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BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It holds two 2.5 drives in one 3.5 bay.

Build quality is nice, although it's somewhat flimsy and bendable. I'd much rather have that than brittle, so it's not really a bad thing at all.

It's a great product for keeping the number of occupied 3.5 bays low, or for the simplicity of combining 2 disks in raid on one mounting kit.

Cons: Due to how close the top drive sits above the bottom drive, it's almost physically impossible to use 2 90 degree SATA cables. The top one needs to be a straight connector. It's also almost physically impossible to use 2 SATA power connectors if they are both on the middle of the SATA power cable. The top one needs to use the very last SATA power connector on the cable (as it has no wires running out through it, it is thinner), so positioning the mounting kit in relation to other drives must be taken into consideration before installation.

If this product were easy to use with any SATA power/data cables, this would easily get 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Before installing, try to find a location for it above all the other drives, so installing SATA power cables is much easier (see Cons... if you try putting it in the middle of all the drives, you might end up wasting 20 minutes, then moving this to the top of the drives). Also, having a straight SATA data cable is almost mandatory; in order to make using this hassle-free, I'd recommend having a straight SATA cable on hand during installation.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great SSD, ingenious software 03/20/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Samsung Magician. This program is simply the most amazing program I've seen to come with an SSD. It has over-provisioning, the ability to clear 'deleted' data at will for chipsets that don't support TRIM, secure erase, a tab that shows all the Windows settings that affect SSD performance and simple configurations that quickly alter those Windows settings to get the most out of your SSD with minimal hassle.

Those are all great, but the truly ingenious software bundled with Samsung Magician is RAPID Mode. When RAPID Mode was first released, it was released only for the Evo, but Samsung now offers the capability to Pro series drives. In a nutshell, it uses a self-adjusted amount of RAM to cache writes and then write them to the SSD. It's like SSD caching for a HDD, but instead, it's RAMDisk caching for an SSD. By enabling this feature, Read speeds can exceed 1000 MB/s and Write speeds can exceed 600 MB/s. It uses a maximum of 2gb of RAM, and if you have enough RAM to allow it to always use 2gb, it will perform as well as RAID 0 for reading and writing moderately large, often-used programs.

Aside from the software, Samsung developed the entire package in house. The memory, the controller, the firmware, the software, everything. It's a well-built and implemented product, even without Samsung Magician and RAPID Mode, it rivals the best SSDs on the market in synthetic tests, it's made by a well-known and highly regarded company, and comes with a 5 year warranty.

It's a great product but it's amazing for any computer running Windows XP or another OS that can run Samsung Magician and doesn't support TRIM, and it's also amazing for any system with 2gb of unused RAM at any given moment.

Cons: The 128gb model has lower performance than the 256+gb models. The read speed is almost negligible, but the write and IOPS are noticeably lower than the larger drives.

If you plan on running 2 128gb disks in RAID 0, I'd recommend looking at benchmarks of a 256gb drive with RAPID Mode enabled. Setting up RAID 0 is a hassle for SSDs (finding the F6 driver, having a chipset that supports TRIM and RAID 0 for SSDs, the added risk of data loss, etc.)

Only one SSD can have RAPID Mode enabled, if you decide to use multiple drives. I can see why this is the case, as each SSD would require its own allocation of RAM and CPU load to function, but it'd be lovely if they'd support multiple instances of RAPID Mode for computers that could support it (I have a 3930k 6 core with hyperthreading, and 16gb 1866 RAM @ 8-8-8-24, so I have resources to throw around).

Samsung Magician software can't be used with other manufacturer's SSDs. It won't even give you SMART data of other drives, or even tell you if it is running at 6gb/s or 3gb/s. I can see why, but it'd be nice if it had that functionality.

I'm really just splitting hairs here, most of my gripes are very minor.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded an older SSD with about half the performance of this drive. 350mb read, 175mb write. I bought 2 of these at 128gb and was contemplating running RAID 0 as they were shipping. However, I have the Intel X79 chipset, and support for RAID 0 and TRIM for SSDs is incredibly vague for this chipset (I've read that an updated BIOS and updated chipset drivers can support it, and in other places I have read otherwise).

In the end, I just ran them without a RAID configuration and enabled RAPID Mode on the OS drive. I was very pleasantly surprised at the performance gain on benchmarks, and I saved a lot of hassle and frustration of trying to run SSDs in RAID 0 on my chipset.

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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fans look nice - very high quality. Black sleeved wiring, rubber pads on the corners, fan housing has notches to guide air, and fan blades have notches to accomodate the notches on the fan housing. Fan blades also have grooves. These fans are not only distinctive due to color, but also due to construction.

Fans come with a set of 4 regular screws, and 4 rubber case mounts. Not a big pro for most people, but me, I lose case fan screws all the time, so it's pretty awesome.

The fans are for the most part silent. If you get enough of them you'll hear them, but they are still pretty quiet.

They have a decent amount of pressure and airflow to use on radiators for mild and moderate overclocks. If airflow is critical for your application, these won't push enough air.

I've used these on intake, exhaust, pull on radiator, and they all work well.

I'd say build quality is great - sample size is low, but I haven't had a problem with any fans yet.

Cons: The plastic used in the fan housing is a bit more flexible than a lot of other fans - it's very easy to overtorque them to the point of bending the mounting points of the fan. After a year or two, the plastic gets a bit stiffer and less flexible, and trying to torque them up to the same amount of tightness can crack the plastic of the mounting points. Don't try to hulk smash torque them to a radiator or something, once they are a few turns past snug, that should be good. Don't worry too much about vibrations loosening the screws and overtorque them until they bend as a result.

Their maximum airflow is rather low. Sometimes, I temporarily want more airflow (dialing in an overclock etc), but these cap out rather low. I wouldn't dock an egg over this, as their intended application is not maximum airflow, but it's a con for anyone wanting a versatile fan.

These put out decent airflow, and great airflow per decibel, but these don't put out maximum airflow.

These are also fairly expensive. The quality and performance for their intended application makes it worth it, though. If just any fan will work, these might not be good enough to justify the cost. There are a lot of louder fans that push the same CFM for less price.

Other Thoughts: In a negative pressure case, these shine. Due to positioning of computers, the intakes are usually facing the user. Putting some of these on intakes, and some louder and higher CFM fans on exhaust is a great setup and balance of airflow and noise.

These are also pretty good for radiators. They have a decent amount of static pressure, and a decent amount of airflow. For large overclocks, these won't be able to push enough air to dissipate heat quickly enough, but for most overclocks, these are great for radiators.

For most non-overclocked applications, these can be thrown everywhere and set to 60% fan speed. The only audible things will be the PSU and CPU fans.

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