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CORSAIR  64GB  Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash DriveModel CMFVYGS3B-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Pocket sized SSD! 04/20/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash DriveModel CMFVYGS3B-64GB

Pros: USB drives have started putting SSD controllers and SSD quality NAND in flash drives for some time, but this is the first USB drive I've used that really lived up to the hype.

I have quite a few USB 3.0 devices and bought a couple Orico USB 3.0 2.5" SSD enclosures because I have a ton of spare smaller SSDs that I wanted to use as data drives.

This Corsair Flash Voyager is right up there in terms of speed. Here's a quick list of Pros:

1) FAST!!! I am talking 1st Gen SATA2/3G speeds here. Transferring a 20GB Diablo 3 installation to/from a 4 drive RAID0 array that posts 1500MB/s read and 1200MB/s writes. This is my typical test because it has a number of small and large files. This drive posted very close to the stated specs of 295/170 MB/s R/W which is spectacular for a thumb drive. More on this later.

2) Sturdy. It feels extremely durable and is made of some type of metal. It almost feels like a mini harmonica or alien artifact.

3) The cap has a nice suctioned feel to it when you pull it off and put it back on.

4) LED light is not super bright or distracting and is an easy to view location.

Here's a quick rundown on performance relative to some other options I tested:

***Corsair Voyager
-Diablo 3: [Read 294 MB/s] [Write 165 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 316 MB/s] [Write 179 MB/s]

***Sandisk Extreme II in Orico USB 3.0 enclosure
-Diablo 3: [Read 256 MB/s] [Write 224 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 266MB/s] [Write 265 MB/s]

***Samsung 850 Pro SSD SATA3/6G
-Diablo 3: [Read 540 MB/s] [Write 515 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 544 MB/s] [513 MB/s]

The one area the Corsair Voyager GS really dropped off however was smaller random I/O and block sizes. Access times were also much higher than the standard SSD but still good relative to HDDs.

Cons: So not everything is perfect with this drive, here's some cons or things to be aware of:

- It is somewhat wide, if you have USB ports right next to each other in a horizontal configuration you may run into clearance issues. USB slots that are aligned vertical with another slot to the left or right will not run into issues.

- There is a removable cap with no tether to the main stick portion. I much prefer the retractable Voyager designs but I guess Corsair did this for quality reasons. Still, caps that can be lost are annoying and I much prefer ones that are tethered in some way to the base.

- Gets warm as many USB sticks do.

-Unfortunately, like any other SSD, this lower capacity stick is slower than the higher capacity sticks because extra NAND channels functions much like RAID0, more channels to the controller = faster write speeds. So if you spring for the bigger drive, you'll get faster write speeds.

-As mentioned, the random I/O and non-sequential read/writes on this drive are still pretty far off from SSDs. Access times are also slower. This may be due to USB spec adding latency, and/or the controllers in these drives not being as robust as the ones in a full blown SSD.

Other Thoughts: The obvious conclusion and use case for this drive is for portable storage, whether you are on the go as a student or business professional, or an IT pro that wants to have tools and storage on you at all times.

But the fact this drive performs close to 1st gen SSDs really opens up a number of possible uses:

1) Fast, portable removable storage on gaming laptops, cyber café clients, where you can install your favorite games on this drive and take them with you without having to redownload them each time.

2) As an OS boot drive for small, HTPC clients like the Intel NUC or Alienware Alpha that have limited storage and expandability.

3) Imaging drives for IT Pros. You can put your entire PE and WIM file on one of these and it is FAST.

Overall this is a VERY impressive device, and it is pretty amazing the kind of performance they packed into this thing which can easily be transported from PC to PC!

I would like to see one of these with a retractable/attached cap in the future.

ADATA XPG Z1 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4-22400) Desktop Memory Model AX4U2800W8G17-QRZ
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I just recently bought an Nvidia Titan X and due to some rumors floating around that you needed 24GB to use the full 12GB of RAM on the Titan X, I started browsing 32GB kits. I was planning to upgrade to 4x8GB at some point anyways, but my eye caught this kit with a 10% coupon.

I was shocked at how cheap it was compared to other brands. At least $100 less and sometimes more compared to the other 2800MHz kits out there. I have had pretty good experience with Adata in the past as they are pretty well known for solid RAM and rebranded SSDs, so I decided to give this kit a shot.

Here's my thoughts:

+Pricing! Wow great price. With a 10-15% coupon (special or coupons newegg emails you after you buy something) these came out to an amazing price. Slower 16GB kits are just a little bit less money, and a comparable 32GB kit from other makers costs hundreds more right now.

+Solid appearance. Good looking kit overall. Not as much bling as some of the other brands out there, but also not nearly as expensive.

+Good performance. Running these at 2666MHz in my system right now, more on this later.

