Joined on 01/18/06
Get the G and F - cool - quiet
Pros: I researched FAR too long and gave the G and F models a try after reading guru talk. They are far quieter than the Antec tri-cool fan that came with my Sonata III case. My temps droped by around 7 degrees going from the Antec and a Best buy Dyna fan to these. I put the stronger fan in the back to pull air out - really strong current and the lesser fan in the front so it wouldn't overload the output fan. They are very well built and I like that the adaptor is not hardwired so I left them off and just used the smaller built in cpu 3 pin fan power plug.
Cons: None - worth every penny. Don't scrimp but don't waste money either. These are the perfect fan and this is from my experience and also reading for a week straight, like a fool, about fans. Get these, be happy. Also, my main goal is for my Cubase 4 DAW - so I needed quiet! I left my Antec fan in the case as a third fan and it's the main noise. No discernable noise from the S-Flex fans at 1 foot open case - at least over the Antec fan on high. The Antec tri-cool was very quiet on low speed though and also a good fan with it's little speed controller built in.
Overall Review: My overclocks on a q6600 went from 3.1 stable to 3.45 stable and I haven't yet tried inching up the mhz. Analyze your case - move ide cables - engineer good air flow. I was amazed at how much difference in temps and overclock improvement all this makes. Adding a third fan up top in the Sonata also helped. Oh...on the rear I used the screws but for the front two fans, hard to screw in that area so I just used paper clips - straightened them out, stuck them through the holes and twisted around the case or to each other. Easy, perfect, maybe better than screws and even then I only used two holes!! For the top 3rd fan I used a single zip tie and snugged the fan groove on the huge mb power chord. No need for 4 screws - there is no rattling even with 2 paper clips or a single zip tie attachment: these precision fans are well balanced.
Great Case Except for 5.25 bays
Pros: This would be a great case: The 3.5 bays are great - the sata / pata drives slide right in and are just about secure without any screws because of the rubber fittings. Add one screw, maybe two, and it's snug...perfect. So why then did they - see next section
Cons: Why then did they make the 5.25 cage SO HORRIBLY? Drives barely fit in the front, but once in, the shelves are not quite wide enough to support the drive. And one CAN NOT use screws to secure it, without the bolt on rails needed for every device. And these rails don't fit into the front of the case. And forget pushing in from the back once the powersuppply is in - beside, they rails are arrow shapped, barbed, and only go in from the front. This otherwise great case has the worst 5.25 bay design in case history.
Overall Review: My strong advice is to spend the extra money for a Txxxxaltake or Lxxn Lx case. I love both of those.
Would Not Work with XP at all
Pros: It might be a great drive with another MB & OS. I tried using it as a mere 2TB drive with just XP 32 Bit sp3 and tried using SeaGate Disc Wizard to break it into 2 partitions. It made my system hang at times, filled the eventlog with disk errors, atapi errors, etc. I got my MB from NewEgg too: an Asus P5K Black Perl Premium NewEgg was GREAT about the RMA. I used the chat feature and the girl was especially nice. Been using NewEgg for 12+ years and have been quite happy with them. So I've ordered the ST2000DM001 2TB. We'll see :-) Anyone know if the 4tb can be used with XP 32 on USB? Someone said the USB protocol translates 3TB+ drives into a semantic XP 32 understands. I also read you can attach them via an ESata dock, like the Thermal Take? This would mean it's just on the internal Sata controllers they don't work, but on USB or Esata they do, without any special partition scheme or shim driver? Love, Sundays . com
Cons: XP 32 Bit compatibility - no worky
Overall Review: It's almost cheaper to just buy a new motherboard and CPU to use the new drives. I didn't take an egg away because, perhaps it was never meant to work with XP.
Worked twice - then failed
Pros: Cheap. If you need a disposable SD card - choose this one :-)
Cons: If you need to store more than 2gb or use it more than 2 weeks - look elsewhere.
Overall Review: I recorded a few short test videos. Then I recorded a 1.5 hour sermon. It worked and I got it off the card. Good. But when I went to record a baptism later, it failed - the card would not be recognized by Canon FS200, nor 3 card readers, nor a notebook. In fact, even when it worked, only the notebook card reader could read it. So it seems these cards work at first, but fail after a little use. I baby electronics - so it wasn't dirt or rough treatment. I will not buy A-data again any time soon. This is a real review.
The card ROCKS
Pros: I downloaded the Ralink rt2860 as many recommend and the card JACKED ME INTO THE speed of light. My P5K Asus built in wireless got 54mbp at best. The Encore is giving me 130mbps right out of the box. Installed easily, antennae gave no trouble at all - very happy - and moving to N spec was a big jump from my G spec card.
Cons: None - great great deal. beast bi wants 70 or 80 bucks for cards half as good. No thanks. Newegg are still doing it well - except I couldn't buy this from Newegg because they don't allow cross shipping - but the big bidding site does - so I bought it from the bay - because I needed it shipped to other than my billing address. Very limiting!
Great little drive - quiet - cool
Pros: Great little drive - quiet - cool However, beware - if you have an Asus a8v-e deluxe mb, you need to put a jumper pin on the OPT1 pins - otherwise this drive WILL NOT SPIN UP. It's because the Asus a8v-e does not have auto-negotiate speed recognition on it's via raid controller sata ports. But it works fine with the speed set to 150 on the opt1 pin.
Cons: None - it's not the drives fault that a8v-e doesn't recognize auto speed.