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Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 MKNSSDEC480GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs So far I am very happy with this ssd 07/14/2015

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 MKNSSDEC480GB 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: +Large storage space. It seems an odd amount of space at 480GB. The formatted size makes its true size of 446GB, but that’s still a lot of space for an SSD.

+Good value price for its size.

+Fits perfect in my Intel NUC

+Not the fastest speeds but its still plenty fast enough. From my experience using different SSD drives, you most likely won’t even be able to tell the difference vs other drives. Any SSD is great for an operating system drive.

+3 year warranty

+So far I have not had any problems or slowdowns as some have reported. It sounds like they did something to fix the problem, from reading their replies in the comments. I did try filling the drive 95% full to see if it would affect the transfer speeds and it still had the same speed.

+The packaging is easy to open (which may sound ridiculous but I’m so sick of the clam-shell packaging where you cut your fingers trying to open them. The packaging mine came in snaps open/close.

Cons: -The 4k and access time speeds are not as fast as higher priced ssd drives, but for most people that shouldn’t matter. Comparing it to my Samsung SSD drive.

Other Thoughts: It sounds like this drive is a Newegg only exclusive model. I did most of my benchmarks on my desktop computer (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard, with Intel i7-4771 cpu. Probably what makes this an ECO model for a lower price is due to it not having has high a speed in some 4k tests, and access time, but its not like its slow or anything. I doubt you can even notice it in real use, I know I can’t. My Broadwell Intel NUC boots up Windows 8.1 to the login screen in 10 seconds, from completely off, using this drive as the operating system drive.

Some Benchmarks:

-----AS SSD-----

Seq Read: 492 MB/s
Seq Write: 312 MB/s
4K Read: 21.99 MB/s
4k Write: 18.09 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 208 MB/s – 53242iops
4k-64Thrd Write: 120 MB/s – 30690iops
Acc.time Read: 0.146ms
Acc.time Write: 0.252ms

In the ATTO Benchmark the highest Write speed was 501MB/s and the highest Read Speed was 528MB/s (Although the AS SSD benchmark is more of a true speed)

In HDTune Pro, the average read speed was 354MB/s, with an access time of .1ms.

I have been very happy with this SSD so far. I plan on leaving this inside my Broadwell Intel NUC (Which I also bought from Neweggs other store) as the operating system drive, running Windows 8.1. I have an external regular usb drive connected to the NUC for more storage.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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Pros: +AC1750 support! Plenty of speed on 5ghz, as long as you have a router that supports AC speeds.

+Comes with an optional low profile bracket that you could fit this into an HTPC, it should be great in that setup. I like that it has the 3 adjustable external antennas instead of being just a usb wireless adapter.

+Nice compact pcie card that has a good sized heatsink that covers the whole pcie card. Some reviews complain about it taking up a PCIE slot, but most of the newer motherboards come with mostly, or all PCIE slots now.

+Being wireless is great for having one less messy cable connected to a desktop.

Cons: None that I have come across.

Other Thoughts: There isn’t a whole lot to say about a wireless card, but I have been very happy with this PCIE wifi card so far. I have been trying it out in my desktop computer (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard with Windows 8.1, along with my Netgear R7000 router using the XWRT custom firmware on it), and it has performed well for me, as I don’t notice any difference between this card vs using my cat6 cable. My connection has been stable with no dropped wireless signal.

The installation was easy. I only installed the driver from the cd.

I mostly have tested it in the same room though, but have also tried moving my desktop computer to the opposite end of our house (66ft and L shaped house) and still had a 5ghz connection, although its weak on the opposite end of our house like everything is that far away, but still had good speed on the 5ghz, as I was still getting my full maximum internet download speed of 34Mbps. Plus I was still able to play my bluray movies using Plex from that distance with no problem, I used my Desktop as a Plex server, and had my Roku 3 play a bluray movie off it, along with another media player connected playing a separate movie at the same time.

I’m tempted to build an HTPC computer using this card. I think it would be great for that. This is just my review anyways. The router brand/type will affect a lot for what speeds or range you get.

SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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5 out of 5 eggs Love it except for one problem 04/10/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: +Its a Samsung, which is my opinion is the best brand of SSD drives, right up there with Intel. From what I read its also based on the Samsung 850 line of SSD drives.

