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WD Red 2TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EFRX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Two out of the three original drives put into service in a RAID-Z array are still working after 60 days, and that ain't bad...

Cons: One of three drives fell out of the array after 60 days so solidly full of errors the RAID volume refused to mount and WDDIAG fails it the instant the quick test starts. I now have a degraded array which undoubtedly we will all soon be informed that "this is not the intended experience with this product".

Other Thoughts: Red is not WD's best color.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - Black
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Needed an ITX case that held at least 4x drives was compact and didn't break the bank. This case fits that need perfectly (with the fourth drive being secured in the 5.25" bay)

Cons: The front panel cables are *excessively* long. I have them all bunched up running to the back of the case before they loop back to the front of the motherboard. Still, would rather have that than being too short.

Other Thoughts: The back of the case is odd with protrusions for an ATX power supply and add-in cards. They should have just made the case about 3/4" longer. Would have been nice as well if the drive trays had some vibration isolation, but probably not going to happen at this price point!

Intel BOXDQ77KB LGA 1155 Intel Q77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: in relatively low in thrills but outstanding stability. Some very interesting features in terms of connectivity. Makes an outstanding low power build since it uses (mostly) laptop components. BIOS is very easy to get around in and setup, even includes some mild overclocking stuff...

Cons: in the board has some quirks and missing features. Nothing that makes it a deal breaker, but things that do give you pause. For instance, AMT cannot be disabled on this board...a feature I have no need for...and the SATA power cable needs to be about 3" longer.

Other Thoughts: Paired this with an HP 120w "smart" laptop powersupply purchased from the jungle for about 20 bucks. Powers the board, an i3-3220T 35W CPU, 8GB DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM Mushkin RAM, a 32GB mSATA boot SSD, and 4x 3.5" HDDs for a 24x7 headless Openindiana based server.


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Display Name: Mike N.

Date Joined: 03/02/02


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  • Reviews: 87
  • Helpfulness: 34
  • First Review: 03/13/02
  • Last Review: 12/04/12
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