Joined on 09/30/03
Got 4 of these for a Synology NAS, and they are awesome
Overall Review: I'm loving these drives. They are a little bit overkill for a home NAS, but I wanted to build a shared volume that could take better advantage of my 10g network. I have 4 of them in a RAID10, and I'm loving the performance. In terms of noise, my only comparison is an array of 10TB Ironwolfs, and these Exos are louder. The Ironwolfs were never loud enough to be heard over the quiet NAS case fans, but the new Exos can be heard when they seek. I imagine most people buying enterprise drives don't care about noise, but when I was trying to decide on buying these drives (which were cheaper than the equivalent Ironwolfs), I couldn't find noise level data published anywhere. I would say the noise isn't bad, but I definitely have been moving frequently accessed shares back to my old array to keep these new disks from constantly seeking during the day. If I didn't have that choice, I would probably look into moving the NAS farther away from my desk. One of the 4 drives I originally ordered died during the initial scan that was performed while building the array. This actually caused kernel panics in my NAS that rendered the web interface inoperative until I removed the offending drive, so next time I will definitely run extended SMART tests on the individual drives before adding them to an array. The RMA on the dead drive went fine. I don't have a problem with drives arriving DOA every once in a while, as statistically this is just a fact of how hard drives are built and shipped, regardless of the model or brand. And the 4 I ended up keeping are working great!
excellent quality, very quiet
Overall Review: I have a liquid-cooled CPU with two 120mm fans cooling the radiator, and one of those fans was making horrible grinding noises, so I needed a replacement. I've had good luck with Noctua fans, so I was happy to find this fan, whose specs otherwise lined up with the one I was replacing. Since installing this fan, I've run a CPU stress test, plus a week of general use, and the CPU is staying cool, and the fan is nice and quiet. No complaints.