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EVGA 110-B1-0750-VR 80 PLUS Bronze Modular 750W NVIDIA SLI Ready and Crossfire Support  Active PFC ATX12V EPS12V Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've been running a commodity hardware datacenter for 4 years now and I've trialing these for a year now and no clear problems so far.

I got into this PSU because its the only PSU for the price that delivers 2x CPU power lines (I always run mid-top tier last gen hardware, which generally cost 10% of current gen hardware, around 160 for chips & board, but has 70% the perf of current gen top-tier hardware).

Cons: Minor noise problem if used in a bedroom

Other Thoughts: The thing I've noticed is that unless you're overclocking (in which case ignore what I have to say), PSUs at this range tend to lose their protection benefits after 4 years. But by that time the hardware they're attached to are worth less than the PSU, and you're probably in need of an excuse for a replacement anyways. So when that storm comes in and wipes out a few chips & boards you can throw them away like potato chips & cardboard.

The only imperative to remember when using these PSUs is to NOT carry them over to a new system even if they're working. You wouldn't drag an old door rug to a new house would you? like wise don't reuse burner PSUs

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TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Better performance than other drives around this same price range
Great capacity
Inexpensive

Cons: Sips a bit more power than the WD greens, but is overshadowed by the improved perf

Other Thoughts: Perfect for your next commodity hardware deep storage NAS/SAN. Desktops nower days should all have SSDs anyways. Spinning platter is really there for passive storage.

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Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast transfer rate (over 150MB read, 65MB write goodput, that's right, measured goodput, not theoretical throughput) for an affordable disk
Have not seen longer than 10ms average latency on this disk
Quiet, it makes about 2x the noise of a EARX when its going through a thrash test. But the EARX is already near non-audible, so 2x of hardly anything is still barely noticeable.

Cons: Uses more power than a caviar green (EARX), near 50% increase in use and heat.
SMART data is a bit confusing. Seagate choses to present data in a non-atomic manner, causing some people to believe their disks to have seek errors when they don't. Luckly windows interprets this correctly. (upper nibble is the actual errors, lower 3 bytes is a seek counter)

Other Thoughts: I ignore DoA reviews, they don't say much except "I'm unhappy because I got a broken device" these reviews tend to scale up linearly with volume sold which is why they're most prominent in low cost devices such as this.

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XIN W.'s Profile

Display Name: XIN W.

Date Joined: 02/21/11

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 04/26/11
  • Last Review: 11/18/15
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