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Pros: - Cheap
- Still relatively fast
- Build Quality is solid
- OCZ SSD Utility is nice and simple to use
Cons: - Thick... this might not fit in your laptop if you were looking for large cheap SSD storage for on the go.
- Refurbished - so everyones mileage may very
- I did notice after the firmware update the exact same thing others said. 81% life left. But we aren't buying a new drive so we can't complain to much can we?
Other Thoughts: I ran several benchmarks to verify speed and overall performance. I used this drive to replace my generic FaSpeed 250GB drive as my Steam library had quickly filled that drive up. Also, as it's refurbished and thus little recourse should it die I figured as a games drive it's perfect. If it dies... no worries, just re download all my games to a replacement and keep the save files backed up from time to time. No worries.
Samsung Magician: 554 MB/s Read 516 MB/s Write 60,344 IOPS Read 46,855 IOPS Write
ATTO Disk Benchmark: 530 MB/s Read 440 MB/s Write
Crystal DiskMark 5.1.2 x64: 547 MB/s Read 313 MB/s Write
AS SSD Benchmark 1.8.5: 487 MB/s Read 230MB/s Write
Anvil Storage Utilities 1.1.0: 494 MB/s Read 270 MB/s Write
Oh, and to add more confusion the OCZ Software states sequencial speed @ 524 MB/s Read & 120 MB/s write!!! What?!!
Random speed 203 MB/s Read & 94 MB/s Write!! This drives write speeds are all over the place. We can comfortably say that Read speeds are 500 MB/s confirmed. Which honestly makes it ideal as a games drive, mostly reading not writing taking place. For fast non critical data I'd go vote for it. As a primary OS / Programs drive, thought the price is attractive and I'm sure performance would be fine. I just trust it more with non-critical data. As a Steam games drive it's great! And I'll recommend it.
Pros: - Great GUI, very easy to navigate and understand. Straight forward! Love the new look.
- Light Weight and no antennas to break off
- USB 2.0 Port for FTP / Network access
- Easy setup instructions - Must USE included CD.
Cons: - No Mounting holes for easy wall mounting.
- I miss the days when you could plug a Linksys Router in and set up manually. MUST use the included CD. MUST!!
- Range isn't that great
- Speed isn't that great either - WiFi at least
Other Thoughts: I conducted testing using my new Nexus 6P, i5-6600k Desktop w/ TP-Link Archer T1U AC450 USB adapter, HP G7 Laptop, Lenovo Tab2 A7-20 and old HTC One M7 phone. My ISP is AT&T 75MBps Down / 7MBps Up service. Long story short, the Linksys EA3500 let me down with regards to strictly wireless speed. I sat the router up in my living room and unplugged my Buffalo AirStation to minimize possible wifi interference. Here are my findings below:
Desktop PC w/ Archer T1U AC450
46.11 Mbps / 7.56 Mbps @ 10ft (living room) 5Ghz
21.86 Mbps / 7.64 Mbps A-Only
34.40 Mbps / 7.91 @ 10ft (living room) 5Ghz
22.19 Mbps / 7.99 A-Only
HP G7 Laptop
83.17 Mbps / 7.41 (LAN)
28.52 Mbps / 7.68 (Wifi) 2.4Ghz
HTC One M7 Phone
37.52 Mbps / 7.32 5ghz
21.03 Mbps / 7.47 A-Only
Lenovo Tab2 A7-20 Tablet
30.48 Mbps / 7.85 2.4Ghz
39.54 Mbps / 8.01 N-Only
Notice, that enabling A-Only or N-Only lowers WiFi throughput by roughly 30%. The router comes configured in "mixed" mode and I would recommend leaving it as such. Also, experimenting with different frequency bands as well as unit placement also did not increase WiFi speed or range. The good news is that the router does have Gigabit Ethernet which explains the 83MBps speed seen on my laptop when wired in. But for the Wifi to barely touch half of my rated speed was disappointing.
With regards to range, across all devices using INSSIDER to measure signal strength I observed -33db while in the same room with the router. Walking roughly 25ft to my bedroom signal dropped to -71. A few feet back farther to my bathroom -78. So signal strength drops dramatically at 35ft or more indoors. It may do better outdoors but lets be honest, this router will be used indoors right? Youtube test at the farthest point was still fine though on both the Nexus 6P and HTC One M7. In most of my testing once you get past -75 to -80 connectivity drops and the internet stops working. So cudos for the EA3500 still providing good connection on the edge of range. But considering how small my house is (1500sq ft 2 story) I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a much larger house or where range is the primary objective.
I conducted one last test using my Nexus 6P and stood on my back deck. It is also roughly 25ft away from the router but outside and two walls of separation. Speedtest gave 15.70MBps Down and 7.98 up with signal strength of -83. I stepped off the deck and a few more feet back...say probably 40ft and connection dropped.
In conclusion, for a modest home or where range isn't the big concern but reliability I say go for it. It's been rock solid over the past month. With Gigabit Ethernet ports you'll get your full internet speed that you pay for, just not over wifi. It's a good router, wish the range was better. Otherwise though.... it's a solid purchase. For simple network needs, i.e. you are not upgrading everything to 802.11 AC this will work out just fine.
Pros: *65w TDP allows for cool and quiet operation
*Quite Cooler worked well to keep temps via my Rosewill IR Thermometer @ 44c
*Handled Windows Updates, Installations, multiple apps with surprising ease! No slowdowns at all.
*Price was just right I'd say for this level of performance - this might be my new default Office / Work PC setup
Cons: *As with any other APU, apps seem to be way way off when trying to accurately read temps. You'll have to probably use a few and average them all out to get an accurate reading.
*Power consumption seems to go well over the 65w TDP rating of this chip. Intel & AMD use TDP differently. AMD's = Average while Intels is max useage.
Other Thoughts: Used this for a system upgrade for a client. It was time! Her previous build from me, circa 2007 or 08 was an AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 @ 1.9Ghz, 2GB DDR2, Seagate 500GB HDD on Windows 7 Home 32Bit. It was to the point where after 5 minutes it still wasn't done booting. Was rough. So now... with the A10, an AMD Radeon R3 120GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 & a second WD 500GB drive for backup she's on cloud 9! Shes a basic user but values speed. Her upgrade budget was 400 or less and we were able to get this, Windows 10, Motherboard, Ram, SSD...for well under that.
Here are some power numbers measured via my P3 Meter at the wall. Power supply is a EVGA 430w 80+ Cert model.
Average Usage / Youtube 1080p Video: 48w
Norton Security Scan & Windows Updates Avg: 75w
3D Mark Vantage - 8083 Score
Min: 75w & 13 fps
Avg: 95w & 22 fps
Max: 103w & 27 fps
So there you have it. This little APU is great and should last a basic to medium PC users needs for quite some time. Def. Recommended.