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Pros: 1. It's fast
2. MLC as opposed to TLC
3. 7mm thick for laptop mounting
Cons: 1. Very pricey at the moment. In the territory of the Samsung 850 Pro.
2. OCZ reputation for SSDs.
3. Not 3D-NAND
4. 240GB user accessible storage.
Other Thoughts: The one thing I noticed upon opening up the package was how heavy it was. It even weighs more than my Kingston HyperX SSD which was the heaviest SSD I've ever had. This is normally not a concern for desktop builders, but if you're considering putting this in an ultrabook, understand it tips my postal scale at a little over 4 ounces. For the heft, the construction doesn't feel particularly sturdy, the flat top and bottom panels rattle a bit if you rap it with a knuckle.
The performance is really quick, Passmark's disk benchmark score of over 5000 puts it right up there with the new Samsung 850 EVO with the 3D NAND (and TLC format) AS SSD benchmark shows a read speed of 415MB/s, and write of 455MB/s which is not bad compared to the manufacturer spec of 550MB/s and 530MB/s. Latency is nice and low at .06ms read, and .03ms write. It looks like this is one of those SSDs that favors write over read.
I couldn't recommend this SSD compared to the competition. For a few dollars more you can get the Samsung 850 Pro. It has all the performance and of the Vector, plus 3D NAND, and hardware encryption. For about 2/3 the price, you can get the 850 EVO which offers comparable performance at a much lower price. Then, there is the unusual heft of the device itself. Normally, I wouldn't have mentioned it, but it felt freakishly heavy in the hand without feeling particularly solid.
Pros: Decent quality, provides a good dose of amperage on the 12V rail. Doesn't get very hot even at 120W usage
Cons: Annoying fan. not so much loud but ball-bearing rumbling annoying. Need to replace the fan.
Other Thoughts: Kinda pricey for a 220W PSU, but it's a step up from the Apevias and Athena Power models.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Zotac ZBOX-BI320-U Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini-PC Barebone System
Pros: 1. Haswell architecture with 10EU integrated graphics.
2. Small unobtrusive form factor.
4. Energy efficient
5. Virtually silent on normal usage (not gaming or benchmarking)
6. Easy internal access: 2 thumbscrews and you're in, even the HDD bay uses a single thumbscrew to secure the drive
Cons: 1. No wifi. 802.11 AC was advertised in the product description
2. No way to integrate wifi internally.
3. No mini-PCIE or msata slots
4. Creaky plastic construction
Other Thoughts: This is a very basic do-it-yourself barebones. Very easy to put together, It took me about 5-10 minutes to installing the OS from opening the box. It does not include 802.11 AC wifi as was listed in the specifications section and there is no way to add wifi internally as it does not have any mini-PCIE slots or onboard connector. If you want wifi you'll have to use a USB adapter. Glossy black plastic lid is a fingerprint magnet.
When plugged in but not powered on, the power and disk activity light glows red, switches to white when powered on.
The BIOS looks similar to the graphical type you see on recent Asrock or Asus motherboards, but does not appear to allow mouse control. Interesting options including a "low power mode" for the onboard GPU.
It may be a dealbreaker for some, but I didn't need wifi on this. I did take an egg off for the lack of it though (it was advertised as having 802.11 AC wifi) and the inability to install it internally
Added 4 GB of DDR3 (2x2) 1600 memory and a 128 GB SSD I had left over from a laptop upgrade and windows 7 installed fairly quickly. It took the longest unpacking the files which is CPU dependent. Downloaded the drivers directly from Zotac's website. installed it all in one go and on to the desktop.
Just using the box for basic prodcutivity, web surfing and media consumption it was very snappy and I felt it was more than adequate for the job. When pushing the CPU on big spreadsheet calculations or packing or unpacking compressed files, you can definitely feel it.
Viewing 1080p Hi10bit test videos was flawless in both MPC-HC and VLC media players averaging 10% and 35% CPU usage. Even the Walt Disney pictures magic kingdom intro which can drive low powered systems to their knees, displayed without dropping frames on MPC-HC
Benchmarking: Passmark 8 reports the following:
CPU Mark: 1619
2D Graphics Mark: 400
3D Graphics Mark: 377
Memory Mark: 1168
.5 Watts Power off
8 Watts at idle
26 Watts highest peak during benchmarking
Its a great basic box for someone who's building their own for the first time. Great for use as a secondary computer, web browser, media box, terminal...just without wifi.
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