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Brent T.

Brent T.

Joined on 03/25/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great for price

Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: 3TB for $110? Cannot beat that...... for 5400 very fast. Using in NAS for storage, so not sure how much faster would get using as local storage. While mirroring between 2, got 60mb\s transfer over network. Have 2 more coming. 12TB for less than $500? Sold...

Cons: ordered 3 to begin with, one was DOA. Have 2 more coming, hopefully are good.

Overall Review: Was worried about only being 5400, but for price took a chance. With the platter density though, just as fast as other 7200 drives.

Most Critical Review

Ugly

HP Smartbuy LV2311 Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor
HP Smartbuy LV2311 Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor

Pros: Cheap

Cons: It feels cheaply made and light, which is fine.. The real issue is the color is horrible, screen looks blurry, and you can see the pixel columns in the screen stand out... I have it as a second monitor on my laptop, and looking to this from the laptop makes my eyes hurt...

Overall Review: for a cheap monitor you don't have to look at all day, eh maybe. As an IT Manager using it for my second monitor? no way...

12/13/2012

Great board, but 802.11ac issues

ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great little board. Dropped it in a Corsair 250d case, gtx 780 etc. runs like a champ in windows and Battlefield 4. Runs hackintosh well too, though it's locking up after 15 minutes.. could be my overclock though too, haven't dove into that much yet. Stable running prime95 with 4770k at OOB 4.4GHz settings. Booted into windows at 4.6 but not stable, didn't tweak at all. H100i watercooler.

Cons: I'm not so sure about the 802.11ac... I'm 20ft line of sight from my apple airport extreme router, and getting speeds of 170Mb to 270Mb.... Even with a ton of crazy interference (which there isn't) I should hit 400+.... I've traced the antennae inside, made sure all connections are good etc... I'm not sure where the issue is but may end up buying some new antennae to try with. Very disappointing... my imac sitting right next to it is getting 450mb\s on wireless N with 3 antennae... ug....

It's ok

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It's a bit faster than most laptop hard drives. Won't blow you away, but if you have a few bucks go for it.

Cons: Had it for about 2-3 months. Developed quite a few bad sectors on a laptop that just sits on the desk in a clean room, hosed my windows install. Being my work laptop, was quite annoying trying to recover files.

Overall Review: If you have the extra money go for it. I didn't notice enough perceived performance increase to warrant the cost if it was my own money. As a geek it's cool to tell your friends\co-workers about :)

Work great for me

Western Digital RE2-GP WD1000FYPS 1TB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital RE2-GP WD1000FYPS 1TB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I have 4 in a raid 5 setup I bought at the same time. They work great, although slightly slower than 6 500gb in raid 5.... obviously.... With a high end raid card and some sort of striping\raid5 no concernable performance issues, at least not on a desktop with only medium I\O

Cons: hmm.. their not 20k RPM and free?

don't worry about 2TB limit...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Don't worry about the 2TB logical drive limit if you have any newer version of windows NT (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008). You can make the drive\volume (raid drive\drives) a GPT drive in drive management (under computer management). Do a google search if you need to but it's really easy... Right click and select.... I am running 4 drives right now in raid 5, 4.5 TB total space in windows.... no extra software etc. However, this only works that I know of for windows (don't know about linux, mac, etc.)

Cons: Haven't had the freeze issue, but heard of it..