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Rosewill RDRD-11004 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Worked Fine 05/11/2016

This review is from: Rosewill RDRD-11004 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: Metal
Black
Plenty of screws
Variety of mounting holes

Cons: For whatever reason, the larger screw holes don't match up 1:1 with the same screw holes on a normal 3.5" HDD. It still installed, but I could not get it to fit using the exact same holes in the drive try. The 2.5" drive installed in this without any issues though. Maybe I just didn't play with it enough.

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Mushkin Enhanced ECO3 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Solid Entry Level SSD 05/04/2016

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced ECO3 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC MKNSSDE3120GB

Pros: Cheap
American company
Solid metal drive case
Write speeds are great for short-bursts
Read speeds are excellent

Cons: SLC cache is about 2.4 GB for the 120GB drive (measured by HD Tune). After this is exhausted, speeds vary between about 53 MB/s and 75 MB/s (averaging closer to 75, with dips to 53)

SATA and power connector use the actual drive PCB for the connector (No soldered on connector). I’d imagine this was done to cut costs, and seems functional, but may cause issues with frequent connect/disconnect cycles.

No published flash memory endurance numbers.

Faulty temperature sensor? My drive reported a temp of 11C for the duration of all tests. Ambient was around 21C.

There is no dashboard or other software available from Mushkin for drive monitoring/maintenance.

Other Thoughts: This drive will be used in a HTPC that is used primarily for Streaming video, Steam In-Home Streaming, and some light gaming. It is replacing an over 10 year old HDD. I believe that the TLC based shortcomings won’t be an issue with this usage scenario.

Although the solid metal case seems rugged, it does weigh significantly more than a plastic cased SSD. Normally replacing an HDD with an SSD in a mobile device results in a weight reduction, this SSD may weigh about the same. Using this in a desktop negates the issue.

Formatted capacity is 111 GB (120,031,539,200 bytes)

Firmware version is 01126A as reported by CrystalDiskInfo

Tests were performed on an AMD 970 chipset (SB950 southbridge). A newer chipset could have marginally better numbers.

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CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3 x64
Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.1% (0.1/111.8 GiB)] (x1) [Interval=5 sec]
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Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 553.452 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 451.892 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 277.322 MB/s [ 67705.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 241.179 MB/s [ 58881.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 471.884 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 408.721 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 24.943 MB/s [ 6089.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 51.998 MB/s [ 12694.8 IOPS]

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AS SSD 1.8.5636.37293
Test: 1GB
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Sequential Read: 466.22 MB/s
Sequential Write: 415.14 MB/s
4K Read: 25.55 MB/s
4K Write: 70.85 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 258.67 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 105.82 MB/s
Acc.time Read: 0.051 ms
Acc.time Write: 0.082 ms

16MB Read: 29.14 iops
16MB Write: 25.95 iops
4K Read: 7310 iops
4K Write: 18137 iops
4k-64Thrd Read: 66219 iops
4k-64Thrd Write: 27090 iops
512B Read: 19689 iops
512B Write: 12214 iops

Score Read: 334
Score Write: 218
Combined: 731

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HD Tune Pro 5.60
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Full Disk Read
Minimum: 363.8 MB/s
Maximum: 421.8 MB/s
Average: 370.5 MB/s
Access time: 0.046 ms
Burst rate: 152.2 MB/s
CPU usage: 5.4%

Short Stroked Write (3 GB)
Minimum: 52.9 MB/s
Maximum: 377.2 MB/s
Average: 259.0 MB/s
Access time: 0.077 ms
Burst rate: 153.5 MB/s
CPU usage: 6.3%

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ADATA DashDrive Series UV128 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Black/Yellow(AUV128-32G-RBY)
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Pros: -Device reports a max power usage 300mA. Which is much more frugal then some of the higher power devices.
-Takes advantage of USB 3.0 speeds, a USB 2.0 port will definitely limit this drive for reads.
-Tested read speed was greater then advertised (~68 MB/s).
-Lifetime Limited Warranty

Cons: -Could be faster, but I'd prefer a potentially longer lasting, more energy efficient drive for my use-case.
-Drive does not appear to exceed USB 2.0 bandwidth on writes.
-Tested write speed was less then advertised (~15 MB/s).

Other Thoughts: Formatted drive is around 29GB in capacity.

Here's my benchmarks using CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3, all done using 5 x 1Gib, units are MB/s:
Seq Q32T1- 68.89(R) 14.79(W)
4K Q32T1- 6.578(R) 0.664(W)
Seq- 68.58(R) 10.70(W)
4K- 6.496(R) 0.656(W)

Also tested on a USB 2.0 port (you can see where the reads are limited by USB 2.0 bandwidth):
Seq Q32T1- 32.72(R) 14.42(W)
4K Q32T1- 5.151(R) 0.705(W)
Seq- 32.51(R) 9.228(W)
4K- 4.537(R) 0.661(W)

My drive is running as the OS drive for an embedded Linux device on a USB 2.0 port. It will be run 24x7. No issues for the month it's been in place.

Happy with the higher then advertised read speed, but the less then advertised write speed was the reason I took off 1 egg.

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Display Name: Andrew G.

Date Joined: 04/04/06

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