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WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4001FAEX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great speed, price was great around the holidays got 10 of them for 189 each to help complete 50TB raid for my home theater setup. The drives were OEM but packed in the factory shipping box which had them secured very well. Generally this is what has lead people to having bad experiences since Newegg is know for bad shipping practices with Hard drives. I am guessing since i ordered 10 at a time, that kept them from being wrapped in bubble wrap and loosely shipped in boxes. I have had them up 99% of the time since 12/9 and have done checks on them weekly with no drive going bad or showing issues. Set up in raid 50 crystal mark showed sustained sequential 810MB writes 1085MB reads through lsi mega raid card... So far I have been pleased with black drives. I have owned many over the years and knock on wood have had great experiences with them compared to my luck with other drives. I definitely would buy again but waiting for price to come back down from the current listing.

Cons: They do run warm but i have plenty of cooling for them in my raid enclosure.

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996580
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good Timings, manufactured very well, Good quality all around. The name says it all!!! Came with 3dmarkvantage.
Reusable case and shipped very nicely in addition to being quick. Thanks NewEgg...

Cons: Not much leverage to put in chips due to head dissipater design. No biggie, used the cap of a fine point sharpie to press down into place by pressing on ram stick itself directly. um.. the only thing else is I wish I would have gotten two sets so I could have 8 GB... Oh well.. next time... Comes in a CD/dvd looking case and not in static bags.. Not a major con to me but may be to some others out there.

Other Thoughts: I tried 4 sets of crucial ballistix tracers and had all kinds of issues from bad ram to unstable memory with timings and voltage. Got FED up and went with Mushkin. I ordered 4 gigs of this 2x2gb and went in easily. Immediately enabled performance profile 4-4-4-12. Ran MEMTest86 for 10 hours straight with 8 passes and no errors. System is very stable and doesn't freak out like it was with the crucial ram. I am 100% a Mushkin customer now!!! It costs a little more but very worth it!

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lights, advertised fast timings, SLI approved. NewEgg was quick with shipping and then processing the refund of this ram.

Cons: I ordered two sets of 2gb.
I was really disappointed to find that they were single sided ram, one row of lights, and had glued on heat dissipater and not clipped like they were earlier in year.
Couldn't get to run stable with enhanced profile. Voltage and timings would not work right.

Other Thoughts: I bought this back at the beginning of the year and you got better quality sticks of ram. They were double sided, the heat dissipater was clipped and not glued on. I started getting random lock ups and video card driver failures in mid April. After doing some troubleshooting,found out that two sticks of my purchase were completely dead and the other two had quite a few errors in MEMtest86. They were so bad that it would lock up the MEMTest86. I set up to have those RMAed through Crucial and in the mean time since it was quicker, ordered another 4 GB of this ram. I put them in and two sticks were dead and two with errors. Sent them back for a refund and I did get the replacements from Crucial that I was waiting for. They were good no errors but now the cheaper version. When trying to run in enhanced mode the ram would not stay stable. No matter what I did. Could only run in reg mode on timings. I am fed up and went w/mushkin and they ROCK. Never let me down before.


Brandon M.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon M.

Date Joined: 12/10/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/15/07
  • Last Review: 03/12/14
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