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Pros: Installed into a Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D, and by default this was set to DDR3-1600 at 1.5V. Loaded the XMP profile, and started running DDR3-2133 at 1.6V. I dropped the timings from 10-12-12-28 to 9-10-10-27 and that tightening worked just fine also. System is totally stable.
Cons: None I can think of.
Other Thoughts: Standard height (not low-profile), with black, non-garish heatspreaders...runs better than advertised, what's not to like?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Thin, light, well-constructed (despite extensive use of plastic), matte screen, 1080p resolution, backlit keyboard, keyboard is amongst the best I've used on a consumer-grade notebook.
Cons: Bloatware, bloatware, bloatware...took nearly 30 minutes to remove all of the bloatware.
Other Thoughts: Battery life is OK (neither all-day nor noticeably short). I bought this for my wife, a casual user who will do basic photo, music, office tasks on it. It will perform these tasks with aplomb at a reasonable price. Upgrading the 1TB HDD to a 250GB SSD was very straightforward.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am using this as my primary genomic dataset decompression/analysis/recompression drive. It replaced the competitor’s highest-end consumer-grade performance hard drive, which also has a five year warranty. Sustained writes of 170MB/s are amongst the highest I’ve seen from a single (mechanical/platter-based) hard drive. For comparison, the drive it replaced topped out at 150MB/s according to my testing. This Seagate drive also has slightly lower latencies than the drive it replaced. At idle it pulls a few watts less than the drive it replaced. Finally, it is noticeably quieter (though in an enterprise setting this is irrelevant).
Cons: It runs a few degrees warmer than its predecessor (it’s in the same spot in the same case so I am confident in that assessment). The system also pulls 2-3 watts more under sustained use as measured from the wall controlling for the addition of the SAS controller card I installed.
Other Thoughts: Moving from a high-end consumer drive to this enterprise drive yielded minor performance increases given my usage scenario; I am most pleased that it is quieter than the drive it replaced though as alluded to most purchasers likely will not put this in an mATX case that’s sitting on a workstation desk. Of course, I unfortunately can’t yet comment on one important aspect of a hard drive, reliability.READ FULL REVIEW