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James W.

James W.

Joined on 11/08/03

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4TB 7200 RPM

WD Re 4TB Datacenter Capacity Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 inch WD4000FYYZ
WD Re 4TB Datacenter Capacity Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 inch WD4000FYYZ

Pros: Bought one to replace a 2TB RE4 which was outstanding. Just needed more space. The new 4TB drive is faster. Wish it was 4x1 TB platters instead of 5x800 GB, but all 7200 RPM 4TB drives are using the latter at this time.

Cons: Not a lot of competition in this segment.

Overall Review: WD just announced the 4TB Black Series drive which will likely be this drive with different firmware if history is any guide.

11/21/2012
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 994057
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 994057

Pros: Very tight timings for DDR3-1600. The heat spreaders do allow the sticks to be installed on a dual channel micro ATX board without interference with each other.

Cons: Can't find it anywhere anymore, otherwise no complaints.

Overall Review: I had problems with getting the RAM to POST on my ASUS Maximus V Gene and sent an e-mail to Mushkin on the chance that someone ran into it before. Received a reply from Sean Moore within 24 hours with the recommendation to change the "DRAM CAS# Write Latency" to 7. Apparently the latest ASUS BIOS's have it set incorrectly. Great support from Mushkin and the RAM is functioning great after 30+ hours of Memtest86+ and 24 hours of Prime95.

WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This drive, in addition to moving to a SATA 3 interface, also has a faster spindle speed than the other "green" drives. It is also faster than the original 3 TB green with the adapter card (WD30EZRSDTL). It's been reported that the WD30EZRSDTL also received the faster spindle speed sometime after introduction. Not sure why the change, but the drives are faster in benchmarks out there.

Cons: The faster spindle speed, while increasing performance over the WD30EZRSDTL, generates slightly more heat.

Overall Review: Not sure how I feel about the boost to spindle speed. I kind of like the thought of the slightly slower model with less energy used and less heat dissipated. I suspect the speed was boosted to compete with the Seagate 3 TB with its 5900 RPM spindle speed.

LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support

Pros: Works pretty good as a Bluray burner. Firmware is now mature and latest version is 5L09. Support lightscribe which make this model different from the OEM iHBS 112.

Cons: Price fluctuates a lot and often includes freebies. Firmware may be one revision behind the OEM model, but don't know that for sure.

Overall Review: As always, but Made in Japan blank media if possible. If not, Verbatim is pretty good. Mileage may vary greatly with other blank media.

Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRSDTL 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRSDTL 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Installed this is a X58 system utilizing an ICH10R without any difficulty. I'm using it as a storage drive secondary to an Intel SSD. First install the Intel RST drivers, now at 10.5.0.1027, and then format using the GUID partition table. Take a while to format. No need to install the included adapter.

Cons: The included adapter, now widely unnecessary, maybe be adding to the price which could always be cheaper!

Overall Review: A lot of the issues people have been reporting should be in the past. Updated drivers supporting > 2 TB drives have been availabile for months for mainstream controllers. The included card is unnecessary. Complaints from this point on are mostly from a knowledge deficit or using non-mainstream hardware. This isn't WD's fault and those users will have problems no matter who the manufacturer is.

Intel 320 Series 2.5" 300GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CW300G3K5
Intel 320 Series 2.5" 300GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CW300G3K5

Pros: This is my 6th intel drive and it replaced a 32 gig extreme SSD that I was using for a Windows 7 x64 boot drive. It's nice not to have to put the swap file and documents directory on another drive. It also supports TRIM which the original 50 nm drives did not. Make sure you are running the latest Intel RST drivers. Now at 10.5.0.1027. Warranty just got bumped to 5 years retroactive in the 320 series by Intel this past week. Best in the business.

Cons: Not the fastest sequential drive, but still very fast in random I/O.

Overall Review: You can knock Intel for not have the fastest benchmarks, but this drive is fast and reliabile. I had another manufacturer drive named Vertex that I was using for a HTPC boot drive. It just started corrupting data one day with no warning. No amount of firmware updates (there were many) could fix it. The manufacturer stood behind it, but having to RMA a little used drive less than 1 year old was not confidence inspiring. Neither was reading forums where others were having the same premature failure issues. This is my 6th Intel SSD across all series and capacities and not one issue! Only had to update the firmware on the original 50 nm Extreme SSD once, which was non-destructive.