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Pros: - “Is this thing on?” level of quietness. I have to say I was quite impressed with how virtually silent this fan is. The only time I could tell it was on when testing it at full speed attached to a cpu heatsink and my head next to the case. And only then the noise you’re hearing is the air moving through the heatsink.
- No case vibration on the side door. I want to make sure I mention this specifically as I’ve noticed fans on case doors at higher rpm’s will sometimes introduce a small level of vibration. Now, if you’re gaming or watching videos you probably won’t notice, but in a quiet room it’s there. And with this fan I literally hear nothing.
- Level of airflow is really good. While this doesn’t quite move as much air as a few of the other 120mm fans I’m using, the big difference is the level of noise produced isn’t as proportional. What I mean is at equal levels of airflow, the GF120 produces a fraction of the noise as the others.
Cons: - The only con I could list would exist for a very specific situation. And this is if I were comparing this fan to a few of its competitors in regards to overclocked cpu cooling. In other words, if you’re looking to get absolute most of out of your cpu overclock using an air-cooled solution and don’t care how loud that solution is then there are slightly better choices within this price range to choose from.
For example, I tested this cooler on one of my boxes with a TT Ultra 120 using a Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz vs the FM121 (comparable in price) I’m using I saw a 2c difference in temps while idle and 5c during stress tests.
2 important things to note for this comparison test are:
This is comparing an 1800rpm fan to a 2400rpm.
This is comparing a virtually inaudible fan from any distance to one I can hear over 20 feet away.
While 5c will let you squeeze a bit more out of your overclock, whether or not the additional noise is worth it is really up to personal preference.
Other Thoughts: I’ll be honest here; I’ve never heard of Deepcool before but after testing this product and researching their other products (which have gotten nothing but respectable reviews) I have to say, if you’ll pardon the pun, I’m a bit of a fan.
They focus on cooling solutions and are doing one heck of a job so far. If you’re looking for one of the quietest 120mm air cooling solutions on the market, you can’t go wrong here.
Pros: - Amazingly Fast. Once I got this drive working I was easily seeing over 500MB/s. (I will note there were a few inconsistencies over multiple runs. While I don’t have this issue on my other drives it was all of about 20-30MB/s and when you’re in the 500’s already I didn’t feel it was much of an issue!)
Moving files on and off the drive was smooth and quick and rendering videos on this drive was awesome.
- After 2 weeks of testing and filling half the drive I’m still seeing great performance.
- Guru utility from OCZ is easy to use and gives you everything you need to keep this drive running at peak performance.
- OCZ support is not only helpful but quick to respond to the issue I will mention in the cons section.
- Solid construction. While being a tiny bit heavier than the other SSD’s I’m using this one feels like a tank by comparison.
Cons: I have only one and it’s really something every potential customer should read.
- Compatibility with certain sata 3 chipsets. For reference I’m using a Gigabyte 277X-UD4H motherboard which comes with four sata 3 ports. Two on an Intel chipset and two on a Marvell.
The first week I was testing this drive I had a huge issue in that I could not get my system to detect this drive. It was extremely frustrating at first until I tried connecting it to one of the sata 2 ports. Drive was detected.
I thought that was interesting (and obviously did not want to hamstring the performance) so I removed one of the drives I had working on one of my other sata 3 ports and plugged the Vector in. It was detected.
I then had the ‘ah ha’ moment. The sata 2 ports and that pair of sata 3 ports were using the Intel Z77 chipset. The other sata 3 port I had open was using the Marvell 88SE9172.
I have a Seagate SSD working just fine on the Marvell sata 3 port (and have tested 2 or 3 other SSD’s on it) so there was clearly an issue here.
Now that I had the drive working on the Intel chipset I ran a few benchmarks. First few runs were well below what was expected. (Around 350-400MB’s) And again, I know the Intel chipset is fine as I have my OS running off a SanDisk Extreme II and it tests at advertised specs.
At this point I opened a ticket with OCZ support. I got a quick response and went through a few steps including using the Guru utility to secure erase the drive. From this point on the drive was working as intended on the Intel chipset though I found it odd that the secure erase was needed and resolved the issue.
