expect what the drive itself isn’t capable of doing. And some manufacturers don’t always share the max possible speeds of their drives. To me, this drive isn’t any faster than any other USB 3.0 HDD I’ve used. It’s on par with all the others.
Capacity: 5,000,972,681,216 bytes - 4.54TB
Please research how Hard Drives calculate their storage space before you think you were swindled out of almost half a TB of space! My first computer was custom built and had a 300MHz Celeron with an 8.4GB HDD and they’ve been calculating the HDD space the same since I started with computers way back then. You’ll notice your memory will show a little more, so let that make you feel better. You should really know this if you are going to put your knowledge down as 4 or 5 stars!
Pros: The very low power consumption, the great price, and connection types and storage choices got my attention with Samsung SSDs.
At a fraction of the power over the other brands, with equal or better performance. I had to give these a shot. I got a SATA 500GB SSD as well as one of these mSATA and the both have been as perfect as you can imagine!
Unlike other brand SSD, my SATA worked in many different enclosures without any problems. USB 2 and 3. I throw this out there because other brand doesn't care and if you had to deal with them because the drive you got didn't perform like a SSD should (2+ minute reboot times) then this bit of information is important to you.
The Samsung SATA I got replaced other brand (The 2+ minute reboot time 512GB SSD) and the Samsung fixed all issues and ran beautifully! I'm back to under 20 seconds now.
The mSATA I gambled on because I never used one before. I'm tickled to say it was just as beautiful and it as well fixed all the problems other brand (When I bought the 512GB SSDs from other brand, I got 2 of them and both were horrible)
If you've played with SSD drives and know you need Windows 7 or above (No Tweaking Required unlike previous OS) and you know about putting it in AHCI mode and you know how to use the search engine to get help if you need it, then you shouldn't have any problems with this brand. (User Errors and Computer Guy errors, maybe, but the drives gave me no problems.)
Cons: For this mSATA, I have no complaints. Laptop manufacturers should include a screw for when you use this slot, but they don't always do that. So I understand those that didn't have a screw handy, finding that to be a con. I had a screw and didn't need one. (I'm one of the lucky ones, I know!)
For the SATA version, there is a lot of wasted space in the case! I seen one of these taken apart on the net and They could easily fit 3 maybe even 4 TB worth of chips in the same little case.
I look forward to seeing 4TB SSD drives!
Other Thoughts: AHCI mode needs enabled. (If you forget about this, like I almost did, then this tip is for you.)
If you clear your BIOS (Accident or on purpose) then you may need to disconnect this drive to get into BIOS and re-enable AHCI. My motherboard thought a nice little button in the back would be a convenience so you didn't have to remove battery, play with jumper, etc. to clear the bios! And when I was trying to plug in my Fiber Optic cable and thought that little button was the hole it was suppose to plug into! It took me a half hour to trouble shoot my "Opps!" and get back up and running!
If you got stuck with a horrible drive (And you know this because you've tested them (Because you got more than one when they were on sale, and the issues happen in more than three different machines and a bunch of other brand SSD drives don't have said issues) and need a REAL SSD drive to impress you.
This should do it. (I'm saying this after using 3 different brands in my HTPC and all were SATA connections. The laptop that took this mSATA is a first in using an mSATA and it just worked as great as the SATA. Just smaller and leaving the SATA bay for another SSD.)