Another winner from Toshiba! (N300 - 6 TB model)11/5/2019 9:24:19 PM

Overall Review: I've purchased Toshiba drives before, and I've had zero issues with any of them. I even have an 5 TB X300 unit still in service since late 2016 and it still runs great. I purchased two 6 TB drives for an entry level NAS I put together and they get the job done.

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A surprisingly good intro into the world of NAS hardware11/5/2019 9:21:49 PM

Pros: . - A sleek and compact design - Contains an internal fan for cooling the drives - Better specifications compared to Synology's entry-level offering of the DS218j at comparable pricing - CPU is a 64-bit ARM SoC with hardware-based transcoding, which is helpful for Plex media servers

Cons: . - The web user interface feels a bit dated compared to Synology's products - App store isn't as robust as the competition - RAM cannot be upgraded

Overall Review: . If you're looking for an entry-level NAS that doesn't suck and gives you a proper bang for your buck, QNAP seems to have hit it out of the park with this specific model. My Toshiba N300 (6 TB) drives took perfectly fine and I was able to build a RAID 1 array with no issues. This unit also offers more wiggle room, compared to the measly dual core 1.3 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM the Synology DS218j offers for roughly the same price.

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A well made drive at a great price3/16/2017 2:33:47 AM

Pros: . * Priced very competitively per terabyte * Quality packaging * Large capacity (5 TB) * Nicely sized 128 MB cache

Cons: . * A bit noisier than other drives in its class * Wish Toshiba was giving them away (lol)

Overall Review: I've only had this drive for a few days, so my opinion is subject to change, but I'm quite pleased with this quality drive so far. According to some sources, as part of the acquisition deal between WD and HGST, a portion of the 3.5in HDD manufacturing line at HGST was spun off to Toshiba so as to prevent any violation of anti-trust proceedings. I would expect a quality drive from them in this case. However, initially, that wasn't exactly true. Earlier P-series Toshiba hard disks were decidedly hit or miss, likely due to some manufacturing conflicts that didn't exist before the gift from HGST. The newest X-series drives seem like a great choice and seem to net healthier scores. Backblaze has even observed newer Toshiba drives as being quite reliable and rock solid. I'm hoping my luck doesn't run out anytime soon. :)

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Decent pair of gaming headphones, with a few caveats...11/25/2016 12:13:50 AM

Pros: . - Decent price - Nice red LED lights (powered by USB cable) - Flexible microphone - Decent bass response

Cons: . - Highs and mids are a bit too muddy for my taste - Occasional rattling sound

Overall Review: . I got these headphones as a free pack-in with the HTC Vive I purchased. They aren't bad, but I'm not sure I'd spend $30 or $40 on a pair, as I feel better headphones for the price exist on the market. The USB plug also is used for powering the LED lights only. It doesn't double as headphones with its own DAC, so watch out for that if you require such a feature.

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Satisfies the power needs of a gaming PC...11/20/2016 11:03:31 AM

Pros: . - 650W is plenty to drive a GeForce 1080 GTX and an overclocked Core i7 5775c with extra headroom to spare. - The built in cooling fan is quiet during operation.

Cons: . N/A

Overall Review: . It's a decent power supply that I would recommend picking up if you can get an MIR or other discounts on. At MSRP however, you'd likely be better off getting a PSU from a brand like Seasonic, if nothing else since their stellar reputation precedes them and their products.

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Despite being a few years old, it's still a great choice for a motherboard.11/18/2016 10:17:08 PM

Pros: . - Extremely reliable and solid build quality, with Japanese capacitors. - New stock now available as of this writing supports Intel Broadwell CPUs out of the box. - A wide plethora of SATA ports and two M.2 slots, one of which is an "Ultra" PCIe 3.0 version. - As of the latest BIOS version (2.70), NVMe is supported on compatible Ultra M.2 SSDs. - Supports very high clock speeds on memory. - CPU overclocking via the UEFI BIOS is a cinch, with no real manual tinkering required. - Backup BIOS is available, via an onboard switch, in case you goof up your regular BIOS settings.

Cons: . - Using the Ultra M.2 slot will rob PCIe lanes from the dGPU if used (see my Other Thoughts below for more detail). - Seems to peg internal system fans at full speed all the time if you even slightly overclock the CPU.

Overall Review: . Listen folks... the Z97 platform is far from dead. Now with Black Friday deals right around the corner, you'd be crazy not to still consider this platform for a build in late 2016 and beyond. Even now, I was able to snag this motherboard with a decent $30 mail in rebate from ASRock. I also managed to snag the legendary Intel Core i7-5775c processor at a rather good price online to pair with this motherboard. The built in overclocking tool has "turbo" profiles that offer a one click method for boosting your CPU beyond the regular specification of the chip, without having to tinker with voltage settings manually. One word of warning. If you do intend to use an Ultra M.2 style SSD on this unit, like the Samsung 950 PRO, please note that 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes are required from the CPU. Since Broadwell and Haswell are only equipped with 16 lanes on the CPU, versus 20 for Skylake, 8 lanes will go poof, leaving you with 8 left for your dGPU. I suppose even though the M.2 drive only uses 4 lanes on its own, it can't leave 12 to the graphics card due to a limitation with PCIe. Most graphics cards will likely perform the same over 8x mode, but top end cards like the GeForce 1080, Titan X, Radeon 480, and others, could encounter a small, yet possibly noticeable bottleneck. If you wager this may be an issue, stick with SATA III or PCIe 2x M.2 SSDs instead. For a gaming box at least, you really can't tell the difference anyhow. This motherboard works great with Windows 10 and Fedora Linux. Highly recommended!

