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Cons: loudest part in my system?
Other Thoughts: I had a few 2-3yr old WD Black 1TB drives that were just too loud and hot for my new build (open side panel & 2' from the seating position)
This new build I'm going Cool and Quite. Well... the old WD Black HDDs I had were literately hot to the touch with the new config basically giving them zero airflow and anytime I accessed the drives they emitted a disturbing grinding noise as the the drive heads would seek out for the data I requested. nothing is wrong with them, I just never noticed how loud they really were until I took off the side panel and put the PC on my desk 2' from my head.
This WD Blue drive cured 90% of the noise issue and 100% of the thermal issue.
And to be quite honest, this drive feels Snappier some how. The benchmarks would say otherwise but the drive does seem to do random data fetching much quicker than these old WD Blacks its now replaced (all drives with 0% fragmentation).
This Blue HDD is only barley warm to the touch even tho it has zero air flow. It is however the loudest thing in my rig when idle but this is only because all my fans are set to low RPM and my OS drive is a SSD. However don't get me wrong, Its still very quiet. I can still hear my wife's laptop fan kick on 10' across the room over this drive and if I didn't have my fans speed set so low im sure my GFX card fan would easily drown this HDDs whirl sound out no problem.
Pros: Stupid Fast
Cheap ( $0.50 per GB)
Cons: I got nothin...
Other Thoughts: Been Using SSDs since Xp days. I Try to follow the Tech and upgrade every time a bottleneck is removed. Either it be Motherboard bandwidth or SSD controllers etc.
This is by far the fastest I've used and the difference in speed since my last SSD (525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC120B301) is VERY noticeable in real world use.
With all my regular Programs installed and start up services (temp monitors, etc) I have about 80GB free on Windows764bit install and the OS loads from a cold boot before the windows animation can finish. This is with ZERO tweaking or power user trickery.
I can copy Linux ISO from my spindle drive to This SSD in 2-3 seconds... Photoshop and other I/O hungry programs open in less than 4 seconds.
Im sure the newer 700 series from Intel are nice but under this OS and programs I use I cant really see any major benefit for the extra $ per GB. Not to mention with a 5yr warranty I cant see this SSD wearing out before I would really need more space or speed for my OS drive.
This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Slider 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSL3B-64GB
Pros: Cap less design (no cap to loose!)
Descent Read speed (65MB Avg.)
3 Year warranty.
Blue Read/Write LED
Partial Matte Rubberized case for easy grip
Cons: Slow Write speed (15MB Avg.) Losses a star here
Wide foot print (may interfere with near by USB port real-estate)
Poor cap less design. (never stays fully closed)
Other Thoughts: I have MANY Flash drives. I use a lot at work and even more at home. So when using this flash drive I cant help compare it to ones I already own. With that in mind, this drive is not a speed demon. Read speeds are OK. Write speeds on the other hand are not that great. But I like to keep in mind a lot of "USB 3.0" drives these days are not as fast as you might think they should be (this even applies to Portable HDDs) . Its just the reality. When you go to buy a "USB 3.0 drive", unless you are spending big money dont expect much faster sustained write speeds over USB 2.0. Its just the way it is....
I did do some benchmarks for good measure but I really like to do real world test to know what I can expect out of each drive I own so I know what to best use it for. For that I move a folder of mixed files and divide the size of the folder by the time it takes to finish moving.
For this test I used a folder of 13MP pictures and 1080p videos taken from my Note3. The folder was read to and written from My PCs Windows7 Boot drive (a Sata3 SSD). The folder was 13.7GB @ 909 files.
avg speed as tested:
Read: 13.7GB @ 3:37 = 63.1MB/s
write: 13.7GB @ 15:47 = 14.4MB/s
The next day I took this drive to work and did a similar test on a different PC. The File was a Linux ios. It was read to and written from the PCs windows8.1 Boot drive (a Sata3 HDD). The iso was 1.19GB.
avg speed as tested:
Read: 1.19GB @ 0:14 = 85MB/s
write: 1.19GB @ 1:09 = 17.2MB/s
With Both tests I left he Drive formatted as it was out of the box (exFAT @ 128Kb) and I also rebooted the PCs between write and read tests to eliminate any Cache that windows may have stored.
Some other things Id like to note:
The sliding action of this Cap less design is kind of cheap. It will lock in the open position but does not lock when closed. when in my pocket (or anywhere else for that matter) it kind of just half pokes out , not really closed or open. Not sure if mine is defective of if it even matters to most people. Its definitely not a deal breaker for me personally.
Like almost every other Drive out on the market , There is a little hole at the end of this Drive for attaching to your key chain etc. Sadly though you will need to supply your own lanyard or smaller key ring to do this. As the shape of the hole wont allow for a regular sized keying to fit. I really cant wrap my head around why this is par for the coarse with manufactures. Either make the hole big enough for a regular key ring (something everyone commonly owns) or supply a small ring/lanyard with the drive (not something commonly owned). In the big picture im sure it cost less than a penny to include something like this in the package.
All in all this is not a bad Drive. Write Speeds are the only major Con (since they are advertised higher) but I have a few other USB 3.0 Drives that have similar speeds, so by no means is this a "slow" Drive in the arena of Budget USB3.0 Drives.