Date Joined: 08/08/03
Pros: Reliable, easy to install drives.
Cons: Slow. Large file transfers are about 20 MB/sec.
Overall Review: Have two of these enclosures for more than a year now. Currently running two 1TB WD Green drives in the BIG configuration, basically a poor man's RAID 0. Everything works fine. Only complaint is that the USB 2.0 transfer speed is really slow, 25 MB/sec would be about the max.
Pros: 3 year warranty, WD quality
Overall Review: Bought two of these for a Synology DS 212j NAS running as individual volumes. So far, so good. They were packaged well, no problems getting started and are running fine so far. As with most of the 2+ TB drives, reliability is the major issue. WD drives have been good for me so far, so I'm hoping for the best. At least they have a three year warranty. The price of these drives from different vendors can vary as much as $20-30, so shop around.
Pros: Inexpensive, cool, easy to install drive, can use 3TB hard drives
Cons: "Power saver" feature causes hard drive to spin down after about five minutes. Operation system will freeze when accessing hibernating drive/enclosure for a couple minutes.
Overall Review: I have a few of these enclosures and a few other R2 Rosewell enclosures as well. They can accept 3TB hard drives and run very cool. These RX-358 v2 enclosures would be the best single drive enclosures I have, save for one issue; the well documented "power saving" feature that causes the drive to spin down after five minutes or so. When the hibernating drive in the enclosure is accessed again, the operating system will freeze for a couple minutes until the external drive becomes active again. You can get programs that write to the drive/enclosure to keep it from spinning down - NoSleepHD, KeepAliveHD - but that's kind of a "band aid" solution.
Rosewell should step up and provide updated firmware to get rid of this power saving feature. They provided updated firmware for the R2 enclosure, they should do the same here. If they did, this would be a five star enclosure for sure.
Pros: Inexpensive, it works
Overall Review: It's a cheap HDMI cable that works. Should have got a longer one, but that's my problem.
Pros: Inexpensive, 2G memory, uses latest Kepler chip, came with free software, EVGA customer support
Cons: May not have the highest video performance as other cards in this price range
Overall Review: Needed to run a Sony HDTV via HDMI along with two DVI computer monitors, this card replaced an EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+, which was a good card, but did not have HDMI out.
Installed easily, runs two 23" monitors at 1920x1080 and can watch movies on the big screen Sony. Not the card you want for video gaming, I use my computer mostly for photo and video editing.
Came with a rebate and free software. EVGA has great customer service and makes good products. I probably could have got a little more performance from another company, but I am after reliability and quality in this case.
Pros: Fast, easy installation, 3.5" adapter included
Overall Review: I have three SSDs; a Samsung 830, OCZ Vertex 2 and this Kingston. I would rate the Samsung as best, this Kingston second and the OCZ as a pile of junk. Samsung has better software but the Kingston package is adequate. The Kingston comes with a 3.5" adapter which can save you $5. This drive went into an old Sony VAIO with SATA so it won't get the full speed benefits, but it makes the computer run much faster, for sure, with longer battery life.
Pros: Cheap, does the job, comes with screws
Cons: Holes did not match up on my Antec case.
Overall Review: Only two of four holes on my case matched up with the bracket, enough to secure a Samsung 830 SSD. I could have drilled two more holes if needed. The SSD fit in the bracket perfectly, screws were included. The holes for the screws to mount to the case were not threaded, but the plastic is soft enough to "self thread" the mounting screws that came with the computer case.
Pros: Very small, SSD Magician management software, no problems installing, great deal for $90 on sale at newegg.com
Cons: No cons really, price of SSDs in general is still fairly high, but it's the price you pay for superior performance
Overall Review: This drive replaced an OCZ Vertex 2 that has had problems before and is showing signs of dying(not booting or being recognized by the computer). Limited by my 3.0Gb/s motherboard, it's about as fast as the Vertex 2, but it's reliability that I'm looking for.
Norton Ghost does not come with this drive(only if you buy the 830 with the transfer kit). If you plan to clone your drive, especially if it is your first SSD, you might want to spend the extra $$$ for the transfer kit. If you know what you're doing, you can use Clonezilla or if you have Windows 7, the system backup image tool.
Pros: Enterprise drive at a reasonable price, five year warranty.
Cons: WD support website seems to have problems, no response to problem cases or RMA requests.
Overall Review: Seems like Caviar Blacks and RE4 drives are the only reliable WD hard drives, evidenced by the fact they are the only WD hard drives with a five year warranty, although the quality of the warranty is a question mark because if you have a warranty issue, you would need WD to respond to an RMA request, which may or may not happen.
