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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Have been running 6 of these in RaidZ2 with FreeNAS for just over a year, total actual running time around 7500 hours. Automated SMART tests and ZFS scrubs have never detected any errors.

Drives are fast enough for backups and file sharing. iSCSI across gigabit ethernet usually peaks at 500-600 Mbps.

Cons: Nothing in particular

Other Thoughts: Not the fastest drives but you don't need always need the fastest. These are fine for bulk storage.

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HP ZR30w Black 30
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Clearly superior to my three year old Samsung 26" 1920x1200 TN-TFT. Huge amount of desktop space for working with Lightroom, Photoshop, Eclipse, Google Earth, maps, etc. Hooked it up via included dual link DVI cable and loaded color profile from included CD. Looking at a few free monitor calibration images show it is close right out of the box. Zero bad pixels.

Fast shipping: Ordered Thanksgiving morning with free 3-day shipping and received it on Monday.

Cons: Sparkly anti-glare is a well documented issue. It is quite obvious on this monitor but does not bother me. If sparklies bother you, look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: No OSD but any adjustments can easily be made through the video drivers.

Newegg photo shows an HDMI cable is included but mine came with a DisplayPort cable instead. Makes sense since monitor has only DVI and DisplayPort inputs.

Very bright even at lowest level.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought two of these for a total of 16GB, maxing out my Gigabyte P55 based board with an i7-860. Installed all four sticks and ran Memtest86+ with no errors. Windows 7 x64 picked up all the RAM automatically. Overall computer performance has improved noticeably, particularly for heavy photoshop work and when running multiple virtual machines in VMWare Workstation 7.

Cons: The name "Ripjaws" is kind of dumb.

Other Thoughts: I was torn between buying this or a new SSD. I think this was the better choice. I do not reboot often so once my daily-use programs are cached in memory the hard drive speed does not matter.

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Randall W.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall W.

Date Joined: 10/13/02

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 10/25/08
  • Last Review: 06/04/14
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