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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * 8 Drives - none DOA or failed yet.
* 3 year warranty on Reds vs Green's 2 year
* Low power consumption
* Fast(er) for large/cheap storrage drives

Cons: * Expensive... Watch them for a while they occasionally drop around 145 w/ some coupons or rebates.

Other Thoughts: Built a 8 drive raid10 array using mdadm and Gentoo Linux. Using cheap high point 640l pcie raid cards, on an old amd 975 16GB ddr2 build w/ an hx620 and RPC-4020 chassis.

Using dd to benchmark I ran numerous tests using different block sizes from 8K to 8M, and file sizes varrying from 10GB to 200GB the results were pretty consistent. Read speed varied between 525-575MB/s, write speed varied between 450-475MB/s.

The initial sync topped out around 600MB/s, took aruond 5 1/2hrs.

Got almost 10.9 usuable TB out of the array ( 12TB advertised size @ 1k block size )

Have collectively written and read over 20TB to this array without issue. Temps stay around 30*c at idle, 35*c at load, 25*c ambient. Smart tests all show fine, not a single error or issue to report so far.

I have no doubt these drives are reliable, given my vast experience with WD blue and green drives, so far the DOA rate is superior in my experience. I will probably pick up another one and add it as a hot-spare to the array to automatically fail over to in case one does die. Otherwise I hope to get 5 years use out of them.

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Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Disappointing air flow 07/18/2010

This review is from: Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan

Pros: * Very Silent - they are inaudible in a case at any distance even at 900-950rpm
* Fairly inexpensive for how quiet they are (better deals then newegg)

Cons: * There's no way they flow @ 40cfm. I bought 3 of them and compared them next to 4 other 120mm & 80mm fans I have rated around 30-40cfm (stock, cheap ones mainly). And they ALL pushed a significant more amount of air. I know its difficult to accurately gauge this, but you can feel the difference when its THAT large of one. I would say they aren't even 30, but maybe..

Other Thoughts: * I bought these to throw on a Swiftech MCR320 to create a quiet water cooling system. They do not really do the job so well (that radiator/fins are designed for low flow fans). I think ill probably sacrifice another 5dba and go for fans that are actually 40cfm or maybe 50..

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Cisco Small Business SRW2016 Gigabit Switch with WebView
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Can't beat this switch for the price! 03/05/2010

This review is from: Cisco Small Business SRW2016 Gigabit Switch with WebView

Pros: -Gigabit switch w/ 2 miniGBIC slots.
-Web Management
-Haven't had a glitch, reboot, or problem in nearly a year.
-5 year warranty
-Cant touch the price for the functionality of it.
-Great VLAN support

Cons: -IE only Web management (see other thoughts)
-fans (not a biggie)
-serial interface is lacking functionality
-Telnet is a security hole

Other Thoughts: -For all the "Unix admins" out there complaining about the web management : Has anyone else heard of IE on Wine for *nix or IE on Mac?? It runs this UI beautifully, no need for a full VM load or a MS PC... You think you would research that prior to buying this switch.. I did, even though it is a huge gripe with this switch, i'm not going to deduct points because i accepted it before purchasing. IE on Wine runs great for things like this.
-The fans aren't any louder then the servers I have on the rack with it, although for a switch it is loud, but not too many switches or rack systems are silent, soo...
-I used this on my personal server rack that is connected to and monitors about 350 Unix servers across my WAN, and couldn't have been more satisfied with this purchase.

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Display Name: Chris F.

Date Joined: 08/15/06

  • Reviews: 54
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  • First Review: 09/05/07
  • Last Review: 01/28/13
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