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Seagate FireCuda ST2000DX002 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: FIVE Year warranty
SSHD's have matured
I can't hear it

Cons: The only cons associated with any hard drive would be: Noise, Slow Speeds and Failures
This Seagate exhibits none of these so far

Synthetic benchmarks are placed here due to allowed character count in the review.
I compare the FireCuda to my 2TB WD Black

HD Tune:


Transfer Rate Minimum : 99.3 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 214.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 170.1 MB/sec
Access Time : 12.1 ms
Burst Rate : 146.3 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%


Transfer Rate Minimum : 92.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 180.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 144.6 MB/sec
Access Time : 10.4 ms
Burst Rate : 235.1 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

Two items caught my eye.
Burst rate and access time

The burst rate is the highest speed (in megabytes per second) at which data can be transferred from the drive interface to the operating system.
The access time or response time is a measure of the time it takes before the drive can actually transfer data.

The WD Black wins both

Crystal Diskmark:

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 87.527 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 154.426 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.216 MB/s
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.744 MB/s
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 137.376 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 196.088 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.636 MB/s
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 4.706 MB/s

WD Black
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 165.356 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 162.447 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.518 MB/s
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.631 MB/s
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 165.891 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 161.710 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.545 MB/s
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.585 MB/s

Depending what your performance preferences are the WD could appear as the faster drive despite NOT having
8 Gb of high speed NAND flash memory. Curious. Perhaps if I ran the synthetic benchmarks 20 times the Firecuda would learn what it is doing.

Other Thoughts: Seagate is a long to the game HD maker and created the first hybrid drive product in 2007.
I can't tell you how many times I have read..."I am never buying another Seagate product."
Personally, I have NEVER had more problems with any Seagate products (I have been buying HD's for 22
years) then any other HD brand I have owned which inclue WD, Samsung and IBM.

The FireCuda ST2000DX002 is a 2TB Gaming SSHD Hybrid Hard Drive. It is also currently available in a 1 TB model.
The FireCuda's final resting place in my system is on an Intel SATA 3 6.0 Gb/s connector on an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 mobo.
On the FireCuda I now run all the games that won't fit on my game SSD. I replaced a WD Black WD2003FZEX which had been serving that function.

As an aside, make sure you connect the FireCuda to an Intel SATA connector if you have one. Initially, I was using an Asmedia controller. While I was experiencing no apparent issues there were driver issues with the Asmedia SATA drivers and HWINFO.

Seagate's blurb states "Performs up to 5X faster than 7200 rpm desktop hard drives." I don't know about that BUT an observation: There is a noticeable subjective decrease in access time for all the Program Files and data I keep on the FireCuda since the disk swap with the WD. To actually be able to discern the time decrease speaks well for the FireCuda. The speed increase is due, of course, to the 8 Gb of high speed NAND flash memory. Through the FireCuda's firmware, data being read from the drive is monitored and the most frequently accessed is cached to the flash memory. That is why I notice a
speed increase. The data stored in the NAND will change over time. Initially there may seem to be very little if any speed increase until the monitoring firmware has a chance to figure out what you want so don't be disappointed right out of the gate. Let your FireCuda settle into it's new home and learn your routines.

The Firecuda makes NO noise while the WD (from the get go) produced an audible spindle noise, which that drive is known to do. I prefer silent.

My Win 7 install had gotten old, stale and developed habits I did not appreciate. Since a clean install was due, what better way to see how the FireCuda performs as a boot drive. The install took less then 30 minutes (nothing remarkable there) from an optical drive. Once installed Windows booted to usability in about 20 seconds, fast but not outstanding. I can't say if the few times I actually used the FireCuda as a boot drive gave the firmware time to figure out the best caching scheme. Seagate support writes
"it may take a number of reboots to notice the full performance benefit". The same day I imaged, then copied the contents of the WD Black to the FireCuda. I didn't time it but it did not take long enough for me to think..C'Mon!

