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WD My Cloud EX4 16TB: 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage WDBWWD0160KBK-NESN
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Value, not speed 11/19/2013

This review is from: WD My Cloud EX4 16TB: 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage WDBWWD0160KBK-NESN

Pros: Features. I bought the 16tb locally 3 days ago and am impressed with the features for the money spent. Dual NICs, second power adapter available, RAID choices, can make multiple ISCSI luns, comes with 10 licenses of home backup software (that I am not using BTW). Not fast, but for the money the speed is more than fine. Anything faster with this space and features is way more than I want to spend. I played a bit with the included software and found it easy to setup data backups. It feels solid, and the drives are easy to swap out, no tools needed. It also sees Active Directory user accounts so I was able to carve up space for individual users on my domain.

Cons: It's not fast, but while it won't win races, it does chug along at a fast enough speed to run my domain controller and a SQL/WSUS server. For me, the biggest con isn't speed, it's heat. The fan, while quiet, doesn't do the job as well as I would like (maybe I can get something better in there), so I mounted a 120mm fan to the shelf right in front of the intakes. Not pretty, but the air flow is worth more to me than looks. While the backup software seems ok for data backup, it does not do disaster recovery- at least I don't see a way to boot to a recovery console to restore whole drives, even though the option is there to backup whole drives. And who wants to reinstall Windows when you have a backup of the whole drive. So I am sticking with Acronis. Aomei is a free alternative that also provides a disaster restore boot, if you don't want to spend more for backup software.

Other Thoughts: Home server is Vmware ESXI 5.5 running two 2008r2 servers, so I quickly made 4 ISCSI luns and put the two VMs and two backup locations on them (yes, have other backups on local drives). Carved up the rest for desktop backups (3 desktops, 3 laptops). Turned off the lights via the web interface as it's in the bedroom, and setup folders for AD user accounts. I am pleased that it is quiet (yea I know, that's why it runs hotter than I would like). Now I have enough space to make an entertainment server, my next project. Overall I am pleased with it, but time will tell if it holds up. It's nice to know I can hot swap a bad drive and have it auto rebuild. Will keep an eye on the heat (seems ok with the extra fan in front) but I think I got a good value.

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COOLER MASTER Excalibur R4-EXBB-20PK-R0 120mm Case Fan
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs CFM+high mmh2O isn't silent 03/10/2013

This review is from: COOLER MASTER Excalibur R4-EXBB-20PK-R0 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Blowing through a high FPI rad, like the H100 on my server, I want something like this. High mmh20. For the amount of pressure and CFMs these deliver, the noise is, my subjective opinion from building rigs over the last 15+ years, low. It is not a 'silent' case fan, however. If you are looking for that, look elsewhere. I also have some Corsair SP HP fans on my XSPC 360 rad on the gamer, they are louder and produce less static pressure. They whine really much more loudly, and I run them down about 30%. The Silverstones and Thermaltake are noisier, and less pressure. Yates use sleeve bearings that don't hold up long term, and again less static pressure. Enermax makes some good case fans, some are quite quiet, like the one with the orange blades, but again they don't provide the pressure. And the Antecs I've used were low CFM case fans. If you are looking for something to get air through high restriction you can't get much better than this with this noise level. I love that they don't have LEDs, as they are in a 24x7 server in the bedroom. They replaced some XSPC fans that were noisier with less static pressure. I also like that they come PWM, with 3pin and molex adapters. I know I used the word 'pressure' a lot here, but that's what this fan is about, a good amount of _push_ through radiator fins. This isn't a case fan.

Cons: Not really best for a case fan, where you can get away with less pressure and noise. And I miss the old days when fans came with grills...

Other Thoughts: If you want 'silent', 'low noise', 'whisper quiet' or whatever, then live with static pressure below 2, and CFM below about 50 in a 120mm fan. Don't expect whatever you get to work well attached to a large CPU cooler with dense fins or a high FPI rad. If you need a fan for these applications, and are willing to pick up some noise to get optimum results, this is a good choice.

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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Hot. As in performance. Fast. Overclocked to 4.7 on water (still working on higher), and it's been stable. Boots fast, games fast and smooth. This will serve me well for at least the next 3 years (with appropriate GPU upgrades). Good deal for the money.

Cons: Hot. Yea, hot as in temperature. At normal clocks, it's just fine but the whole point of the unlocked proc is that it is to be overclocked. To hobble this chip with cheap TIM is a shame. After almost 2 months on water and not seeing the temps I want, I delidded it and replaced the TIM and dropped the temps 7~10c across the cores. Really Intel. You have a good solder process, and dump it for cheap TIM globbed on like injected Twinkie filling.

Other Thoughts: Delidding is not for the faint of heart, or those who value their warranty. I waited almost 2 months to do it, making sure the proc was otherwise fine.

Lots of performance, lots of promise, hobbled by bad temps.

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Display Name: Lois S.

Date Joined: 08/11/03

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  • First Review: 07/22/12
  • Last Review: 11/19/13
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