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Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DT100G3/8GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great boot stick, slow write 06/27/2013

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DT100G3/8GB

Pros: - cheap, especially with recent promo: ca $1/GB
- great size for use as a boot device (virusscanner, unix install, etc.)
- surprisingly good read speed, given Kingston refuses to list it even on their web site: 80MB/sec using ext4 on Linux (and obviously USB3)

Cons: - abysmal write speed: < 4MB/sec.
- protective design a bit pointless: plastic slider leaves electric contacts open to dust. A simple cap would have been better!

Other Thoughts: If you're ok with the slow write speed (say, you only store few important files, or make it an OS boot stick where little is written), this is cheap, decent storage.

If you transfer files via sneakernet more often, you'd be better off with a faster stick (try to go for higher capacity as well, those are generally faster in writing data).

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Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Dual USB 3.0, come with Dual Fans, Support up to 4 Fans, 12.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - looks great despite the plastic front
- excellent airflow & cooling, much better than my $120 Silverstone case
- no company logo :)
- easy to work with (not too small)
- extra breakout holes for cables or water hoses
- two 120mm fans included; they work well with a MB that regulates them

Cons: - no rubber grommets or other vibration reduction
- slot covers need to be broken out

Other Thoughts: - Very lightweight. Even fully assembled my PC weighs nothing!
- I think the blue fan is a bit distracting. YMMV.

Other than that, this is quite a find! Love it.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - These stick are VERY low profile - lower than the brackets that hold them.

- My Intel BIOS got the timing ok, but ran them at 1.5V. Once the XMP profile1 was selected, it went down to 1.35V. There is another profile2 which is 1.5V, but it seems unnecessary.

- Despite the lack of large fins, these only run lukewarm.

Cons: none that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: What a find! Other memory modules either use inferior chips, or have the huge medieval heat fins just for show.

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Raymond S.'s Profile

Display Name: Raymond S.

Date Joined: 01/27/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 06/27/13
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