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CORSAIR  128GB  Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 Flash DriveModel CMFVYGTX3B-128GB
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs NewEggspert Review 05/10/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 128GB Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 Flash DriveModel CMFVYGTX3B-128GB

Pros: Pros:
1. Fast portable storage
2. Heavy duty construction
3. Large and fast enough to RUN full operating system and system software.
4. Super fast media from drive!

Cons: Cons:
1. A tad bit wide, might block adjacent USB 3.0 port.
2. Will not run at full speed on Win 7 and 8 No UASP support.
3. No utilities came with stick.

Other Thoughts: I received this item from Newegg to review.

It arrived just in time! My other Corsair 8GB stick became corrupted and I needed a new one!

There really isn't a whole lot of items to cover with a USB stick, however I would like to see a CRYPTO version of this drive complete with fingerprint scanner built in.

I have windows 7 and 8.1 on my two machines. I also had issues getting this drive to start up as a full speed SSD drive on my ASUS board at first. Then I rebooted and went into the BIOS and set the USB drive to recognize as a hard drive.

CORSAIR , You need to put a disclaimer on your product. Because technically it is false advertising. If I cannot achieve the speeds listed unless I run on Windows 10, then it needs to be CLEARLY labeled as such.

Here are some of my benchmarks I separated them by my initial test runs at usb 2.0 speeds and then at full usb 3.0 speeds.

in SIS Sandra 2015:
USB 2.0 performance was in USB 2.0 range for IOPS but drops off to below regular HARD DRIVE speeds as the file sizes get larger. If you are not aware, the faster your CPU and the higher number of threads also affects your performance. USB3.0 Performance was within SSD speeds fro read and write.

USB2.0=The device scored a 1.5 kIOPs, with 23IOPs per thread with 189.92 Mbps with a consistent read score of 38 MB/s and a write score From 8 MB/s to 38MB/s

USB3.0= 3.2 Kiops Score with 43IOPS Per thread. Read speeds from 168MB/s to 297MB/s write speeds of 35 to 116 MB/s (about 4x faster than usb 2.0)

ATTO Showed better performance but not any where near what it should be.
USB 2.0=This time the smaller files sizes (.512 MB) were slower, starting out read of 3.6 MB/s and Write of 1.9 MB/s to a range they steadily pick up as the file sizes get bigger and max out once you hit 64GB with a speed of 40MB/s Write and 44MB/s

USB3.0=Maxed out Read @ 271 MB/s and Write 254 MB/s (about 5x faster than USB 2.0)




So as you can see, performance is consistent with what the other reviewers are saying.

The product should be a pretty durable product I would hope, but only time will tell. The nice thing about this class of stick is they offer larger sizes as well. It should offer you a future proof way of having a backup stick that will be good for a couple of years.

Since the drive is formatted in Fat32 it should work fine with all of your consoles, and should run at USB 3.0 speeds above. Someone should benchmark consoles!

This drive is more than fast and large enough to do just about anything you could want an SSD drive to do! Even UHD Video, so don't hesitate if you need a USB Drive now!

I will continue evaluating this stick for long term performance, and post another review in the future.
There isn't much more to say other than Thank You Corsair! Finally I have a fast and Ultra Portable USB 3.0 SSD Drive!

I think that I will install Windows 10 on this drive! It should make installation a breeze.

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BenQ XL2730Z Black-Red 27” 1ms (GTG) WQHD Widescreen 2560x1440 LED Backlight TN Panel Adaptive-Sync (Free Sync), Auto Game Modes, Ergonomic Professional Gaming Monitor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Hey everyone! as a Neweggspert, I review a lot of hardware on this site. Prior to buying this monitor I played around with an LG 24” GM77 144hz gaming monitor. With that monitor I learned how nice a fast refresh rate is, when you have a dual R290 gaming rig, but I was disappointed with it's overall quality. So I did tons of research on 27” and 34” monitors, and became excited to see freesync in action. I “settled” on this monitor for use over the next 5 years. I am going to give you guys some pointer on how to set up your monitor, in case you maybe feeling frustrated. I am going to spread my review over the different sections, but there are no cons to this monitor, except it only comes with 6ft display cables.

There are many factors that come into play, when it comes to smooth game play. To keep it simple lets look at just playing single player FPS's, which is where you get the MOST benefit with a high refresh monitor. Currently, you NEED to have two video cards to enjoy above 60fps in most current games (100 FPS = 100hz).

Game play messes up when either the monitor or the video cards are not running at close to the same rates (in sync). Freesync cures tearing and studdering, by telling the monitor when to refresh, allowing for “on the fly” adjustments of the refresh rate.