More Benchmarking:

I transferred the contents of my GTA 4 folder (15GB) to the FireCuda 210MB/s and the WD Black 202MB/s.
HWINFO Reports the FireCuda temp as 27 degrees C and the WD Black temp as 35 dehrees C. Significant, cooler is always better

Whatever you do... do not compare this drive to a pure SSD using performance benchmarks. If you do that you will be disappointed.

In conclusion: The WD Black is now for sale. I prefer the FireCuda. It is completely quiet in my setting. It is faster in certain synthetic benchmarks, faster in my data transfer tests and subjectively faster to access programs and data. As of today he FireCuda also costs $18 less the a WD Black.

Completely Recommended!

Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)
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4 out of 5 eggs I Like IT. Ya can never have too many Flash Drives 10/10/2016

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

Pros: USB 3 in theory
Great Compact Size
Excellent Price
Attractive Design
Fast Enough for Me
Made from Metal!!
Snug, not tight, fit in ALL six of my computers.
No cap slide mechanism that will get lose eventually
Windows reports capacity as stated by SP
Waterproof. OK.
Lifetime Warranty!

Cons: Though SP's website indicates there is a manual for download
the link reports back the file does not exist.
All these files are listed for download at the SP site.
Recuva File Recovery Software
SP USB Flash Drive Recovery Software
SP Widget Free-download Software
SP Widget Free-download Software
SP Widget Free-download Software
USB Win 7 Password Remover Software
None of them exist according to Chrome and Firefox. What the Heck?
It gets very warm which I am sure all thumb drives would if they were this thin and not
encased in a quarter inch of rubber and/or plastic.
Came formatted in exFAT, no good for linux. SP's site indicates that it is compatible with linux 2.6.x or later.
I wonder who formatted mine?

Other Thoughts: The drive was designed to be a key ring. I would never use a flash drive that way. Keys take a pounding. I would forget
that I have a sensitive electronic device as a key ring and it would take abuse it is not designed to. If you loaned your keys to someone they would not care.

I prefer to think of what can I do with 64 GB of portable storage. Of course there are all the files that can be carried
but there is more. My Blu-Ray player has USB input. If I would rather not spend a disc I can copy to the J80
and watch my videos that way. Yes, my Blu-Ray reads USB3.

Have some files you want cross country but don't have the bandwidth allowance to upload them. Put them on the J80
and mail it. Cheap.

Want to boot two gazillion linux distros? WHY ???? AARRGGHHHH !! You can do it with the J80.

Spend some time and think of the possibilities beyond benchmarks and read/write speeds.

Two Examples:

What I did: I used Macrium to image my C: drive and had the J80 as the destination.
I thought it would take days(not really, but a long time) it didn't the whole process was rather quick.
I was impressed. That is a real world benchmark. Sorry I don't have the data. I lost it

I copied the contents of my Doom3 folder to the J80 and plugged it into my i3 laptop.
Is data transfer fast enough to play the game off the J80? Yes.

If all you are going to do is benchmark the J80 then you will be disappointed.

CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3 x64

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 33.898 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 25.687 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3.908 MB/s [ 954.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.181 MB/s [ 288.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 34.399 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 26.426 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 3.756 MB/s [ 917.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.100 MB/s [ 268.6 IOPS]

Flash drives are akin to fast food french fries. There is a lot of profit in them or there wouldn't be so many companies selling them. The J80 doesn't seem to distinguish itself but if you search the Newegg reviews for 5 Egg USB 3 flash
drives and read the reviews even those drives costing twice as much and CLAIMING faster write speeds don't seem to deliver much faster results then the J80.

For the price and capacity this is an acceptable choice. Do as I do though, never put critical data on a USB drive unless you have a copies.

