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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Troublesome, But Good Support 05/09/2016

This review is from: OCZ Trion 100 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN100-25SAT3-120G

Pros: The OCZ Trion 100 120GB drive was a very troublesome drive for me to install in my LGA-1156 system. At first, I thought the drive had an internal fault preventing it from working correctly. However, OCZ support helped me determine the problem and find a workaround.

++Speed – the drive performs as expected for an SSD at this price point. I am happy with its performance over SATA II, which is what I have to run it on. Note: if you are still booting from an HDD – upgrade it!

++OCZ Support – after one communication with the manufacturer never received a reply, I finally got in touch with OCZ. They assigned me a specialist who would email me almost daily to find a solution to my issue.

Cons: - - Controller Support – DO NOT USE THIS AS A BOOT DRIVE WITH MARVELL PORTS! My motherboard’s SATA IIIs are run with Marvell controllers. This Trion drive is not compatible with Marvell as a boot drive, even though the BIOS recognizes it when plugged in. Check your motherboard’s controllers before buying.

Other Thoughts: Before you buy and clone/install Windows to your Trion…here are some notes:

Don’t: Clone from your current SATA II drive, then switch the SSD to SATA III. Many times the controller will be different for SATA II and SATA III, and the drive will not boot.
Don’t: Clone from a drive on a port set to IDE, then switch the SSD to a port set to AHCI. Windows will only work with the mode it was installed in.
Don’t: Try to boot from the OCZ Trion on a port with a Marvell controller, unless you are prepared for hours of heartbreak and despair.

Do: Clone from a SATA III, AHCI drive to the OCZ Trion, then run the SSD on a SATA III, AHCI port.
Do: Reinstall Windows on the drive if your current installation is on a different controller or IDE.
Do: Contact OCZ support if you have any issues.
Do: Upgrade from a HDD to an SSD.

System Boot Time:
80 seconds: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200RPM
20 seconds: OCZ Trion 100 120GB

Current System:
MSI P55-GD85
i5-750 Lynnfield (LGA 1156) @ 3.8GHz
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti
16GB AMD Radeon Performance DDR3 1600
120GB OCZ Trion 100
750 GB Seagate 7200 HDD

Overall, I would not recommend the OCZ Trion 100 120 GB drive at retail price. OCZ support is great, but this product is too problematic.

Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Brings an Old Processor Back to Life! 02/24/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW

Pros: i5-750. A sturdy processor, but almost 6 years old. This old Lynnfield processor is natively clocked at 2.67 GHz, but even at this speed still runs like a champ. So I decided to add the Corsair H110i and to replace my current Hyper 212 and push this processor to its limits.

Did it meet my expectations? Yes! A 4.25 GHz overclock (just under a 1.6 GHz bonus) never broke 61°C during stress testing. That’s 24°C less than a top-of-the-line air cooler!

The H110i completes the package with easy-to-follow instructions, less-than-30 minute install time, and great aesthetics. It truly is a beautiful cooler.

Cons: Corsair LINK, the advertised software package for interfacing with the cooler, didn’t work for me. Older releases didn’t detect my H110i, and the newest release wouldn’t install at all.

Other Thoughts: -Loud at full speed, but even during stress testing, I never came close to max RPM.
-The radiator and fans are massive, so be ready to heavily mod any case without dual-140mm attachments.
-Wide range of CPU compatibility for this cooler. Check the specs to see if yours is among them.
-Totally self-contained liquid (not water) cooler, so no hose routing or reservoir filling required.
-With i5-750 at 2.67 GHz, max temperatures were 44°C.
-With i5-750 at 4.25 GHz (Bus speed 202), idle temps at 36°C and Prime95 stress testing maxed at 61°C.

There’s not much more to say about this guy. One step below custom solutions, one step above the rest.

MSI P55-GD85
i5-750 Lynnfield (LGA 1156)
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti
16 GB AMD Radeon Performance DDR3 1600
120 GB OCZ Trion 100
750 GB Seagate 7200 HDD

iRULU eXpro X1 7
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Coming in below the $60 point, I found the IRULU 7" eXpro Tablet to be pretty much what I expected - for better or worse.

Screen. Viewed head-on, the screen provides reasonable quality for its price point. As with a lot of the features, it reminds me of a three-generation old smartphone. Glare is not really an issue, but daytime does make it easier on the eyes, since it is not a full HD screen.

Charging Time. I had no issues getting a full charge in a reasonable amount of time on this device.

Cons: Viewing Angle. As other reviewers have noted, anything much different than "head-on" will invert the colors to your eyes. This doesn't seem to affect the brightness level of the screen, so you can still make things out, it's just the wrong color.

Boot Time. The speed on this tablet, once it is booted, is definitely manageable, but I feel like the bootup times are just a little on the slow side. It takes just about 1 minute to finish booting.

Documentation. Though there is a lot of information included with this tablet, it is so basic and badly written/translated that it would be easier to watch "how-to's" on the internet than to read through it.

Other Thoughts: Speed. Neither a positive or a negative, the tablet will open and navigate through apps like 3-generation old phone. I had no issue running small- to medium-sized games and apps.

I think this tablet would make a good Christmas present for a child who doesn't have a phone or tablet right now. The KitKat operating system, along with the bright pink color and size of the tablet, would make it a contender for wrapping under the tree this year.


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Display Name: Zacchari G.

Date Joined: 07/18/10

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