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Pros: Small, compact and sleek, as expected from a standard SSD. Runs quietly and cool.
The biggest thing about this particular SSD which grabbed me was the speed. Taking an average of 3 CrystalDiskMark specs the results were 522 MB/s read and 508 MB/s write. Lower than what is advertised but real close and good enough in my book. Boot speeds were fast as usual with my pc booting up in 7 seconds flat.
Corsair SSD Toolbox is a breeze to use and very easy to navigate. Firmware was updated promptly and useful features such as overprovisioning are available.
NAND memory is MLC meaning two bits per cell. This results in greater longevity than TLC based SSDs which contain 3 bits per cell. This is also a Toggle NAND SSD which uses both Asynhronous and Synchronous memory access. Plain and simple, this results in better performance at a lower cost.
Power consumption is lower due to smaller and more power efficient transistors than older SSDs.
SSD controller is quad core which supposedly results in lower latency and higher performance compared to older controllers. Can't really test the benefit of it but it sounds good on paper
Cons: No VNAND (vertical nand) memory. Touted as being the better type of NAND to use with performance and longevity benefits across the board
Only a 3 year warranty which is expected of MLC memory. Wish it was more though.
No option for disk clone.
Other Thoughts: Solid SSD and definitely one to consider when looking for performance at a decent price point. Being a MLC SSD, it will last you quite a while with moderate usage most likely longer than the warranty. However with VNAND just entering the market this drive does not look appealing in my eyes due to the increased performance and longevity benefits that VNAND provides. Nevertheless a worthy choice for anyone that is looking to use this a boot drive or simply for data storage.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
Pros: Small, ultraportable, sleek, and light weight. This is probably the first thing you would notice upon opening the box; how small the SSD really is. Can literally slip it in your pocket. Supposedly shock resistant though most SSD's are since they do not have moving parts such as platter in a HDD. Haven't tested it and don't want to as well. The enclosure is a unique design. Doesn't look like an external drive at first glace. Packaging is minimal and compact.
Uses Samsungs 3D VNAND (vertical NAND) technology. This technology increases memory density by stacking 32 layers of cells instead of horizontally. This improves performance, reduces power consumption and extends the lifespan of the memory over older 2D NAND cells.
Utilizes USB 3.0. Fast memory requires fast transfer rates to and from the host device so it only makes sense to use USB 3.0 which is now becoming the defacto standard with regards to mainstream I/O.
Works with Mac on top of Windows
Speed tests showed pretty decent speeds as expected depending on the I/O that is being used. An average of 3 speed tests showed a write speed at 295 MBps and read at 304 MBps via USB 3.0. Did not test it with USB 2.0 but I would expect speeds less than 50 MBps.
Supports AES 256 bit encryption for securing data and is password protected
Cons: 3 year warranty, wish it had the 5 year warranty like the EVOs
No TRIM support via USB 3.0
USB 3.0 cable could be longer
Other Thoughts: Overall a superb drive. Was able to transfer files seamlessly over USB 3.0. I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a reliable and fast external data solution.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Light and durable with a feel like it is high quality due to use of aluminum. Both sides of the mat allow the gaming mouse to be very responsive and glide across the surface smoothly without any resistance. The rubber pads are another plus which help stabilize the mat on any surface. Pretty much most DPI settings that you use will function properly with this mat. Every single PC game that I tested this with, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Diablo3, have all functioned perfectly
Cons: Very large and not practical on small desks. This was designed with gaming in mind assuming that you have a large desk with a monitor and a desktop.
Also not very portable as well due to its size.
Other Thoughts: Corsair really knocked this one out of the park. This is the best gaming mouse pad I have seen to date. The rough and smooth sides offer gamers flexibility and different options to match their personal preferences. Overall a very good mat and a must buy for any PC gamer.READ FULL REVIEW
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