There are a couple of very important factors to enable freesync.
1) You need the BETA drivers (14.502.1002-141223a-179058C) they are a 15.x version which I could NOT find on AMD's website I found them at GURU3D.
2) You must use display port, and load the BenQ monitor's driver's from the CD.
3) A good display port cable
4) To check the freesync box in the Catalyst “My Digital Flat Panels” tab, at the bottom. If it is not there, you have the wrong driver version.
5) It currently only works with one video card, no crossfire yet (in April).

Performance of a 1440 monitor vs. 1080, is I only took about a 25% performance hit for about 50% increase in resolution, so I am happy about that!

Freesync is amazing! In a nutshell, it keeps your display smooth, even at as low as 20 fps, all you notice is lack of smoothness from things moving. Like if a cartoon slowed way down (you would see the action skipping) and everything else stays rock solid. It makes a huge difference when you experience it. Your eyes see smooth motion at anything above 30 fps so anything above that just becomes amazing. If your video cards can do above 60 fps consistently then game play will be extremely smooth and sharp with minimal blurring. So why go up to 144hz. It is simple.. the future!! Because you will grow into this monitor for many years. I am not an AMD fanboy at all, but I love this technology because it gives a real tangible improvement to game play! WHY? did they not come out with it years ago?

Cons: Ok onto the monitor itself. If laptops used this display type, they would sell millions more laptops. This is hands down the BEST TN panel I have ever seen. Here is why!

1) the blacks are very good and even in all parts of the display.
2) Viewing angles for a GAMING monitor are pretty awesome, sitting square, all corners are uniform in colors and lighting.
3) THE COLORS!! they are not washed out at all, use the standard mode for the average player.
4) This monitor is so CRISP, from text to showing rendered details. It is the perfect resolution for a 27” monitor.
5) The stand is perfect, and adjusts to however you need it.
6) I love the easy menu system, using the side buttons and dongle.

Honestly, this is my first BENQ monitor and I am completely blown away!! I have had some pretty decent monitors over the years, and a few terrible ones. This BENQ monitor has met every expectation as a GAMER that I could ever have. If you are not a serious gamer you may not be happy with TN panel, because you need to be centered and squared to it! Not to the side, or above, you need to be close to CENTER.

The text is so crips and clear! I do not have to strain my eyes to read. You have ever adjustment you will need to professionally calibrate this monitor. You can also download profiles for the monitor as well, which makes it much easier if you aren't good at calibration.

The colors are so good, I can put it next to my ASUS IPS panel, and it is pretty darn close. More than good enough for me, and I am a cinemaphile! They are deep and rich! It has the TRUEST calibration, in standard mode, that I have EVER encountered with a display or TV out of the box. That really says a lot about how much BENQ really cares about the quality they are putting on the market. Next BENQ needs to build TV's! And I'm in. I understand now, how BENQ became the standard for GAMERS in competitive arenas for tree years straight.

Since I do modding for games too, the display pilot partitions are really awesome and make it quick for me to snap windows into place.

The software overall seems well done to me. I have not experienced the slow downs others are talking about.

Other Thoughts: The LG I was using before was doesn't even rate a 5 compared to this monitor. BENQ has set a new standard that will be hard to beat, and the quality of design makes them worth every penny!

When I set my computer up with the new monitor, and had originally downloaded the 14.12 AMD drivers I had MANY issues, even though I cleaned out all driver remnants with DDU. Catalyst also kept telling me there is something “wrong” with my display port, and it was downgrading it. I believe it was because I cannot “multi-stream” but I am not sure. I tested everything multiple times and I can verify there is nothing wrong with my setup.

If you are a GAMER, get off the fence and do not even hesitate to buy this monitor! Even without freesync it is completely awesome and you will not regret spending more moo la for the extra real estate and resolution! I came out of this a BENQ fanboy though!

BENQ I want a 21:9 curved monitor that is 34” wide and made with your quality. Be proud of yourselves, you have made a real flagship product here, NEVER compromise! and you will keep me as a customer.

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BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D.

This router was provided for review, as a Neweggspert. First I would like to say that I appreciate Buffalo’s customer service.
I also want to point out that this router is an “EOL” end of life product (Told to me from the Buffalo Representative). As usual I am going to approach this review from the perspective of the average user. I am not a power user, because I am not an “IT” guy. I use my routers to stream movies and games remotely. Along with internet connectivity for the house. Pretty standard stuff right? Amazingly it is extremely difficult to find a powerful router that is easy to use and will give reliable service.

