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Nippon Labs NL-35USB-ESATA-BK Aluminum 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This actually has internal connections for both SATA and PATA drives. The product is listed as SATA only - so the PATA option was a pleasant surprise.

USB/eSATA selector switch.

Enclosure power switch.

Luckily, installation was pretty easy to figure out - as no instructions are provided.

Drive mounting method works reasonably well. Reasonable fit & finish. Aluminum case fits drive well and does a good job dissipating heat.

Comes with all needed parts & cables. Even includes a screw driver!

So far, USB & eSATA performance seems typical.

Cons: The functional label on the rear of the enclosure fell off due to insufficient adhesive. Easy enough for me to fix with superglue. This label is important because it covers openings on the rear of the case. Leaving the label off would be a problem because electronics are right near the openings.

No instructions at all.

The light on the front is about 65mmx2mm & glows bright red when idle & bright magenta when active. It's pretty bright & too bright for my tastes. Choosing bright red as the idle color is pretty questionable because most people equate red lights with hardware failure.

Other Thoughts: Green or blue lighting would have been better.

I wish the case's end pieces were black instead of imitation chrome.

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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great value. Quality board. Nice layout. 8+2 phase power, heatsinked. Good BIOS.

Cons: None really. I suppose only one PCIex16 slot would be a limitation to some - but I'm running a single video card setup.

Other Thoughts: It was really easy for me to set this up. I teamed this board with a 1090T, 8GB of GSkill Ripjaws (CL8), 500GB WD Black drive and an EVGA 550ti video board. Everything just worked. No need to update BIOS. My board shipped with the F4 BIOS, which is current enough for me.

I have everything installed in a well ventilated large tower that includes a 120mm crossflow fan. Anyway, this motherboard runs fairly cool (including NB).

I'm not overclocking. I also disabled Turbocore in BIOS as I've had mixed experiences with it enabled on other builds. I'm running the 1090T at the stock 3.2ghz and undervolted by about 0.3v. Yes, this helps keep the CPU cool. Under heavy load, CPU temps stay below 45C.

This build replaced an older build consisting of a 1090T installed on an older AM2+ MSI board w/4GB of DDR2 RAM. I expected some performance boost going from the old AM2+ build to this AM3+ build but - WOW - big difference. This AM3+ setup has much better overall performance.

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4EG HD155UI 1.5TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Capacity & price.

Cons: Required firmware upgrade. Upgraded firmware corrects bug that could cause data corruption.

Had to jump through a few hoops to get the drive partitioned & formatted correctly for use on XP 64.

Other Thoughts: Good value & performance.

Firmware upgrade a pain. Had to install the drive in a PC (should be the only drive installed), boot off a USB thumb drive & run the upgrade from it.

Apparently, due to XP64 & my MB's chipset drivers, getting the drive to format was a pain (format would hang about 1024GB into the format). What I had to do:

- Created two partitions (#1: 1024gb and #2: 373.26gb) - both formatted via "quick format"

- ran Samsung's Advanced Format Utility (acronis align tool) to align the partitions on 4k boundaries. If you are using XP or Vista & don't do this, the drive probably won't work right.

- Fully formatted partition 1 (1024gb) - selected 4k sectors.

- To fully format partition 2 (373.26): installed drive in external USB enclosure and used Samsung's Format Utility v2.5 (it only works for external USB drives). I had to do this because XP 64's format tools would hang when attempting to format the 2nd partition.

Kind of a pain, but the drive now wor

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Eric K.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric K.

Date Joined: 01/31/07

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/21/08
  • Last Review: 06/02/12
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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