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Team Dark 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-D
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs One stick dead after a year/timing issues 01/27/2014

This review is from: Team Dark 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-D

Pros: Came in a bundle with a Gigabyte motherboard. The company is undercutting G-Skill's prices by a little bit.

Cons: One stick died after ~8 months. Currently running one stick of RAM as I need my machine running and RMAing the kit isn't possible.

Motherboard sets the clockspeed to 1333 unless I change settings in BIOS despite the 1600 speed advertised. Same is true on my new motherboard. Not cirital, but annoying.

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Cooler Master i700 - 700W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A basic looking PSU that gets the job done! This powers an AMD FX-4170 and Crossfired Radeon 6850's with room to spare. It's no louder than the OCZ Fatal1ty 550w PSU I ran before this.

Cons: * Not modular, but not worth docking an egg.
* 8 pin power connector was split 4+4. It was sort of a pain to plug into my motherboard since they didn't clip securely together.

Other Thoughts: An excellent, inexpensive PSU for someone looking to give their system some more power without breaking their wallet.

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Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome drive after I got it to format 03/04/2011

This review is from: Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The drive is a "green" 7200RPM. I currently use it in a Debian home server and I can't hear it over the fans during mass file transfers. Transfering about 150GB+ from one SATA II drive to this ran at about 50MB/sec avg (running ext3 on both drives).

Cons: Formatting. Much like the other reviews say I could not get the drive to format properly and Windows 7 wouldn't even see the blank drive. Initially I got the drive to format under ext3 on Ubuntu 10.04 server but the drive would give superblock errors on server reboot. It diaged fine so I pressed my luck.

FIX: Ubuntu 10.10 (LiveCD or installed it shouldn't matter) saw the drive but it was unmountable because of the errors. DISK UTILITY WILL NOT WORK you have to use GParted. I wiped the drive and it wouldn't format to ext2/3/4 and completely hung my system. NTFS formatted but threw some funky error the first time and made it unmountable. I had to delete the partition table, reboot back into Ubuntu, and the drive formatted right to NTFS. Immediately after I formatted it to ext3 and it worked like a charm. Everything diaged fine after formatting.

tl;dr - Format with GParted before you do anything else with the drive. A Ubuntu 10.10 LiveCD should work.

Other Thoughts: The two hours I spent getting the drive to format costed it an egg. The drive is 100% worth the cost but if you hit the formatting issue don't get too discouraged. GParted will get it done just let it run for a while.

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Display Name: Phil T.

Date Joined: 01/15/09

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 04/08/09
  • Last Review: 01/27/14
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