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Pros: Great price for the product. My first purchases are running strong as daily use.
- GREAT for everyday usage (like watching movies or storing D/L's (like the dang 350+Gb Wiki file))
- Had ZERO problems plugging into USB3.0 caddy and SATA+Formatting to different file systems Windows/Linux
- Its an Enterprise model - always a plus when they actually last (so far none have died on me and they play videos for hours everyday)
- Nicely packaged (usually wouldn't even mention but the specialized bubble-HDD wrap with the specialized anti static bag sealed - it doesnt come with packing peanuts and a creased anti static wrapper like many other places w/ refurbs)
- Price:Product = You seem to get something well worth the money (I haven't had a problem yet - will edit if any occur)
Cons: These are not truly Cons, buy more of concerns that I keep an eye on:
- Gets warm (35C ish) in use when in USB caddy. I have purchased a cheap, clear "laptop cooler" for 8$ to remove the 3 lighted fans, then used Velcro tape to attach to caddy and blow air on the drives). W/o that it could go higher... but that is expected. Inside a PC was roughly the same results. Not anything out of the ordinary w/ magnetic drives.
- Obviously anyone would be anxious when storing important data on them... Although they have not warranted that concern from actual usage yet.
Other Thoughts: For the price, they're great drives. I would not want to go storing massive crypto-wallets or other highly important data on them w/o contingency plans like RAID or the like. Using them as storage for side apps (if saving space on a primary OS SSD) that are not as "HDD-speed dependent", or for storing downloads (or simply isolating data), tends to work out well. Even using them in a NAS environment is highly beneficial. It simply comes down to - How important is the data you are storing?
They've worked well for me, purchasing each one at a different sale (not all at once). But from my exp and what I've read each time, these drives have high hours and a handful of restarts... But still work very well for the majority of ppl. And with the indicators of low restarts and high hours (averaging between 15k-30k hours and usually less than 10 restarts), they were clearly in a NAS-type scenario for their lives. The SMART attributes all look good as well (though some drives might say Caution in apps like CrystalDiskInfo, but i haven't had a failure or change in attributes in months of light to medium use.
Also, they average around 130MB/s w/ xfers too. Ive gotten higher and lower results before, but HDDs xferring varies based on how the target and destination interact ( kind other factors). What im saying is... These drives have worked well, and have been comparable to my WD Caviar Black drives of equivalent size and attributes (2TB, 6Gb/s SIII, etc.). $35 compared to 2x the price..
In other words - GREAT PURCHASE!
This review is from: NF-A14 iPPC-2000 PWM, 140mm PWM,AAO Frame Technology and SSO2 Bearing Fan_ Retail
Pros: - FINALLY, Noctua in BLACK! (still kept that ugly brown for rubber guards)
- This version is a LIL loud at absolute full speed BUT, nowhere near what ppl made it out to be. Extremely manageable unless youre a silence nut (N in that case, go game at the library!)
- Very strong static pressure esp with gaskets and a sealed environment channel.
- Great solution to gain a bit extra speed/static pressure and get rid of push/pull w stock fans on liquid coolers. (since too many cases anymore do NOT consider PUSH/PULL rads with LGA mobos (top heat sink gets in the way of even most "pregapped" cases. These fans will ensure you can still move a LOT of air without paying TETRIS w your PC components trying to get them to fit juuuust right.
Cons: - none
- SOME ppl might say noise, but it really is not THAT bad. Yes, 100% CAN and will get a tiny bit noisy if it is on the case perimeter. Under my push/pull (inside the case, w two original A14s on top), i barely hear the 2k rpm models rev up. But i also have a ton of fans. Still, inside a case, i don't see noise being an issue until you move PAST 2k rpms.
Other Thoughts: I personally did not think they were too loud compared to having 10+ other fans running in my Air 540 case. Then again, controlling the airflow is very important to me. I like to know i can run these to really boost the amount if air in whatever systems i install them into. These fans are amazing and help directional-ize the flow.
For a rad, i would only go up to this 2k rpm model. The 3k DOES get a LITTLE loud, but to me... Even that one was bearable. I ran it as a main exhaust and it worked beautifully. I would suggest using these for your rad, and the 3k for exhausting air. On a rad, the 3k would absolutely need a fan profile highly tuned (or itll wind up and down during virus scans n anything that makes temps jump). You also do not want these fans without some form of speed controls. Full speed full time would get annoying. Near full speed is perfect tho. Unless buried in a case w sound deadening material to dampen. All you really hear is air getting forced... No whines or other noise issues.
Overall, solid fans for the money and they don't rattle around. They move tons of air, and are completely worth the money to protect your expensive processors and liquid coolers. I have them on all CPU/GPU installs i liquid cool, just bc i trust them to work under the worst conditions and still shine.
* Gigabyte mother board users beware - I know the 970 and 990 chipsets allowed Voltage or PWM control, but Intel versions do not seem to always have that option if at all. Due to their "behind the times" PWM controls, i have found that only the CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT headers are the only fans to work from the start at POST. When id plug a fan in any SYS_FAN header, itd stall until getting into Windows most times (unless i just restarted and the system is still warm). But just to note, the fan IS NOT dead. Use the Easytune software and youll have the fan working np. It just seems that the SYS_FAN headers do not provide enough ooopmphh, to start the fan initially. With a splitter, this problem was fixed (powered spliter via sata or molex). But from the headers i mentioned. The SYS ones don't work as great. But i can assure you the fans are not faulty or dead. Its good old Gigabyte.
Pros: - Cheap on sale
- Pretty snappy as NTFS or exFAT file systems.
- I collect TF and regular SD cards for caneras, and i stick with UHS speeds. This card performs along the same line as the Sandisk and PNY equiv. The picture to picture reload time was very low with this card which i like to bring as a backup.
Cons: - Really, none. It does what it is advertised to do... I cannot complain about one thing. Price, speed compared to advertised, etc.
Other Thoughts: Beyond the use for cameras (IP and handheld), i like to have an assortment of fast cards to preload OS's to, for USB deployment wherever you go. This card has enough storage to get by for this use, is fast enough to not want to tear your hair out waiting (not the 10MB/s some cards average out at.). The price on sale made me want to pickup a few more actually.
If you plan to stock up for pentesting or simply to take pictures at your next big event, these cards are worthwhile. Great performance for the price.