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Nikolay H.

Nikolay H.

Joined on 12/09/05

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Most Favorable Review

Better tha Raptor...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: I was expecting a quick drive but this is absolutely the best drive I've seen- HD Tach:85 MB/s start,45 at the end,average 70;first 100GB have read speed within 10% of max...raptor starts at 75 ends around 50; no audible seek noises- overall completely silent with the case open.Can't beat the price either.Get it!

Cons: Nothing really- drive is the hottest of my drives- 48°C- Barracuda V and VII-47°,42°; SMART attributes are pretty low-lower than my older drives, but so far no change at all. Seek times are quite low-13.3 is too much for some, but with 16M cache and a UltimatDefrag there isn't even a slight lag in XP with 512 only.

Overall Review: I'm really happy with Seagate- this is my 4th drive in 7 years and all still run. My transfer started at 25MB/s on Barracuda II, now its 85, and its only half its price back then...

Most Critical Review

Cheap

MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Decent build quality, came with 1.2 BIOS installed, recognized X2 5600 and A-Data 2 GB. Giant installation poster

Cons: My entire decision was made to accommodate x1950Pro 512 MB AGP- I HAD A NIGHTMARE FOR A WEEK- the system kept crashing- just Google "infinite loop error" and stop message x0E, made me get $149 PS thinking it's power issues, wasted 1 week to troubleshoot- come to find out it works fine when SMARTGART is set to AGP 4x...IMHO VIA is to blame although video drivers crash and it seems it's bad video card- good thing I already have 6600GT and Nforce2 so I traced the problem, which has been around with VIA for the last 5 years- SHAME! BE CAREFUL THIS MOTHERBOARD IS NOT WHAT IT CLAIMS TO BE! HT speed listed here is wrong too- it only goes to 800 MHz. Memory defaults at 1.9v, when chips are rated at 1.8v. ONLY 2 SATA connectors. NO firewire.

Overall Review: Either way- AGP 4x has a minor drop in performance, mostly noticeable in computer animation when scenes change. Funny that after figuring out the problem, and switching from 8x to 4x AGP, my actual 3dmark05 went up by 500 points and is 10042. After all the hassles I don't think it was worth trying to save this video card, considering I still have to get SATA expansion card, but at least it works decent now. If you find yourself trying to save your AGP like me DON'T- do yourselves a favor and go PCIe. ...and HX620 is really nice ;)

Died in 2 months

Western Digital Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It worked well when it did.

Cons: It developed bad sectors within few days.

Overall Review: Western Digital is no better than Seagate. The quality control is gone. Always Backup.

Great Drive

Western Digital Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: 145 MB/s at the beginning of the disk. Even my Seagate LP drive works faster now in WHS. Very quiet even when seeking. Solid packaging- peanuts from Newegg and brown cardboard with plastic spacers from WD. 5 year warranty is good to have, but to me it's more confidence than value.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Highly recommended. Always backup.

Good Memory, Wrong Specs

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AC53E
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AC53E

Pros: Great memory- worked in Toshiba and Lenovo laptops. Standard timings for such chips 5-5-5-18

Cons: Newegg has them listed as 4-4-4-12. The part number on the site and what I received is matching. The chips have a sticker stating 5-5-5-18. I honestly don't care about this, just don't base your decision on the wrong specs

Overall Review: Switched from stock 512MB to this. 3 years ago this was supposed to run Vista. What a cruel joke. With this Windows actually runs now. Linux runs better.

Cheapo

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: Rock bottom price. Worked for few months.

Cons: 1 stick died after simple restarting the computer.

Overall Review: For over 10 years I have NEVER had a memory chip die on me. Will avoid G-Skill at all cost possible from now on.