Date Joined: 09/09/02
Pros: Cheap and fast.
Cons: Cheap and unreliable.
Overall Review: Well, maybe I should have done more homework with my purchase of these, but I was happy to score five 3TB Seagate Barracuda drives from here 10 months ago for the price I did at the time. Fast forward to a week ago. All 5 are in a QNAP TS-559 Pro II (love it) doing relatively light-duty work in and ESXi cluster. With NO warning (thanks, SMART) TWO drives failed at the same time. Yes, it's RAID 5. DOH! Thankfully I'm not completely hosed because of QNAP's extra parity and ability to mount this in read-only mode to save my data off to another location (it's a huge pain tho, because I've got it in multiple iSCSI block-level LUNs; not Seagate's fault there). What IS Seagate's fault is the initial implication that these were near-enterprise-class drives with a 2 year warranty, which Newegg still lists INCORRECTLY on here (please confirm and fix, guys)! These drives are 12 month throw-aways, and Seagate knows it because they've reduced the warranty to ONE YEAR. Either use them in a desktop, or plan for some pain later. I knew one day they'd fail, but thought it'd be closer to the 2+ year mark, and NOT all at once. :(
Pros: ...in a VERY GOOD way, of course. ;-) Cool LEDs to add style, and some seriously quiet air-moving muscle.
Cons: None that I can think of -- a little pricey, but not too bad.
Overall Review: I'm a fan of this fan.
Pros: SAMSUNG Series 3 NP305E5A-A07US Notebook. Factory RAM is ADATA. Swapped out single DIMM with these two, and laptop runs like a champ. Price is great too.
Overall Review: This RAM and a Kingston Hyper-X 120GB SSD made this somewhat slow laptop a real screamer, actually. VERY fast now -- my daughter is THRILLED, and so am I. Thanks Newegg for super-fast shipment.
Pros: Cannot get much easier -- on my early 2012 MBP (non Retina), it is an utterly simple upgrade -- swapped out the 2-4GB factory DIMMs with these, and put the cover back -- booted her up and NO problems -- works like a champ and VMware Fusion is happy with 16GB, and so am I.
Overall Review: Patriot seems like very good RAM, I use it and Crucial for laptops all the time with rarely any issues. Good price, thanks Newegg for getting it to me so quickly.
Pros: Extremely high quality, EVERYTHING you need to upgrade your laptop (or desktop), including: nice external USB-powered SATA drive case, a nice multi-tip screwdriver, 3.5" bay adapter, cables, screws, and a bootable Acronis CD to do the deed.
Cons: Not as cheap as a bare drive, but the extras are worth the cost if you don't already have what you need to clone your drive.
Overall Review: Newegg is awesome as usual, ultra fast shipping!
Pros: Price is excellent
Performance is excellent
Cons: Earlier firmwares exhibited a horrible bug (that doesn't directly cause data corruption), but results in Windows 7 x64 instability when reaching 5200 hours. I was about to write a nasty review, and started to search around the Interwebs for some answers first. Just search for "m4 5200 hour" and your will find numerous articles that explain how to update this drive's firmware to the previous 0309 version (000F is current as of the date of this review). I used the USB stick method as it seems pretty stupid to flash an unstable boot drive's firmware while it is running the OS within which you are flashing said drive... ;-)
Overall Review: Three eggs off for the egregious firmware error; two eggs added for a simple fix that also lowered my blood pressure and caused NO data loss. Thanks Crucial -- keep up the good work, and I will be back next time.
Pros: Works just fine in my 2011 Buick LaCrosse sound system, with a 64GB SDXC card formatted with NTFS.
Cons: None; maybe the cap
Overall Review: Magically Delicious!
Pros: Works fantastically in my 2011 LaCrosse, when connected via this USB reader: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208470 and formatted as NTFS. Now I've got tons of music while I'm on the go, and plenty of room for more.
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: Re-formatted it using NTFS for my USB reader in my car stereo; tons of music on the go now. ;-)
Pros: Works great in my QNAP storage array, tripling the internal cache memory. Inexpensive!
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: It was harder to remove the cover of my storage array, than it was to install and profit from this DIMM. ;-)
Pros: I bought this for an ESXi cluster, primarily, and will only be using iSCSI LUNs as data-stores for this purpose. Performance is excellent with 5 Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives (from here of course: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844). The configuration options and protocol support on this are superb, and the Ajax-infused management interface is pretty nice to look at. Just doing 1 RAID 5 volume w/ 12TB usable, carved up into 1TB LUNs for ESXi. Blows my mind that there are 15TB of storage in a little box the size of a kitchen toaster. This thing is built like a tank too...
Cons: A little pricey, but you get what you pay for in this case.
Overall Review: Upgrade the internal cache memory from 1GB to 3 GB using this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139201
Will update review if necessary after configuring LACP for my ESXi hosts and doing some throughput testing.
Pros: VERY nice to boot from one of these puppies on my ESXi hosts (didn't feel like carving up a ton of LUNs for boot-from-iSCSI SAN), and very inexpensive for what you get. Get a bigger one for your admin workstation! ;-) Crucial crushes it, in a good way!
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: Here's my ESXi 5 host setup: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=20425826
Pros: Excellent NIC for vSphere 5 hosts. Built two systems as follows with no issues whatsoever:
NICs were recognized by VMKernel with no additional drivers or messing around.
Cons: A little pricey, but you get what you pay for in this case!
Overall Review: Would definitely purchase again; recommended!
Pros: High quality materials, heavy gauge metal, well-constructed. Dual Xeon Westmere's may not be the cheapest processors at the moment, but overall, at the time of this review it wound up being the most economical way to go to still have some upgradability and present horsepower. Integrated MegaRAC BMC (ILO/DRAC) is EXCELLENT addition that, in retrospect, I am VERY glad to have. Came with latest firmware installed. MegaRAC Java app allows full redirection of console, including remote media (CD/DVD), so you can use an .ISO locally, and dont even need to worry about adding USB CD/DVD drive for OS install, let alone purchasing an integrated one.
For the money, I could not find a name brand server that is anywhere as well equipped as I've made this, for anywhere near the money. Hardware quality seems just as good as Dell / HP, honestly. Very well packaged.
Cons: Single power supply only, but that's why I bought more than one server for my cluster! ;-)
Overall Review: Haven't used the rails yet, but I understand they're a little funky. I would definitely recommend this as an excellent foundation for an extremely capable ESXi host/cluster. VERY happy with my purchase. My whole host config is here: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=20425826
Pros: Inexpensive, high-capacity, trusted name-brand, reliable
Cons: Nothing to say here. ;-)
Overall Review: Great value for the money. Makes it affordable to put 32GB+ into a white-box ESXi host or two. Here's my config: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=20425826