Joined on 12/08/04
Cool and Quiet
Pros: Drive runs very cool, is barely audible when its running and is ecologically friendly. RX models have 64MB of cache. During testing, I could not hear this drive at all! It was completely dead silent!
Cons: Two year warranty (instead of three). Performance is sacrificed to achieve the low power, cool and quiet results. DX models have just 32MB of cache.
Overall Review: Western Digital classifies their hard disk drives into categories of colors. GREEN-label drives are cool, quiet, low power and environmentally conscious. BLUE-label hard disk drives are designed for use in typical desktops. BLACK-label hard disk drives are intended for performance-oriented users and RED-label hard disk drives are intended for 24/7 use in offices and RAID/NAS environments. Using Crystal Disk Mark 3.0.2c to measure and compare disk performance on a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, using an on-board SATA 6 Gb/s controller, the Western Digital Green 1TB drive averaged 157.0 MB/s reads, and 153.5 MB/s writes. Compared to the Seagate 3TB drive, which read at 187.5 MB/s with an average write speed of 186.4 MB/s. What does this mean? It means the GREEN-series drives are best used as secondary data drives, or even put into a USB enclosure. This drive would be great in a USB enclosure since speed is limited through the USB port any way, and this drive runs much cooler (averaged 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout my tests). Considering most USB hard disk enclosures are not cooled, this would not be an issue. This drive would also be recommended if you ever wanted to build a Home Theater PC or replace an existing loud, limited space or failing hard drive in an existing HTPC. Those of us that care more about the environment than performance can certainly choose this as their only drive in any desktop PC, knowing that Western Digital GREEN-series drives are just sipping power, using less resources to power it and that more sustainable resources were used in its construction. And then there are those of us that simply want the computer to be as quiet as possible. If you want to replace an existing (working) hard disk drive with this drive, you can easily clone your old drive to your new Western Digital drive by using Western Digital's own version of Acronis TrueImage for free at http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119 If you're one of these people, this drive is for you. Performance-minded users should look else where.
Pros: No parts to break
Cons: SO slow! No activity LED. Performance on par with USB drives from 2014!
Overall Review: This drive is VERY slow. If you have lots of time but little money, this drive is for you! It feels like its from the past. I've seen faster drives years ago. It's as if someone found inventory from nearly 10 years ago, put a faster interface on it (which is pointless) and is off-loading it here. You get what you paid for.
It's all about the looks... write speed is very slow
Pros: This flash drive feels much heavier than a regular flash and has a slide out USB port and bright RGB Decent read speeds at 150MBPS
Cons: Very slow write speeds, less than35 MBPS - takes nearly an hour to fill this drive from empty to full. Has a permanent small partition that autoruns the LEDRGB.EXE software, which is a background task only and has no user interface or controls.
Overall Review: If you are all about aesthetics, this is a very attractive flash drive. The LED at the end of the drive is bright and flashes BLUE when writing or YELLOW if 80% of the drive is used or RED if the drive is FULL or near full. When idling, the RGB cycles colors. Because the software is required, the RGB lighting only works with Windows (according to the documentation).
Nothing good about this
Pros: Nice case design, cheap price
Cons: I can write with a pencil faster!
Overall Review: I haven't seen a flash drive this slow in nearly 15 years! Writing at jut 4.9MBPs (compared to 400+MBPs with a Sandisk Extreme Pro USB flash drive that is SMALLER). There is NO activity LED, so good luck not corrupting your data when you remove it because you think it is idling. This is soooo bad! Look at the screenshot from the free USB testing software H2testw that I have attached to this review. This is the SLOWEST new USB flash sold here at Newegg.
It's cheap because it's slow!
Pros: Nice case, looks good, 108MBPs READ speeds.
Cons: VERY slow! It will take an excruciating 38+ minutes to copy this drive from empty to capacity! A meager 25.7MBPs write speed. (75% slower writing data than reading it!)
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. This sells for less money then others because it is much slower than other drives of the same capacity that sell for twice as much, Keep your expectations low and you won't be disappointed. This drive is inexpensive for a reason!
It's the hotdog of cases. Looks great, but you don't want to see how it's made!
Pros: looks nice
Cons: Molex connectors on fans, run at full speed with no options or RGB control. Arrived dented, even though there was no damage to the box. Tight fit for motherboard because top fans are so thick, they get in the way of motherboard mounting screws. No reset switch. Zero cable management tolerance behind motherboard tray CPU bracket cutout off-center (be sure you mount your heatsink before you install the motherboard, or you'll have to take it back out and start over.) No cable management cut out for CPU 8-pin power connector and no way to route cable behind motherboard Thumbscrews for side panel are far too long and will hit the edge of your motherboard when they are only half-way in. Limited to Micro ATX or M-ITX motherboards ONLY.
Overall Review: This is a case where looks matter more than quality. This is what I call a 'hotdog PC' where the PC will look good when you are done, but once people realize just how bad it is, they won't want it. It is very difficult to work in. Edges cut my hands twice. Metal of the case is extremely thin and I was able to bend it roughly back into shape by forcing the power supply and tightening the screws to bend/re-shape the metal as necessary to get the power supply seated properly. There is so much wrong with this case, I will get arthritis documenting it! Speaking of which, there is no documentation and the mounting screws are in a tiny ziploc bag with only one extra stand-off, when two extra stand-offs are standard with major case makers and are REQUIRED for MOST M-ATX builds. So, expect to leave one mounting hole on your M-ATX motherboard empty. The fans run full speed and use the same molex connectors used in IBMs original PC from 1981! There is no RGB controls for these fans and they are LOUD! BUYER BEWARE!
After reading about the Pan Slim in Maximum PC magazine, I ordered one and I am going to build it on my YouTube channel with over 348k subscribers. I can't wait to get started and make a live, unedited, unscripted video about this build experience!
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