Cons: Not all perfect of course

-The heat spreader looks good, but it is pretty cheap compared to other brands I've used. The metal heatspreader plates are not "locked" ironclad together, so when inserting them and pushing down they actually spread a bit.

-Blister packaging on a $600 retail RAM kit? I get that they are same package for multiple commodity parts, but kind of disappointing you pay $270 and get a blister pack with paper insert.

-Not as heavy/hefty/quality feeling as Corsair kit I am replacing.

-Does not run at 2800MHz on my board. I am not taking eggs off for this becasuse I am 99% sure is due to my motherboard Gigabye GA-X99 Gaming 5 board which has had some flaky BIOSes in the past.

Other Thoughts: So I made the rookie mistake of not resetting RAM speed to disable XMP. Most boards will just realize they didn't like the RAM settings and revert to fail-safe defaults after 3-4 bad POST attempts, but this Gigabyte BIOS for X99 is super flakey. I ended up having tor reinsert 1 stick of the Corsair to boot to BIOS, then the clear CMOS worked (didn't before). Just a word of caution from anyone upgrading RAM kits!

Seagate  STDD4000100  4TB  NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Extremely Fast, but limited and pricey 03/18/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDD4000100 4TB NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: Seagate like WD has leveraged their natural business of making large capacy mechanical HDDs and ventured into the logical market of SOHO/Prosumer NAS units. While the first few generations from both have been hit and miss, Seagate looks like it has refined its recipe for success.

Not going to waste too much time or go into too much detail, just going to dive into the high and low lights because this is a very entry level NAS in terms of features and expandibility, but offers high-end performance.

+FAST!!! Wow. Intel Rangely chipset powered by a fiesty Atom SoC. This is the current darling of the SOHO/Prosumer market and it does not disappoint. This thing destroys the old ARM/Marvel Armada based chips that the NAS market used to favor and its not really close. I was getting sustained 110MB/s transfers over 1Gb LAN which is going to be near the theoretical peak performance of a 5400RPM platter drive and also near the peak of a Gigabit LAN connection. In comparison, my WD MyCloud EX4 only gets 45-50MB/s doing the same 20GB transfer of a Diablo 3 game folder (both big and small files). The EX4 is slow, but this NAS Pro is REALLY fast, right up there with the QNAPs and Synology units out there.

+Easy to set-up. Just go to from your browser and the web based set-up is responsive and intiutive.

+iSCSI set-up within the console interface. WD MyCloud EX4 did not have this and I had to use the Windows iSCSI initiator which is much more advanced.

+Nice App for Android and iPhone, but much more limited than WD MyCloud EX4 as it only appears to work over the local network, while the EX4 works over the cloud. I may need to investigate this further to see if I can access outside of my LAN, but still not as easy to use.

+The high performance makes it ideal for a video file server or DVR unit. My wife records her shows to this unit as an iSCSI target and can watch her shows on any network connected device. If we could get the cloud feature working as it does on the EX4, you can even watch remotely.

+High quality power cable, long extension, and included Cat5e cable.

+Link Aggregation simple to set up and works without a hitch, although it is hard to say how well it works since a single Gigabit connection is enough to saturate these mechanical drives.

Cons: Now for the cons, and there's quite a few which is why i dropped some eggs on this unit.

-Price. At $550 this is an expensive unit for the drive bay capacity and the included drives. 2TB drives go for <$100 here on Newegg and you can get powerful 4-bay NAS units from the best in the business for $300-$400. This pricepoint for Seagate just isn't competitive.

-This unit only allows for EasyRAID, which basically means RAID1, no matter what. For a 2-bay NAS this is understandable, but if someone wanted to go RAID0 or even JBOD to maximize performance and storage capacity, there is no option for that which is a shame. Hopefully the 4 and 8 bay versions fix this, as I find it a bit insulting to offer no option to choose RAID level.

-2 Bays and 4TB is limiting. Again, going back to previous comment, RAID1 means you only have 2TB effective storage. If you want 2TB of really high performance, this thing is it. But if you need more, you're going to have to spend a lot more money.

-Minor, but there are no readout panels on the front. Units in this price range often have a bit more to them.

-As mentioned above, I was not able to get to my shared drive remotely, outside of my network. I need to research this more but my EX4 worked flawlessly out of the box, just create an account, install apps on both PC and mobile device (phone) log in, and you get access to your files, music, videos anywhere on the internet. With this device, Sdrive shows no devices found.

Other Thoughts: Its a really fast unit, no doubt about it. Seagate has the performance aspect nailed down, but they have some work on the pricing and functionality angle. If you need more storage, or more bays, I would recommend buying the 4-bay diskless unit and sourcing your own drives, and saving yourself a bundle of money.

Hope this helps!


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