+Incredibly small and light weight. Its like half the size of a regular SSD drive.

+Its fast. Very close to the same speeds as my internal sata ssd drives, even though this is running off of USB 3.0.

+Nice looking with nice packaging. The status LED is a small blue led that is not the annoyingly bright kind.

+The USB 3.0 cable is short and feels like high quality. I know some don't like a short cable, but to me its just the right size. I would not want some long cable on a tiny device like this, it would look ridiculous. Its intended to be portable. The cable is thick enough that it easily can hold the ssd without the ssd even resting on anything.

+Supports 256bit encryption if you choose to use that option. If you use this though and forget your password, then they have no way of recovering it. Not knowing you password would require Samsung service to reset it for you, or their faq makes it sound like they would send you a utility to reset the device but everything will be gone that was on it.

Cons: -It works great on my Windows 8.1 desktop computer. However I have tried it an older Toshiba P775 laptop that supports usb 2.0 and has one port for usb 3.0. It is not able to detect this drive on any of its usb ports. That laptop is running Windows 7, however I can see the drive in the laptops bios, so I can only assume its a Windows 7 problem. This is a little disapointing because I love the drive on my desktop which runs Windows 8.1, which is an MSI Z97 motherboard.

-The manual would have been better with larger print. Although you can download the manual off their website which is easier to see.

-The high price. Although in reality its not much higher than the typical 1TB SSD drives are. Plus its a Samsung and you are getting the latest technology with it, which costs more.

-I originally had trouble finding the software off their website to download, but finally found it here:

When I first installed it, and wasn't able to find that file at the time, I copied it off the drive before setting up the drive, because it will disappear once the drive is set up.

Other Thoughts: ***Normally I don't read SSD manuals, but its definitely worth it to read the tiny manual, it has a lot of important things you need to be aware of***

I do like this compact ssd drive a lot. I was surprised that USB 3.0 can get close to the same speeds as my internal sata ssd drives do. There are a lot of different uses you can have for a drive like this. I have tried it on my Desktop, plus my Xbox One, and it could even be used for a media drive hooked up to a media player, I tried it with my Minix x8 media player and worked great using Kodi. Just don't use a password if you use it for other devices than your desktop/notebook, as it won't work then.

I tested this on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard with an i7-4771 cpu) using USB 3.0.

Here are some benchmarks I recorded using CrystalDiskMark (MB/s):

Seq READ: 433.9
Seq WRITE: 391.3
512K READ: 390.9
512K WRITE: 375.0
4k READ: 25.39 iops: 6197
4k WRITE: 40.91 iops: 9988
4kQD32 READ: 140.7 iops: 34350
4kQD32 WRTE: 156.6 iops: 38238

My ATTO benchmark recorded maximum read speeds of 453MB/s and maximum write speed of 413MB/s.

I do own an Xbox One also, and tried this drive connected to the Xbox One side USB 3.0 port. Just remember though if you do use it for your Xbox One external storage, that once the Xbox formats the drive, so you can't read the drive in Windows again until you use a utility called "Xbox One Drive Converter". That utility has the ability to make the drive readable again. Do a Google search for directions on it.

Here are some results for a couple of games I tried on the Xbox One. Whether its worth the difference to you or not is obviously your own opinion. Each game will be different also. Comparing it to the Xbox One internal drive vs this SSD drive.

Dragon Age (Time to the game menu):

Internal Drive: 52 seconds
Samsung SSD: 35 seconds

Destiny (Time to the character select screen)

Internal Drive: 1 minute 28 seconds
Samsung SSD: 1 minute 0 seconds

RYSE (Time to the menu)
Internal Drive: 47 seconds
Samsung SSD: 34 seconds

Despite the drive not working on an older laptop that we own, I was tempted to give it a 4 star rating. But I love it so much on my desktop, and it works just fine with my Minix Media Player, plus works fine with my Xbox One, so I will still give it a 5 star rating. I'll post an update if I come across a fix for my problem with the laptop I have. I need more time to test this.


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Display Name: Timothy C.

Date Joined: 05/24/03


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