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CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 128GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Expected much more from this USB drive 09/02/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 128GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-128GB

Pros: • The Voyager GTX is actually a SSD with a USB 3.0 connector, as such it fully supports S.M.A.R.T. and TRIM commands that gives you the reliably and corresponding fast performance of a SSD.
• USB 3.0, all newer USB drives are 3.0 so not a significant pro.
• 5 Year warranty, the logo on the back says “5 Years Corsair Guarantee” not sure how that compares to the Warranty
• I like the black and red color scheme on the drive, red stand out so it is easy to spot on your desk or your laptop bag

Cons: • I did not get nearly the same read or write speeds as advertised, that is a real let down and it left me very disappointed
• Here’s the deal with pricing on this SSD type USB stick, both SSD’s and USB drives are getting cheaper as technology on storage devices advances. For half the price of the Voyager GTX you can buy a 128 GB USB flash drive, you can also pick up an internal 128 GB SSD for the same money. So honestly I don’t know if I would pay double for a USB thumb drive just to have fast transfer speeds when moving files from one device to another. That is my honest opinion and that is why I put this in the cons section, don’t get me wrong it is a great USB stick and it does move flies fast, but it comes at a cost, I’m sure a year from now the same USB SSD type drive will be a quarter of the price.
• You only get 119 GB of actual usable space on this drive
• The drive as I said in the “other thoughts” section is an inch wide which is a problem if you wanted to plug it into the back of your PC in the I/O panel, especially if you have a lot of peripherals such as a USB mouse, keyboard etc plugged it, the width of the USB Voyager interferes with the other USB plus, I had to unplug mu webcam to make space for the USB stick.
• When the drive is plugged into the USB port the LED on the back part of the drive flashes dimly, hard to see, not a big issue but would have been nice to have the LED more prominent when the drive is active

Other Thoughts: The USB drive came packaged securely in the Newegg brown box as expected. Once I opened the brown box I noticed the memory stick is fairly large in size, an inch wide and about three inches long…quarter inch thick. It is about 4 times the size as the VoyagerGo I reviewed some time back, then again it is four times the capacity and the speeds are much higher. Size is not an issue, still small enough to carry in your pocket, that said the size can be an issue if you have to fit it in the back of your PC next to other USB devices.
My test setup featured the following hardware in a Thor gaming case:
Intel i7-4770k
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (this review board)
HIS AMD R9 290 video card
2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2400 Mhz CL10
OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
Corsair H100i liquid cooling
Rosewell 750W PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate
Let’s now look at disk read and write speeds, after all this is where this SSD type USB stick is supposed to set it apart from other regular USB pocket drives, I ran a some benchmarks with comparing the Voyager GTX and a Corsair VoyagerGo 32GB to see how it compares
I used ATTO as well as Crystal Disk Benchmark 3.03 x64 software to get read and write speeds
Results (average of three runs)
Corsair 128 GB Flash Voyager USB :
ATTO Read – 281 mb/s (compared to the 450 mb/s as advertised)
ATTO Write – 255 mb/s (compared to the 360 mb/s as advertised)
CDM Read – 308 mb/s (compared to the 430 mb/s as advertised)
CDM Write – 157 mb/s (compared to the 190 mb/s as advertised)
Corsair VoyagerGo 32 GB:
ATTO Read – 147 mb/s
ATTO Write – 20.9 mb/s
CDM Read – 155 mb/s
CDM Write – 21.44 mb/s
I am very disappointed that the tests speeds I got is so far off the advertised read and write speeds,. I have had many Corsair PC hardware ie PSU’s, water coolers for CPU’s etc and always had great performance, maybe I just got a bad memory stick.
NOTE – Just to double check I ran above benchmarks on both my Gaming Lenovo laptop and the desk top using USB 3.0 ports

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: • I rather like the change in color scheme from green/black to the new red/black, I like Asus and Gigabyte boards equally but always pre
• Price is reasonable for what you get and compares well with other boards in it’s class
• Supports all new 4th and 5th generation socket 1150 CPU’s
• As this is a gaming board one of the key features is sound enhancement, as such it has a few nice set of features that bring you crisp clear sound while gaming ie.. Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier, Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 gaming audio suite, Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
• Gold plated display and audio ports, High end Nichicon audio capacitors. The last two are pretty standard on gaming boards these days and you can’t really measure how much better sound is with it or without it for that matter.
• Also to help cut out video and audio distortion the back panel has gold plated HDMI and audio connectors, again hard to measure the impact of these vs regular connectors
• I also picked up that the left and right sound channels are integrated on two separate PCB layers, hard to measure again how much that adds to your gaming sound experience, sounds great though.
• The Z97X G5 feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, also the standard in gaming and high end motherboards
• Integrated onboard graphics processor that supports up to three displays, has 512MB memory, not enough to play BF4 but enough to browse around the internet on.
• I really like the three bios modes, very useful for those that like to overclock. You have the classic mode for old school, the smart tweak mode for those that want to push your CPU and RAM to the limits. It also has a dashboard look or what Gigabyte calls the “Startup Guide” from which you get quick access to all the various features
• Two PCIe 3 slots, they share 16 lanes, so you can run one video card using all 16 lanes or two at x8. This allows you to run two Nvidia or AMD cards in SLI or CFX. I only ran one AMD R9 290 and it was plenty or power for my 27 inch LCD.

