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Team Xtreem 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model X131(TX131128GR01)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs disgustingly slow 03/17/2014

This review is from: Team Xtreem 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model X131(TX131128GR01)

Pros: it's red
it's not too thick, just wide.
nothing much else to say.

Cons: HORRIBLE THROUGHPUT!!!! After the first 1GB, slows down to lower than 200KB/s!!!! I saw as low as 42KB/s, but it only lasted for about 90 seconds. I transferred a folder with varying size files (my test folder) that calculated at 5.6GB total. More than enough space on the drive for it.

The first 1GB was fine sitting at about 86MB/s. slower than rated, but I can deal with it. After that, rsync started dropping lower and lower. After making it's lowest run at 42KB/s, the drive started speeding back up to a full 242KB/s whilst transferring the large-ish folder.

This is the SLOWEST drive I have ever known! My 8GB USB3 drive is faster than this and copies over the folder in less than 10 minutes. Heck, the Voyager GT 8GB USB2.0 drive is also faster by FAR! Waste of good money. I will NEVER buy from this company again.

Being one for thoroughly testing a product, I again formatted this drive to FAT (it's original state) and tried to transfer the folder over. Initially, I thought that maybe it was because EXT4 is sane and does not fragment, so slowing transfer speeds down. This was not the case; FAT transfer was only good up to and including 74MB/s for the first GB. Afterwards, the transfer stayed steady at a full 309KB/s, only dipping below 240KB/s every 30 seconds.

Please be wary of this product. The stated speeds are a loaded statement and must have come from their highly customized software and only tested on 1GB files.

Other Thoughts: I am a Linux user, I formatted this drive from the original FAT (horrible fragmentation threshold) to something more sane like EXT4 with journaling turned off. This is not new, for all of my flash drives are set to EXT4 sans journaling flag.

Are these speeds what we have to deal with in order to have a large keychain drive? Again, I will never buy from this company in the future and I would urge the community to think twice on buying this product also.

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Polk Audio UltraFit 500 In-Ear Sports Headphones (Black/Gold)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs horrid sound quality 05/04/2013

This review is from: Polk Audio UltraFit 500 In-Ear Sports Headphones (Black/Gold)

Pros: sleek, rubbery cables. Shorty cable with extension so you don't have to deal with along cable dangling from ears to arm.

Cons: After grinding my teeth and dealing with it for about 30 minutes, I set my music player on cycle with headphones plugged in at a normal to lower-than-normal volume. I couldn't stand not hearing all frequencies, so I just walked away for a few days, hoping things would change after 'break-in' period. I was dead wrong. Sounds were exactly the same after 100 hours of non-stop use.

Horrible, and I mean HORRIBLE sound quality! I had expected so much better quality from Polk, not only because of the name, but also because of the price they charge! Lo and behold, you're buying the NAME! Kind of like Harley; You don't buy for quality, you buy for the badge.

Any frequency outside of regular voice speaking frequencies are lost. There are no low nor higher frequencies reproduced by these buds. At all times, it sounds as if one is trying to listen to music their friend is playing for them through a regular dial-up phone call. No real power punch either. I must turn up my actual home theatre amplifier about 30% past the volume that my $20 pioneer headphone buds before I get any sound out of them. Every time it has been used on my MP3 player, iPod, Android phone, the volume must be maxxed out at all times to produce anything really audible with any kind of minute depth. With an EQ, there's still no reproducing the highs and lows missing with the reproduction of the sounds.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself a lot of heart-ache and money; GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! I haven't bought them yet, but I have heard really good things about BOSE buds. Try them and you'll probably be happier with them than these pieces of crud.


Here's a thought, Polk: produce products like you USED to! Produce products with actual QUALITY and clear sound reproduction! Not everyone uses their headphones for phone calls. Some of us actually like to listen to music on the go with (somewhat) similar sound quality as back on our full home sound systems!

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EVGA 04G-P4-3673-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: beautiful looking board, although I only see it when I crack the case open. Heavy duty cooler, very quiet. Runs well, even on half the specs

Cons: I run Gentoo linux ~amd64. With my setup, I have found that the board doe not actually run at spec speeds. according to nvidia-smi and nvidia-settings, the most I have been able to see this board run is 700MHz core, 3004 MHz memory, with only able to load the VRAM to 1500MB. I have never had a problem with board not running at spec speed before I upgraded. I have tried recompiling older drivers (304) and newer drivers (310), but the same deal. Always the same ending.

Other Thoughts: I don't understand. I'm wondering if I got a bum FTW board. I will be contacting EVGA about this.

Although, if there's any linux geeks out there that might know a fix or driver, post it so others might be able to pull out the full potential of this wonderful piece of equipment!

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JOHNATHAN L.'s Profile

Display Name: JOHNATHAN L.

Date Joined: 02/08/02

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 10/25/09
  • Last Review: 03/17/14
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