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HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent recent reliability history of the company.
Very quiet.

Cons: High cost.
Quite slow compared to Seagate's ST3000DM001 3TB 7200RPM drive.
Very warm to the touch compared to the Seagate:
No benchmarks out there (currently)

Other Thoughts: I think there is a reason that HGST didn't send these drives out for benchmark reviews.
I bought this drive to use a parity drive for an unRAID server. Here are the preclear numbers vs the Seagate:
Pre Read: 111MB/s vs 130MB/s
Zeroing: 125MB/s vs 159MB/s
Post Read: 59MB/s vs 88MB/s

The Post Read is done with a lot of interspersed random block reads and is a very good indicator of comparative seek speed. 33% slower is not very good.

I have 3yr-old drives in the array that perform better than this "new" HGST model.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11.1 AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV5E 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Essentially silent at idle
Very, very quiet at load
Faster than a R9 270X
Very low idle power (entire i7-4770K 4.4GHz PC idles at 52W total input).

Cons: This card's fan design doesn't vent much air out the back of the case. You must have a well ventilated case to use this card.
It is flimsy. If you plan to move your case around a lot (e.g. take it to LAN parties) then you'll surely want to reinforce it. The end sags about 1/2"
Rebate process is tricky. Definitely designed to make you screw up so that they can keep their $30.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because I wanted a quiet, if not silent, PC capable of running the newest games at 1080p. This card did not disappoint.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent quiet cooler 10/18/2013

This review is from: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM

Pros: Can be made to be very, very quiet if fine tuned
Pump has no lame LED's on it
Made by the same company who makes pretty much all the all-in-one water coolers
Pump and Fans hold their settings. Can uninstall control software after getting things set they way you want them.
If properly tuned, I believe that this unit has the quietest fan and pumps out of all the all-in-one coolers.

Cons: Both pump and fans are quite noisy if you leave everything on default settings.

Other Thoughts: Build Components
Thermaltake Extreme 3.0 Water
Cooler Master N200 Mini-Tower Case
PowerColor HD 7950 Boost (with large quiet dual-fans)

The waterblock must be mounted with the hoses coming out the bottom. I tried mounting with them at the top and it made a lot of racket. As far as I can tell, the radiator can be mounted any way you want.
The waterblock and the 2 radiator fans all run off a single 3-pin motherboard fan header. In order to get silent operation, I used the following settings:

Motheboard CPU fan PWM (running the pump)
50C 60%
60C 65%
70C 70%
75C 80%
80C 90% (above 80C the pump will run 100%)

Radiator Fans (determined by water temps and controlled by Thermaltake software):

30C 25%
34C 30%
38C 50%
43C 75% (never happens in my build)
45C 100% (never happens in my build)

Keep in mind that the radiator fans run off of the PWM’d CPU fan. So 25% on the radiator fans is really only about 16% because it is being fed by a 65% PWM running the pump and so forth.

4.4GHz overclock (all cores at 4.4GHz, stock voltage) CPU temps are 24-28C idle (speed-steps down to 800MHz), 50-58C under typical gaming load, and 80-82C under heavy burn test (Aida64, Prime95, etc.).
With the fans mounting on the inside and pulling cool outside air through the radiator at the front of the case, this setup is essentially silent from 18 inches away under normal operation and still very quiet under heavy load. Under all but the heaviest of loads, this system is much quieter than both the Noctual NH-D14 and Phanteks PH-TC14PE systems that I have build in the past.


Brian S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian S.

Date Joined: 05/13/08

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 05/15/08
  • Last Review: 03/28/14
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