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Pros: Sequential Read AND write surpass advertised speeds by roughly 2~4% (so about 20~40MB/s each)
Massive storage for an SSD
RAPID mode DOES multiplies the Sequential Read AND Write speeds by roughly ~6 times
Ridiculous warranty, AND expected life cycle for this drive!
Thanks to the whole "3D V-NAND" they were able to go back to 45nm tech with these drives which means more reliability AND additional room for growth with these things! (At least this is my understanding of it... I could be mistaken)
Cons: Random IO for both read and write doesn't quite meet my expectations. Even after optimizing my system with the magician software I still only get about 73~78% advertised random IOP speeds.*
RAPID mode does improve the random write speeds, but the random reads actually take a ~5% hit*
*more in Other thoughts
Other Thoughts: This is a fresh Win7 Pro x64 install on a laptop, and I made sure to install all of the latest chipset drivers, and the latest Intel Rapid storage drivers/software... it is possible that my system may not be able to get the random IOP performance out of the drive - though I'm not so sure that is the case. Either way I can't take away more than one egg for this issue, as I can't confirm as of this moment because this is my only SATA 3 machine.
Intel i7-2630QM 2.00GHz
16GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
1TB SSD on SATA 3 (6Gb/s)
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: Got two of these on sale
Massive storage capacity
One of the two worked right out of the box
Cons: One of the two was DOA, but recognized as a 4TB unallocated rive according to disk manager. I began a "Long Generic" test with the seatools software hoping that perhaps a firmware update or something might help only to find that the drive failed the test in less than 60 seconds. (I guess I shouldn't have been so optimistic after hearing the sound of read/write heads grinding against spinning platters while it was powering up)
Other Thoughts: I don't know if this was a result of shipping or, if a high failure rate was the reason for the sale.
I currently have the working drive going through a "long generic" test using the seatools software, I hope that this one passes the test w/o any errors - I'll update or post another review after the test and an RMA of the failed unit.
This review is from: ADATA Premier Pro 32GB microSDHC Flash Card w/Adapter Model AUSDH32GUI1-RA1
Pros: Speeds in my experience were faster than advertised, however that is overshadowed by the short lifespan of the card.
Cons: Card died in my phone, and became less than a paperweight (not heavy enough for even that use).
Replacement unit lasted longer, but also died(replaced through Newegg).
Other Thoughts: I tested the cards on arrival in windows, then copied over some music before placing them into my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 3). They worked for a time, then my phone would give me a message about how I should unmount the card before removing... while the card was still in the phone.
This happened for both the original, and replacement card.
I attempted to check the if I could still access the cards through both windows and Ubuntu, neither OS even recognized that it was connected.
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