Joined on 08/05/09
Amazing drive and so small
Pros: First thing I noticed was that the packaging was really nice. Very professional looking. The drive itself looks very Apple-esque as it looks like a drive that would be used on an Apple computer which it can be by the way. This drive is pretty small for being 1 TB in size....actually 971 gb after Seagate sets it up with factory formatting and all the backup software they installed like Dashboard and other files. The USB3 connection is awesome. It is the future. Very fast almost like an SSD when hooked up to a USB3 port. The outside drive case looks high tech looking with a small white LED to indicate that the drive is on. This drive is very quiet. Like SSD quiet. I mean you cannot hear it quiet. One of the quietest hard drives I've ever used and I have had tons of them. And with the USB3 connection, it seems to be a lot faster than most other hard drives I've owned in the past. I love this hard drive. It is so easy to use. The supplied software which is on the drive is called Seagate Dashboard. You can set this drive up to automatically back up and files from your computer but also backs up online places like Facebook and other social media sites. It is not mandatory to use it. Windows 7 also has a program to back up automatically files from your computer only and that is what I use. It works perfectly. While the USB3 connection is fast, this drive is not meant to be used as a main drive. It is a BACKUP drive and so it begs to be used as such. It is fast enough to be used as a main drive or a backup if you want though. I use it as backup and an extra drive and so far it works without a problem. I've only had it for a short time so time will tell about long term reliability. I downloaded all 65 gb of my music and video library off my main SSD to this drive and it went very fast and smooth. I lo9aded a few programs to this drive and they open faster than even my 2tb WD Caviar Black.
Cons: There is one con. The supplied USB3 cable is only 18 inches long. For some it may be too short. Possibly another con is that the white LED light may be too bright for some. That is a minor thing as this drive overall is awesome.
Overall Review: I never thought I would need a backup drive as I never had a problem with lost data before with the newer drives. Recently I have had to fix a few friends computers which have had recent drives die on them. Lots of photos and memories gone forever. My church I am a member of has had much of its records and recordings lost due to failed drives. After seeing those problems, I decided that this type of drive set up is not a luxury but a necessity because it is not IF your drive will die, but WHEN your drive dies. Backing up is a great strategy to make sure that you don't lose your files and mind. After all, if you ever had a crashed or dead drive, you know how mind messing it can be. I have a a three drive backup system now as I have been put in charge of my church's data. I have this drive, a flash drive and a Blue Ray 50gb re-recordable disk drive. No need to format as this drive is plug and play. I just plugged it into the USB3 port and it was immediately recognized. This drive is a great way to back up your files. The SSD folks like to say The hard drive is dead. I say Long live the hard drive. I highly recommend the Seagate 1TB Backup Plus.
Pros: When it worked it was great.
Cons: I put a card to be read into this reader and it did not pop up on screen. I did a check and the computer did not know it was hooked up. I pulled the USB cable off and the USB connector on this unit broke off. It seems that it is only held on with 8 very small soldered connections. Those connections will break eventually. This reader needs to be re-designed to allow the USB cable to be put on and off without breaking off the USB cable jack.
Overall Review: I would recommend this reader IF they fix this glaring fault. The design of the USB jack is very very poor. It needs to be fixed so that any pressure on the USB cable will not break off the input jack.
Some say this card should not be and nobody wanted it...I'm glad they made it and I certainly wanted it!
Pros: I've been watching this card on Youtube and when the price dropped a bit, I pulled the trigger. Received this card via USPS just a few days ago. Opened the box and this card is big....much bigger than the 970 I had. Two of the fans on the 970 died so it was time to upgrade. I am using a Coolmaster Haf X case so fitting it in was not an issue. The cooling system on this card is big.....and keeps this card very cool and very quiet. 8 pin power connector is satisfactory. The lighting is pretty good....the Aura software to control the lighting works well. I'm running an Intel I7 5960X with a Samsung PRO 1tb M.2 drive......custom water cooling. 32 gb 2666mhz Corsair ram. I did some tests with 4/k video and I really did not notice a difference too much from the 970. That was until I downloaded the ASUS GPU TweakII software. I overclocked this card to accelerate the core to 1949 Mhz. Very nice. The video no longer had that lag....it was smooth...it was just a bit sharper......seemed to be easier to run as the 970 would ramp up the fan speed to cover the cooling while this card had no problem and was totally silent. My video rendering was a lot smoother also. If you do 4/K or 8/K video work, then this card will handle it....maybe not as good as a 1080ti.....but as good as a 1080 when this card is overclocked. I hear that this card is pretty good for gaming.....certainly not a 1080ti..... I do not game....I create video.....4K video....and I watch video....4K video.....and this card can handle it.
