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john m.

john m.

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Seagate IronWolf 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST6000VN0033
Seagate IronWolf 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST6000VN0033

Pros: It doesn't get hot, decently fast. average write speed is around 200MB/s with maximum being right around 215MB/s. Tested With a Intel® Z77 Sata 3 Controller. I also tested this in my Qnas Qnap Network NAS and it works just fine there, but is bottlenecked by the Network transfer speed of 117MB/s This drive is designed to be reliable. Most of the features built into the IronWolf drives are designed to make it perfect for Network attached storage and Multi Drive enterprise type servers. It is designed to be comfortable in a 24/7 environment which would also be compatible with DVR use.

Cons: I have tested other drives intended for 24/7 use in the past and some of them keep the platter spinning and never park the heads, this reduces latency and seek time. but if the drive had no workload it would constantly move the heads back and forth while waiting for data to write and it would make a repetitive click sound. most techs know that sound as the click of death and it is a indication that the drive is damaged. I am pleased that this drive does not make that sound when it is idle. although access time of 9.3ms is a bit higher than other drives i have tested. I can be heard when writing data, usually it is silent, but certain workloads are louder than others. It is not loud enough to where it should be a problem though.

Overall Review: Overall these drives are good and reliable, This is my 4th IronWolf drive and i have not had a single problem with any of them. If you are planning to use this in a windows environment, drive partitioning will leave you with 5.45TB of storage space.

11/24/2019
Most Critical Review

Could Be Better.

GIGABYTE GA-X150-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X150-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is attractive and has a nice orange LED design not shown in any photos on newegg or gigabyte website. It supports ECC memory. The UEFI Bios is nice and professional looking. you have the option to change the bios splash screen to an image of your choice. you can do that within the app center program. Sata Raid performance is quite good. I installed two Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD's in Raid0 to benchmark performance. Read speed was 1030MB/s. this is very good. each of these drives are rated to read at 550MB/s. I installed 4x WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX Hard Drives in raid 0 to benchmark performance and i am quite pleased with the performance. i am reaching over 232MB/s. this is better than what these same 4 drives achieved on my H87 Fatal1ty and Z86 Extreme Gen3 Motherboards even though i paired this motherboard with a modest G4400 CPU. Despite the Specifications listed here on newegg, The network adapter is not Realtek, It is actually a Server Grade Intel I219-v NIC. Having this NIC allows it to support more server based applications. however it does not appear that gigabyte had server operating systems in mind when they created the driver disk. That's ok, because Intel has the correct drivers on its website including linux and windows server 2012.

Cons: The first thing i noticed when removing it from the anti static bag. the large heatsink at the top of the board is attached only with pushpins and springs, and is very flimsy, the moment i lifted the board i could feel how loose it was. less than 2lbs of force will cause it to tip sideways and loose contact with the vrms that it is meant to cool. It is important that i mention this because the 8 pin cpu connector is right beside it. be cautious and double check your cable management, if your 8pin cpu connector lays against it you will probably wind up with a dead board. gigabyte should've done a better job here. i will be replacing these pushpins with 3x8mm nylon screws. Certain things about the board seem sloppy, mostly in the bios and manual. For example, the bios has a menu to adjust the CPU Clock Ratio, yet it does not let you, instead it teases you with the option and says this setting is dependant on cpu model. NON-K models have locked CPU Ratios. This motherboard does not support any -K model processors. Also the manual says a lot of things that seem to apply to other boards, Including that the m.2 port supports raid, and that to setup raid it requires two m.2 drives. This board only has a single m.2 port. These instructions look like they are copy, pasted from some other manual. The board only has 3 system fan connectors, And despite having an option in the bios to set the fan speed, the speed does not change at all no matter what setting you change it to. The options are normal, silent, manual, or full speed. This is a broken feature. This board currently does not support i5 or i7 processors. No sli support. no overclocking. No onboard video (due to socket c232 chipset)

Overall Review: This board with it's limited CPU support falls short of being a option for most consumers. the storage options are disappointing, You can either use the m.2 port, or sata express, not both at the same time. and with a pci device installed a m.2 SSD operates at half speed. There really isn't an ideal consumer for this board. This board is oriented towards professionals/workstations. Specifically because of the support for Xeon processors and the most recent bios update adding ECC support. however this chipset should not prevent this board from working with i5 and i7 processors. The advertising of this board is misleading. The box says "Ultra Durable" on it 9 times, yet it doesn't appear to be built better than any other motherboard. the pcb is still 1.5mm thickness like all my other boards. The audio capacitors are only rated to 85c. And the VRM heatsink is not secured in place, almost any force will make it flop around. The box says "ultimate performance" "cutting edge features" "for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates" Yet falls short of everything listed on the box. As of right now, the best processor this board supports is a Xeon E3-1280 v5 which is only a quad core. Professionals looking for the best will probably stick with socket 2011v3 as it has support for Xeons and desktop cpu's with far more cores and higher clock speeds. Intel has a 22 core Xeon that is scheduled for release sometime this month. Gamers are going to be interested in I5 and I7 processors because of the price differences compared to Xeon Processors. At the time of this review, Both the Audio Driver and Intel Rapid Storage Driver on the driver disk are out of date. The newer drivers are available through Gigabyte. None of the operating systems i have tried with this board have network drivers by default. I tried windows 7, 8.1, 10, ubuntu, Zorin and steam OS. The windows network drivers are located on the driver disk, however it does not include drivers for linux, or windows server. I had to install a secondary network adapter to get my linux operating systems on the internet. This may change in the future. On the cpu support list (at the time of my review) it only shows cpu support for bios revision f1. however my board arrived with f2 bios. the only information about the f2 bios update says that it includes support for ECC memory. Also, under memory support information it does not indicate which memory modules are ECC or not I hate to leave anything less than perfect reviews, but unfortunately this board falls short from what i expected.

