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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inside the case is a rebranded 3.0TB Hitachi hard drive which is 5700RPM.

Case is a clip on clam shell, theoretically you can remove it without actually breaking any components.

Cons: Very slow write speeds. Writing to this got me 22MB/s, whereas my Western Digital Green drives were writing 60-80MB/s, and Red drives were 70-90MB/s.

Rosewill RSV-L4000 Black Metal / Steel, 1.0 mm thickness, 4U Rackmount Server Chassis 8 Internal Bays, 7 Included Cooling Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Upon initial inspection the first thing I noticed was that this case is sturdy. It has a nice thick cross rail for support, as well as the fan array providing additional support. The lid and sides are not flimsy at all, and do not "flap" like other cheap aluminum cases.

The fact that it came with fans was great, as it has several (3 large ones in the middle of the case, 2 in front of the hard drives, 2 smaller 80mm in the back of the case) and the fans alone would be a few bucks. They aren't the best fans, however (molex connectors, can't plug any to system board for throttling based on temperature).

The front flap with a washable mesh filter and lock is also very sturdy. The fact that the hard drive bays can be pulled out (each bay holds 4 drives) with a quick release is nice.

The 3 5.25" bay slots will be nice if you wanted to shove another 4 hard drives in with some of the internal drive enclosures you can buy, but these bays do not have front fans.

I personally had no issues with the power connection, but I bought a power supply with a boatload of connectors and it had good length to reach the bays.

Cons: The drive trays are horrible, cheap flimsy plastic. They don't fit the hard drive properly (It fits, but then the little rubber stopper that holds the screw in kind of pops out and makes it hard to re-insert the tray) and I really had to work hard to get the tray back in the bay without breaking it.

When I tried to remove the tray as a test, I seriously thought I was going to snap the thing holding it by the handle. I had to hold it by the sides to remove it successfully.

There is no cable management. Several server systems have a hole that you can fish cables through to run behind the system board plate so you can hide the cables and reduce air flow obstruction. There's not even a proper spot to channel and zip tie it down.

It does not come with the rails.

Other Thoughts: Could really benefit from the following improvements:

Individual hard drive release.
Screwless top lid removal.
Fans that can plug into the system board (not all of them, just some of them).
Much better drive trays.
Cable management paths in the design.

PNY RVCGGTX560XXB GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I upgraded from two SLI'd GTS250's (which are equal to the 9800GTX) and there is a massive performance difference (I can enable shadowing, higher resolution textures, anti-aliasing, etc)

Only requires 1 SLI connector, my old cards needed two.

It does require 2 6 pin power connectors per card, so make sure you have enough available. It comes with a 2 molex --> 6 pin adapter.

I had no problems installing & downloading the latest drivers from nvidia.

Cons: It's refurbished, but it looked brand new out of the box.

My system consumes about 34% more watts under load than it did with the old setup. (an increase of ~120 watts).


Seth W.'s Profile

Display Name: Seth W.

Date Joined: 04/01/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/15/08
  • Last Review: 11/16/12
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