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This review is from: WD Blue 1TB Internal SSD Solid State Drive - SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch - WDS100T1B0A
Pros: The best thing that this SSD has going for it is the endurance rating...the endurance is specified at 400 TB which even exceeds even its much higher-priced competition.
Install is simple and had no issues. Unit is attractive enough but of course will not usually be visible when installed.
Speed is decent and of course is orders of magnitude faster than even the fastest mechanical hard drives.
Cons: The only real "con" is the speed isn't quite up to par with its competition.
Other Thoughts: When you are talking SSD speeds, the differences are often irrelevant to the actual user. There is very little perceptual difference between almost-instant response and nearly-almost-instant response--under real-world use, there is no noticeable difference from the Samsung EVO 850 which it replaced.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a 750W power supply which has the motherboard and CPU cables attached and the rest of the cables are modular. As both the motherboard and CPU cables are required for basically all builds, having them attached rather than modular isn't really much of an issue.
The power supply easily installed in my Blackhawk case and the cable length for the most part was good--the CPU cable was almost too short to route behind the motherboard, but with care it was just barely long enough to work. This power supply includes a total of four PCI-e 6/8 pin connectors for a two-GPU setup, which is appropriate for its wattage.
In testing both at idle and at load, the power supply remained nearly silent, its sound being lost behind the soft sound of the case fans.
Cons: The cables could be longer, particularly the CPU cable. No other issues noted.
Other Thoughts: This PSU has a 5-year manufacturer warranty--unusual for a power supply in this price range. Should you encounter issues, the warranty could prove valuable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: This is a very fast drive with a 7,200 RPM spindle speed.
I benchmarked the drive compared to another 3 TB drive from a different manufacturer with a 5,400 RPM spindle speed. Both drives were freshly formatted prior to this testing.
The Barracuda's sequential read tested at 191 MB/s, compared to 114 MB/s for the 5,400 RPM drive.
The Barracuda's sequential write tested at 99 MB/s , compared to 79 MB/s for the 5,400 RPM drive.
In real world testing, I tested copy speed for a 6.36 GB folder with 745 files, both to and from SSD. Each test was performed three times and the results were averaged:
Time to copy from SSD to Barracuda was 62 seconds.
Time to copy from SSD to 5,400 RPM drive was 69 seconds.
Time to copy from Barracuda to SSD was 36 seconds.
Time to copy from 5,400 RPM drive to SSD was 60 seconds.
Thus, in real-world testing, the Seagate Barracuda drive was 11% faster on writes and a blazing 67% faster on reads than a competitor's 5,400 RPM drive.
Seagate has a two-year warranty on the drive.
Cons: The drive is not completely silent and has a faintly audible motor sound. Although higher in pitch, motor sound is a drawback that all physical hard drives share.
No physical hard drive has speeds that can compare with even the least expensive SSD.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this drive for anyone needing a large, fast hard drive, although I would also advise them to regularly back up their data, which is good advice for anyone regardless of what storage they use.READ FULL REVIEW