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This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
Pros: External drives have never been so portable.
This drive combines a 500gb MSATA drive to a usb 3.0 port to make an external drive that is small, and incredibly fast.
Based on Samsung 850 evo, the t1 uses 32-layer TLC V-NAND and uses a full fledged MEX/MGX SSD controller in a very small form factor device
Because it uses a controller you would find on an SSD, the performance you can squeeze out of usb 3.0 is astonishing.
The claim for 450gb read and writes is almost spot on. Crystaldiskmark rates sequential read/writes at just above 400mb/s however, real world data transfers maxed out at around 350mb/s read and 220 writes
transfering all my games/pictures/movies on and off this drive was a breeze.
Cons: No trim support
included cable is very small so for people who have desktop pc's without a space to set the drive on when using is kind of a hassle(although the drive is LIGHT and it's weight can easily be held up by the usb connector)
Other Thoughts: Coming from a mechanical storage external, this drive has made my life easy. It will easily fit most if not all of my games i could want it to on the drive and i can transfer them extraordinarily fast compared to a 7200rpm drive connected via esata making reformatting finally a breeze.
Because this product is a samsung product, samsung makes all components used in the ssd. Their known for reliable and fast drives which i reccomend 10 out of 10 times to my friends when purchasing anything ssd related.
The housing has a nice finish and it's quiet and did i mention small.
SSD prices are continuing to fall and soon drives like these will make the most sense to hold your important data with it's AES encryption and speeds so fast you spend less time waiting and more time doing.
This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Asrock's done it again with this board. Plenty of premium features for a good price
- m.2 ports(1 is pcie gen2 x2, other is gen 3 x4 for 10gb/s and 32gb/s)
- mini pci-e slot (unusable if using m.2 gen3 x4 32gb/s slot
-Nice layout and nice looking beefy heatsinks
-Dual lan although would have prefered dual intel lan
-Sata express will eventually become useful ONE day
-Sapphire black PCB looks good and has all the usual premium alloy chokes and dual stack mosfets and a 12 phase digital power delivery
-DEBUG LED is a must on every mobo
UEFI setup is a nice traditional one. Nothing fancy, everything where you expect.
Auto overclocks for cpu and memory or you can do it yourself
You can download drivers in bios
USB COMPATABILITY PATCH must be enabled so you can use your mouse/keyboard without drivers on usb 3.0, since there is no usb 2.0 ports(with the exception of the one on the board inside your case)
Cons: I've updated through all of the bios's and i can't seem to get my computer to stop turning on from mouse/keyboard. I've tried disabling all of the cpu power states and the new haswell one for a deep sleep, disabled all the options of USB waking and booting in the bios and nothing! Moving the mouse just turns the computer on from a shut down. Seems like a oversight or it could be i'm still doing something wrong.
Would have liked to see a pci lane in there, maybe get rid of the bottom slower m.2 slot for it.
Onboard sound is good but still not good enough to drive a pair of superlux hd 681 evo's, sound is too low had to use a dac, and i couldn't use my xonar dg sound card due to no pci slot!(but i knew this before buying this board)
Other Thoughts: Nice looking board with LOADS of features at a great price. Asrock has been really surprising me with it's boards for awhile now and i decided to go with asrock again for my build and i couldn't be happier.
System build is:
g.skill 8gb ddr3 2400mhz
asrock z97 extreme 6
Pros: Awesome looking LOW PROFILE modules
2400mhz is fast and it was on sale when i bought it
Booted up at 1600mhz, XMP put it 2400mhz no problem
Owned g.skill in the past decided to go with them again i've never had any issues with their ram ever.
Other Thoughts: Comes with a sticker badge for your pc, ram looks good and does what it's supposed to. Couldn't be happier.
asrock z97 extreme 6
8gb g.skill ddr3 2400mhz
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