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This review is from: Rosewill RX-C200 2.5" SSD / HDD Aluminum Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay
Pros: Made from aluminum and quite sturdy
Cons: Completely unusable in any PC case I've ever come across
Other Thoughts: I bought one of these to mount a 2.5" SSD into a 3.5" bay in one of my users' PCs maybe 2 years ago. Didn't fit, bought a different adapter. Over the course of these two years, I've continually tried to use this adapter in a variety of PC cases, and it hasn't worked in ANY of them. No holes on the bottom of the adapter means no bottom mounting, and the holes in the sides don't line up with anything. It truly was a waste of money, and I'm glad NewEgg has apparently discontinued them. The less expensive plastic adapters are infinitely more useful.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reasonably priced, good quality
Cons: Sensitive to damage due to poor packaging
Other Thoughts: I've purchased dozens of these hard drives to use in our central backup system here at work, and have experienced ZERO problems with them. I like them so much that I use them at home as well.
However, they seem sensitive to damage due to poor packaging during shipping. Since NewEgg has always had problems packing bulk HDs for shipping, I would not buy *this* version of the drive from NewEgg.
This same exact drive is sold by Toshiba in very nice protective retail packaging as the PH3300U-1I72, and is sold here at NewEgg for only $10 more. That extra $10 buys you an extra year's warranty as well, so it's money well spent.
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.