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This review is from: HP DVD Burner SATA Model 447310-001 LightScribe Support
Pros: Works. Windows System Information identifies this drive as a Samsung model TSSTcorp TS-H653Z. Unsure where Newegg came up with the HP model 447310-001.
The specs for the drive I received look like this:
Samsung TS-H653 16x DVD RW DL Drive General Features: Black bezel
•20x DVD+R write speed 20x DVD-R write speed 12x DVD-RAM write speed 48x CD-R write speed
•8x DVD+RW rewrite speed 6x DVD-RW rewrite speed 32x CD-RW rewrite speed 16x DVD read speed
•48x CD read speed
I needed a Lightscribe drive. This drive works fine. Just hope it last a while.
Cons: Some confusion about the model. Newegg listed no performance specs.
Other Thoughts: The shipping carton was excellent with a lot of foam padding to protect the unit during shipment. Ship time was slow. Took about ten days to receive it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I wanted to use the OCZ ARC 240GB SSD as my boot drive. I have found the Apricorn ASW-USB 3.0 hard drive cloning device and included one step software I own to be exceptionally easy to use when I need to make a fast clone of my operating system drive. I have listed the Newegg link and would recommend this Apricorn device and included software to anyone wishing for a painless method to clone their hard drive(s). I cloned my existing 120GB Samsung EVO operating system drive to the 240GBGB OCZ ARC in virtually one step using this device. The entire procedure took less than 18 minutes.
APRICORN ASW-USB3-25 USB3.0 to SATA Adapter
My system specs:
Gigabyte Z97 MB, Sata 6 onboard controller
16GB 1600Mhz. 7-8-8-24 RAM
Windows 7 64
I Ran ATTO Disk Benchmark Ver. 2.47 on the existing 120GB Samsung Evo.
Write: 417566 MB/sec.
Read: 551579 MB/sec.
Then the ATTO results on the OCZ ARC 240GB.
I ran the test several times. The OCZ ARC consistently performed at a higher rate of data transfer speeds where 'writing' to the drive was concerned. The smaller capacity Samsung EVO benched higher when 'reading' data. Pretty impressive performance by the 240GB OCZ ARC when compared to one of the more popular enthusiasts SSD's out there.
I downloaded the free OCZ toolbox. That download link is here:
The toolbox software is pretty basic. Other SSD toolbox software like Intel and Samsung are more comprehensive and offer user data software regarding health, benchmarking capabilities, etc. where the free OCZ toolbox does not.
Cons: No mounting bracket or screws are included. If you do not happen to have a mounting bracket handy when you open the package and find there is none, you can always use a zip tie to install the drive inside the case. Would be great if OCZ would consider including the mounting bracket and set screws with such a nice drive.
Other Thoughts: As far as performance, I felt the OCZ ARC stayed right there as far as the performance numbers when compared to my Samsung EVO. I was surprised and impressed by the excellent data transfer rates the drive provides and would recommend this drive to anyone seeking stellar performance out of their SSD. Especially at the sale price. I plan to eventually install the OCZ ARC 240GB in a new Core i5 touchscreen notebook I recently purchased. This drive would be a huge upgrade from the 500 GB 5400 rpm mechanical drive the unit came with.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Sound output is tighter and more defined than my Creative X-FI Extreme audio card from a couple of years ago. Software control panel is easier to navigate. Sound adjustments are fined tuned and much more subtle when compared to the X-Fi extreme. I use a simple Bose 2.1 desktop media speaker system. Probably 50-75w per channel with subwoofer. I installed The Soundblaster Z in my backup system with 5.1 speaker system. 90w per which is powerful. .Produced great sound there too. The wide array of Control Panel sound adjustments make the card versatile as far as listener preference output capabilities. I'm more of an audiophile than a gamer, but the card works well for my needs.. I installed this in a PCIE 4x slot on the MB which the manual recommends if a PCIE 1x slot is not available. Works fine.
Cons: Microphone does not have a manual on/off switch..It should have had one..
Red LED light is not for me.
Prefer the color coded plugins for the speakers
Other Thoughts: A very good worthwhile product when offered at the sale price. Easy software installation. Auto software update. Certainly a big upgrade from onboard audio chips.READ FULL REVIEW
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