Date Joined: 03/06/03
Pros: Cheep fast drive.
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 198.868 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 198.197 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.589 MB/s [ 387.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.615 MB/s [ 394.3 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.645 MB/s [ 401.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.839 MB/s [ 204.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.655 MB/s [ 159.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.659 MB/s [ 160.9 IOPS]
Cons: Got 2 of these 3TB drives 6 months ago and 1 is starting to fail with a seek error rate problem. The bad drive lightly clicks most of the time and is used only for data storage or install programs, driver install packages and such.
Overall Review: Toshiba's RMA process not the best out there.
Pros: Nice clear case.
Cons: Guess I got a bad one as I get really, really slow transfer rates. CrystalDisk Mark speeds for this case come no where near the numbers that ORICO's USB 3.0 produce (Which is a great product). I got this case because I have a laptop that has a 3.1 port that I could use. i thought that the slow read/write speed might be due to running off a USB 3.0 port so I got a USB 3.1 cable and the testing results were even slower using a 3.1 port.
3.1 case CrystalMark Speeds 3.0 Case
68.58 16.36 89.08 84.03
.905 .238 .552 .215
.937 .246 88.92 77.39
.358 .153 .388 .190
Numbers are slow, but hey it's a 10 year old 5400 Sata 300 drive.
Pros: I can check out drives or transfer files for others without opening my case to connecting them. Makes it easy to move friends pictures, music or documents to a new computer. Also you can do do drive testing to see is a drive is failing. Fast CrystalMark transfer rates that are within a few numbers of the drives numbers when connected to a USB 3 port vs connected to the motherboard SATA ports.
Cons: Cables could be a bit longer for the power adapter.
Overall Review: If you work with other peoples 3.5in or 2.5in Sata drives this is a great tool to have.
Pros: The clear case makes it easy to tell what drive you are using without plugging it in. I got several of these to put in old laptop drives that were replaced by SSD's. Fast transfer rates using USB 3 ports and no system slow down. Also works well in a USB 2 port, just slower.
Overall Review: If you have a 2.5in drive that you don't know what to do with, this is what you need. Now a have portable drives to back up all my computers without placing all the backups on a single drive.
Pros: Worked great when they worked. Two boards both lasting about 90 days each.
Cons: I've used Gigabyte products going all the way back to the AMD K-6 days and never had a problem. However this model board has failed twice with each board lasting just over 3 months. The first board refusing to power on with beep codes pointing to memory problems. The memory was check on a second board, different brand, and found ok, so reinstalled everything to that board.
The first board was RMA'd and Gigabyte sent a replacement. Total RMA time was just over 3 1/2 weeks. Not having a cpu or memory to install on it, I waited a bit before getting a second cpu and memory to setup another system. Now the second board again ran just over 3 months before failing. Again it won't post at power on, so I pulled all the components off the Gigabyte and installed them on a borrowed friends board and there has no problems at all.
Overall Review: Don't know just what is going on with this board but I'm not going to waste time and money doing a RMA again. I still recommend the Gigabyre products to friends but just not this board.
Pros: Got this to replace the stock AMD cooler that was on a FX-8300. The 8300 is overclocked to 3.9ghz and this dropped the max temp running Prime95 to around 45-48C, depending on room temp. This is with the fan setting on the board set to normal , which is very quiet. Nothing spectacular about idle temps, (22-25C) but who cares. The stock AMD cooler struggled to keep the temp below 60C and sounded like a chainsaw.
Great cooler at a great price.
Cons: Make sure that your case is big enough to use this cooler. Could touch ram with large heat spreaders
Overall Review: Applied Arctic Silver 5 paste instead of supplied Cool Master's.
Cons: Got two of these cables so that I could move an external Seagate 1T USB3 drive off the top of the system. Also got one for a friend's Seagate. Tried both cables and the Seagates didn't work with this cables, wouldn't power up or would constantly cycle trying to connect to the computers. Also tried the cables on an computer I have, same results. All connection attempts were from the rear connectors on the boards. Removing this cable and plugging in HD's they connected with no problems. After doing this I tried using a Rosewill USB 3.0 external case (RX100-PU3-25B) with a 320gb hd in it. Still no luck getting it to connect to any computer in a USB 3 port. Now to use the Buffalo USB 2.0 external hd I have and give it a try. No problems there, connected just fine. So next grab a few usb flash drives, both 2.0 and 3.0 flavors, and give them a shot. No problems connecting there either, all connected. So it seems that this cable can't handle the external USB 3 hd's well at all as none of the 3 drives I tried would connect or power up.
Overall Review: Would not recommend if you want to use this for a Seagate ext USB3 hd or if using the Rosewill USB3 RX100-PU3-25B case.
Pros: Good Antenna for the price. Pick up another station that the 40 mile RCA that it replaced. All of the stations (16) signals strength are much stronger. The rotor for the antenna works well and I can fine tune the direction by using the TV's signal strength indicator.
Cons: Not really a con but I'm located on the side of a hill in a wooded area so can't say just what the range really is but the the most distance station I get is 70-75 miles away.
Overall Review: Shipped and received quickly.
Pros: Good memory got it to match a stick that was in a bundled sale. No problems running duel channel with the other stick. Runs at published specs. Not the fastest out there but does what I need.
Pros: Quiet cooler that preforms well. Replaced the stock fan that came with my FX-8350 that was noise and couldn't over clock much with. Running now at 4.5ghz with 18-20c at idle and 48-50c when running Prime95 with pump set to max and fan on auto.
Cons: Not really a con but you will need a case that can mount 140mm fans.
Fan mounting screws need to be bit longer and should include extra mounting screws to mount a second fan in a push/pull configuration.
Pros: MFG shows ID as OPTODISCR016. Got mine on sale for $5. Burned several with no problems. Printed with Epson XP800 and colors were good.
Cons: Doesn't include spindle, so keep your old one.
Pros: Nice big tower with good mounting spots for extra fans. Mounted a CORSAIR H90 140mm cooler radiator and fan on the rear with no problems. Deep enough to hold a GTX 970 without crowding the cables or HD. Removable fan filters are great, much easier to clean than my Sniper tower.
Cons: HD trays could be a bit thicker plastic but are sufficient. The 2.5in mounts holes are off just a bit. Only 1 USB 3 connection on top of the case, two would make this a 5 egg case.
Pros: Good looking case
Cons: No instructions on how to open case, if fact no instructions at all and even being careful I broke 2 of the small attaching legs getting the top of the case off. Got this as the specs said it would work with USB 2, however it doesn't. I tried several ports and had a small 160gig HD inserted. No luck getting it to power up but did hear faint beeping coming from the case. Plugged it into a USB 3 port and the drive worked. I have no problems with a Seagate 1TB Backup Plus USB 3 interface in any of the ports.
Overall Review: If it have worked with USB 2 this would be a 4 egg review, but sadly it doesn't.
Pros: Lots of connectors. Quiet.
Cons: Didn't last. Unit failed at day 93. MFG's site is very limited on how to get a replacement. Waiting on email on how to return.