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Seagate GoFlex external drive kit is OK

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Pros: Standard SATA III drive; base allows other SATA drives to plug into it

Cons: Uses Memeo backup software; custom USB3 cable; spare cables do not seem available.

I saw this kit bundled together on Newegg with a PCIE 2.0 USB3 port. This is what I need, I thought.   I had been using a WD MyBook World Ethernet drive. As a drive it was nice, but the Memeo software that ran the backups was a kludge. Worse: it couldn't find the previous backup, so each time a user started the computer, we had to cancel what it was doing and start a new backup. Given that our relationship was with WD, not Memeo, you may imagine that we eventually gave up trying to get help. So I vowed my next NAS would not be WD. Hence, a Seagate this time.   In the interim I had installed internal backups, but that's no good if someone steals your rig (that happened...
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Xinruilian fans from XSPC

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Pros: Solidly built. Perform well. Specs are accurate. Handsome

Cons: Sleeve bearing

XSPC Fan Review   Last fall Nathan of Koolertek contacted me. He had a new line of fans in. They were Xinruilian fans from XSPC. He wanted to know how well they would perform. If he sent me some samples, would I test them and tell him? Sure, I wrote back. So he sent them and I included them in the fan studies I was doing on the NH-D14. I was surprised. They did pretty well.   Actually, they did very well for seven-dollar fans. They were the most substantial sleeve bearing fans I had ever handled. And they blew more air with less noise than a number of more expensive fans. So when Nathan wrote to say that XSPC had expanded their line, I was happy to test this one too....
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New PWM fans from Noctua

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Pros: Quiet; unique design; great accessories

Cons: Rubber pegs too short.

New PWM fans from Noctua   In late 2011 Noctua refreshed its entire line of fans by putting out PWM versions. They also introduced a new fan. Let’s look at two of the updated fans and the new one.   Here are the NF-P14 PWM and the NF-P12 PWM:     Noctua engineers took some years to figure out how to make PWM PCB’s so that they operate quietly. Did they succeed? We’ll see.   Now let’s look at the new fan, the NF-F12 PWM:       Those vanes are called stators. When a fan’s output is blown through properly designed stators, it focuses its airflow and it increases its static pressure. Noctua says not to expect more...
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PWM Mate does exactly what Zalman says it does. Easy to use.

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Pros: Simple. Works well. setting 100% gives you an actual 100% of fan speed.

Cons: Just something missing: No connection directly to PSU.

I could not find any knowledgeable reviews on the  Zalman PWM Mate. So I had to just buy one. Here, so you'll know, is a review of the Zalman PWM Mate:   Zalman promises The World's First PWM Fan Speed Controller The controller modulates the PWM(Pulse Width Modulation) fan speed control signal allowing user defined PWM fan speed settings. Variety of Control Modes The 3-Step Automatic Mode and a Manual Mode provide flexible customization of fan speed control according to the user's environment. Convenient Controls The Mode Switch Button, Manual Speed Dial, and Mode Indicator LEDs provide convenience and ease of use.   Those statements are true. The...
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