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Pros: So quiet! I have a 6700k @ 4.7 with a corsair H100i v2, and a total of 5 fans controlled by Corsairlink software. It is really a pleasure to barely hear anything.
SSD mounts are super easy to use.
Hard drive bays are very quick to mount and hook up drives, and empties can be removed to prevent rattles.
An all-around beautiful case with great function and form.
Has bays that support 5.25 drives, so I can mount my BD burner. An amazing number of cases no longer have 5.25 bays.
Not gaudy in any way, even with the side window it just looks nice and professional.
Cons: I didn't like the stud center post and would prefer a pre-mounted standard threaded standoff. Anything that can rattle will.
Other Thoughts: If you want water cooling and you have a Blu Ray drive (or DVD) that you want to mount internallly, this is the perfect case.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: What I noticed immediately about this hard drive is that I heard nothing. It is absolutely the quietest hard drive I've owned.
In the 20+ days in service, I've experienced no issues. That is typical of Seagate drives that I've used over the years, with my only failures occurring out of the box, or around the 3-year mark. My failures have all been with desktop models, not server/nas or surveillance models.
With any given build, the intellectual capital available should never be spent fiddling with hard drives - if there is anything that should be dialed in to one or two quick decisions and then set and forgotten, it is hard drives. This model passes the test. Once formatted and deployed, I made no adjustments and only reviewed the stats from smartctl to verify that it is indeed working properly.
Cons: No cons on this one.
Other Thoughts: For testing this drive, I chose to use zoneminder on fedora, because it can be moved to raspberry pi if I ever want to go ultra-low power. Because I have a test box with a P45/Q9550/8GB, I can safely use my 3 dlink cameras running at 720p in 24-bit color. The formula I found in the zm faq gives a formula to calculate memory requirements:
- Min Memory = 1.2 * ((image-width*image-height*image buffer size*target color space*number of cameras/8/1024/1024 )
I want the default of 50 frames as buffer, so I need about 500MB dedicated to zoneminder, and that makes me feel comfortable that I could move to the raspberry pi. The drive itself is a very low-power draw, cool-running device, so I would choose this model for that purpose with no misgivings.
With the recordings, I can review any point in time and see enough info to know what is happening and who is doing it, which is normal, and I want normal, each time and every time. So all is good.
When I go to production deployment, I'll want raid1 instead of a single drive, so that may affect frame drops or video quality some, and I will update this review with those results. I am looking at the current price , and it is a no-brainer IMO to go with another of these.
Pros: Has 10 outlets that are positioned in such a way that at least 5 are usable no matter what. I am constantly frustrated by weirdly shaped plugs that block adjacent outlets on the typical strip.
USB ports have activity lights.
Cons: USB ports would not power/charge an ipad Air 2, iPhone 5s, or Galaxy S6. The apple devices detected the connection but displayed "Not charging". This occurred even when only one USB port was in use.
I would have liked passthrough protected RJ45 connectors instead of RJ11. I don't have any land lines any more, so that does not matter at all to me, but a network jack would still be useful.
Other Thoughts: While it's a very practical and inexpensive strip, it is dated enough to make me want to look around and find something that works with more current technology.
I would still recommend this over a straight unprotected strip.