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Pros: This is a hard drive review so it won’t have a ton of different things to look at but I will do my best at evaluating the features of this drive that would interest me. The first thing I noticed with this drive was the enormous capacity! I had a home server not too long ago that had 10TB of useable storage (I have since upgraded) and I was pleased with that for my whole house! I find this product to be very interesting because of its market position and target customer. I personally would not jump to this drive for a NAS because it seems that it would be better suited to individual enclosures/desktop computers as opposed to use in a NAS. As a NAS drive it would be good but way overkill compared to some other NAS options, this drive really shines as a personal drive/something in a desktop. The extremely high single capacity coupled with its impressive speed really doesn’t mean much for an in home/small business NAS but for a creative professional or someone else who may need these requirements it is an exceptional piece of hardware! The drive also comes with a 5-year warranty which instills confidence and it feels like a premium product, not like they skimped just to cost the device down.
Cons: I did not find any major issues but with the combination of these three minor issues I decided to deduct a star. I found that the drive did make a bit of noise, especially under sustained loads which may have just been more noticeable to me because I was testing it on an open air bench but after some completely subjective comparison testing against a couple other drives (of smaller capacity) it was definitely louder, which may be a major consideration if creating/reviewing/editing content that involves audio right next to this device. I also wish the speeds were a little higher but that seems to be a limitation of mechanical drives, not necessarily the drives fault. And finally the price is a bit of a turn off for me BUT I am not the target demographic for this drive, I am not a creative professional and IMHO this drive is overkill for a NAS, save some money and get something designed specifically for a NAS (every HDD manufacturer has something just for NAS’s).
Other Thoughts: In this other section I was going to put the performance numbers but since everyone and their dog already has them listed I figured I would just try to include some information that would be helpful and not necessarily in every other review.
I noticed the drive was a bit heavier than I expected, which may be an annoyance if you plan on transporting this thing around in an external enclosure but is also a sign that they did not skimp on quality componentry.
The drive also has some funky mounting that surprised me when I went to put it in my test bench, the middle holes on the drive were not there which is how I normally attach drives to my open air bench; just something to keep in mind.
This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
Pros: I could not test the full throughput of this modem but it did provide the same “full” bandwidth from my provider that I pay for (or at least as close as can be expected). This is a pretty nice cable modem that I cannot find any serious issues with but I have limited requirements. The first thing I noticed upon unboxing this modem was that it is much smaller than modems a few years ago which should make it easier to “hide” or put in discrete locations. It also has a very neutral and unobtrusive appearance so even if you have to have it easily visible it should be quiet inoffensive. I also found the included black Ethernet cable with a yellow plug convenient because it was easy for me to locate on my switch but discrete while run. I did not notice any strange noises while running such as coil whine or that strange hum/buzz that some old/cheap modems may exhibit. I also had no connectivity issues with my ISP when trying to use this modem which is a surprise considering my ISPs usual customer service….
The take-away from the pros section is that I was pleasantly surprised by the discrete aesthetic and the small size of the unit which makes it that much easier to hide even in plain sight.
Cons: After seeing how small and discrete this unit is I was a little disappointed at how bright the LEDs are. I am not 100% if it is just the brightness that bothered me or the fact that they blink/flash occasionally but that is basically par for the course for most networking devices.
I also found that the device does generate a noticeable amount of heat under sustained load, just make sure not to bury it and try to keep it open (IE on top of a bookshelf?) or it may affect the lifespan/QoS.
Other Thoughts: It’s a cable modem and I cannot fully test the capacity because my connection is not over 100 mbps but compared to my old moto surfboard it is giving me the same consistent speeds with speedtest and it is much more discrete. I like the size and am pleased to find a reasonably priced reliable modem from a reputable brand! I plan on using this modem for its lifespan now that I have it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The Corsair SF600 is a nice addition Corsairs lineup and proves to be quite the competition for other SFX power supplies.
I was happy to see another reliable SFX PSU on the market since 1-2 years ago you basically only had 1 option if you wanted reliability, and it was not the prettiest option in the world. Fortunately, Corsair has used their extensive experience in beautifying products to make this SFX PSU look just as good as anything else in their lineup. The market for SFX PSUs is still slim, for example when I searched for fully modular SFX PSUs I found 1 other option on Newegg other than this PSU and its little brother but this does indicate that there will be more options going forward.
Speaking of being a fully modular PSU, this thing is!!!! I don’t really understand why all SFX PSU’s over 300w’s are not modular because the point of using an SFX PSU is to have a small build where space is constrained, wouldn’t cable space be at a premium?
This PSU has some very accommodating/generous connector options that allow for you to pretty much hook anything up within reason but does lack in SATA connectivity (see more info in other).
Another feature that I really appreciate is the zero RPM fan mode when only running at low loads. It really is nice to have that option. When doing light work on a machine with this PSU it can be dead silent, and thanks to the 80 plus gold efficiency and the relatively high wattage, it does hit the zero RPM mode regularly.
Finally, I do want to mention the aesthetic because it is a pretty good looking PSU so if you have a space constrained build you can still have it look good! I like that they use neutral colors so it should match with most color schemes pretty well.
Cons: I could only find a few cons with this product and none of them are real serious or deal breakers for me personally.
The PSU is a little pricey but Corsair knows what they have and they know that the SFX market is not loaded with premium options like this PSU. I think this PSU is worth it if you need the wattage that this can supply.
Another demerit is the fact that this does not come with a full size ATX PSU to SFX adapter which I would this this would come with considering the price you are paying for it. But then again, I do understand the thought behind it being you would only really want to use an SFX PSU in a system that needs and SFX PSU. More thoughts in other.
Another con would be the lack of SATA connectors but I will touch more on that in other.
Other Thoughts: The more I think about it the more I think that most of the cons I am citing revolve/stem from this PSU being an SFX PSU.
In regards to not having an ATX to SFX adapter, I do wish this PSU came with one for the price and the fact that this is a relatively high wattage unit that could be used in a micro-ATX build or mini-ITX build where the case could have mounting for an ATX PSU but using an SFX would save valuable space.
A concern I wanted to touch upon was the limited amount of SATA connectors. Now I personally do not need more than what was provided and I cannot imagine needing more, unless you are going to be running this PSU in a one stop shop router/home server and want to include a RAID array. I can easily see using 4 for a RAID5 and being out of luck if you have a fan controller or separate drive for your OS, I would definitely have liked to see more SATA connectors but I can see Corsairs reasoning behind only including a small amount of SATA connectors, it being for SFF builds.
Overall I think this is a great product that can be awesome for most people but it does have some limitations that you should take into consideration. If you have the money to spend, don’t need too many SATA connectors (or are going to work around it), and need and SFX PSU then this product will serve you very well!