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Martin T.

Martin T.

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Most Favorable Review

It has become my primary backup drive - updated

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA4000100 Black
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA4000100 Black

Pros: Like I said in my prior review down below, it is very fast. I discovered it is a 7200RPM drive, and it copies files very quickly. And the software is excellent. I did not mention in my prior review that the software includes some great utilities that allow you to see space on your drive, a log of various activities on the drive, such as your backup programs, and various options for the three programs, and controls for power management, the lights on the drive, and even a test to see if the drive is working correctly. You also get access to cloud storage. Pretty good stuff actually, all very easy to use.

Cons: It does not have a manual power switch. I like the option of manually turning an external drive on and off completely. Also, it does heat up, as others have noted. In my original review, I did not think it was that bad, but I've discovered that it heats up to 55C and above. But there is a solution. I found that IF I set the Power management to five minutes (if no hdd activity, the Backup Plus will spin down) AND have the backup software not set at continuous backup (as that appears to activate the Backup Plus), THEN the Backup Plus will spin down automatically after five minutes and will remain spun down, and therefore cool down. The temperature drops to 40C or below, which is very tolerable. Perhaps Seagate meant to use the Power Saving features as a way of managing heat. If that was their intention, it works.

Overall Review: Keep in mind that this is an external drive. It is not intended to be running and spinning continuously in an external enclosure, as it will get hot. That's my beef about not being able to manually turn it off when I am not using it (you can still manually power down via Windows). Hence my 4 eggs. But having learned to manage the temperatures, I am very happy with this drive and it will remain my primary backup drive and I will have plenty of room.

Most Critical Review

Fast drive, but only 2Tb

Seagate Constellation CS ST3000NC000 3 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 6Gb/s SATA - 7200 rpm - 64 MB Buffer - Secure Erase - Hot Pluggable
Seagate Constellation CS ST3000NC000 3 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 6Gb/s SATA - 7200 rpm - 64 MB Buffer - Secure Erase - Hot Pluggable

Pros: This is a fast drive, all the specs are matched by write and copy speeds that are fast. I copies from the drive and wrote to the drive separate 9Gb folders of mixed files, and it went quickly. I also copied to and from another mechanical drive and a SSD drive, and in both instances, this drive worked very well. I have no complaints about the speed of the drive. Also, it is very quiet and runs cool. So what is not to love? It turns out about 1Tb.

Cons: This drive came with a 2Tb partition and then 700+G of unformatted space. And no matter what I do, I cannot get that space to format or to merge with the 2Tb partition. In essence. 700Gb of wasted space.

Overall Review: That's really about it. A good drive, but something seriously wrong with this drive. I see no one else reporting this, so it must have just been the drive I got. But this is not acceptable.

EDIT ORIGINAL 1-egg REVIEW Bad rattle right out of the boX

Fractal Design Venturi HP Series Black Fluid Dynamic Bearing High Pressure PWM 120mm Radiator/Heatsink Optimized Fan
Fractal Design Venturi HP Series Black Fluid Dynamic Bearing High Pressure PWM 120mm Radiator/Heatsink Optimized Fan

Pros: Originally, it wrote "It spins" as the only pro. I went back and spent some time fiddling with the fan and the motherboard settings and was able to get it to work much better, at lower rpm without a rattle

Cons: ORIGINALLY I WROTE: "Rattles quite badly. I had to pull it out. My very first negative experience with anything Fractal." As noted above, I was able to adjust the fan and get it to work as intended. So at this point, no cons.

Overall Review: ORIGINALLY I WROTE: "I suspect I got a dud, not sure if it's worth the cash to RMA" Kudos as always to Newegg for granting me an RMMA, which I will not use now .

Excellent quality, quiet and cool

Fractal Design Meshify C White - White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify C White - White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case

Pros: I purchased this not quite one year ago. I never thought I'd purchase a cream-colored case, but the color happened to match a printer I had just purchased, and my older case was giving me problems. I never thought I would buy a case to color-coordinate, but given that I have another system with a Fractal case, I knew that quality would be good. While the location in my home office precludes a view through the glass, it is without doubt the most elegant and beautiful internal case I ever have owned. Beautifully understated, an easy box to build, quality workmanship like the other case I have, and so quiet. And the price is extremely reasonable.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Overall Review: Fractal is my first choice in cases. I can only imagine that other cases of this quality go for twice the price.

Solid drive, cool, fast per benchmark

SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7E500BW
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7E500BW

Pros: So far so good. I bought a 500G to replace my 3+ year-old 950, my first NVMe. In day-to-day operations, I can't say that I notice a difference, probably because both of these drives are so lightning-fast . I've made the ascension over the years from really really old mechanical hdd drivers (1990) to 5400rpm, then 7200rpm (huge bump), the 10,000 rpm raptors (another huge bump), then my first ssd (heaven), and then the NVMe (higher power territory). So the 970 is more of a size increase though per Samsung magician, the speed has doubled. It is running fairly cool for its type. I'm please, and the cost was roughly one-third of what I paid for the 950 in 2016. Oh, I just love storage technology.

Cons: None. Well, it did not come with a little screw for the mobo.

Overall Review: Buy it. No hesitation.

So far so good, still learning, not without some problems, nothing major, and major kudos to the egg

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: March 2020 Update: this mobo has worked flawlessly now for going on 4 years. I happened to see some reviews re. it dying or features not working, but all has been good (knock on wood). I do not intensely game on it, but I use it almost everyday for several hours. Update, there's a new bios, F7, I downloaded and installed via the Q Flash utility, very nice and easy. The F7 is intended to address XMP issues, and now my memory runs at XMP 3400 plus a few more as I have bumped by base clock to 102.5 with a multiplier set at 45 for a speed of just over 4.6GHz running on air, under load temp tops out at low 80s running with vcore set to 1.38. I have had NO sound problems, others seem to have experienced this. Mine is running fine. I just had Xfinity increase my home internet speed, and now I am using the Killer network adapter, I swear, it works better than the Intel with increased speed. I know that sounds a bit far-fetched, but I have found it to be true. This board so far has been everything I have wanted. Very pleased. Gigabyte does little things like have slight indentations where this board fits on the standoffs. Nice touch. Everything has worked well so far with some reservations (see cons) but not enough to take off an egg. I got this as part of a package with the 6700k and the 16G of G.Skill memory and it is a very fast system. Everything works pretty well. I installed a pci-e 3.0 x 4 256G drive in the mobo slot and it was immediately recognized and had no trouble installing Windows 10. I am still learning about this mobo so I will add another review down the road, but very pleased right now. I am running a steady OC at 4.5 GHz at 1.35 vcore and under load it does not exceed low 80s C using an air cooler.

Cons: There was a slight bend in my mobo, so I RMAed it (see below) and got another and it too has a slight bend in it though not as bad as the first one, works fine. But odd. I wish I could OC this system a bit more, but that may be the chip I have. Also, I cannot get my ram to run at XMP without some weirdness, so I have it running at 2800 (SMP would be 3400) and it runs very well at that setting. .

Overall Review: 6 - 7 eggs to neweggs for taking back my first board, sending me a shipping label, with the turnaround from my residence in Utah back to Newegg and then a new mobo in my hands in less than one week. I mean, that is outstanding (probably should applaud fedex and UPS, too). But I mean, that is extraordinary customer service. I always shop Newegg, my first new build in 4 years, and Newegg will continue to get my money and I'll be happy to give it to them when they treat me so well.