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Pros: Reliable. Stress tested all of them and ran extended tests using Western Digital's software. No failures, all performed excellently
Cons: Couple of minor quips.
1) They're noisy.
2) The screw holes on the bottom aren't tapped deep enough to accept a standard length screw. This was a PITA as they were being mounted in trays with tight tolerances in a rackmount NAS and the screws wouldn't seat down all the way making installation of the trays impossible. The old drives were WD RE 1TB, no problems. This was the first (and hopefully the only) time I've ever had to run to *HOME DEPOT* to install a hard drive.
Pros: Sturdy. Looks nice.
Cons: Had 2 of them fail inside of 2 days -- the second one didn't last 2 hours. Brand new PSUs powering brand new hardware. And it was Ivy-bridge, not Haswell.
Other Thoughts: Seasonic is a renowned brand in the PSU industry that are recognized as being head-and-shoulders above their similarly priced competitors. I've gone through 12-15 SS-300/350/400ET for all of the new systems and PSU replacements here at my office. Not a single failure -- some are still going strong after years. Really not sure why these 2 particular units failed, they were both S12II 430Bs b/c Newegg didn't have the SS-300ETs in stock at the time.
They were powering a fairly typical run-of-the-mill business system(s) (19 systems like this total):
ASUS P8H77-M/CSM or P8Q77-M/CSM
Intel Core-i5 3570K
8GB (2x4) Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600 1.5V
Samsung 840PRO 128GB
Western DIgital Black 500GB
Plextor PX-891SAW or PX-L890SA
Fractal Design Core 1000
Pros: Fast, runs cooler, essentially a more refined 6970
The fan shroud makes the card too "thick" to stack on top of another card. For a mobo like mine (Rampage IV Gene PCIe x16, x16, x8), this meant that I couldn't install both cards on the x16 bus, which downclocked the entire setup to x8.
2. Screen Tearing:
Display port seems to be on a different internal clock than the "legacy" connections (DVI-D, HDMI, etc.), resulting in screen tearing on the DP monitor (if your pri monitor is DVI-D/HDMI), or screen tearing on the 2 legacy monitors if your pri monitor is DP. VSync does not correct the issue. Very annoying. The legacy bus does not support 3 monitors, so one monitor has to be DP.
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