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Pros: Extremely Fast.
Cool red color (prefer blue or white, lol).
Instant recognition when installed in Gigabyte X5 Gaming Motherboard.
Correct profile settings.
Cons: Price but won't knock an egg off for it.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't wait to get this item home to review.
I had been talking at work to my buddies about being selected for this memory and was extremely anxious to try it out.
It did not disappoint. This was instantly recognized in my Gigabyte board and correctly set itself to the timings and speed profile from the XMP spec.
It really flies and you can tell a different with the higher clock memory when it comes to bandwidth and memory intensive tasks like modeling, drawing, gaming, and compressing.
This, coupled with my Haswell-E and Samsung 840 Pro really makes my system scream.
HIghly recommend you pick up the pair.
Have yet to test them out for a RAMDISK setup but I will update when I do.
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: Huge amount of storage space. Excellent software included, Efficient. Extremely quiet, like quiet quiet. No lights (also a con to an extent). Fast in bursts. Long, included cable. Long power supply/cord. Quality enclosure. Heft=solid.
Cons: Sharp edges. Heavy (both a pro and con). No Lights (hard to see if it is actually plugged in and working - I prefer a light to notify me of status). Speeds aren't up to part with USB 3.0. Software is somewhat limiting (Seatools, etc.) Unique plug in cable - makes it hard to pick up a replacement with any USB 3.0 cable.
Other Thoughts: I took some tests last night. I transfer 378 GB of data form my 1.0 TB WD Black Drive via USB 3.0 to this 5 TB Drive. Largest file I had was a BluRay movie at 48 GB (NON 3D). It stated, via Windows Copying, that it would be about 5 hours. This thing completed in about 1:45 to 2:00 Hours. That is pretty impressive for an external mechanical drive. I imagine simple transfers of a single file of 20 GB or less would complete in mere minutes. I also took down some speeds.
Copied 378 GB
Windows 8.1 Estimate About 5 hours
Total Time: 2.25 hours
Speed: Max - 125 Mb/s
Speed: Min - 56 Mb/s
Speed: Avg - 92 Mb/s
Despite a low of 56 Mb/s the drive hovered around 92 Mb/s for the most part. I haven't ran any HD TACH or anything on it but from what I can tell from my use it is a solid drive with a cheap price. While I do see some drawbacks in the proprietary cable, limited software (Trial of SeaTools Pro) and lack of firmware updates (does it really need it?) this is priced accordingly. I gave it 3 eggs because I expected a bit more and the fact that it cut me, lol.
Pros: Small, compact, lightweight, quiet, and very fast.
Sleek, AUsome Navy Blue coloring.
Included USB 3.0 Cable.
Fast Read/Write Times.
Cons: The included USB 3.0 cable is a bit short for my tastes, 1.5'
This basically means this sits on top of my Switch 810 case with the fan grills open. If I were to put it in the back USB 3.0 Port then I probably wouldn't be able to sit it on top, it would have to reside on my Logitech Subwoofer.
I like the software but one of the Utilities, the WD Premium SmartWare limits what you can do, which is fine but I would like to use it to manage copying files over.
Other Thoughts: I did a transfer of the Windows 10 Beta file (~3.86 GB) and the speeds from my Front USB 3.0 connection ranged from 111 Mb/s to 138 Mb/s with the average being 111 Mb/s. It took ~2 minutes for my transfer to complete. This was a complete move, not a copy.
On a copy back to my PC's SSD it was around 58 seconds with speeds hovering at the 150 Mb/s mark according to Windows 8.1 information.
This is definitely a good buy for an external drive in a small shell and the speeds are tremendous. The included software is great for making back up copies and it did produce a backup of my Samsung 840 Evo Pro 250 GB in around 8 minutes!!!! Of course, YMMV.
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