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Pros: Bought this for a PS3 Super Slim and can't complain. I've been using a refurbished 1 TB Caviar Black in my desktop for the last three years and it's given me zero issues, so I wasn't worried about this at all.
Cons: The loading times are definitely slower than what my desktop is capable of, but I knew that going in.
Other Thoughts: Been using Western Digital hard drives for years almost a decade now and they've always been reliable. I wouldn't have it any other way.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Phanteks PH-F120MP 120 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan
Pros: How far have you gone to silence your gaming PC? HTPC's are easy, but something that NEEDS good airflow because of the amount of heat the system puts out is a whole new ball field. Here are my specs:
i5-2500k @ 4.5 ghz
EVGA GTX 780 FTW edition
8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
EVGA Super Nova 750w PSU
x2 Western Digital cavier blacks (2 TB a piece) in RAID 0
Samsung 850 Evo 256gb
Rosewill THOR V2 case
My case fans are 1 Cougar 140mm fan and the two stock 230mm Rosewill fans that came with my system (they are surprisingly good!). I have insulated both of the panel doors with sound dampening foam, all the fans are treated with rubber grommets, and I also removed the legs from the case and replaced them with Sorbothane rubber hemispheres to cancel out any vibrations reverberating to my desk - they make a nice difference especially if you have loud hard drives like my Caviar's.
Anyways, I cool my CPU using a Corsair H100i system. While it works quite well, the fans that came with it were by far the loudest thing in my system both at idle and also when I am gaming. I use my desktop for movies as well as so getting it silent at idle was actually more important to me than anything else. I searched around for a while and came across these puppies. I'll admit I was kind of hesitant at first since there weren't any reviews, but oh man when I first turned my rig on I had to check to make sure they were actually working. Whether at idle or running hard, these things are stupidly quiet while not sacrificing performance. They push about the same amount of air as the old Corsair fans while putting out, I'd said, 1/6 the noise. They are that stinking quiet. At idle, I sometimes forget that my computer is even on. The most my CPU gets up to is 65c under Prime95, but normal gaming it hovers in the 53-58c depending on the game.
Cons: They were a tad expensive at the time I bought them and I wish they came in different colors.
Other Thoughts: The packaging is pretty much no-frills. All it comes with is the screws and fan. However, Phanteks was nice enough to put the direction of the airflow on the fan. I've been doing this stuff for over a decade and I still forget which way is which sometimes, so it's a nice touch.
Overall, extremely impressed and satisfied. You should get these.
Pros: Inexpensive and lots of storage.
Cons: I was just casually watching Breaking Bad on Netflix then all of a sudden my computer froze, restarted, and my SSD was unable to be recognized.
Ironically, I bought this on 04/14/2014 and it died on 07/14/2014; exactly three months. To add insult to injury, this is my fifth SSD and probably the most unsatisfying in terms of speed. I've own/still own a Samsung 470, OCZ Vertex II, Sandisk Ultra, Sandisk Extreme Pro, and this drive. My Sandisk Extreme Pro I bought almost two years ago is faster than this drive and my Samsung 470 I bought almost FOUR years ago is still working fine. I wouldn't really mind the slower speed because the amount of storage you get makes up for it, but it doesn't help that it's not very reliable.
Other Thoughts: I honestly don't understand why SSD's seem to be a hit or miss. This is the second SSD I've had die on me in the last two years. It's a solid state technology (no moving parts) and yet I've had more problems with SSD's than I have had with regular hard drives in the 10+ years I've been doing this stuff. Shame, but I guess you get what you pay for. Back to Samsung I go.READ FULL REVIEW