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Pros: Have 2 WD RE3 drives in RAID1 in a PC that runs constantly, and they NEVER give any issues. Temps are good, Benchmarks are respectable. The redundancy is for critical data and they DO NOT disappoint.
Cons: None - When I bought these in Jan 2009 they cost more than double current price, but worth EVERY penny; Then and Now!
Other Thoughts: This review is an UPDATE to one I left nearly 4 years ago, and is just to report that I continue to be amazed at the WD reliability of these drives. I have an older Cosmos 1000 case that is HUGE, but handles the largest Motherboards and GPU's in SLI, and the HDD area is laid out like a server rack, with slide out drawers for the Drives. It has these two WD RE3 1TB drives in RAID 1, and also two Ancient Maxtors in RAID 0 for fast Gaming, and early last year moved the OS Win7 64-bit to a Samsung 840 PRO SSD.
These drives are big, inexpensive, and impressive with a proven track record.
I always read reviews extensively before purchasing, and hope you find this helpful. Cheers.
Pros: These cards (have 2 in SLI) run cool (32C idle -> 60C under load) and can deal with anything I throw at them. Also nice & QUIET. I'm more of a BlackOps2, CivilizationV, FarCry gamer, and haven't pushed them with more GPU intense games like Crysis, etc. IMHO no newer GTX has been a big enough leap ahead to upgrade until maybe the latest GTX 700 Series cards coming out now.
Cons: Fan speed is tolerable, but noticeably louder at higher temps (I use MSI Afterburner software to regulate fan speed for optimal cooling). So, consider that if you're willing to tolerate higher temps, the fans will run slower & quieter..
Other Thoughts: I moved to two of these GTX460's in SLI from a single HD 4870 that was very loud (like a leaf blower) and h-o-t (80-90C with same games mentioned above).
Your CASE makes a difference - I run a CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 (massive) that has 6 - 120mm fans strategically located for good cross ventilation (2-bottom, 2-top, 1-front, 1-rear), and I run a water cooled CPU. It's not silent, but just purrs along. With the old HD4870, I had to use headphones to keep from going deaf/crazy LOL.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: Since having a couple of bad experiences with Vista (are there any other kind), I have resistantly clung to XP Pro for dear life. After reading the good reviews and toying with systems running Win7, I decided I should move forward - but I didn't totally let go of the past. I did a clean install into a dual boot configuration with WinXP Pro / Win7 Pro 64bit. Honestly, that was a mistake!!! I should have cut the cord and gone straight over to Win7, since I NEVER find the need to slip back to WinXP. It was a real waste of energy. The boot up & shut down times are phenomenal compared to XP. Some bits are too foo-foo for me but many of the features & 'gadgets' are indispensable . For me, it was a change worth making & I recommend Win7 highly.
Cons: I liked the bare-bones look of WinXP Pro better - I'm a minimalist.
Other Thoughts: Intel DX58SO
Intel i7 920 (not OC'd)
6GB RAM (3x2GB)
2 x ASUS ENGTX 460 1GB - SLI (28-32deg@idle, 45-60deg@full load)
Corsair H50 High Performance CPU Cooler (Sealed System)
2 x 1TB WD RE3 HDD - RAID1
2 x 300GB Maxtor HDD - RAID0
Samsung SH-S183L CD/DVDW
Samsung SH-S223C CD/DVDW
BFG ES-800 PSU
APC - NS1050 Back-UPS
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 Case - keeps system chilly
Win7 Pro 64bit / WinXP Pro Dual Boot
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