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VANTEC HDA-250M 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs NON-STANDARD SIDE SCREW HOLES!! 05/05/2014

This review is from: VANTEC HDA-250M 2.5" to 3.5" Mounting Kit

Pros: - nice black, solid metal item

Cons: - I should've seen the other reviews for this product when I bought it but didn't. As everyone else noticed, the side screw holes which are used to mount this inside the 3.5" drive bay are not standard size. My screws didn't work. Normally, this would not have been an issue as I could have used the included screws. Alas, my case requires the use of ridiculously long screws to secure anything in a bay. The included screws were to short while the screws included with my case would not work as this adapter used non standard thread screws.

STANDARDS EXIST FOR A REASON!!!

Other Thoughts: Some products, if you are concerned about them, you can give a 4 or 3 stars to. This type of product either works or it doesn't. Since it didn't use standards threads in the holes, this product simply didn't work making this the first time I've given a product a 1 star on newegg.

It is a shame. This product is very well built and solid. It just simply didn't work.

You've been warned.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome drive, hard to beat 05/05/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Freaking awesome drive. Samsung reliability, data transfer rates which almost lead the market (not quite but close), at a great price. That is a hard combination to beat.

Cons: - absolutely none

Other Thoughts: Technically, you can get a faster drive. I believe Intel's latest/greatest are a touch faster at reading data (although a fair amount slower at writing!!). However, Samsung's reliability is second to none. Take that and combine it with the good price, you easily do better getting this drive versus getting Intel's as the speed difference isn't enough anyone will notice.

This drive was purchased to replace my 10k VelociRaptor WD HD (my boot drive was already a 128 GByte Samsung drive). I inserted this drive, copied all data/programs to this SSD, shutdown and removed the HD drive, and booted up with the SSD in place. It showed up as D: drive. Worked like a charm the first time, the way it should be. My VelociRaptor HD is now used as a backup drive in my system.

If a better consumer SSD exists out there than this, I have not seen it.

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Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome card, slight problem with optical out 04/04/2014

This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card

Pros: - sounds fantastic
- 116db SNR is great on analog Logitech 5.1 system
- easy as could be to setup and get to working
- card is hooked up to 5.1 set of speakers. Sound comes out of the speaker that it should come out, clear and crisp

Cons: - Card can encode all sound (including games) to DTS or Dolby Digital Live using the optical out. Hook an optical cable up to a home theater and you should get great sound. Good thing is it sounds fantastic. Bad thing is there is a very noticeable amount of latency. Optical out is worthless for me. Luckily I have the option of using the analog 5.1 on my system. It worked like a charm. If it hadn't been for this issue, I would have given this card 5 eggs and said it was the best value for the menu. Instead, this holds the card back from being the best. I checked the internet, I'm not the only one complaining about this issue so it isn't my system.
- The red LED is ridiculously bright. Users with a clear side window on their case who put their system on the desk next to their monitor will be permanently blinded.
- Scout Mode sounds artificial and is just a gimmick. Waste of time implementing this in my opinion and should not be a major selling point for the card.

Other Thoughts: I would like to pat Creative on the back for a bit. Creative's drivers have historically been horrible to bad when it came to installation and setup. I have Windows 8.1. The driver CD doesn't include win8.1 drivers. So, I downloaded the drivers from Creative's website. One download included all software and the drivers. Installed the drivers and everything worked like a charm the first time. No fuss. The way it should be. Additionally, the system app tray for the card doesn't have to be running all the time. Make and set your changes. Then you can close it. The card always uses those changes. Closing the app frees up memory and CPU time. Nice. Very nice Creative. Keep it up.

I have a Asus Xonar DSX. I gave my system to a family member. I bought this card for my new system. I kept this one; the sound quality seems fuller and the drivers/app seem more stable. The Asus card utility led to system stability problems depending on options set.

Good job creative!!

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Display Name: Chris S.

Date Joined: 07/03/05

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 09/12/08
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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