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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro
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3 out of 5 eggs Didn't work on the Asus P6X58D Premium 05/09/2013

This review is from: APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

Pros: I reviewed this well for use on an Asus P7H57D-V EVO. I indicated I was going to try it with an Asus P6X58D Premium. Both the card, then after a restart, and the SSD installation processes went well.

Cons: But I encountered about 66% of all the speeds with the same OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (DiskMark 3.02 x64) when installed on the Apricorn. I contacted technical support. It seems there must be a conflict with the Marvell drivers for the two different Marvell chips on the aging Asus P6X58D Premium and the newer Apricorn. Seems the Apricorn doesn't show up in the Device Manager either, so trying a direct route for driver installation seems out too.

Other Thoughts: Gave it three eggs, because I would try it again, if I had another mainboard. It just seems motherboard dependent.

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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro
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5 out of 5 eggs Worked fine on Asus P7H57D-V EVO 04/29/2013

This review is from: APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

Pros: Installed the card fine, started the computer, shut the computer down after it recognized the card and booted fine, moved the existing SSD to the Apricorn, restarted the computer and it worked fine. The Apricorn cut boot times by 30 seconds using the same Crucial M4 128 GB SSD on a LGA 1156 mainboard that has the hamstrung first generation Marvell SATA 3 connector using Windows 7-64 bit Premium.

Cons: Not the devices fault, but Windows 7 boot delay still takes nearly a minute.

Other Thoughts: Bought a second unit several days ago to increase SSD speed on a Asus P6X58D Premium that has the same SATA 3 Marvell limitations while awaiting the rumored X99 LGA 2011 mainboards supposedly happening next year.

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Pretec i-Disk Rex 100 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
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1 out of 5 eggs Not as fast as expected by a long shot 03/27/2012

This review is from: Pretec i-Disk Rex 100 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Pros: It was a pretty blue and had a light.

Cons: My sample might be an exception to the comments of others. For my study I compared it with a Supersonic Magnum 64 GB I already had on hand; this drive will clearly be faster, but is more expensive too. But, this drive provides a control device for my USB 3 computer and my other hardware/software. Speeds for write and read were both atrocious and tolerable. Both drives were nearly empty, so content was not a factor. Using the same Windows 7 Prof 64-bit Intel Core i7-875K Asus P7H57D-V-EVO 1156 LGA machine and tested within about 10 minutes of each other using LAN Speed Test v2.08, the former gave write and read speeds of ~49 and 121 MBps (MBytes/s) respectively. To the contrary this Pretec 16 GB drive bought from NewEgg just over a week ago gave a pathetic 1.75 MBps and a tolerable 60 MBps for the same write and read values. Noteworthy was that the speed test was jerky initially jumping to 16-20 MBps for the writes, then falling back to the 1.75 MBps final figure.

Other Thoughts: Did not try it on a USB 2 port.

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Date Joined: 11/28/07

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