Linksys RE4100W-4A Wireless N600 Pro Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker
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4 out of 5 eggs A good choice if you are in the market for a range extender 09/17/2016

This review is from: Linksys RE4100W-4A Wireless N600 Pro Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker

Pros: Competitive Pricing
Once setup the RE4100W-4A quickly (~40sec) restablishes connection to the router which allows for movement as and when needed.
Very well written downloadable PDF is quite complete covering everything a normal user might ask.
The setup IP has a help page for each and every page. In the upper right corner is a HELP clicking on it explains all the settings available on a page
Ethernet Port
DLNA streaming

Cons: Unless you go into setup and rename the RE4100 extender network you might not even know you are connected to the RE4100.
Do that first.
Ethernet 10/100
Sometimes I notice the green go light is amber for a few seconds, as I pass by, which means weak connection to the router. Maybe the microwave is running

Other Thoughts: Overview of range extender states "Wi-Fi range of up to 7,500 square feet". While possibly true, a search asking the question: What's the radius of a 7500 square foot circle the answer is 48.86 feet. Which means the network can be extended 48.86 feet max from the RE4100W-4A. I am sure these are line of sight ideal condition numbers. I would like data on ideal line of sight...How far can I place this from the router and still get the 7500 sq. foot coverage

I tested this with Win 7, 8.1, 10, Android Kit Kat and Linux Mint using multiple brands of network adapters (Qualcomm Atheros AR5B93, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205, Edimax Nano USB, TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB and a TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCIE) on three laptops: Acer (2), a Dell and a home brew desktop. All variant connections were tested with a TP-Link Archer 5 AC 1200 router. Once I had the RE4100W-4A setup I had no issues connecting in any combination I cared to try except for the Linux Mint would would not connect to the Edimax Nano USB (the only adapter I tried). I don't know why and didn't care to look into it

Audio output with DLNA streaming: I used my Kit Kat Hisense Sero 7 Pro and an app called ShareON DLNA WiFi Music Player to stream music from my primary computer to some Logitech powered, 3.5 mm plug speakers. The RE4100W-4A gave me good sound and no hiccups.

I can confirm that the ethernet port works. I wish I knew the reason it is limited to 100Mbps. Maybe cost.

Range Extender or Signal Booster? I placed the RE4100W-4A in the house as close to my unattached garage as possible. I took my Acer laptop with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 chip out to the garage to see what signal strength would be like. I found that hitting off the RE4100W-4A gave me essentially no more signal strength then hitting off the Archer 5 AC router. The RE4100W-4A was about 30 ft closer to me then the router. To further develop this test I moved 30 ft further away. Even at this greater range the RE4100W-4A did not give me a stronger signal (according to the tools provided by Windows 7). Tests like this lead me to conclude the RE4100W-4A is really a booster not an extender. It may also be just the arrangement of my house rooms. If I lived in a long ranch style house or some massive loft I can conceive my results would be more along the lines of an extender. Finally, along this line of testing, the RE4100W-4A would NOT connect to the router when plugged in in the garage. It's about 50 ft through several walls so that's really no surprise.

If I place the RE4100W-4A in a bedroom about 30 feet from the router and then test my signal strength I get 300Mbps as opposed to 150Mbps. That is a 100% increase using the RE4100W-4A but the question then becomes what how does that increase actually provide a benefit for what I do while in the bedroom? The answer is nothing I can perceive. At 150 Mbps I can do everything with the same results as I can with 300 Mbps. I downloaded an Android app and a PC program that may be more precise regarding Wi-Fi signal strength both indicated and 15% improvement in signal strength when I hit off the RE4100W-4A

I wouldn't mind a switchable bright light on this device. Think about it. I have mine placed on a landing 3 steps up from the family room. Since this device is always plugged in why not include a white LED that could be used as a night light, of course there would need to be an option to turn the light off and the light would no doubt provide interference.

In conclusion: If you need an extender and I think most people don't or want a stronger signal even if it makes no noticable difference in your internet experience then the RE4100W-4A is as good a choice as any I have used in this price range. The added bonus of DLNA and an ethernet port make the package more attractive. If you live in a large OPEN area with many lines of sight then the RE4100W-4A is an excellent choice to boost your Wi-Fi. Recommended


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