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Seagate SkyHawk 8TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Works just fine in my Swann NVR home surveillance system with 8 cameras.

Solidly built. It feels like a nice expensive drive (as much as a bare OEM hard drive can, at least).

Rated for 180TB/year workload. That works out to 493 GB/day or 20GB/hour. Seagate claims this will support up to 64 cameras. I'm not so sure about 64, but at 20GB/hour it should easily handle a bunch of cameras spaced around your house or work.

Supports 210MB/s sustained data rate. My home surveillance system doesn't tell me its MB/s throughput, so I can't tell you if this claim works out in real life or not.

According to Seagate's measurements, this guy should be able to store 1600 hours of footage before overwriting itself. I haven't had it long enough (and don't have enough cameras) to test out that much time, but there it is.

Includes "tarnish resistant components" to protect drives exposed to non-environmentally conditioned areas. Take that with a grain of salt since I didn't use this outside of my house and don't know how much actual value or protection it provides.

3 year warranty, better than most standard hard drives.

Not very noisy in my NVR system. The case fan is certainly noisier than this hard drive.

This drive doesn't include the free data recovery service that Seagate's IronWolf Pro drives have (which admittedly cost a lot more).

Average operating power (according to the specs) is 9W instead of 6.8 for the 10TB drive. I wonder why?

The drive is rated to operate in temperatures of 5 C (41F) to 70 C (158 F). So, while it includes tarnish resistance to protect it from the elements, just make sure those elements are in a moderate temperature range.

No cables are included, so make sure you have some spare cables if you don't already have any.

Other Thoughts: This drive has worked fine for me over the past week with no issues. If the price is right and it's what you're looking for, I don't see any reason NOT to buy this drive. Naturally, I'll update this review if things change...

Seagate IronWolf Pro ST10000NE0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: 10TB is an absolutely huge amount of capacity. If you're looking to store Blu-Ray rips, this can store 200 full 50GB discs on one drive.

More than fast enough over a gigabit network connection. This will use the full capacity of your home network unless you're rocking a 10GB LAN.

This thing is built like a tank. Very solid and expensive looking and feeling (as much as you can get with a bare internal drive, that is)

IronWolf Pro drives include a free two year subscription to Seagate's Rescue Services in case your drive ever does have issues. You can look up Seagate's site for more specific information.

Rated for a 300TB/year user workload. That's pretty intense! If you consider a fully packed 50GB Blu-Ray disc as an example, this drive is rated to stream 6,000 movies a year, or 16 movies a day!

5 year warranty vs the standard IronWolf's 3 year warranty.

Cons: So, it is a bit noisy. If it's hidden away in a remote NAS somewhere you obviously won't notice it. But, if it's sitting right next to your desk you'll most likely be aware when the drive does heavy read/writes. For occasional use it's just fine and will blend in with the rest of your case's noises.

Other Thoughts: I haven't had any issues with this drive in the week that I've had it. This obviously isn't a long time, but rest assured if I ever do encounter any issues I will post an update with more information.

If you want something faster and quieter, get an SSD. Caveat there is you won't get nearly this amount of storage space and it'll cost a heck of a lot more.

My read speed copying multiple 20GB+ M2TS files was 223.6 MB/s

My write speed copying multiple 20GB+ M2TS files was 188.3 MB/s

Read/write speeds for smaller individual files like Office documents, pictures, and music files will obviously be slower.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: Very cool looking with a relatively high end feel. Their website markets it as being "Steampunk" in appearance. I don't know about that, but it does look cool. If you have an enclosed case, you may not care as much, but if you have a window in your case, this will make you happy.

Pretty quiet, which all liquid cooling systems should be. You'll be happy with the noise level.

Tubing seems to be high quality. Their website notes it's "upgraded anti-explosion rubber tube." Sounds like a plus to me!

Supports all the major, modern CPU socket types.

DEEPCOOL's website has a YouTube video walk-through as well as a PDF regarding installation. Very handy for people who have never installed one of these guys before.

This is very easy to install, so if this is your first build with a liquid cooler, you shouldn't have any issues.

Cooling performance was very good. My CPU never got over 105 f (40.5c) under full benchmarking load.

Cons: More plastic than I'd prefer, but for the price I suppose that's what you get. Just be careful with installation as you don't want to push too hard on those plastic pieces lest you hear the snap crackle pop that will ruin your day.

Can't configure the push/pull of your fans. Not a huge deal, but not good if you prefer advanced customization.

It's a tad bit big, so if you have a really small or cramped case you may have a hard time getting this in there and situated correctly.

Other Thoughts: Be aware of possible reliability issues as noted below. I also had an issue with a previous (not this unit) DEEPCOOL liquid cooling system (the fan died), and will note the support for that was very easy. An email to the company and a new fan was on its way. Support is Chinese-based.


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