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Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: Very good price per GB for the 2.5" form factor compared to other drives on the market.
Drive was shipped in a very solid yet impact absorbing air pack to prevent any damage.
The drive height is very thin at 7mm and very light compared to my 7 year old 2.5" seagate drive.
The drive is also very quiet compared to my older drive, its almost silent to the point I don't even know if its on or not.
I used this drive as an external USB drive using a 2.5" USB enclosure. I did have to format, partition, and initialize the drive first in Windows Disk Management before the device would show up in Explorer. After that it was simple plug and play for the drive now. Writing to the drive I got an an average of about 22MB/s for a 3GB file. Read speed was about 31MB/s. This was done on the USB 2.0 standard, so USB 3.0 should be alot better.

Cons: Maybe could come with a 3 year warranty instead.

Other Thoughts: Seagate in the past acquired a really bad reputation for bad drives with a high failure rate, and that number when way up when dealing with odd sized drives past 1TB. However recently they really improved on the quality of their drives and it even rivals with competing companies drives. You should not steer away from the brand now because of what happened in the past.

Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Price is good for what you get.
Comes with a MicroSD to SD adapter.
Real word transfer speeds are as follows:
USB 2.0
Read: 29 MB/s
Write: 9 MB/s

USB 3.0
Read: 81 MB/s
Write: 11 MB/s

The tests came out pretty good, it came very close to the advertised read speeds. Write speeds were another issue, see cons.

Cons: Write speeds are pretty bad at about 11MB/s, one of the slowest write speeds I have encountered on MicroSD UHS-1 this high.
The included SD adapter with the microsd card inserted was really hard to remove, seems to be excess plastic inside of it creating a really tight fit. I tested a different adapter with the same card and did not have this problem.

Other Thoughts: Overall its a nice little card for a company that isnt that well know yet compared to some of the other tech giants out there. How reliable this card is down the line has yet to be seen but so far everything is good. If Silicon Power continues this trend of reliability and good prices then they will be one of the go-to brands for memory.
If you want something to load stuff off it this is a pretty reasonable card for the price but if you are looking for something with high write speeds, you might want to look elsewhere unless you want to wait around for it to write. This might be the best card for a go pro for example which needs good write speeds.
I didn't bother posting synthetic benchmarks because real world read/write files are what matters.

GIGABYTE GA-X150-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Decent entry level board with some problems 04/13/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X150-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Packaging and board design looks pretty good, you most likely will not have this board in a windowed case anyway so it is a bit wasted.
Has build in LED separating the audio guard and rest of the motherboard which is pretty standard on all new gigabyte boards these days.
Paired with an intel i3-6100 and a amd r5 230 and it's working great.
The board is almost two inches shorter than a standard ATX board, will give a little extra room for smaller cases.
Supports ECC ram and supports M.2 storage drives.
Bios is pretty standard, nothing flashy and gets the job done.

Cons: VRM heatsink above the cpu socket is extremely loose as another reviewer mentioned, it easily moves back in forth. This probably won't be a huge problem if you are not putting any pressure on it but I am not sure how good the passive cooling is with the heatsink that loose. My four other gigabyte boards do not have this problem.
No built in video video out, really bad decision to not have video out on this chipset considering its an entry level workstation board, it could really have benefited from it.
This chipset cannot be used to overclock no matter what cpu you put into the board not that it supports any i5 or i7 chips anyway.
Only extra included in the box are two SATA cables, could have at least included four.
Needs another two USB ports on the rear connectors.

Other Thoughts: Looking at this board this is obviously not aimed at general consumers but at the same time you have to question if its aimed at the sever/workstation correctly mainly due to lack of features and mostly bare bones feel to the board. This is an extreme case of entry level workstation board, more advanced users will most likely look and purchase X99 motherboards and cpu's simply due to the huge amount of options and cpu choices that chipset offers over this.
This board does have a place with a certain crowd however qc issues and and lackluster chipset prevent it from being a great board.


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