Joined on 12/11/05
Absolutely zero hassle
Pros: - Worked like a champ right out of the box - Played nice with the old storage HDDs - Ninjas are louder - Clean design and great cable management. - Absolutely crushes Elden Ring
Cons: Not a big fan of the front accents The drive trays are plastic and required a bit of work to fit them round the 3.5" HDDs.
Overall Review: I normally homebrew my systems, but, with (all together now) ridiculous GPU prices, I decided to roll the dice on a pre-built. You're taking a chance on someone else's expertise/professionalism/attention to detail, not to mention the goodwill of St. Parcelius, Patron Saint of Shipping. I'm pleased to report, however, that this turned out to be one of the easiest upgrades ever. I was upgrading from a 6-year-old system based on a 6th-gen Intel i5-6600K CPU running a Radeon RX 480 card--still solid, but you never want to wait until a disaster *makes* you upgrade. The only alterations I was making to this box were tacking on my two storage HDDs. Once that was taken care of (a straightforward process I made slightly more complicated by not realizing they'd shipped a spare set of connectors), the whole process, including Windows setup and getting Steam to behave, clocked in somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes. It's a fine setup, and leaves room for easy later upgrades to memory and--dare I dream?--graphics. But I'm in exactly zero hurry, as it just blows the former system out of the water as shipped. Couldn't be happier.
Pros: Basic functionality appears fine, although I suspect some very minor hitches in program operation might be related to the APM/chirping issue I detail below.
Cons: This drive started chirping the week after I installed it. The chirps are frequent, and tied to drive access/transitioning to idle state. SeaTools reports that the drive is fine. Seagate forum posters believe it's tied to the APM, and the current firmware release (CC4H) was supposed to address it, but it proved ineffective on mine. So, it may just boil down to how annoyed I am by the chirping, since a real fix doesn't seem likely.
Overall Review: I'm concerned that the chirping issue may be radically reducing the drive's usable life. Others have reported that the load count increases every time the head parks/unparks, and, since the drive is rated for 300,000 load count, that's not going to last as long as it used to (I've seen calculations of ~1 year). A statement from Seagate addressing this issue would go a long way toward restoring my confidence in its products.