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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Lots of features, has been on the market for some time.
Cons: Recently received boards buggy, BSOD all the time for no reason.
Other Thoughts: I've built 12 computers using this motherboard over the last year or two for research-related use. The first 9 computers went together without a problem and have experienced no problems in service.
However, the last three motherboards I've received (between June and September of this year) have all been problematic...all three computers have had serious BSOD problems. We've tried all sorts of remedies, from flashing the BIOS, replacing RAM/HD/PS, totally reinstalling Windows 7 x64 from scratch, and nothing fixes it. The thing will even BSOD during the Windows install process. Run a stress test on the computer, and it could go 36 hours before locking up, or 5 minutes. There's no rhyme nor reason to this.
Replaced the motherboard in one machine with a similar ASUS motherboard, reusing all components (HD, RAM, processor, etc.), and had zero problems with it after that.
I can only assume that something has changed with these motherboards...maybe a bad batch of components or something. I've built at least 60 computers with Gigabyte motherboards over the last 5 years and had zero problems with them until now. Hopefully they'll take these back and exchange them for something else.
Pros: Great drives, never had one fail
Cons: Bulk version has a shorter warranty and stands a better chance of arriving DOA
Other Thoughts: These drives are NOT 'mislabeled'. Toshiba makes ONE 3TB drive, the DT01ACA300. It is sold in bulk packaging a "DT01ACA300", and in a retail version as the "PH3300U-1I72". I've bought at least two dozen of the PH3300U-1I72 drives over the last year, and all of the mechanisms inside the box have been "DT01ACA300".
What you get with the retail version is (a) a drive that stands a better chance of arriving in good working condition due to the excellent cushioning inside the box, and (b) a 3-year warranty instead of the 2-year warranty you get with the bulk version.
There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that these mechanisms don't like being shipped unless packaged really well, which is unfortunately not something NewEgg is known for. I have not yet had any of my PH3300U-1I72 drives fail, so I strongly suggest you purchase this version, and not the bulk version.
This review is from: iStarUSA T-7-SA 1x5.25" Bay Military Series SATA Mobile Rack
Pros: Good construction quality
Cons: Fans fail over time
Other Thoughts: I've purchased literally dozens of these removable trays over the past 6 years...we use them at work for transporting large amounts of data. This same exact unit has been sold by several different companies over the years...iStarUSA is just one of them. Do a search on SNT 135-B to find another...same exact unit (for less money).
They work well enough and have been pretty reliable, but as others have mentioned, the fans on them tend to fail. It's not much of an issue if you install these in a desktop with large cooling fans pulling air from the front, but if used in a small 5.25" external case, it could be a problem. I've tried replacing the fans, but regular 40mm fans don't work well. At this point, I just disconnect and remove the fans when they start to go bad, and haven't had any problems (since they're all used with desktops).