Joined on 05/14/03
Pros: Good value for the capacity. Quiet, especially for a 7,200 rpm drive. Three year warranty when you get the retail boxed version. Excellent read/write speeds. Looks to be reliable. I've also had the 2TB version a little less than a year and it has been great. Purchased another one as a gift 6 months ago and no issues there either. Per the reviews here so far this 3TB appears to be as good as the 2TB.
Cons: No screws or SATA cable in the 'Kit' but I had extras so not an issue.
Overall Review: Purchased at a local B&M but normally prefer Newegg. Running Windows 8, formatted the drive as GPT and set block size to 4096 which took about 30 seconds and got the correct 2794GB capacity. My mother board is older so I can't use it as a boot drive but I wouldn't want to as a SSD for your OS is the way to go. I was a fan of Samsung HDD's until the flood. For now I'm sticking with Toshiba.
HD3850 Bad Fan
Cons: You decide if this is a con or not: The card I received is not the same as the one in the photos. It is considerably shorter than the one shown which is good. It does not have the MOSFET heatsink which is bad. I determined this while shopping for a replacement fan/heatsink for the unreliable stock one. I decided I didn't want to run another app just to make sure the stock fan spins.
Overall Review: From reading the reviews here, it looks like a hit or miss on this card. Some folks are slopping all over themselves in love with the card. Others (with the fan issue) not so much. I wonder if some folks got the one pictured, while others got the short one. My Antec 650w PSU powers my system like a champ so come up with another reason why this fan only spins up without help half the time.
Pros: Nearly unbelievable reliability. Metal case.
Overall Review: I own two of these, both v2.0. Purchased and running 24/7 since August and November 2009. Basically they are plug in, play, and forget. Never even the slightest issue with either unit. I have one in our home office and the second is daisy chained to our HTPC, DirecTV, Blu-ray, and a second wireless access point. Throughput between every wired device I can benchmark is great, equal to copying files between HDD's in a single PC. When was the last time you bought an electronic item for around $20 that lasted for years and was so trouble free it was basically invisible?
Luck of the draw
Pros: I received mine in perfect condition. Other than the refurbished sticker on the bottom of the box this could have easily been mistaken for brand new. This product must of gone though Corsair or a very professional third party refurbishing operation. Every detail was right. For the price others are charging just for the refurb I got it plus two Noctura fans and a tube of Artic Silver 5. So far the unit is running as expected. Mfg. date code of Dec. 2012.
Cons: The backplate for installing on a LGA775 socket seemed a little loose and I ended up having to use some non-conductive shims above and below the MB for a tight fit. I also used metal washers as spacers under the bolts that hold the waterblock onto the studs. I confirmed the TIM spread evenly and it is now a nice tight fit. Only a 90 day warranty. Most reviews say the stock fans are loud. I haven't tried them.
Overall Review: This unit fit easily into a Corsair 500R case (also a recent Newegg sale purchase). I placed the radiator on top under the grill with the fans set to exhaust from below. The Noctura fans are so quiet I have bypassed the waterblock fan controller and just have the fans running full speed.
Pros: I've been using Samsung 2TB HDD's purchased a couple of years ago and needed additional storage but was put off by the high prices and the industry wide lower reliability after the floods. These Hitachi/Toshiba drives appear to have filled the void left by Samsung. They are very fast (see other thoughts), quiet, a relatively good value and hopefully will prove to be as reliable as my Samsung's. Also, nice to see the 3 year warranty on the retail kit version.
Cons: Comes without screws or a SATA cable but was able to get some Rosewill cables for $1.50 each on a recent sale. Found the kit for a lower price at a local retailer (unusual). BTW, that retailer has stopped matching Newegg prices.
Overall Review: Fast! From the test numbers, this drive must be 7200rpm with two 1TB platters. Read results on HD Tune 5.0: Minimum - 86.6 MB/s Maximum - 190.6 MB/s Average - 147.4MB/s This is on an Intel ICH10R SATA II controller on a 4 year old MB. I went with this drive because a number of the negative reviews were folks arguing about model numbers on the kit vs. the bare drive. Relatively few comments about poor performance, DOA, etc.
Intel 180GB SSD
Pros: In the top tier with one or two other SSD brands, Intel makes some of the most touble free and reliable consumer level SSD's. The free toolbox utility download is a plus.
Cons: None. A few reviewers have stated they believed they received a 'used' SSD. The reason given was scuffing on the underside of the case. I also noticed what appeared to be wear on the bottom of the case. Upon closer inspection it is clear that this 'scuffing' is just a poor finish job by Intel. I'm not sure what kind of material the case is made of but my concluion is they decided to save 5 cents on the cost. The poor appearance was not caused by scratching but by somehing to do with the manufacturing process. This is is in contrast to my other SSD, a Samsung 470, which has a very nicely finished case. Bottom line here, it's what's inside the case that matters.
Overall Review: I purchased this unit at a local retailer as it was actually a few buks less (unusual) than NewEgg. Normally I get them to price match NewEgg if I can't wait for shipping.