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TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive, good quality drive 02/28/2015

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: This drive has been in use for over two months to store music and movies. It's used daily and is quiet, cool and has a speed averaging around 130 mbs. The packaging was excellent (both Toshiba and New Egg) Of course, duration is to be determined. Very important is that Toshiba has a 3 year warranty and failures are replaced with new, not refurbished, drives.

Cons: A cable and screws should have completed the set.

Other Thoughts: It took me quite a while to take the jump from 2 TB to 3 TB. Two months prior to this purchase bought the same drive for about $75 - the price was the incentive to moving to 3 TB. Both drives now seem solid.

In the last 3 years I've purchased 10 WD Blacks, 2 WD Blues, 1 Seagate Barracuda, 2 Seagate greens, 4 Toshiba HDD, 3 Toshiba portables and 1 WD portable. Only the 2 Seagate greens failed.

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HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Back USB 3 ports worked.

Cons: Difficult to plug into the 19-pin header. Couldn't get the front panel USB 3.0 ports to work. Pulled out the UB 3.0 connector and found two of the 19 pins bent and one pin missing.

Obviously, I exerted too much pressure but the connection wasn't happening with less pressure. I've had this connector plugged into my motherboard USB 3.0 header a couple times with out problems. Looking at my motherboard header, it looks like the pins aren't as flimsy as the Hoo Too.

Other Thoughts: I have a USB 3.0 controller of this type in another computer and had no problems with it - will get another one of those.

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Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The good:

1. Price. With the rebate it seemed worth trying.
2. Quiet. Pump and fan can't be heard.
3. Cooling. On Prime95 seems competitive with H60.
4. Pump. LED on indicates pump is working.
5. Used Arctic Silver thermal paste.

Cons: The bad:

1. The screws to secure fan radiator were too short. Required trip to the hardware store - 16-32 1.5 in machine screws worked.
2. Installation instructions were pathetic, making installation more difficult. No indication in instructions that thew 1150 socket is compatible or even exists, for that matter. Youtube install video helped but glossed over a couple important points.
3. Using IntelBurnTest with the Seidon at Maximum stress (10 times) takes my stock I7-4770K up to 81C. H60 keeps my I7-2600K at 58C and the I5-3750K at 63C (both processors stock).
4. 2-year warranty. Nothing expresses better the company's confidence in their product than warranty length.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping for the best on this cooler. My main concern is why the top temperatures differ so much between Prime95 and IntelBurnTest on the Seidon but not on the H60 (2600K: 5C7 vs 58C. 3750K: 63C vs 63C. 4770K: 63C vs 81C).

I hope to find out how to have this cooler work more consistently so I can raise its rating.

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Display Name: Thomas W.

Date Joined: 01/03/09

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  • First Review: 06/25/12
  • Last Review: 02/28/15
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