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MSI Gaming N760 TF 4GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Flawless mainstream gametype gameplay. Excellent rendering and plenty of RAM to go on!

Cons: The video card currently won't Play Blockland; a Steam-Supported, less-than-4Megabyte .exe file, 3D-Virtual World of just Blocks w/chat-Networking capabilities.
site:Blockland.us
This software is based on the famous Torque3D engine, which utilizes the OpenGL Driver, however once the Blockland generated .BLS file reaches over 11MB the OpenGL Driver fails for this video card. The card was swapped out for a simple HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M with just half the gigs of the this one and it worked fine well above 11MB!
NOTE to Point: Mobo was a simple gigabyte 78L series mobo under both tests, with a 85W 8-core Black edition processor & 8GB RAM
ALSO-
nVidia (this vidcard) Doesn't play too well with Linux, making me regret buying this card in the first place. Perhaps looking up a video on YT from Linus expressing his thoughts on nVidia will explain my frustration. This has been an ongoing problem with nVidia. This will be the last time I buy nVidia chipsets because of that and the OpenGL error messages I keep getting after loading up my city.

Other Thoughts: I received excellent framerates with APB however this card is from nVidia so an iNtel motherboard is your best companion for such a card but keep in mind iNtel BIOS users beware if you love your privacy!
I also recently learned that nVidia (the Company) isn't too kind with the Linux community so this limits nVidia's ability to work with a diverse range of operating systems which is quite crutial in today's economy.

Software-diversified video cards are the BEST choices for consumers especially if you're spending this kind of cash on single FRUs (field-replaceable) for longevity's sake.

With nVidia brings great disappointment, so I'll stick with AMD instead for now.

About: Me - A+ Certified, Degreed Embedded Systems Engineer with 20+ Years experience in the software, firmware and hardware sectors of Computers and Electronics.

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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 2TB

Cons: 1.WARNING: Start worrying after 2 years of useage.
2.If Temperatures are too cold this will destroy the heads in the drive.
3.Seagate places the SMART, bootloader and additional firmware onto the plates.
This is a problem because you no longer can swap out controller cards to troubleshoot and repair drives with controller failure issues.
4.Seagate isn't taking our requests seriously enough to do something about the Barracuda(TM) brands.
5.Diagnostic ports on Seagate are unauthorized for use by consumers who are trying to retrieve their data.
6.Their data recovery is pricey!

Other Thoughts: This isn't the only Seagate that crashed in the last 4 Years of buying them and if you do decide to... 2 things: buy in sets of 2 & Don't take your data seriously once you place it all on these pancakes.
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Drive life -
From: 12-01-2012 to 1-08-2014

Useage: External HDD (BACKUP DRIVE#1) - Replaced 2 out 4 of the ST31000528AS previously purchased (two ST31000528AS have since crashed).

Problem: Head crash (Mechanical Failure)
Here's what it's doing after 2Years of off/on operation from yet another unhappy customer who courageously(!?) decided to open his up: wDH6QQE4NUs ( the you tube)

Root Cause: Reason to believe, those blistering record-temps of Jan,2014 may be the possible culprit for the failure of this drive. It squealed like a pig before it did, giving the indication that head-wise this wasn't good. Could the culprit be condensation?

OVERALL: If you buy this drive, Seagate already knows the life expectancy of it and therefore warranty it just shy of that (like every company do). Barracudas crash, and they crash hard, beit software/firmware/hardware related it doesn't discriminate while taking your backups to the toilet. "Leave the Barracudas in the sea of gate."
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WISHES:

1.Seagate. Please make your HDDs accessible via the onboard diagnostics port to us all so we can truly see savings. Because with open source, everyone wins.

2.Please place HDD bootloader, diags, maintenance software all BACK onto the controller card, rather than the inner-plates so if ever the controller board crashes, it won't take partial firmware with it as we go to swap controller boards out to attempt to quick fix them or t-shoot.

3. Seagate. This is our data you're toying with. Please state pros/cons, applicable situations and life expectancy statistics on your FAQs page regarding all your drives (never happen) as to inform/warn us ahead of time.

Debug output you'll be facing once your Barracuda drive crashes:

Boot 0x40M
Spin Up
FAIL Servo Op=0100 Resp=0003
0100 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000

ResponseFrame 1A40 0000 0000 3940 0008 0000 0000 0000 0F47 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000 0000 0000 781E 8707 EFBD EE61 9799 AC4B 3B60 A075 4D4E 9D13 0000 007F 0004
0000 001E 0004 0000
FAIL Servo Op=0100 Resp=0003
0100 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000

ResponseFrame 22C0 0000 0000 39C0 0008 0000 0000 0000 0F30 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000 0000 0000 781E 8707 EFBD EE61 9799 AC4B 3B60 A075 4D4E 9D13 0000 007F 0004
0000 001E 0004 0000

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MASSCOOL NAS-390UES2R Rigid Aluminum body, Metal tray 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Pretty, Stable, Working

Cons: Picky

Other Thoughts: You have to be a Tech if you want to make sense out of this box. Yes; it does have loads of features however you'll need the CD that comes with it to unleash it. It's unfortunate that they discontinued it, due to it working so well and severely hurting the competition by the thou$ands, literally, which is why we'll never see another but on the other hand, there's one like it called the @CUBE V200. This too is discontinued however I have one, and am trying to clone it to make more of these because you can't EVEN get parts for neither of them so if you have one. take great care of it, seriously! BTW 4-Stars for lack of support, minor imperfections on Linux Networks (uploading) and no failure recovery howerver, overall TOTALLY WORTH THE HEADACHES!

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Display Name: Crystal K.

Date Joined: 01/23/10

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  • First Review: 12/09/12
  • Last Review: 05/02/14
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