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Pros: It's cheap, runs relatively cool, and if you use it for a pfSense build it's got more than enough horsepower to run a decent build. When it's on sale it's lower in price and half the wattage than a comparable Intel dual core Pentium CPU, but it's got more memory bandwidth than a low power Intel Atom CPU.
Cons: Not necessarily a con: It's not as power efficient as an Intel Atom D510, but then again it's got a much better GPU. For the price it's very hard to complain about this CPU though.
With pfSense I cannot use POWERD to lower the speed of the CPU when it's not under load. I haven't figured out if it's my motherboard or the CPU, but if I try enabling it, the system goes into a reboot loop when the load on the CPU goes down. I'm not knocking an egg off for that though since it still performs great.
Other Thoughts: I bought this CPU from a local to me vendor. I put this in a low cost pfSense router build and so far it's been running phenomenally in that role. When paired with an dual-port Intel NIC, it handles everything fine. It really shouldn't be a surprise since pfSense can run on an Intel Atom, but at least on the 3850 it isn't a slouch.
I can't say how good this CPU would be for gaming or general desktop use, but for what I need it to do, it's been great and I'd definitely buy it again for another build.
Pros: More than enough ports to charge devices simultaneously.
Cons: None. It just works.
Other Thoughts: At any given time I'll have my Asus memopad, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a Mophie Juicebox attached and they'll charge fast with no issues. I didn't use the included wall plug connector (I'm using a AC cable so I can keep the charger on my night stand).
Regarding the comment from another owner about the constant disconnects; I've seen that before and it's not the charger. It's one the devices you're charging.
I have a Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth headset that will constantly do that on my Mophie that has two 2A charging ports, causing any device hooked up to the second port to disconnect/reconnect constantly. I haven't charged my headset with this charger, but I'd be willing to bet it'd do the same thing. It's not the charger's fault but rather how a given device works with the charger. In other words; if the device internally disconnects the power charging source when the battery is charged instead of regulating the power to a trickle, it'll cause the charger to reset.
I can't speak for if this adapter is putting out a full 2.4A and 1A on the given ports, but I can say that I can charge my phone on a 1A port, my Mophie on a 2.4A port, and my Asus memopad tablet on the other 2.4A port, and the tablet charges even when I'm using it at the same time. If you have one of these tablets you'll know what I mean by that.
Pros: When I say "insanity", I don't mean it in a bad way. I mean it as this card is insanely fast! Worked flawlessly from the get-go on my Gigabyte x79-UP4 (rev 1.0) based workstation that's configured in the BIOS to boot only UEFI devices. Crystal Disk Mark gives me ~720MB/s read and ~600MB/s write speeds! Compared to my old Sandforce based drive it's not even a contest; 214MB/s & 162MB/s respectively.
The heatsink looks great and although I didn't need to use it on my system, having the SATA power connector on the card shows that Plextor thought of every situation.
If you have a window on your case the status LED's on the card are easy to see too.
Cons: None! I'm extremely impressed with this card!
Other Thoughts: Although this is marketed more towards gamers, I purchased it to use in my professional photo editing workstation since my old ADATA SP900 was getting full and was getting a bit long in the tooth compared what's out there now. I played it safe and installed the card and then booted with my old SSD to give Windows a chance to pick it up. Turns out I didn't even really need to do that; windows just picked it up as another drive and didn't even bother asking for a driver.
I used the 2013 version of Acronis to clone my old SSD over to the Plextor drive. Everything copied over without a single problem.
Application wise, in Lightroom things went from peppy to just plain stupid fast on this drive. Switching between photo sets is insanely fast with almost no delay. Opening Lightroom itself or opening Photoshop through Lightroom is ridiculously fast. I didn't even install the Plexturbo software since it's already blindingly fast and Plexturbo isn't going to be able to accelerate my workflow any more since my RAW data files are stored on a network server.
Oddly enough; Windows doesn't boot any faster on this SSD than it did on my old ADATA drive. That's more to do with my motherboard though I believe and not the card's fault; it's initializing 64GB of RAM (or which 32GB is configured as a RAMdisk).
At first I was a little hesitant to spend the money on this; now I wish I could add one to my mini-ITX system (can't because it doesn't have an M.2 connector on the board)! I went with the black version of the card over the standard one because of the accelerated write speeds. I'm so glad I spent the extra money!
Major kudos to Newegg and UPS too! I placed my order on the afternoon of Feb 11 and got it in my hands the next day (and I picked standard shipping!). The added 64GB M3 drive was a nice extra too!
Display Name: Manny R.
Date Joined: 08/01/04
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