What choice do you have? Seagate or Western Digital; both companies have declining product quality and increasingly poor customer service.
WD is the lesser of two evils; makes you want to plunk down your money, doesn't it?
Pros: Fairly cheap for a 1TB drive these days
Cons: Short warranty period. WD support website is non functional for problems and RMA cases. Not DOA or dead after a month.
Overall Review: Hard drive choices are limited these days; pretty much WD or Seagate. They own most of the other brands. The two year warranty for these Green drives is short; WD must not have much confidence in these drives. A quick internet search confirms you will need every warrantied day of the two years, that's too bad. WD support used to be pretty good, the fact they don't even respond to a problem case or RMA is trouble on top of bad news.
Maybe the new WD Red drives will be a little better, I'll never buy another WD Green drive.
Pros: Cheap. Works fine, haven't checked the speed but fast enough.
Cons: None so far. I guess the hole for a snap ring might be a little small, but I don't use one so I don't care.
Overall Review: I use Transcend SDHC cards in my cameras, this drive was on sale so I decided to give it a shot.
I like my Corsair Voyager, but I feel I will lose the cap sooner or later, the "slider" type is fine with me.
Pros: Corsair memory, what can you say? Set it and forget it. Maybe not the fastest, but fast enough, stable and problem free.
The low profile coolers don't look as cool as the full sized ones, but leave more room in the case for cables and air flow.
Overall Review: Upgraded from 8G of Corsair XMS for use with Photoshop and video editing. Got it on a 10% off sale, it was already pretty cheap, so a good deal all around.
Pros: No problems, reasonably fast, quiet and cool. Best priced 2TB hard drive.
Cons: The firmware flash deal, but I believe the recently manufactured drives are already flashed.
Also, the recent flooding in Thailand has really jacked the price on these(and many other) hard drives.
Overall Review: This is my third HD204UI, no problems with any of them. Flashed the first two with updated firmware, which is a pain, didn't do the most recent one.
I use them for storage of digital photos and video. For that, they work fine.
Pros: None I can think of.
Cons: Problems from day 1. RMA #1 lasted a week. RMA #2 lasted about two weeks. RMA #2 was 115G, not the 120G I bought, so OCZ returned a different product than I sent them. Did not get rebate because I had to RMA the drive. OCZ customer service is absolutely terrible and cannot be trusted under any circumstances.
Overall Review: Buy an SSD from a reputable company like Intel or Crucial. Don't believe any of the specs on drive speed and reliability from OCZ, they are all lies.
Don't believe me or the many other negative reviews here on newegg.com? Check anywhere on the web, including the OCZ "support" forum.
Cons: Unreliable, potential fire hazard
Overall Review: The first unit failed after about six months after blowing a capacitor on the circuit board. After RMA, that unit failed in about the same time; the unit cannot be turned off, even when unplugged from the wall and is hot. Short circuit and fire hazard.
The first unit never was called to back up the computer during a power failure, I checked the second one, it doesn't work. The alarm beep doesn't work under any circumstances.
Total fail. Don't depend on this thing to back up your computer, you should be concerned it will fail and burn your house down.
Pros: Fast when it works.
Cons: Where do I start? OCZ sells 34nm NAND to 25nm NAND drives with the same labeling and pricing. You might buy a 34nm and 25nm unit at the same time, have fun with that if you are using them in a RAID. Bought a 34nm Vertex2 and need it RMA'd to OCZ(not an uncommon thing), you might get a smaller capacity and slower 25nm drive back.
Overall Review: OCZ switched from 34nm NAND to 25nm NAND without any notice to customers. If you bought a 25nm SSD and want a 34nm drive that was advertised, you have to return the SSD and PAY MORE than the advertised price.
OCZ's dishonest marketing and advertising are well known, check the internet.
Pros: Comes in a nice box
Cons: Started losing data after a couple weeks. OCZ Toolbox generated error messages, nobody at OCZ knows anything about it.
Support is terrible; choose between the OCZ Forum, where OCZ moderators may or may not respond to your posts, or fill out a support "ticket" and wait two or three days to receive a generic response that has nothing to do with your problems.
OCZ uses their customers as crash test dummies rushing untested hardware, buggy software and firmware to market.
Overall Review: Negative OCZ reviews seem to take a long time to get posted here at newegg, wonder how many don't make it at all.
Pros: Faster than mechanical hard drive when working
Cons: You must like jumping through hoops to buy this SSD. OCZ is using consumers as crash test dummies to work their way into the SSD market.