Cons: Because this card has the DDR5 and not the DDR5X memory, this card and cards like it are on the hit list for miners.....meaning the price of these cards are higher than they should because of demand. The latency of the DDR5 memory is better than the latency of the DDR5X memory on the 1080 / 1080ti so for certain crypto currency mining, the cards with the DDR5 memory are in great demand. I noticed a price increase after I ordered my card from NewEgg.
Overall Review: If you don't want to spend $600-$800 for a video card, then this card is what you want. Many of the reviews started out saying that this is a card that nobody asked for and it is nothing but a reaction to the AMD Vega 56. This card, at the right price, is the best deal for those wishing to get a really good video card that won't break the bank. I recommend this card highly if you are not willing to pay a lot more for just a little more.
250GB SSD is fantastic
Pros: I had to get a new SSD as my 128GB Crucial M4 that I've had for over three years was starting to get full and noticed a lag. Being older technology, the M4 is slower than the newer SSd drives. So I decided to go ahead and update. This drive is almost double the speed of the old M4. At twice the capacity, this drive was $75 cheaper than what I paid for the old M4. Installation was very easy and the migration software worked excellent. This new drive being the C drive was easy to install and easy to get Windows 7 and Ubuntu loaded. Went very fast and everything worked perfectly after migration. I noticed right away my computer boots faster after the bios does its thing. I also noticed that the programs were loading faster and also that my internet surfing was much faster as Firefox was quicker by about 25%. All other programs such as Gimp and Open Office open way faster than before. Audacity opens in less than 5 seconds.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: This drive is a great improvement over previous versions. Faster than even the top end Samsungs of just a few months ago. Having smaller SSD's in the past, 250 GB is about the lowest capacity I would recommend having. Windows and many other programs are kind of bloated and when an SSD starts to get full, they do slow down a bit. I highly recommend this drive.
Almost a year 24/7
Pros: After my watercooled I7 4600K died, I decided to get back to AMD as in my computing history, the AMD 955 chip and the Gigabyte motherboard was the most reliable I have owned. The 8350 came out and so I decided to get it along with this motherboard. Best decision I've made in a while. I've been running this mother board and the 8350 24/7 since it was put together with just a few hours off. I do some crypto currency mining and it takes a lot of time to do mining so I wanted the most reliable motherboard I could find. So far, this motherboard has performed flawlessly. The layout it pretty good. Lots of room for video cards and a sound card. I've updated the Bios and everything works just fine. I've noticed that I have not noticed the loss of the I7 Intel set up. This mother board with the 8350 has taken the place of the Intel set up and I have no regrets.
Cons: None at all. I've owned several Gigabyte products and every one has been great.
Overall Review: Iceland jailed its bankers and the people wrote a new constitution to prevent corporations from taking control of government ever again. We in the US should do the same. Iceland's economy is now a wonder of the world and they are no longer in debt to the banksters. The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 is a really nice motherboard. Is it perfect? No.....but it does do what it needs to do and does it every day 24/7 with no complaints.
Update on my review
Pros: I have owned the 8350 now for a little over 6 months and it has performed everything I have asked of it. I highly recommend this CPU. I previously ran an I7 2600K and while it was a great CPU, it died after my water cooling system broke down in the middle of the night. I ran it overclocked @ 4.9Ghz 24/7. The AMD FX8350 is my second AMD CPU. I once owned a 955 and ran it for several years without a problem. So I wanted to try the 8350 after reading the reviews. The FX8350 has made me realize that paying a lot more for the Intel CPU's is not good economic sense in today's world. The AMD motherboards are usually about half the cost of the Intel motherboards and AMD has wisely kept the motherboard issue at bay with the continuation of the AM3 / AM3+ series. Upgrading a CPU should not mean that you need to gut your computer and buy a new motherboard. AMD got it right with the AMD3+. For all that own the FX8350 and other FX CPU's, if you are running Windows 7, there is a hotfix that is available from Microsoft that allows your 8350 to use all cores. Previously, Windows 7 had a problem with utilizing all 8 cores. With the hotfix, I have noticed an increase in speed and the computer runs much smoother. Google AMD Hotifx for more info.
Cons: None what so ever.
Overall Review: Microsoft will send you an e-mail with the hotfix download for the AMD FX8350. It will be a zipped file. Just run it and you will see better performance with the hotfix. With all the great reviews, more and more programmers will be writing programs that will utilize the AMD CPU. With the economy the way it is, AMD CPU's make more sense than ever before.