The first router sent to me, was killed by me, when doing a firmware update. The auto-update did not work, and I downloaded a firmware that was to a similar albeit different router. The software did not check the file for validity and flashed anyway. I can only assume this is because of open source WRT? So that you can flash other firmware to the device. So be absolutely certain you have the correct firmware. Buffalo’s staff have been friendly and seem helpful. I will say that is very refreshing! As compared to my favorite vendor ASUS. I will be doing some comparisons to the ASUS Dark Knight n66u because it has set a high standard for me, as to what to expect from a home router.
Newegg, graciously sent me a second router to evaluate, since the first one was dead, and I didn’t want to wait for an RMA to occur with Buffalo. Thank you Newegg!
Pros-
+ tons of configuration options!!
+ Open source
+ 1 GBit Lan
+ Easy to operate.
+ USB 3.0 port
+ Standalone operation as a media center, with an NAS attached.
+ Nice and Friendly customer service

Out of the box setup was not too bad, and should be easy to setup for basic use. This router seems to be a decent router, but unfortunately if you are not familiar with networking and IT you will find this router extremely confusing to get the most out of it. The menus are organized well, but figuring out what options do what were very vague and undescriptive. I get very scared at changing options in my router because I don’t want to slow down the network. I really don’t want to go into this router and pick it apart, because that would be useless on an EOL product that will be obsolete, and probably won’t be restocked by Newegg.

What I like about the router it can do just as much as my ASUS, but here is where the ASUS wins hands down, because they were at a similar price point and are probably about the same age.
ASUS menus are much, much, better in layout and organization. Most of it is easily visualized and easily changed with a mouse. Many of the router values are easily accessed when you need to perform another function using those values, Mac addresses for instance.

Cons: Buffalo is much more manual input for setting up “special” features. But what bugs me the most, is this router is a step backwards and exactly why I stopped buying Netgear products. Setting up a network is not that easy, especially when you are trying to achieve a specific function. As for manuals, who needs a manual…I don’t want to read something written by a tecno”nerd” and get more confused and intimidated. I want easy to understand directions, in an on screen menu!! If I push this button, with “this is what will happen” explanations. That is what I get with my aging Asus router. When I setup a router access blocking schedule, I want a simple to use blocking system, like the ASUS router. Using this router has definitely made me thankful that I made a great investment 2 years ago.
I have a pretty small house and use 2 ASUS routers to cover my house and my garage. This is only because I had to place my main router in my “Man Cave” in the Basement corner, so I really lowered my coverage, if it was centrally located like my Extender router, I could have done it with one. I decided to temporarily replace the extender with this router. I have to say it was way more difficult than it needed to be. I had to manually input both mac addresses in the main and extender routers. Which was a pain for me, but I finally got it set up for some testing. Just so you know, I was able to easily set up my second router in Extender (WDS) mode with a simple mode selection in the menu, the ASUS did the rest. Sorry Buffalo you fall short with this router, but I suspect that Buffalo’s newer routers are much better. I know they are way faster now, and would recommend buying an up to date version of this router and read the reviews.
The range of this router was similar to my 6 year old Netgear router, which covered my 1800 sq ft house adequately, and extended a bit to the outside. Speed also lived up to expectations, and I was able to stream video just fine. I tested this router under load for a week, and it seemed to be able to keep up, once setup.
I can definitely see this router is versatile, for someone that is at least familiar with routers on a day to day basis. Since, this is an EOL product, I cannot recommend buying this particular router unless you get it for a song. I was visiting Buffalo’s website and there are Much better options available now, give them a try.
Overall, because this router did function as I expected it to, I give it 3 eggs, but it is nowhere near where it should be in design and functionality for 2015, I expect much more now. My ASUS DK N66U has been going strong for over 2 years!! Without any failures, and I have not had 1/10 the issues with it, that I had with previous routers. Thank goodness it has that kind of reliability!! Because ASUS customer service is absolutely the worst!! And this is where Buffalo, is 10x better, good customer service. They also answer their telephones and emails!! Unlike ASUS.

Other Thoughts: CONS
- Menu interface is archaic
- Lack of help in interface
- Manual is confusing, and not well written.

I would look at the 1750AC updated version before you decided. I would not have kept this router if I had paid $100.00 for it, I would have returned it just because it is not intuitive, like my ASUS DK N66U.

I think if I were to pick this router up for about $60, that would be about where it should be priced, especially now it is EOL. The ASUS DK N66U is probaably EOL life too, but It is much faster (1.5x) than this router and has about 1.5 times the range for about $120.

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