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Seagate SkyHawk 6TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: The Seagate Skyhawk 6TB Is meant for DVR Applications, Where the drive will be writing data constantly. It seems to be a well made drive, It has some weight to it, It weighs in at 24.9oz, It has a 256MB Cache, Which is important for those situations where you need to copy data off of your DVR at the same time it has to continue recording.
I first installed this Drive in my desktop pc so i could perform benchmarks on it. And it performed well.
Maximum HD Tune Read speed of 208MB/s & Average 168MB/s
Maximum HD Tune Write speed of 207MB/s & Average 152MB/s
Random Read Access Time 18.6ms & Random Write Access Time 6.65ms

Cons: While using this drive in my desktop pc I noticed it made some odd sounds when not in use. I had a theory on what it was and the Skyhawk Manual i found on the Seagate website confirmed it.
The Seagate Skyhawk Manual Shows the different power management modes. And even during idle, the spindle still rotates, and the heads are still tracking, only during standby and sleep modes do the heads park, and spindle stop.
Therefore, the entire time your computer is powered on, the heads are still moving and tracking across the drive. This is backwards from what typical desktop drives do.
With a traditional desktop drive, the heads park when not in use, once you start reading or writing data the heads move out of park and begin tracking. once the drive is done reading or writing data the heads stop tracking and go back to park. If you happened to use a desktop hard drive in a DVR it could potentially wear out. In a DVR environment a desktop drive would constantly be moving the heads in and out of park, once the DVR has data for the drive to write it will begin tracking, once that data is written the heads will stop tracking, immediately after the DVR has more data to be written so the drive has to begin tracking again. This repetitive start/stop operation can cause the drive to fail prematurely.
Therefore drives intended for DVR use were created like this Skyhawk, This drive is different because the head no longer stops tracking, it constantly stays in the ready position. However when used in a Desktop PC the drive is not constantly writing data, so you hear the sound the drive makes as the head scans back and forth across the disk waiting for data to write. It almost sounds like the dreaded Click of Death, but not quite as loud.

Other Thoughts: This drive is Not ideal for Desktop PC use Or External Hard Drive use It may actually fail sooner than it should in a Desktop PC because it never stop scanning and the heads are constantly tracking and moving back and fourth. This drive is not designed to be moved around or take shock or vibration that would be expected from external hard drive use. Therefore use this drive for DVR Applications Only.
I brought this Drive up to my work and removed the old 500GB from our Swann DVR and installed this SkyHawk, sofar it has been working without any problems and i no longer hear that clicking sound. It has expanded our recording time from about 5 days to about 45 days.

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VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
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5 out of 5 eggs great sofar 09/30/2016

This review is from: VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card

Pros: while in the game it does feel like i get a slight advantage. its not enough to turn a noob into a pro, but it does help balance out the advantage that the players with a really low ping have.

I'm no longer getting knifed by players that are a mile away.

i looked through the metal mesh on the front and side of the card.. there is not any electrolytic capacitors on the card. that means this card should not be as vulnerable to heat as a regular card is. and the card should outlast pretty much everything else in your computer.
it should be perfectly safe to place this card between or around video cards that generate a lot of heat. i did about a hour of gaming over the internet then quickly took the side off my case and touched the metal housing on the card, its not any warmer than the air in my case.

Cons: i wish the software that came with the card was more informative of the detailed options you can set.

the software performs a test to set up the settings for your connection.. odd but it is saying i have a 35.17 (Mbps) connection.. which cannot be true. i have a 10mbps connection. which i have never seen go above a 2Mbps download.
Update 9-30-16 some games have problems with this card. I am unable to play GTA-V or Age Of Empires 2 Over the Internet With This Card. I had to replace this card with a Intel Network Adapter to Play Those Games.

Other Thoughts: my in game pings did not change much, but i'm noticing some funny differences...
i went to speedtest.net and benchmarked my internet connection with my standard old nic, and then did it with this card once i changed them out.. only my upload is quicker by exactially .06 mbps. but my internet downloads did not change at all.
but while browsing the web, internet pages seem to complete and open faster.
but my old nic was from 2005, so i don't know what kinds of hardware improvements have been made since then.

however when i'm in a game and at the server browser, while looking for a game to join, some pings are much much lower. in quake3 arena a server that did show up with 53 ping now shows 1ping.
now when i actually connect to the server and get into the game itself. the ping is the exact same as it was with the standard old nic.

I will post another review with the same name if i run into any problems in the future.
I just got the card today :D

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Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast and Durable 09/30/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)

Pros: Very Durable, Feels like Steel.
Not big enough to block other usb ports.
Maximum write speed seems to bounce around consistently between 33-44MB/s. In Real World Tests.
Maximum Read Speed Seems To Plateau At 120MB/s In Real World Tests.
Weighs only 3 grams.

Cons: Write Speed Could Be A Bit Faster.

Other Thoughts: After Formatting Maximum Space is 54.2GB
This Drive has a Great Read Speed and a Good Write Speed. This is a perfect All Around Drive Which Can Be Used For Anything. A bit higher priced than some of the other 64GB usb 3.0 drives available but it makes up for it with good durability and better performance than most of them.

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Date Joined: 07/29/05

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