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Noah A.

Noah A.

Joined on 05/18/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good value, excellent quality

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Partially modular, high power output, quiet, heavy! Stable rails even under high load.

Cons: Partially modular... Comes with the 24pin ATX, 8pin aux, and 4+4 pin aux permanently attached. In my case, I didn't need the 4+4 pin aux connector, so I had to bundle it up and stow it away. Not a huge deal, but was still a bit annoying.

Overall Review: Powering the following system: AMD Phenom II x4 970 Black Edition (3.5ghz) MSI 870A-G46 Motherboard (with all solid caps) 2x4gb GSkill DDR3 (1) WD 750gb Black HD as primary (7200 RPM) (1) Seagate 2tb "Green" drive as storage (5900 RPM) MSI 460GTX Hawk video card Loaded both CPU and GPU to 100% and voltages deviated by .02v on +12, but were still above 12v. My old Logisys supply dipped to 11.67v under the same load.

Most Critical Review
COOLMAX CA-400 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply
COOLMAX CA-400 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply

Pros: I actually received money for this PSU... after bundle, instant, and MIR, I will get paid $5 for buying this PSU.

Cons: Everything else. Very VERY lightweight. Since I got it for free, I voided my "warranty" and cracked open the case. Internals are very cheap. Thin heatsinks, only one capacitor per voltage rail (should be at least two). No way this thing is actually rated for 400 watts. Cables are very short, and very lightweight. I like the easy-release molex connectors, but the wiring is just too flimsy for a psu rated at 400 watts.

Overall Review: I'm going to use this to power bare motherboards for testing. Hopefully it'll be okay with just that little load on it. I plan on replacing the internal capacitors on the output side with high-quality low-esr type. The input caps are Chemi-con, so they should be fine... but the two of them are only rated at 330uf... not much!!!

BUFFALO DriveStation Quad 8TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive 4-drive RAID Storage HD-QL8TSU2R5 Black
BUFFALO DriveStation Quad 8TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive 4-drive RAID Storage HD-QL8TSU2R5 Black

Pros: Large drive capacity. Fast read/write of a single data stream. eSATA and USB. Supports many different RAID levels.

Cons: USB 2.0 only. Must connect via USB to change RAID configurations (mostly likely to interface directly with the onboard RAID controller). Have had performance issues when reading/writing multiple streams (IE- surveillance system). It appears that the onboard RAID controller doesn't have enough cache or a fast enough processor to keep up. Initially had it configured for RAID 5, then tried 10, and finally had success with RAID 0.

Overall Review: As stated in "Cons", this isn't really suitable for a IP Camera based surveillance DVR. A single drive didn't have the performance lagging that this has when reading/writing multiple streams of data. RAID 0 alleviated most of the problems, but now there's no redundancy in the array. I did NOT notice any performance issues when I was copying single files back and forth, so I think the controller just can't keep up with multiple IO requests. In case you're wondering, my drive came with 4 Seagate drives.

Rosewill 2 x 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Multimedia Stereo Headset - RH-001
Rosewill 2 x 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Multimedia Stereo Headset - RH-001

Pros: Cheap, good mic quality, decent audio quality

Cons: Uncomfortable for long periods of time. In-line volume control sometimes cuts out a channel when being adjusted.

Overall Review: Purchased these to play Portal 2 co-op. They're my first headset, but not my first headphones by any stretch. You WILL find these uncomfortable if you have them on for 1+ hours. Sound quality isn't going to approach that of good headphones, but it's good enough for what I needed. I could see myself being disappointed if I was playing a FPS co-op, or anything more demanding on the audio side.

12/11/2011
Seagate BarraCuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Huge storage capacity, fast for a single drive, does not spin down or park the heads if you don't want it to. SATA 6.0 (not that it saturates 3.0, but it's still cool). Arrived in working order. Price was far less than other manufacturers.

Cons: I don't trust large-capacity drives. I also don't trust Seagate drives, but the price was right.

Overall Review: As stated in the Cons section, I really don't trust higher-capacity drives. However, with high-def video and lossless audio, I don't have much of a choice. I already have the drive over half-full and haven't finished moving everything to it. At these levels of data usage, it's nearly impossible to back up whats on the drive. Hopefully my gamble to put my trust in Seagate will not come back to bite me. So far, everything's working fine, though.

12/11/2011
Western Digital Caviar SE WD800AAJB 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE WD800AAJB 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Good specs for a IDE drive. Quick, quiet, and runs cool. Reliable so far.

Cons: That I have to keep a fleet of aging PCs running?

Overall Review: I've got around 50 of these deployed as upgrades to stock drives in Dell Optiplex GX60's, GX260's, and GX270's. They're considerably faster than the stock 40gb WD drives that the PCs were shipped with. In most cases, our users require no more than 40gb of space, but the speed advantages make it worth upgraded to these drives.