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Pros: Two years later the refurbed Barracuda is DOING JUST FINE. And so is the "LP" model mentioned below, and that one is coming up on 6 years. Again, they are STORAGE and BACKUP ONLY with no array and I do a manual backup 2-3 times a year. My 2TB "LP" is down to 500mb now, so I'm looking again for another great deal from Seagate. <KOW!>
With email promo code this drive cost me $.028 a GB, so could not resist. Have used this one month now and so far so good with no conflicts or slowdowns noticed. Have seen several reviews indicating this last-gen XT series still outperforms ST-series 1GB platters. Will update review if/when necessary. Advice: DO NOT USE AS PRIMARY DRIVE, storage only.
PS: I have an LP-series 2GB "low power" model still going strong after 3.5 years. <KOW> Yes Virginia, they ARE reliable when used for STORAGE.
Cons: The warranty on this drive is good till September 2014, and varies from drive to drive, it's based on the original date of manufacture. Otherwise time will tell.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I don't think the value of this particular processor can be overestimated, for the present time anyway. And that's why I wonder if I went overboard or not. The way I see it this is my way of "futureproofing" my system. I have two different Z87 boards to run them on (ASRock and Gigabyte), a load of PC-2400 (low voltage of course), 7TB of Seagate HHD and not one but TWO Samsung 850 EVO's. Windows 7 is so fast I never would have believed it and I don't intend on migrating to 10, ever. Both boards have tons of SATA 3 and USB 3, basically all the extensions I could ever want. I even added 2 USB 3 and two SATA 3 ports via the PCI 1x slots. I can add more real estate whenever I want.
Cons: But did I go overboard or miscalculate or just put too many eggs in one basket? Afterall, Intel Gen 6 and 7 will run on DDR4 and the new M2 SSD platforms and storage are getting cheaper all the time. What do you guys and gals think?
Other Thoughts: Technology is going to improve but its the price of things that gets me. This setup has cost me over $1000 now, including a new vidcard (the XFX R9-280A), Corsair HX850 PSU and 550D case to go with it. I figure I never know when I'll have the money to spend again so I just went all out, for me that is. I figure I could get 10 years out of this, in which case the value of this setup becomes like a real investment.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It was selling for $189.99 plus the $20 Card rebate from XFX (the one apparently no one can qualify for!) so I added it to my Wish List...
Cons: But then, overnight and WITHOUT ANY WARNING that price was GONE and in its place was another highwayman style, "Stick 'em UP!" price of $219.99. Whoever those bandits were (and we know who!) forgot to take the rebate card offer with them, but if they missed it then there is no wonder why apparently many other customers did too, according to the reviews!
Other Thoughts: My present Powercolor HD7850 is starting to act up (lost the HDMI port, now running on DVI) and I've only had it two years. I've owned XFX before and they were built to last, in fact the 9600GT I bought in 2009 is still up and running in my wife's PC. I really want to make any new purchase worth it, not pay over-exuberant "Stick-em-up" prices that lose all the value and joy in the word UPGRADE.
So NewEgg, if you really want to "Out-Tech Them ALL" bring back the sale price and rebate on this card and WARN US before the bandido's jack up the price again!