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Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap.
Reasonably fast.
Pretty good write speed (saw 100 MB/s to a RAID 0 dynamic disk). This (and the limited number of writes) is an SSD's weak spot. Especially consider this as a swap drive if you record video of whatever you're doing on your computer.
For shipping, they are wrapped in antistat, and then in nice, thick, air-cushioned pouches.
Quiet.

Cons: Gotcha: No SATA cables.

Other Thoughts: Bought a pair for RAID 1 btrfs.
The drive's seeking sound is a glassy pinging noise, which you won't hear unless you have extremely quiet/silent fans.
Haven't had these for years yet, so can't comment on reliability.

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SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty Good 04/25/2014

This review is from: SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler

Pros: Pretty safe for transport once installed. Comes with a sticky foam shim to ensure good contact.
Pretty good NB temperature reading even before my thermal compound (Arctic Silver Ceramique 2) set.

Cons: No proper baseplate. The construction of the base part is basically a bunch of fins which were very carefully bent to form the base/radiator assembly, and ground down very flat. This means two corners of my NB aren't perfectly covered with copper, and if your NB is bigger than mine... be careful. I suggest sticking some thermal compound on, sticking this thing on your NB, taking it off, and seeing where the imprint is. If the imprint goes into the gaps in coverage too deeply, you might not want to power your computer up with this installed.
Had to hack the install of this with a pair of nylon nuts/bolts. The 'universal' slots on the base assembly were very slightly too short for my NB to attach with the included hardware. With another 1/8" (and maybe some reinforcement ribbing), this really would be universal.

Other Thoughts: Blue LEDs go pretty well (aesthetically) with Geforce GTX lettering on nVidia's reference coolers.

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Arctic Silver CMQ2-25G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Properly applied, this drops your [insert hot chip here] temps. Exactly how much depends on the chip, the cooler, and the reference thermal compound. CPUs will get a few degrees cooler.
Used on Asus/AMD Radeon HD 4670 with Asus' big aluminum HSF. Load temps were 60C with reference compound (slightly non-reference cooler). I spread some AS Ceramique II over the heatsink, and load temps dropped to around 55C after it was done setting in.
Cheap.
Lasts for at least a year before the thermal interface needs to be resurfaced, assuming you don't move it. I haven't gotten this stuff to degrade, so I don't know the practical limit.

Cons: There are more potent thermal compounds out there.

Other Thoughts: My favorite method is to put it on the heatsink and spread with a razor blade, but it's touchy and only going to work properly on convex heat spreaders. If you do that on a concave surface (i.e. Intel CPU), you'll get air bubbles.
Takes several thermal cycles before it sets up properly.

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Display Name: Peter S.

Date Joined: 01/15/14

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/25/14
  • Last Review: 04/25/14
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