Cons: • The Z97X-Gaming 5 PCB measures 305mm x 225mm, making it almost an inch narrower than standard ATX (305mm x 244mm), not a train smash at all but still real estate (space) on boards are valuable.
• There is no debug LED or power/reset buttons on the board, as a gamer and open case bencher I really like to have this so I can see why my overclock fails, also handy to push reset or power button if you don’t have the board connected to a case. Also for a few dollars more you get that with the G7
• Only one LAN port, almost all gaming boards have two

Other Thoughts: Newegg delivered the review board in a couple of days in their distinct brown Newegg box, it was securely packaged.
The Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard box was all black and red with white lettering. As for most boards the back is covered with displaying all the features which you can read at your leisure after you installed it.
The box contents was a bit disappointing, apart from the board itself and a couple of manuals and stickers you only got four SATA cables and a SLI bridge.
My test setup featured the following hardware in a Thor gaming case:
Intel i7-4770k
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (this review board)
HIS AMD R9 290 video card
2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2400 Mhz CL10
OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
Corsair H100i liquid cooling
Rosewell 750W PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate (I still like Win 7 over 8 when it comes to desktop PC’s)
After power up I commenced to install Win 7, I then went back to play around in the bios.
For overclockers, the board supports a maximum base clock of 266.66MHz and a highly-unlikely CPU clock ratio of 80x. The CPU and DRAM voltage maxes out at 1.80V and 2.10V respectively.
I managed to get a decent overclock of 4.5 Gz in the 4770k with vcore around 1.28 volt, I did push it to 4.8 Ghz but the CPU temps got a bit on the high side. I will actually tone it down to 4Ghz 24/7 which should be plenty for gaming. I set the Ram at XMP and it took immediately running at 2400Mhz stable.
Playing games the sound was quite decent, nothing to complain about, the onboard sound compares very well to my Soundblaster X-Fi card

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D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Thermal Protection, Energy Management
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Smart Plug with lots of remote features 07/07/2014

This review is from: D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Thermal Protection, Energy Management

Pros: - Setup initially was a bit tricky but turned out very straightforward once you update the firmware
- The app allows you to switch any device on and off using the app, it also monitors power usage daily graphically and registers plug temperature
- Once you have registered via mydlink you can access the Smart plug from any mobile device using the app
- Reasonably priced
- Great for turning on/off lights, Christmas trees and outside lighting, I actually plan to use mine to turn on/off my fish tank’s light daily at set times simulating daylight while I’m away next week

Cons: - The Smart Plug came with outdated firmware which needed to be updated in order for it to connect.
- App software is a bit on the slow side when loading or updating between screens
- You are constantly reminded to log into mydlink, a bit of a pain but turned out to be useful after registration.

Other Thoughts: Newegg box arrived within two days and was packaged well as always.
The D-Link DSP-W215 retail box on the front displays a picture of the unit and clearly lets the prospective buyer know you are getting Wi-Wi SMART PLUG..
On the back of the box it gives you an overview of the functionality of the Smart Plug, where it plugs in and also the app you can download to control the plug and also monitor power usage. The app can be downloaded for both Apple and Android devices.
On the right side of the box it shows it shows what you need to make use of the smart plug. Off course you need a power outlet as well as an existing wireless network, those two are the minimum. The unit connects on the 2.4 Ghs WiFi frequency. It also lists what you get inside the box.
On the letf side of the box you get a couple of visuals on the product, its use and also the app you can download to run on your mobile device.
The retail box contains the Smart Plug unit, a quick reference card (looks like a credit card) and the standard D-Link GPL Code. The install guide (card) has on the front three steps how to connect to the unit and how to configure it. The back of the card has the particular unit’s Wi-Fi SSID name, and a pin code you will need to connect to the device.
The Smart Plud itself is about 3.5” long, 2.5” wide and 1.25” deep. It has a LED light on the right side, a on/off button on the front middle that lights up when the unit is turned on. On the left side is a WPS push button for easy connection to your home Wi-Fi network

Set up was initially trick, I used my tablet (Android) and could not get it connected. I then tried my Android and after that it became pretty straight forward. This is what you need to do:
- Plug in the Smart Plug into any open power outlet, wait until the LED on the right side blinks orange, it starts of as a solid red so wait a minute or so.
- If you want you can then push the WPS button on your router and then push the WPS button on the side of the Smart Plug until it flashes green, once connected it will turn to a solid green
- You can also establish connection to your router using the app software. Download the “mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug” from the app store, install and run the software. If you have already connected the smart plug to your home Wi-Fi network your device should see it. Now my tablet did not and I had to push a firmware update using my mobile phone to the smart plug before I could connect.
- In any event the connection setup via app is pretty straight forward. Once connected it will allow you to do a bunch of things, give the plug a name, change on/off schedules as well as see the plugs temperature and how much power you have used, you get a nice daily chart to see the usage. You can change the on and off times using a 24hr slider, you can set that daily.

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