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Andrew W.

Andrew W.

Joined on 10/21/04

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Most Favorable Review

Very nice 320GB per platter drive

Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: I finished running Western Digital's drive diagnostics utilities and it reported no errors. One thing I noticed was that it took 1.5 hours to scan this 640GB drive while ii took me 2 hours to scan my WD SE16 500GB drive. Right off the bat, it seems like this drive is faster. I found a free utility called HD-Tach and run some basic test in the trial version. The maximum burst rate for this drive was 160 megabytes per second. The average was 90 megabytes per second. For comparison my HD SE16 500GB drive had 140 megabytes per second for the maximum and 60 megabytes per second for the average. Seriously, this is a really good drive. Western Digital hasn't published any buffer to disk rates for this drive on its website just yet. I think it's going to be pretty high.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: This drive has a 3 year warranty from WD. Western Digital doesn't have 5 year warranties for this class of drives.

Most Critical Review

Doesn't work with Vista out of the box...

Frontlines: Fuel of War PC Game
Frontlines: Fuel of War PC Game

Pros: Cool game

Cons: Doesn't work. :) You gotta love any game that doesn't work out of the box. Securom is the culprit. You gotta go to the game's website and download a hotfix before you can even play the game out of the box with Vista. That's just pretty funny.

A little bit of false advertising. :P Only 4 USB 3.0 in the back yo.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works fine so far.

Cons: 2 of the USB 3.0 ports in the back are not actually USB 3.0. I tested it with CrystalDiskMark. With the 4 USB 3.0 closer to the PCI slots (closer to the bottom), I can get 182 MB/s sequential read and 62 MB/s sequential write with my SanDisk Extreme 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive SDCZ80-016G-X46. With the extra two USB 3.0 ports closer to the top, I can get 32 MB/s sequential read and 30 MB/s sequential write. I mean... They're BLUE. And they say that they're USB 3.0 ports, but they're not. :P I mean I read datasheet from Intel. The Z77 chipset only supports 4 USB 3.0. And those are the ones that are actually USB 3.0. :P Gigabyte put another chip onto the board to add 4 more channels of USB 3.0. I don't know if the internal headers for USB 3.0 work or not, but I am positive that the ones in the back don't work. They are USB 2.0. :D Both of them. I test both of them. They're both only USB 2.0. It's probably some sort of pipeline issue or something. Anyways though. If you want to get this board for the extra USB 3.0 ports, you can forget about it. It's why I got this board. I feel a little lied to. But it's not so bad. :P Maybe you can fix it with a BIOS update. ;)

Overall Review: I have the revision 1.1 version of this board. And I flashed the BIOS to the f16 BIOS, which is the latest as of November 27th, 2012. It came from Newegg with the f15 BIOS onboard. Everything else seems fine so far.

11/27/2012

Great Media When They're Not Pre-Scratched

Verbatim 4.7 GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model 95102
Verbatim 4.7 GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model 95102

Pros: They're great. As long as the DVD-Rs come to you NOT PRE-SCRATCHED FROM THE FACTORY, they won't have a bad burn.

Cons: Some of these things have scratches on the outer edge of the DVD-R. Like REALLY BIG SCRATCHES.

Overall Review: You should look at the bottom of each one of these for scratches before you burn them or you're guaranteed to have a bad burn. I lost about 15 of these to a failed disc spanning burn because of ONE pre-scratched DVD every like 10 or so. Kind of ghetto to include pre-scratched DVDs.

Firmware update bricking these things

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: I don't own one. :)

Cons: DO NOT UPDATE THE FIRMWARE ON THESE THINGS. Seagate has admitted that the new firmware updates have been bricking the Generation 11 drives. And the old firmware has problems that needed to be fixed. Hence the firmware update. So until Seagate issues a firmware that doesn't brick these drives and fixes the issues with this drive, you should not be buying these at all. Don't take my word for it. Google "seagate" and "firmware."

Overall Review: I feel a little bad reviewing a product that I don't own but I feel that you should know that buying this thing will probably ruin your day, and you'll end up with your bashing Newegg for the broken drive when it's not Newegg's fault. :)

Seems alright so far...

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AR804
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AR804

Pros: I just got these today so I don't know how well they long term yet but... They run at 4-4-4-12 timings at 889mhz with 2.0 volts and a tRC timing 16. tRC is that other timing that's in CPU-Z. The row cycle time (tRC) = minimum row active time (tRAS) + row precharge time (tRP). So it's just 4 + 12, but the auto settings will set the tRC to like 24 or something ridiculous like that so you should set it yourself. Considering how the advertised settings are 4-4-4-12 at 800mhz at 2.2 volts, it's not bad. I wonder if these things will run with even lower voltage. I'm still running memtest. I'll post another review later. :) If they'll run at even lower voltage then these things rock. :)

Cons: I don't think it's going to clock much higher than 445mhz on 4-4-4-12 timings even if you push the voltage higher. I think these ram sticks use the H9HNL chips. I think all the Tracers use them now. That's why the black ballistix tracers have only one side now. You might even be able to get those Ballistix Tracer 6400 2X1GB sets to overclock just as well as these.

Overall Review: High voltage isn't really necessary with these things anymore. They're manufactured using Micron's 78nm processor I think. The ram module chips are tiny. Higher voltage isn't going to get your ram to run any faster. The standard voltage for DDR2 ram was supposed to be 1.9 volts anyway. You're not suppose to run them at 2.2 volts.