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Excellent motherboard for a UNIX / Linux workstation build4/4/2013 2:56:55 PM

Pros: . - Supports UNIX and GNU/Linux operating systems right out of the box. - Packs a nice feature set, given the MicroATX form-factor. - Due to the business-class Q77 chipset, the lone PCI slot is natively supported. - Robust build quality which is designed to last for years. - Intel's excellent warranty coverage.

Cons: . - Intel is exiting the motherboard business after Haswell. - The mSATA port is wired to a SATA II (3 Gbps) bus.

Overall Review: . Just as a pro-tip for anyone considering this board for Linux, I highly recommend you update to the latest BIOS available for this board from Intel's Download Center, as various issues with Power Management and MTRR are resolved. The inclusion of native PCI is a big deal to me since, unlike PCI slots that utilize PCI-to-PCIe bridge chips (such as those found on Z77-based motherboards), you are able to attain high performance and lower latencies along with superior compatibility. This is especially important for professional PCI audio cards and the like. Considering how solid this product is, it will be very sad to see Intel exit the motherboard business after they launch their Haswell offerings. G_d speed Intel. You will be missed in this market segment.

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Another winner from SeaSonic3/29/2013 2:11:41 PM

Pros: . - PSU sips power. - Is very quiet during operation. - Modular design

Cons: . - None

Overall Review: . SeaSonic makes great hardware, and there's no denying that the build quality is superior to any other power supply on the market.

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Excellent CPU for a Linux-powered DAW3/29/2013 2:04:49 PM

Pros: . - 77W TDP at stock clocks. - The CPU design hits the perfect sweet-spot for performance.

Cons: . - None whatsoever.

Overall Review: . This CPU is an excellent investment and should last me for years to come. Personally, I find the Core i7 series with the hyperthreading gimmick to be unnecessary, thus making the Core i5 a solid bet. Although you might get the weaker Intel HD 2500 graphics core, the inclusion of VT-d support for this particular SKU more than makes up for the integrated GPU downgrade. I ended up pairing my CPU with an NVidia Quadro K4000, so the issue of weaker built-in graphics doesn't bother me.

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Super quiet and effective CPU heatsink3/29/2013 1:56:43 PM

Pros: . - Design allows for full size dual fan config or a single fan for compact builds. - Very quiet operation.

Cons: . - None.

Overall Review: . This is a great cooler and I highly recommend it to anyone!

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A great SSD for use in Linux3/29/2013 10:46:40 AM

Pros: . - Blazing fast speeds - Marvell controller is solid and virtually bug free - Plays nicely with my Intel DQ77MK motherboard - Works great on Linux and supports TRIM

Cons: . None

Overall Review: A few things to note... although this SSD is rated at SATA III 6 Gbps speeds, most desktop motherboards I have encountered in the wild connect the mSATA port to the slower SATA II bus. Fortunately, in real world usage tests, I hardly notice the difference in performance. Also, if you are using the GNU/Linux operating systems, be sure to enable TRIM support via the discard option in your fstab or create a cronjob to initiate a TRIM command every day, in order to keep the drive speedy.

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Fanless, but has annoying coil noise...3/28/2013 2:02:08 PM

Pros: - Fanless design - Great design for maximum heat dissipation

Cons: -Some frequency and coil noise can be heard coming from the power supply, which is quite annoying.

Overall Review: For what it is, the premise of an absolutely silent power supply is tantalizing. Unfortunately, SeaSonic falls just short of that goal in this particular product. Perhaps my particular unit was defective, but I didn't want to take another chance on it and RMA'd the unit for a full refund. I do think SeaSonic makes excellent hardware in general, and I decided pick up their SSR-450RM instead.

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A rock solid Quadro for Linux workstations3/26/2013 10:53:16 AM

Pros: - Fantastic warranty coverage - Nearly dead silent - Sips power at 80W - Single slot design - Excellent support for Linux and Solaris - Pushes high resolutions with aplomb - Additional bracket for 3-pin stereo 3D connector - Fast enough for more basic indie type games in a pinch

Cons: - Gimped double precision floating point capability - Not a PCIe 3.0 card - Still pricier than the GeForce equivalent (Since none of these cons affect me, no eggs are docked)

Overall Review: If you have a dedicated need for the Quadro, the K4000 will serve you well. Just be sure you are willing to shell out the dollars for this card. Personally, if your needs are not specific to professional graphics or video/audio and don't mind a dual slot card, consider a product like the Gigabyte Windforce instead, which you can find a model for less than half the price of the Quadro K4000

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