There are many reasons why you might have trouble installing and using this drive, just check the OCZ forum or Google. My SSD is kicking out error messages and losing data after about ten days.
Worst of all, there is absolutely no OCZ factory support. If you have a problem, you post on their forum. Maybe someone will respond, maybe not. If not, you are on your own because sending in support "tickets" are ignored. All my problems are with the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, put my original hard drive back in and the system runs perfectly. Even if an OCZ "moderator" replies to a forum post, they will likely tell you the problem is with your computer. The best you can do is to RMA the drive and hope you get one that works.
Rebates? If you have to RMA an OCZ SSD, you don't get a rebate so you lose twice.
Overall Review: Really disappointed in OCZ product quality, customer support and rebate policies. They should not be allowed to dump defective products on unsuspecting customers.
Thinking of filing a fraudulent credit charge with my credit card company instead of dealing any further with crooks.
Pros: This is a tremendous HDMI cable; the electrons pass right through it.
Overall Review: No reason to buy an expensive cable, this one works fine. Using it to connect my XBox 360 to a Sony HD TV.
Pros: Nice brightness and contrast, no dead pixels
Cons: No up and down adjustment, typical of Acer monitors
Overall Review: I've had good luck with Acer monitors, this seems like another quality LCD at a reasonable price. My Acer AL2223W was my number one monitor of a two monitor setup, it's #2 now.
Cons: This drive is an RMA exchange for bad drive; this one is bad too; fails Long Drive Self Test with Seagate Seatools. Another $9 for return to newegg. Wonder how much of a hassle it will be this time.
Seagate just lost a longtime customer.
Overall Review: Wondering why I have to test Seagate products for newegg. This $99 drive actually has cost $117(so far).
Looking at the newegg rating system; this drive has 20% one egg, 59% five eggs. The WD 1TB Black has 77% five eggs, 7% one egg but both drives overall rating is four eggs. Wondering about the math there........
Pros: Not much with Seagate these days
Cons: This drive was DOA; failed Seagate SMART and DST tests; bad sectors no doubt.
Overall Review: Seagate is really going downhill. Along with bad drives; their DiscWizard software does not recognize SATA drives from the program's bootable media in Wndows 7. This is a well-documented problem with Acronis(who makes DiscWizard). Drive Detect does not work properly either and Seatools shows some drives twice so it is not 100% accurate either. Many of the support web pages on Seagate's website do not work; non-compatible with IE8(that's the browser Seagate's tools use).
Recently, the RMA process has been part of deal here at newegg on a regular basis; might as well add the cost of return shipping to any item you might be thinking of buying. Starting to wonder is some of the items for sale are not top shelf products; but are outdated or "seconds".
Pros: Plenty of options; especially RAID configurations. 64 bit Windows 7 installed easily with drivers on Gigabyte CD.
Intel i7-860 2.8Ghz
8G Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600
EVGA GForce 9800 GTX+
Corsair TX750 PSU
Seagate 7200.12 320G boot drive
4 X 1TB Seagate 7200.12
Antec 300 case
Computer will be used as a video editing and graphics workstation.
Emailed Gigabyte with a question about RAID configuration; they responded right away. Nice to see actual customer service.
Cons: Had to trim the fan cage of the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU cooler to make it fit next to the mobo heatsink. The SATA ports are in a bit of a tough spot to get to; nothing major.
Overall Review: Pointing the CPU cooler fan towards the rear of the case left plenty of room to access the RAM. There are two RAID controllers; make sure the drives are in the right ports for each controller.
With all the options; I'm still going through it and tweaking the settings; seems it would fit just about anyone's needs.
We've used Gigabyte boards at work with no real issues; they've been rock solid. I hope this one works out the same.
Pros: Unbelieveable low price; N router for less than $20. It actually works pretty good.
Cons: No bells or whistles. The ethernet cable that came with it was bad and installation disk did not work with Windows 7.
Overall Review: Even with the bad cable and manual installation; it was worth $20. A beginner may have problems with the setup; but anyone who has configured a DSL setup would have no problems.
Hope it keeps working; for the price; it's not even worth returning.
Pros: Plenty of ventilation, room for eight drives. Typical Antec quality.
Cons: Would hold nine drives if you use a small video card. Most recent video cards block one of the internal drive bays.
Overall Review: Corsair TX750, GeForce 9800 GTX+ vid card, five hard drives and mobo with aftermarket cooler really fill this case up. If you were going with two video cards; you'd only be able to use a couple, maybe three hard drives.