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Insten 1042834 Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive Effective External Drive Casing 08/12/2014

This review is from: Insten 1042834 Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 SATA External Enclosure

Pros: Works very well as advertised. Consists of a two pronged USB cable, one for data/power and the other for additional power (if needed). Most times you do not need to insert the power portion in since more SSDs and newer generation harddrives will have more than adequate power to function. Sturdy casing.

Cons: Not necessarily cons: Item supports up to a max of 500GB drive capacity only. USB 2.0 transfer speeds may seem slow sometimes.

For the price paid ($7), these are acceptable compromises.

Other Thoughts: Someone indictaed the PCB falls out when opened. This is actually not a con for most. It allows some flexibility when inserting/removing the hard drive without damaging any parts. My concern lies more with the plastic sheeting in the case which tends to trap quite a bit of heat. however. I simply leave the casing opened when using it to avoid excessive heat buildup.

I have done many different transfers/imaging (via USB) to date: HD to SSD, SSD to HD, SSD to SSD, and they worked perfectly every time.

I consider this a GREAT buy overall!

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MSI B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry DVI Business Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive Effective Montherboard 08/08/2014

This review is from: MSI B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry DVI Business Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bought this to pair with the new Intel Anniversary Pentium G3258 chip. Able to bump to 4.2GHz on stock fan by just tweaking the multiplier, after flashing with the latest v4.8 BIOS. Verified with CPU-Z at the higher frequency. Highly impressive.

Cons: For a sub-$50 board after rebate, there are no complaints whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: The bios is a little counter intuitive. To change anything in the main screen, highlight whatever you wish to change with the mouse pointer (or via keyboard), then type in the value. (Using MSI supplied utilities does not seem to work. Took a little research on the internet to discover the various quirks with MSI boards.) After that, it's just a matter of taking some risks and play with the impressive 20th Anniversary Pentium. From a value standpoint, nothing can beat this chip for most computing chores and light gaming at the moment.

May tweak it further with voltage and other combination adjustments when up to it!

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Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE180G 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 180 Day warranty is now over, and drive continues to chug along nicely..

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Now have a total of 5 OCZ refurbished drives, and they all perform excellently. I think the latter models (Vertex 450 and Vector) are repackaged brand new drives as Toshiba clears out the old stock to make room for new ones (SMRT data indicates zero usage!) - Great performance drives at bargain prices in my opinion.

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Date Joined: 04/16/04

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 03/03/13
  • Last Review: 08/12/14
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