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Seagate Hybrid Drive  ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Decent performance, cache too small 03/02/2014

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drive ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD

Pros: Performance is decent, and the 8GB cache helps as long as your workload is highly repetitive. Drive is quiet and has minimal vibration. Seems robust: it works for now, despite Newegg's attempt to destroy the drive by shipping it loose in the box.

Cons: For a 2TB drive, 8GB cache is too small (less than 0.5% of the drive capacity). It's helpful mainly if you reboot a lot or run the same few applications all the time. If your workload actually spans large data sets, the cache doesn't help that much. 32GB cache would be much better. My warranty probably is void due to Newegg's poor packaging.

Other Thoughts: Horrible packaging by Newegg. The bare drive was shipped to me loose in a small cardboard box without any protective padding at all. The drive bounced around enough to poke several small holes from the inside of the box. Seagate needs to send some training materials to Newegg to teach them how to properly handle and package hard drives.

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX gaming board with double-sided ROG Armor, 23C-degrees cooler CrossChill and 120dB SNR, 600ohm audio
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So far, totally stable and no functional problems. Very good layout overall, with some minor issues (see below). Lots of fan headers, some with extensive software control (CPU and CHA_1,2,3 headers). Excellent on-board audio when using the front-panel jack. ROG armor looks nice, but that's very minor since I'm the only one seeing it.

Cons: The CMOS battery and socketed ROM are underneath the plastic ROG armor, so replacing these parts will be extremely painful (armor is secured by screws on the back of the motherboard). ASUS should have built a hatch into the armor to allow access to these parts.

mPCIe area is extremely crowded and difficult to install. You have an OPT_FAN header, 4-pin CPU power, mPCIe slot, and two WiFi antennas all competing for the same tiny space.

NGFF slot only allows for small cards (2242 officially, though 2260 might fit) and offers only 1X PCIe 2.0 lane, so a high-performance NGFF SSD will be bandwidth constrained.

Other Thoughts: The best parts of the SupremeFX audio (CS4398 DAC and TPA6120 amp) only apply to the front-panel audio jack (AAFP connector on the board). The rear-panel green jack is driven by the Realtek ALC1150's internal DAC and a NE5532 op-amp. You will want to use the front-panel headphone jack on your case for best sound quality.

I have a large CPU cooler (Zalman CNPS10X), and it overhangs the first DIMM slot. I am unable to use DIMMs with high-profile heatsinks due to the close proximity of CPU socket and DIMM slots.

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SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Totally dependable, silent at most times (no coil whine on my unit), and fully modular. After installing this PSU, I've never had to think about it or worry about it powering my dual GPUs and overclocked CPU. Voltages are all stable and well within ATX specs.

Cons: Looking through the rear grille, I can see that my PSU is missing one of the screws that attaches the circuit board to the casing. I'm disappointed that Seasonic's QA would miss something like this. When I mount the PSU with its fan facing downward, I can see some bending of the circuit board due to the missing screw.

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Display Name: Jeffery L.

Date Joined: 04/16/03

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  • Last Review: 03/02/14
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