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PNY Optima 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs First SSD to die on me 10/08/2015

This review is from: PNY Optima 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD7SC480GOPT-RB

Pros: While it was working, it was reasonably fast high capacity SSD storage.
Not the best out there but was able to pick it up at a decent price.
Read speeds for all but random were 230MB/s and up

Cons: When this fails it is unbelievably frustrating. It is currently operating with write speeds tests of less than 2MB/s. The drive is barely a year old and has half the usage of other SSDs I own.

Reading these other reviews that popped up after my purchase date do not leave me comfortable with purchasing any PNY drive again.

Other Thoughts: I've contacted PNY support on their site, not even an automated confirmation of them getting a message is sent.

Even if I do manage to get a refurbished unit with their 3 year warranty on the drive I would rather use a different drive for my needs

SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H 1U Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core 1.6GHz Dual Gigabit LAN Server Barebone
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Small appliance, little consumer support 04/26/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H 1U Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core 1.6GHz Dual Gigabit LAN Server Barebone

Pros: Convenient size for home use.
Can be used for a variety of applications

Cons: Lack of included riser board
Lack of included 2.5" drive mounts
Minimal amount of USB ports makes initial configuration difficult

Biggest Gripe:
SUPPORT. I own 4 of theses systems, one has a possibly failed temperature sensor as it goes into the overheating panic mode within a few minutes of operation. I sent in an RMA in 09/29/2011 and shipped it and followed through with the process. The last contact was received on 12/13/2011.
I have made multiple attempts to contact support regarding the RMA and have not heard anything. (as of 4/26/2012)

Other Thoughts: If the atrocious support did not turn me away from the SuperMicro brand, I would still buy additional systems as needed given the few options available for a small rackmount server

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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good for consolidating multiple drives 04/26/2008

This review is from: AMS VENUS T4U DS-2340UBK 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: A good sturdy enclosure for up to 4 drives. Supports an encapsulation of all 4 drives visible as one large drive or having all 4 drives visible. Good at maintaining heat levels and very simple installation. Good airflow, has vents on the side of the casing, then blown out the back.

Cons: OUCH LEDs... they are BRIGHT. There needs to be laws about how bright LEDs can be. had to put several layers of duct tape over them in order to dampen them completely.
8 LEDs and the blue ones are the brightest

Other Thoughts: I'd like to mention that no where does this mention RAID or other connectors like firewire. Those of you listing those as CONS, should adjust them to your thoughts. Those are not valid cons to the device as it clearly does not list those as a feature. That is like buying a minivan and complaining that it isnt a convertible. You buy this product knowing what you are buying, if you wanted something else, then buy something else.

Airflow is fine even with the "full cables" and a front panel with no holes. The casing sides have holes along the length of it which are used for air intake as the fan at the back will pump air out of the system. Additional holes without filters and fans will only cause dust accumulation. Contrary to popular belief, just because an item is not designed as a wind tunnel, it will operate to necessary standards without overheating.


Steven M.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven M.

Date Joined: 01/26/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/07/07
  • Last Review: 10/08/15
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