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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Joined on 07/08/02

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Good buy

ADATA S511 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AS511S3-120GM-C
ADATA S511 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AS511S3-120GM-C

Pros: This drive has great performance and the firmare update tool is easy to use.

Cons: Can be tricky to get firmware updated if you do not follow proper procedure. Solid States are still fairly new technology and they seam to have a rather high "new in box" failure rate, though they do appear to last once you get them set up.

Overall Review: If you want to use RAID you must have the same Firmware version on all drives in the array. It is a very good idea to update your firmware in any case to resolve several issues as well as improve performance. In order to perform a firmware update you must have the SATA controller set in your BIOS to AHCI or you WILL NOT be able to complete the update. If your chipset supports RAID with AHCI you can have the controller set to either RAID or AHCI, but the drives cannot be part of an array when the update is performed. If your machine is not up and running yet or your drives are already part of a RAID array, you can easily complete this by plugging the drives into another machine that supports AHCI. Download the latest firmware for your exact drive model and have it ready somewhere easy to navigate to. Download and run the firmware update utility and let it scan. The drive must be attached internally. Place a checkmark next to the drives you want and click update. That's it : )

Excelent

LIAN LI PC-A05NA Silver Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-A05NA Silver Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Reasonably small form factor. Solid aluminum construction. Good airflow. Standard ATX compatibility. Pretty.

Cons: More exspensive than standard case.

Overall Review: I really have nothing bad to say about this case. It is smaller than a normal case, but in no way hard to work with. The airflow moves from the back of the case to the front, which is reverse from a normal case but works out pefectly. There are sort of funky rubber thumb screw mounts for the drives, but the noise reduction is so spectacular as a result that I cannot fault them. The brushed aluminum is smooth and cool to the touch. It's also surpisingly nice looking up close. The upside down motherboard mount is also funky, but this design allows for a crazy long video card which most mini-ATX cases DO NOT support, so they get props for that. I realized that I was not using any of the extra expansion slots available in a normal mid tower and wanted to find a suitable smaller case that would take standard parts and yet be lighter and more mobile. This case fit the bill PERFECTLY. I love it and if you get one, you will too.

10/17/2011

Solid enclosure

BYTECC ME-535ISA-BK Aluminum 5.25" / 3.5" Black IDE / SATA USB 2.0 HDD/DVD Smart Drive Enclosure, For IDE or SATA Drive
BYTECC ME-535ISA-BK Aluminum 5.25" / 3.5" Black IDE / SATA USB 2.0 HDD/DVD Smart Drive Enclosure, For IDE or SATA Drive

Pros: Solid construction, Connection options, Heat dissipation, Price.

Cons: The enclosure's slide on lid is hard to line up properly, though if you try and try once again it will work for you. They did use the same cheep noisy little fans that fail after about 3 months like most brands i've seen.

Overall Review: BYTECC went a step above with this enclosure. It is inexspensive and looks rather nice when all put togeather. I would like to confirm that 2TB drives do indeed work. I have a backup system with aluminum rack and tray with SATA drives in place and it works flawlessly. If you want a solid aluminum enclosure that works well, this is it.

Great LCD

SONY SDM-X73 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
SONY SDM-X73 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Comments: Definatly the best LCD I have ever sean. Bright and crisp, no dead pixels. First monitor I have ever ouned that had so much contrast I didn't turn in all the way up. I keep it at about 70% One gripe I do have is that this monitor needs a driver. The driver was NOT ON THE CD. It is availible for download on sony's site. and it won't look right unless you are at 32bit color, NOT 16 BIT. But it is beutiful with no guosting, and dear xxx it's bright. :)

Good Drive

Maxtor MaXLine II 5A300J0 300GB 5400 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Maxtor MaXLine II 5A300J0 300GB 5400 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Comments: This drive did just what i expected it too. I have 200 GB of data on it so far including all of voyager, deep space nine, and babylon 5. Runs smooth and quiet, doesn't choke on moving large ammounts of data. I have been very happy with it.