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Pros: I wrote my first review for this product on 12/20/2012.
Was cheap when I bought it over a year ago (before memory prices tripled).
Works well when it actually works.
Cons: First kit failed within 11 months.
Second kit DOA.
Now awaiting my second replacement.
Other Thoughts: To their credit, Patriot has been very quick with support every time I've contacted them. However, I'm really getting tired of shipping RAM back to them. I've now paid 40% of what the RAM initially cost me just in shipping costs.
I'm normally a RipJaws guy, but when this kit went on sale in a Shell Shocker, I couldn't resist. I've had good experiences with Patriot USB drives in the past, so I gave them a shot with RAM. After this experience, I guess I'm back to being a RipJaws guy.
Pros: - Huge capacity (3.0 TB -> 2.7 TiB NTFS 32k)
- Price (Shell Shocker w/ promo code)
- Good R/W speeds
- Preliminary user reports show drive is reliable
- Quiet even without AAM
- Runs at 36 C (below avg. HDD temp in my comp)
CDM 3 Bench (5 Runs, 100MB, SATA II, Drive ~60% filled):
Sequential Read : 136.867 MB/s
Sequential Write : 127.428 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 59.909 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 49.680 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 1.030 MB/s [ 251.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.794 MB/s [ 193.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.152 MB/s [ 281.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.833 MB/s [ 203.4 IOPS]
Cons: - Large capacity might mess with some older and/or less-robust software
- Not the fastest 3TB drive out there
Other Thoughts: Transferred 1.67 TB of mixed data (small documents, audio, applications, and large video files) to this drive in 4h50m. That's a 100.64 MiB/s write speed, which was unheard of for all but the most expensive drives just a couple years ago.
As others have stated, initialize the drive with GPT, not MBR. MBR will only result in a fraction of the drive showing up. Use GPT to get the full 3 TB (~2.7 TiB).
Stablebit Drivepool crashes upon accessing this drive. Not a con for the drive. Issue with the software, obviously, but good to know for those using that software or something similar to make sure the software is capable.
I've been waiting for a good high-capacity drive to purchase since Seagate bought out Samsung and I couldn't get a decent HD204UI anymore. This looks to be that drive. It's a good balance between reliability, speed, and price.
This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600UBE Wireless N600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter
Pros: - Solid connection on 2.4 GHz
- No signal drops anymore (see other thoughts)
- 5 GHz is good, but haven't thoroughly tested it.
- Good enough speeds to stream HD vids from a server, like so:
Server --(gigE)-> Linksys E2000 --(N600UBE)-> PC
Cons: Pre-update, the adapter would intermittently drop the connection. It would be terrible for large downloads, since it would cut out and the download would have to be restarted, even on download managers. It also had a weak connection, despite being only 15 feet away from the router.
Other Thoughts: Updated the drivers directly from the Rosewill site. Did not install the software. Just downloaded the latest software package (188.8.131.52), and selected the "install drivers only" option.
Now, all the problems have been fixed. And it's working as it should.