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This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 256GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-256GB
Pros: Large Capacity of 256GB
Sturdy Aluminum case
Excellent Corsair warranty and support
Cons: Minor, but retail packaging is cheap for a $200+ product
4k single and sequential write speeds could be better
Other Thoughts: I must point out that I am generally a fan of Corsair products and the Voyager GTX is no exception, overall it is very impressive. The $220 price point feels a bit high, but what you get is a pretty unique drive that at times nears SSD speeds and is easy to transport.
The aluminum body of the drive feels sturdy and strong. It is slightly portlier than a regular USB drive, but with 256GB of space, it is a very fair trade off. Just be mindful that it may partially infringe on an adjacent USB port.
My testing was done on a Gigabyte Z97 motherboard and using the primary Intel USB 3.0 controller, the secondary controller offered similar speeds, but the Intel offering was slightly faster. My boot drive is a Adata SX900 that I will also use for comparison purposes. Testing was done transferring a 38GB iso and running benchmarks with HDTune and CrystalDisk. Speeds listed are MB/sec. Drive was formatted to exFAT.
CrystalDisk Test with 1GB file:
Corsair Voyager GTX USB:
Seq Read: 420.2 Seq Write: 188.3
512k Read: 264.8 Write: 140.6
4k Read: 25.9 Write: 18.8
4kQ32 Read: 90.8 Write: 21.4
Adata SX900 256GB SSD:
Seq Read: 480.2 Seq Write: 285.2
512k Read: 396.9 Write: 233.8
4k Read: 23.6 Write: 137.0
4kQ32 Read: 201.0 Write: 224.3
HDTune Pro Test with 1GB File and Benchmark test:
Corsair Voyager GTX USB:
Read: Min: 105.6 Max: 256.0 Avg: 135.6 Access:(.203ms) Burst 144.4
File Bench: Seq Read: 419.4 Seq Write: 197.2
4k random single IOPS: 8158 Read; 4875 Write
4k random multi (32 depth) IOPS: 19814 Read; 6115 Write
Adata SX900 256GB SSD:
Read: Min: 229.4 Max: 402.2 Avg: 311.2 Access:(.166ms) Burst 311.8
File Bench: Seq read: 474.0 seq write: 459.3
4k random single IOPS: 8742 read 27453 write
4k random multi (32 depth) IOPS: 65675 Read; 91728 Write
Real World Test (Transfer of 38GB iso):
Read: 271.3 MB/sec
Write: 80.0 MB/sec
As it can be seen, the read speeds are great and writes, while slower are still quite swift. Overall speeds did not quite match the theoretical max that Corsair lists, but is still impressive. 4k Q32 write IOPS is a bit disappointing and could be due to the motherboard 3.0 driver or even an issue with the benchmark itself, but overall that appears to be the only real possible blemish in what is a great product.
This review is from: GIGABYTE Model GC-WB867D-I Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi Expansion Card
Pros: + Small internal Footprint
+ Excellent reception
+ Reasonable price
+ WiDi support
Cons: - Antennae wires too short
- USB wire may be to short for some
Other Thoughts: I got this in a bundle with my recent Gigabyte motherboard. I decided to give it a spin in my HTPC which was using a Linksys WUMC710.
My home is 3 floors and about 2400 sq/ft. My Netgear Nighthawk router is on the first floor and has to reach up a floor and across the house to get to the HTPC. At this distance I was getting an average of 21MB/sec on transfers from my server which is a excellent result using the wireless AC band. Connection strength was excellent and I have yet to see any drops or other issues. Bluetooth was only briefly tested, but worked properly with my wife's iphone 4s.
I do have a minor complaint about the wire length for the external antennae. It was too short to thread outside my component case to a better position which potentially would have increased throughput. Also the provided USB cable is fairly short and may be an issue with some motherboards, it did however work fine with my EVGA Z68 SLI Micro.
Overall considering the price ($30-ish) it is a solid wireless card providing good value and performance.
This review is from: Netgear C3700 N600 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
Pros: + Combination Modem and Router
+ DOCSIS 3.0
+ Dual Band
+ Great 5Ghz througput
+ Compatible with Comcast
+ Parental Controls
Cons: - USB 2.0 instead of 3.0
- No wireless AC
- Only 2 Gigabit network ports
Other Thoughts: Setup:
The C3700 is relatively small, similar in size to my old Netgear WNDR3700, so it easily found a place on my desk. Setup was easy and only a call to Comcast was required to have them configure the MAC address. If you are familiar with Netgear interfaces, the C3700 is easy to configure and navigate. Setting up security, options and parental controls is painless and quick.
Range and Performance:
The C3700 has decent range, with improvements in 5Ghz range compared to my old WNDR3700, but not as good as my Netgear Nighthawk. My home is 3 story and about 2400 sq/ft with a concrete foundation. With the C3700 placed on my first floor in my office, throughput to the second floor on the 5Ghz band was quite good. My HTPC which is about a floor and a couple walls away maintained a solid 9 MB/s pushing files from across my network. This is a good result. The third floor was a bit more spotty, but to be honest few wireless routers outside my Nighthawk and Asus AC66U have excelled at this distance. I wager for an apartment or smaller home, the C3700 offers plenty of range on both bands. Stability was good during my testing period with no drops or issues requiring a reboot.
On the modem side of things, I have the Comcast 50/10 package. The fact that the modem is DOCSIS 3.0 means that it can theoretically handle about 4 times these speeds. I had no issues maxing out the bandwidth offered by my package and there was no perceivable speed difference between the C3700 and my Motorola SB6121
Considering the modest price of a this combination device, I have few complaints. One however is that it only offers 2 Gigabit ports. Most routers offer at least 4, however considering the duality of this device, it may have been required limitation. Second complaint is that the USB is 2.0 instead of 3.0. This fact could limit the usefulness of Readyshare. .
Overall the C3700 is a solid buy. It is a solid performing modem and router with a small footprint. The range is pretty good, price is reasonable and offers a quality interface that is easy to navigate. For a small home that does not require wireless AC speeds or multiple physically connected devices, the C3700 is a good choice.