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Seagate SkyHawk 2TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Decent speeds for a 5900RPM drive. Can likely be used for non-video uses but benefits from being on and recording 24/7. I connected it in a NAS that I already use for doorbell and backdoor surveillance and the drive worked perfectly. Have been using my default NAS for this purpose while selling our house and didn't see an issue switching to this drive. Speeds were as expected for a green drive with new branding. Was able to get almost 180MB/s read/write at peak with 1MB files. I will likely reallocate this drive for NAS use in the future but I had zero issues when doing read/write tests.

Cons: The warranty is only 3 years, but if you use it for the intended purpose you likely won't encounter an issue with the drive in that timeframe.

Under load the drive tends to get hot, so if you're doing a large amount of writes to it expect to have decent cooling or air circulation around the drive.

Seagate IronWolf Pro ST10000NE0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Great performance over SATA with peaks as high as 220MB/s during benchmarks. The drive is actually bottlenecked at 120MB/s on my gigabit network when connected to a NAS. Huge cache and 5 year warranty, and one of the largest drives on the market at the moment. For the performance, not too bad of noise or heat, however they are concerns if put into smaller enclosures or somewhere that noise can be an issue, as clicks are audible.

Cons: You won't be able to mount this to any case that requires the center mounting holes, mostly because the platters take up so much space inside the device. The noise can be very annoying if you put this in any device in the open, such as an HTPC.

Other Thoughts: This is an absolutely huge drive, and so far in my testing it's pretty reliable, however I'd be afraid to put so much data on a drive without running it in RAID. Great expansion for my NAS, and great for long-term back-ups if you need to do offline storage of systems or data.

CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Great for budget gaming rigs. The 12 volt rail is capable of delivering all 450W, and semi-modular means that cable management is easier. Cables are flat, which makes routing behind the motherboard tray much easier. The fan on this PSU is extremely quiet, and even at max it barely makes a whir.

Coming in at just over 150mm in length, this PSU will fit nicely into most Mini-ITX cases, though you should keep in mind the modular connectors will add a few milometers to the overall dimensions when installed.

Cons: This PSU has more than enough power to drive a budget NAS, but you are only provided with one SATA adapter with 4 connectors on it, and not even enough peripheral cables to fully populate all of the modular slots on the PSU. Much more expensive Corsair PSUs come with a plethora of cabling options, and often duplicate cables of each type. As someone who has owned several CX430Ms before, it was disappointing to see this change on the CX450M. While it won't impact most standard builds, the lack of flexibility with what comes in the box definitely stands out to me. While all Corsair PSUs use the same modular connectors, it's hard to justify having to pay extra for cables that should be included.

Other Thoughts: I've been a long time Corsair PSU owner, and have owned at least 5 that have been on 24/7 for 3+ years, and all of them are still going strong. While this has a 5+ year warranty on it, I've never had to return or replace one due to failure.


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Date Joined: 11/30/07


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