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APC Back-UPS BK500BLK 500 VA 300 Watts 6 Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works with Synology DS1513+ 03/03/2014

This review is from: APC Back-UPS BK500BLK 500 VA 300 Watts 6 Outlets UPS

Pros: Seems to work plug and play with my Synology DS1513+. With just the NAS plugged in to the battery, at 100% battery I get an estimated ~2812 Seconds reported to Synology.

Cons: After simulating power failure by unplugging the UPS, I checked my reported battery level and within 1 minute I had dropped down to ~75% of battery. I tested it again and left it running longer, under 5 minutes (with the NAS in safe mode) and it only seemed to drop to ~65%. I thought that I had bought more than enough battery for my NAS power usage, so I'm left wondering if the UPS power levels are not reported correctly.

Other Thoughts: See the following user reported guide about the APC Back-UPS CS 350 BK350EI, as this one (BK500BLK) appears to have the same issue:

"AS correcty shuts down to safe mode when UPS goes on battery, with settable delay. NAS correctly puts UPS in sleep mode after going to safe mode. When this happens NAS logs confusing entry "UPS battery level low" which should be "UPS is in sleep mode". When UPS is in sleep mode, green Online and red Overload indicaters flash alternatingly. This is confusing and not documented, but APC's knowledge base article FA158840 explains that this shows that UPS has been asked by NAS to go into sleep mode."

In short, this is not a problem and is normal behavior, just not well documented.

G.SKILL 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-2GBSQ
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Does not work in Synology DS1513+ 02/21/2014

This review is from: G.SKILL 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-2GBSQ

Pros: Good price, G.Skill has never let me down before.

Cons: Bought this to upgrade the 2GB of RAM in my Synology DS1513+. After installation, the Synology NAS will just blink it's blue power LED for 5+ minutes and never finish booting.

Removed the RAM and the NAS booted just fine. After scouring the internet I found one or two user's mentioning that the new RAM module must be 1Rx8 versus 2Rx8 (low density vs high density?). Supposedly low density memory will only have the chips on one side, whereas high density will have chips on both sides (This G.Skill RAM has chips on both sides).

Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black Steel SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. The handle on top seems sufficient to handle a fully loaded case's weight.
2. The side panel with the window is on a hinge, and uses a pressure-based connector for the side panel's fan. So you can completely open and remove the side panel without having to disconnect anything.
3. The removable hard drive lock and side panel lock seem to resist prying open.
4. The hard drives have a SATA backpane with an inline power cable so you only need one SATA power connector to power all 5 hard drives, and they slide in and out without needing to remove cables.
5. Rubber grommets on cable management holes are nice, as well is airflow.
6. All intake fans have some sort of removable filter. The front one is the only one that isn't removable per se, it requires taking off the whole front panel to clean.
7. Pulling off the front panel is surprisingly easy, no screws or tabs to pinch.
8. Lights and light/fan speed controller are a nice touch.
9. Front USB 3.0 uses motherboard header.

Cons: 1. SATA plastic L shaped pin protector on the hard drive backplane are EXTREMELY easy to snap off.
2. The back side panel is ridiculously hard to take off and put back on. It's only mildly difficult without wires, but when the wires are crowded back there it is TOUGH.
3. The back panel wire clearance is not the greatest. Better than most cases under $100, but not as good as some of the $200 or less cooler master cases (HAF 932 had plenty of space, ATCS 840 was a little tight but not like this). I am really regretting getting a NON-modular power supply.
4. Quick release for 5.25" bays on the BACK side of a case is just dumb. Might as well use screws, the quick release is next to worthless on securing the drives tight (true of other cases but especially true here).
5. Hard drives are secured to sleds with screws. Would like to see pins with bendable trays like cooler master does.
6. USB 3.0 wires had a short in it upon arrival.

Other Thoughts: I really do like this case, it's better than my CM ATCS 840. HAF 932 had the most "builder friendly" features though. Thermaltake RMA was easy enough to deal with to get USB 3.0 cable replaced, no complaints.

Back panel has no place to pull/push on the sliding panel to remove it. You have to either remove the front faceplate and push it from that side, or rely on friction. It seems like the clearance top/bottom is really tight (might be able to oil/bend). Also, if you have a ton of cables like me, it tends to pop out of the track when trying to slide this tight side panel closed. I have to have my roommate push it close while applying pressure to the 4 spots where it tends to pop out.
I would recommend using right angled SATA connectors for the SATA backplane.
The red strip on the front and handle do NOT light up. If you open the side panel while the case has power, upon closing it the side panel fan will revert to the default startup color (blue for me), regardless of other fan c


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Display Name: Daniel F.

Date Joined: 09/16/05

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  • Last Review: 03/03/14
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