Joined on 09/12/03
Pros: So as others have mentioned, it does have a Samsung Spinpoint in it with a 32MB cache instead of 16. I had no trouble connecting this through eSATA. Everest didn't recognize it until after a restart, but Windows did and it allowed me to start transferring files immediately. When transferring files to and from it, Everest says it doesn't go past 37C and it's rated to 60C. I ran HDTach and it registered a burst speed of 216.1 MB/s and an average read rate of 76.1 MB/s. That's a better burst than my two Barracudas in RAID 0 (probably due to the cache), but a slightly slower read rate.
Cons: It could blow up into a million pieces tomorrow and be a pile, but until then, none.
Overall Review: E6600 @3.375 EVGA 780i, FSB @1500 2x1GB Patriot DDR2-800 @750, 4-4-4-12-2T 2x EVGA 8800GTS 640MB 2x 500GB Seagate Barracudas (RAID 0)
So much better than Patriot
Pros: Ran immediately in my 780i, though not at rated voltage. I'm just glad I have a stick that will post at 1.9V as opposed to my patriots that I had to post with a 1.8V stick, change to 2.2V in bios and then install. I owned cheap before, these are worth the slightly increased cost.
Cons: Heatspreaders! So I followed some guys advice where he says to only press down on the clips and not the black heatspreaders. The clip slipped down! Normally the loop on the clip is half and inch or so above the circuit board; it was flush after it slipped. I was able to fix it but beware and only press in with a pen pressing on the pcb only.
Overall Review: Running 4-3-3-10 @ 750, 2.1V
Is what it says it is
Pros: Cable length is plenty sufficient to reach from back of case to SATA connectors. Cables are also flexible, but stiff enough to stay in place if you bend them out of the way.
Cons: My tool-less connectors wouldn't hold it in place, but is that really the brackets fault?
Overall Review: Make sure you enable your SATA ports as eSATA ports in your BIOS. This thing is just a cable and holder. If it doesn't work, it's your fault, not the product. Do your homework.
Pros: Lowered my CPU temp a little since it's blowing towards it. Given the tests I saw online, it's got to be cooling my RAM significantly. I don't have a laser temperature sensor so I can't say for sure.
Cons: This thing attaches to your RAM by squeezing on the sides of your RAM sticks. When I installed it, I put one side on and tried to bend out the other side as I slid it over the other side of my sticks. Despite that, there was an unpleasant grinding sound as the metal slid along the sides of the RAM. Unpleasant, but not ultimately harmful.
Overall Review: I fit this in a Enermax Chakra case with 4 Patriot DIMMs next to an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro heatsink and above an eVGA 8800GTS 640 video card. All of this on an eVGA 780i mobo. Make sure that you have enough clearance between your video card and your RAM DIMMs as any contact between the bottom of your video card and this cooler will cause your video card to short out. Not a big worry; just check out my mother board and yours and if there is a significant difference in the spacing of the top PCI-x slot and the RAM slots, you may be in the danger zone with large video cards. I dealt with the fan noise and bright LEDs by using a rheostat fan controller. On low, fan isn't audible over other fans and the LEDs aren't blinding.
Nice for specific needs
Pros: I no longer have to burn a DVD every time I want to watch a movie I have acquired on my PC, on my TV. I can also listen to my music in my living room as well as my office.
Cons: 1) Price: Why does this thing cost 2 bills? 2) Setup was not easy, but not impossible.
Overall Review: I do not have an HD capable TV so I can't tell you about anything but the standard NTSC output through RCA cables. One would think that the available component outputs would not be as high quality as HDMI. I will post another review when I get a better TV.
Phew! It worked.
Pros: Throwing it in SLI with my 8800 GTS 640 SC raised my 3dMark06 score from 10749 to 15389. That's all I wanted so that's all I have to say.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: To the guy who says that you can't put an SSC with an SC...well you're wrong. You leave the SC in the first slot and install your brand new SSC in the lower slot. Is it running at 96 stream processors instead of 112? Well, ya, but what did you expect when you paired it with a slower card? Still, no need to go out and get two new cards for your SLI setup.