However, despite having the latest BIOS for my motherboard and firmware for the drive it is not compatible with the Marvell chipset as of the date of this review. (06/16/2015). I’ll mention it again at the end of the review, but BEFORE YOU BUY check to see if your board’s sata 3 chipset has any compatibility or performance issues with the Vector 180.
Other Thoughts: I have been fortunate enough to been given the opportunity to test quite a number of SSD's from multiple vendors. At this point it’s pretty easy to see which drives are ok, which deliver impressive numbers, and which ones are at the right price point for what you get.
I have to say that despite my first week of testing frustrations, I’ve grown to love this drive. At around fifty cents a GB, it’s priced right and delivers on performance.
Ultimately this would make a great drive in a gaming laptop looking for not only speed but enough space to house your OS, your data, and quite a number of games.
For a desktop it’s a bit overkill for just your host OS unless you’re planning on running only one drive. But for your average gamer this would make a great drive to keep a nice chunk of your gaming library.
While initially I was going to give this drive a 4 egg rating, the quick response from OCZ support as well as the Guru utility have earned that egg back.
I can definitely recommend this buy but before doing so, please check the OCZ forums to ensure the chipset you’re motherboard is using is compatible!
Pros: - Small and stylish. I had to opportunity to review a similar product to this 2 years ago and that one, while serving the same purpose, was rather big and blocky.
- Setup is super quick and easy; out of the box and running in less than 5 minutes.
- 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
- Up to date security standards.
- You can repeat your current network SSID or create your own.
- Broadcast range is good. Not great by an means, but about what I’d expect.
- Decent speeds when placed within a reasonable range of the router.
- No drops over 2 weeks using my TP-Link router.
- Can be easily moved from outlet to outlet (comes back up quickly) should you want the additional coverage in another area of the house but don't want to purchase more than one unit.
- Can be plugged in upside down if you happen to have an outlet in an awkward spot.
Cons: First for the not so bad:
- I know a few other reviewers have mentioned this already, but WOW is the LED on this thing bright... After the first night of having it in our bedroom I was told, "You're not keeping that thing in here again." I had to move it to the outlet just outside the bedroom. On a related note, our living room now has an awesome nightlight.
- While I was lucky enough not to experience the frequent drops that seem to be plaguing a number of users, over the course of a week I did have to unplug and plug the repeater back in one time when I tested it with my Cisco router. I literally could not connect to it or see it from my laptop or smart phone. Since there's a possibility it could have been caused by settings on the router I was using for that week I won't knock an egg for it, however it's worth mentioning.
And now for the reason this thing is getting a 3 out of 5 eggs:
- This repeater was tested on the furthest corner of the house where my laptop would normally see about 20mb during speed tests. I also have a WD PlayTV in that room which I use for streaming Netflix in HD. During speed tests I was seeing about 1.5-8mb. There was no consistency. HD streaming was not an option and standard video would frequently buffer. Needless to say it was very frustrating.
Other Thoughts: I did a reasonable amount of poking around the web after I was seeing such an inconsistency in speed when using the device about 40-50 feet from my router and wanted to see if this was just me or if others were having similar problems. A few things I want to mention:
1. It seems that about half the people who purchase this device are happy with it.
2. The other half however are dissatisfied for 1 of 2 reasons. Either they experience sporadic drops in connection or slow speeds.
3. It seems there's a 'sweet spot' where you'll get the most bang for your buck for connection speed and reliability but it tapers off rather quickly the further you move out of that zone. While the broadcast range is still good, the stability of the connection is not.
I like TP-Link. I've gotten to review quite a few of their products and they're generally really good. I need to mention that first because in this case I can't confidently recommend this one. It's not that it's bad, it's just not consistent enough where I would say, "Yes, you should get this extender/repeater over XYZ's model."
While I find the ease of setup and the fairly aggressive price point its strongest 'features', the rest is just mediocre at best and whether or not this will work well with your environment is really going to be hit or miss.
Display Name: Jerome K.
Date Joined: 05/19/06
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