Very impressed.

Klipsch RP-160M Reference Premiere Monitor Speakers with 6.5" Cerametallic Cone Woofer - Pair (Cherry)
Klipsch RP-160M Reference Premiere Monitor Speakers with 6.5" Cerametallic Cone Woofer - Pair (Cherry)

Pros: I am quite impressed with how these sound. For the size of these speakers they put out a very impressive amount of bass. For music, a subwoofer is not necessary. For movies you might miss out on some of the rumble. These have a sound that is very smooth and musical. The highs are not harsh, The bass is tight and punchy without being muddy or boomy. I caught these on sale and I'm very happy I did.

Cons: I should of purchased a second pair.

Overall Review: These provide an excellent value for a small to medium sized room. I have thrown a variety of music at them. These are very good for most music. People who listen to classical music and listen for the timber of instruments might be a little disappointed on the level of detail these can provide. But most listeners are going to find these to be very fun and clean sounding speakers that are very enjoyable to listen to.

Excellent

CORSAIR RM850 CP-9020235-NA 850 W ATX 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR RM850 CP-9020235-NA 850 W ATX 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: It arrived in a fairly discrete box that only says Newegg on the outside. When I lifted the power supply from the box I can feel how solid and heavy it is. It weighs almost 4 lbs. This is the quietist power supply I have ever used. Drawing 310 watts at the wall with a i7, and a GTX 1080 The fan never kicked on. I had to add extra hardware to get the load high enough for the fan to even spin. And even then, it was still much quieter than the ambient noise in my office. Looking through the ventilation holes i can see the labels on some of the parts inside. I can see they used 105c rated capacitors and the ones I can read are branded LG. LG has been making capacitors for a long time and Corsair's 10 year warranty should reflect their confidence in this power supply. I don't want to sound like a brown noser but I have been repairing computers for decades and have never once seen a failed Corsair power supply. There are only two brands I recommend when it comes to power supplies and Corsair is one of them. I have used Corsair power supplies in nearly all of my personal, family and work computers. I don't know the exact number but I have had at least 50 of them pass through my possession and never once had a problem with one. They seem to last forever. My oldest one is a CX500 which i purchased in 2012 and it is still working today.

Cons: Cosmetically I have seen some nicer power supplies from Corsair. It seems like all the power supplies they offer now have the same finish which is a paint over metal and it appears to be less durable than some of their previous finishes. This power supply has a few spots where the paint is chipping already, and a few of the Allen head screws that keep it together did not take the paint very well and have a bit of silver color showing through the black. It also came in a plastic bag and not a fancy velvet bag like most of my previous corsair units. This is very nitpicky and wont matter to most people but I did notice.

Overall Review: Nobody ever mentions cable lengths anymore so I included them here. It comes with a 5 foot long 16 AWG power cable. There are 4 sata power cables, providing 14 sata power connectors total. Two of these cables are 34 inches long and have 4 connectors on them. The other two cables are 30 inches long and have 3 connectors on them. The 24 pin ATX power cable is 25 inches long and is the only cable with sleeving. There is a single 31 inch long molex power cable providing 4 molex power connectors. There are 3x EPS/ATX 8 pin 4+4pin CPU power connector cables that are 27 inches long. There are 2x PCI Express Power Cables 8 Pin (6+2) Each cable has two connectors and are 30 inches long capable of supporting 4x GPU connections total. It also comes with 10 zipties and 4 screws for mounting.

Not Sure

Lexmark C2425DW (42CC130)  Color Laser Printer
Lexmark C2425DW (42CC130) Color Laser Printer

Pros: I was pretty happy with it when I first bought it. It seemed solid and has excellent print quality. My biggest worry was that it might print poorly on high gloss paper but it does just was well as the Canon inkjet it replaced.

Cons: It Forces you to replace empty color cartridges before any printing can resume. Even if you are only printing black and white. Annoying Popups in windows telling you estimated toner remaining every single time you print anything which does not go away on its own. Also a random popup about not having Wireless printing setup even though its turned off in printer settings. I suspect it may be wasting toner on it's own.

Overall Review: Bought this in 2019 and just finally had to replace the trial toner cartridges. I do not print very often, And toner does not dry up like a inkjet. I used nearly all the yellow toner after a few months because I had to copy some yellow documents, and I remember being down to less than 10% yellow at the time. I mostly print regular text. Somehow my Magenta and Cyan cartridges which were around 70% managed to run out before the yellow, even though I almost never print in color. Often I will hear the printer power on, the screen will light up and it will start making noises even though nothing is happening. It will keep making noises for a few moments before turning back off. I suspect this might be a toner wasting feature. I now started flipping the power switch on the back to ensure it is not needlessly wasting the toner that cost me nearly the price of the printer itself to replace. If this printer ever completely fails on me I will disassemble it and check to see if there is a compartment full of wasted toner.

12/27/2021

Good enough.

CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1000AVRLCD 1000 VA 600 Watts 9 Outlets UPS
CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1000AVRLCD 1000 VA 600 Watts 9 Outlets UPS

Pros: Purchased on 6-2-19. Has been fine on the occasional outage since I bought it. It shows remaining run time. and power consumption on the display

Cons: Looks like it is time to replace after two and a half years. About a week ago we had the power go on and off several times in a matter of minutes and this could not keep up and it completely turned off and did not turn back on when the power came back on. Not sure if this was a safety or protection feature or if the battery is just too old, But a UPS should always come back online when power is restored and this did not.

Overall Review: SLA batteries do not last forever, But should probably last closer to 4-5 years before being bad simply due to age. The next one I shop for will probably be Lithium.

12/27/2021
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as described

was exactly what i ordered. was packaged well and shipped quickly.

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