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Pros: Purchased two of these for a new build. I have them set up to support one 840 pro 256 SSD which is running the OS and a few major programs.
- SATAIII, 64MB cache, 7200RPM.
- Runs cool, low noise,
- I cannot hear them above the quiet sound of my fan set up.
- Single plater.
- awesome read/ writes for a mechanical drive running at 7200 RPM
- Its a Western digital
- great price point
Cons: - would like a more than 2 year warranty
Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with the access times in raid 0 configuration.
Cystal Disk benchmark: In raid 0, 1863GB usable space after format. USING (Very important people!!) MSI motherboard that is SATAIII! SATAII and SATA1.5 will NOT get you these numbers.
Seq reads: 372.7MB/s
Seq writes: 357.1MB/s
For comparison my 840 Pro 256GB 43% full:
Seq Read: 483.4 MB/s , Seq Write: 446.6
For Comparison, two 300GB Vraptors enterprise-class 10,000RPM, SATAII 3.0Gb/s, in raid 0:
Seq Read: 208.9MB/s , Seq Write: 209.5
You do the math, I'm very impressed!
* MSI FM2 A85XA G65
* AMD A10-6800K Richland
* Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB kit
* Corsair H100i
* all of the above mentioned drives
* two MSI HD7870 GHz edition
* Corsair HX850
Pros: Great way of adding more drives without taking up the space!! Easy to install with included hardware. Dual fans for cooling. Very quite, cannot hear the fans above my others that are cooling the case. 2.5 drives install easily with included screws. Fits the VelociRaptor by WD perfectly. This is a plus considering the thickness of the drive. This fit my needs perfectly.
Cons: personal con really. I had to order 2 SATA female to male 4pin molex adaptors. Would have been nice if it had Sata power input to begin with.
Other Thoughts: I'm using this for a Raid 0 set up with 2 300GB Vraptors. The two fans that come with this cage are a plus, because the two drives are not in their heat sinks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: as a recertified product the VRaptor has great capacity for the dollar. Great speed! I have three, one new and two recertified. All are working great. The new one I've had for over a year and it's still going strong.
Cons: eyes wide open on all of this, (meaning I purchased this product KNOWING....). No heat sink included, these are used, so sure how long a life they have left in them. They are big, so not able to install in laptop, although I've read that people have succeeded in certain brands and models, (google it). Need to be cooled, especially if using as main OS drive. WD does not sale the heat sink seperately. :(
Other Thoughts: I have two of these in a raid 0 configuration and they are doing an awesome job. Boots up in about 15 to 20 seconds on average to operational desktop. I'm using an (ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" Hard Drive in 1 x 5.25" bay SAS / SATA 6Gb Hot Swap Backplane Cage). The cage has two cooling fans, so ist a plus and it fits the VRaptors perfectly. All and all I'm very pleased with the purchase. OH and you will have to reformat the drives. One drive said it only had a 52GB capacity and the other said 100GBs!! I used windows manager to clear everything out and reformated to full capacity. That last part was for those of you that complained about not getting a drive with full capacity.READ FULL REVIEW