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Kevin N.

Kevin N.

Joined on 02/15/04

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Most Favorable Review

Strong, quality NAS that does more than I really need

Synology 8 bay NAS DiskStation DS1817+ (2GB) (Diskless)
Synology 8 bay NAS DiskStation DS1817+ (2GB) (Diskless)

Pros: -Great interface with a lot of support by different apps and 3rd party suppliers. You want Plex, they have it. You want Serviio, they have it as well. -Loads of options for those of us that like to tweak because we somehow think it is a hobby. On this, it might be a con as well if you do not find all the information out in front of you in plain English. It can be a little daunting looking up the explanation to everything that you do not know about. -Kind of sexy looking. I do have mine sitting next to my router and cable modem in the basement going right into a 24port switch and so this really doesn't matter for me, but for someone using it in an entertainment cabinet or something it looks quite nice. -Super easy to load up drives and do a memory upgrade. I put together a 1515+ 3 months ago and it is near the same. I used the same 16gig memory pack from Crucial and it went fine https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148614. Memory goes right in two slots under a small cover on the bottom, uber easy. Four WD RED drives 8gig each @5900 rpm, one drive for redundancy. -Super easy using the Synology SHR to make a contiguous single volume with loss protection. -Too many apps to list them all but I am using it as a DLNA server as part of the setup and although I haven't figured everything out, it works well.

Cons: -If you do not know what you are doing and are not tech savvy, you may have some issues getting through some of this. Google is your friend and use it; there are many things to set depending on your setup and what you want to do with it. -It would have been nice to have a basic, visual setup process that gets the small and easy stuff set quickly. Even better, more information such as tooltips for every item explaining the pros and cons of setting it up. That being said, I am more than aware that this is not your average every-day-joe hardware and it is expected to have a higher level of competence to use this product to the fullest capabilities.

Overall Review: I have no complaints in full with my purchase. It came fast, easy to set up and gave me what I was looking for fast. I am now exploring all the other options available to get the most out of my purchase and have found some real gems in the totality of what this unit can really do. I am quite happy.

Most Critical Review

Years of fighting with this board

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Looks awesome -Comes with a ton of cool features

Cons: -Fought this board the whole time it has been installed. One issue to another -Never could get it to let me burn a new firmware in which I think is another cause to many little glitchy items I have always dealt with. -Performance was never even close on near anything I have seen in comparison to others with a setup with comparable specs. -When i first had problems, long ago, it was a battle to even get Asus to respond.

Overall Review: This is probably my last Asus board because of all the issues and pieces that didn't work.

Great chip

Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K
Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K

Pros: -Long running, no issues. I still have this in my build as it STILL works great. Yes, i Cannot come close to the numbers being put out by newer hardware, but I didn't pay for that newer hardware either and I am still getting by. -I keep track of temps and performance and the temp with the Thermaltake water 2.0 on is very low. I never see it very high t all.

Cons: none really

Overall Review: I still use this and will until I am forced to upgrade. I did upgrade my graphics cards to GTX1070's from MSI GTX680's in November to take the graphical load off and major difference. Processor and board when I see something that shows promise.

Have had good luck and performance so far

WD Red 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD80EFZX
WD Red 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD80EFZX

Pros: -They didn't die yet. Let's face it, hard drive CAN be a flip of the coin. Great whether on Friday where the factory is, starting the line back on Monday and do wonders for quality. I have now used 9 of these RED drives with no failures. I do admit that I have not done any special testing for speed. All are installed in 2 different Synology NAS units in SHR raid. I will update if anything changes there. -Decent price in comparable groups. When I am looking at a NAs grade drive, STABILITY is what matters 1st thing; then cost and other issues. I have had no issues but I have also kept the rpms down to help this out. I had the options for using 7200rpm drives, but in NAS units where vibration is already a concern, I did not want to aggravate any potential sore spots.

Cons: -They do chirp a little more than I thought they would but I did review other comments, read up online and noticed this to be reported so no real shock. If you are running DLNA out of a NAS in a cabinet near you and you are full of drives, you might hear it. Not in my case and so I am not crying.

Overall Review: So far my experience is positive; I have had drives from every manufacturer go down but I can honestly say that WD has been by far my best luck. I have seen drives from IBM, Maxtor, Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC and I am sure i forgot some. WD has been the best performer for me.

Good memory that works as it should

Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT102464BF160B
Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT102464BF160B

Pros: -Not too expensive for decent quality memory. -Crucial = Micron; Micron started the party with good quality memory and I have rarely if ever had issues with Crucial.

Cons: none really

Overall Review: I used this for a Synology DS1817+ NAS and it works just fine without issues. Worked on a DS1515+ also, even though it says maximum 6gb memory :)

Decent Device

BELKIN OmniView F1D084 CAT5 KVM Extender
BELKIN OmniView F1D084 CAT5 KVM Extender

Pros: Allows you to put your pc in a cooled, clean environment and still have control Works pretty good for low res needs Price is not real bad for how much we get out of them..

Cons: Power supply - When these things go out, we find that 75 to 80% of the time it is with the power supply. We do not even play anymore, we just buy a much larger supply so the load is not anywhere close to the top end. We have 18 here at the site i work in alone and they are in use near 24/7.

Overall Review: If the device fails, grab a volt meter and measure for your 5 volts dc. If you don't have it, order a much larger one from somewhere and splice it into the existing plug. Always best to solder and heat shrink it.