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3 out of 5 eggs Just ordered - will leave a second review with video in a couple of days with details. 03/11/2016

This review is from: ORICO Tool Free Aluminum USB 3.0 5 Bay 3.5 Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Case for Laptop PC UASP Support 5*8TB Max -Silver (9558U3-V1-US)

Pros: The feature set is nice for a mid level multiple tray enclosure. Real aluminum! The latches seem nice. Real aluminum! 5 bays is good. Real aluminum! USB 3 is about the best for a mid to low level product of this type. Real aluminum! I paid $99.

Cons: The fan is installed from inside. This was a horrible design flaw. Every well designed rack with a fan has it installed on the outside with never a problem. Why change? To make it look more slim? So now, if you get one of the units with the noisy fans you must take the entire insides apart. In a music studio I need QUIET fans. I also don't need long down times to fix things. First redesign for next year's model... change to external fan! If I have a problem with load fan, I'll remove or disconnect and mount one on the outside. Done.

Other Thoughts: I'll make a youtube video when I receive the product.

A single USB port. Hmmm, alright. Keep the price down and I'm ok with that. Firewire 800 - (yeah it's old and cheap but many of us still use it because it's reliable). eSATA - Is also backwards compatible with speed. Thunderbolt 2 or 3 - TB could make this enclosure more modern and more professional with current computers and devices.

Orico seems to cater to Mac hardware. Current Mac hardware is USB 3 and Thunderbolt. Why not pay a few extra bucks, add TB2 or 3 and get tremendous speeds for your customers. Otherwise, if the fan stays quite, and I get no drops, then I'm very happy for the price.

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SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 6000MB/s in a RAID 0 with four of them in a MacPro 12/02/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Yes, you read that right. 6GB/s reads! Fast. Reliable. Small. Flexible. I have four 256GB SM951s in a 2009-2012 MacPro in the 16x PCIe 2.0 slot using the Amfeltec 4xm.2 PCIe card. 6000MB/s is no joke. Great for audio and video production.

Cons: Can run hot and because it might reside next to graphics cards, etc.. it will put out heat if your case is not designed with proper air flow. Might want to put a fan on it. I've had no problems.

Other Thoughts: These are the same jump in performance that SATA SSDs were over platter drives. The slowest read speed is 15MB/s. Can't go wrong. And on top of that they're cheaper than SATA SSDs. Amazing. My 12-core x5690, 96GBs of 1333 RAM 2009-2012 MacPro may seem old, but the SM951 with Amfeltec card has made it faster than the current MacPro and better than many (most) modern desktop PCs. Not much $$$ either.

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OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Good drive. Was a very nice alternative to the other Vertex 4 (the non-micron drive). Started out lower priced. I was set to buy several 512G.Ms.

Cons: I guess there were so many negative reports for the other non-micron Vertex 4, that OCZ decided to raise the price on this, while lowering the price on the other. So much for my RAID plans. Thanks OCZ.

Other Thoughts: When will one of the non Sandforce manufacturers sell a 512GB SSD for the same "dollar per GB", that they do for the 256GB and 128GB models? They'd sell a lot more. OCZ, Samsung, Crucial... The world is waiting...

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Display Name: Steve S.

Date Joined: 04/04/12

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  • First Review: 06/14/12
  • Last Review: 03/11/16
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