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Toshiba OCZ VT180 2.5
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Pros: OCZ's Vector 180 is their flagship SSD offering featuring Toshiba 19nm 128Gbit MLC NAND and the faster binned M00 397MHz controller.

Fit and finish is nice and standard with their other offerings, only the color scheme changes, same
7mm z-height.

Bench numbers for the most part match what OCZ has stated and what top SSD's should be able to reach.

New to the Vector 180 is the Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). This feature detects
power anomalies and helps protect the SSD from “bricking’ while safeguarding at-rest data.

In-flight data is not protected though. The firmware logic and small amount of
capacitance on the SSD guard potential data loss by detecting power anomaly. In the event
that a power anomaly is detected, the capacitors on the drive will serve to power the
drive to protect system-critical routines where the firmware creates a new mapping table
shots and writes it to the non-volatile flash before the drive is shut down.

The drive also will periodically creates snapshots of the mapping table and saves them to flash.

You could call this enterprise light and certainly is a nice feature for a consumer drive.

The Indidinx barefoot 3 M00 controller features BCH ECC correction up to 44 random bits/1KB, SMART, AES-256 encryption, TRIM, and idle time garbage collection but does not include TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 compliance due to being three years old.
Black metal 3.5 bracket is included if needed as well as screws and Acronis True Image 2014 [Predates win10] activation code.

5 year ShieldPlus Warranty is a nice bonus versus the typical 3 years ans is touted as being hassle and drama free.

The endurance rating is 50GB/day of host writes for 5 years, significant more than what you would expect from a budget SSDs typical 20GB/day.
For reference it's competition the Evo 850 can handle 30TB a year vs 18TB for the Vector 180 so technically is not as durable by those standards.

Current price/GB is one of the best @ roughly 35 cents.

SSD Guru is a handy program to check firmware, stats, SMART, etc.

Cons: Controller PCB does not include indents for SATAIII cables to snap in securely. This has become a standard protocol for desktop drives for years. Cables are very snug and should remain in place but it should have been included.
Idle @ 1 watt, no devsleep or slumber power states thus not the most ideal for laptops for power savings.
Lacking eDrive and Opal support as well.

Other Thoughts: Formats to 894GB

Faster read/writes with higher queue depths suggesting geared more towards enterprise and higher workload.

Hit 93F during long read/writes with a 140mm 75CFM fan blowing on it. No issues in a desktop but in a laptop it could get warm but hopefully stay in spec.

Atto
write 527
read 554

CDM
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 548.533 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 528.136 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 389.322 MB/s [ 95049.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 366.126 MB/s [ 89386.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 361.559 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 493.321 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 28.628 MB/s [ 6989.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 169.357 MB/s [ 41346.9 IOPS

Overall a solid offering from OCZ/Toshiba group. Speeds are not the very top but are respectable, no frills 5 year warranty, PFM+ enterprise features included.

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SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert

3 out of 5 eggs Average gaming set 08/10/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White

Pros: The Siberia 200 is the latest gaming headset from Steelseries.
Some highlights include a suspension system, 50mm drivers, 112db sensitivity and 10hz-28hz range.

They are extremely lightweight compared to many sets on the market, this only lends to them feeling on the more fragile side though.
The ear-cups do not swivel side to side so depending on how you wear them they can have a bit of torque on the frame.

They are an open air design so compared to closed they do not get as loud with volume being equal but sound is clear and noise bleeding out is minimal.

Retractable mic is a nice feature if it holds up, it certainly will cut down on breakage when not in use.
It retracts about 6 inches and is pliable to bend into shape to your liking.

Included 3.5mm splitter for sound and mic.

Ear pads are soft pleather, inline volume control is a handy feature along with mic on/off.

Head support is soft velour but is permanent thus is cannot be removed to clean.

Cons: The mic compared to Corsair Vengeance 2100 is not as crisp or clear even though on paper it should be.
Suspension system could be stronger with more tension, I find the ear-cups tend to hang a bit on the low side and there is no way to adjust them due to the system used.

If you previously had the click and stay type headsets it might take awhile to get accustomed to the suspension system.

Cord is 5 ft long which I find is on the shorter side especially considering this replaces the V2 which had a 6.5 ft cord.

An added 2m extension like the V2 [which would add some cost] would have been a nice extra.

Bass is on the weaker side and lacks punch, treble gets distorted at higher volume.

Other Thoughts: Having multiple color choices is a nice change of pace from the usual black.

This model is on the lower spectrum of what Steelseries offers but I can't help but feel for the price and competition they are on the higher side price wise.

They are good but not great and it's too soon to tell how durable they might be in the long run.

It should be noted that sound perception is very subjective and what sounds good or bad to one person might not to somebody else.

I used a Corsair Vengeance 2100 and Audio Technica M40X as baselines for comparison.

Overall for a gaming set they are decent for what they designed for.

If you want to double their usage for music listening you might be disappointed especially with better designs for the same price range.

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Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: The Seagate barracuda pro 10TB is the new revamped lineup and currently the largest consumer HD on the market.

This drive is also the fastest current 7200k drive I've seen yet and benches prove it's the current leader.

Sporting 7 platters, 14 heads and 256MB of cache with Seagate Custom multi-tier caching technology.

5 year warranty.

Load/unload cycles is 300,000 which is half of enterprise but should suffice for a desktop drive.

It feels very light considering how much is packed into the standard 3.5 case.

Some review sites state this is a helium drive, Seagate's own documents do not mention this and the drive itself would state He somewhere, it does not.

Runs very cool, 82F with just a low RPM 92mm fan.

Was recognized, formatted and both short and long tests through Seatools were successful.

Cons: None but somebody will mention price. For the size and latest tech you will always pay a premium.
That said $509 for a single drive is steep but put into perspective $50/1TB it's actually reasonable.

Other Thoughts: I notice the middle mounting holes on the sides and bottom are missing most likely due to the internals and the case.

If you need those mounting areas this could be a issue.
Most rack or tray you can use the front and back mount points.

Formats to 9.08TB which was expected per Microsoft formula.

ATTO

234 read
239 write

Starting at 4kb it maintains the above speeds thus very consistent.

CDM

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 250.972 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 213.326 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 50.222 MB/s [ 12261.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3.939 MB/s [ 961.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 263.015 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 227.929 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 26.739 MB/s [ 6528.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 4.307 MB/s [ 1051.5 IOPS]

Test : 100 MiB [V: 0.1% (6.5/9313.9 GiB)] (x9) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/08/03
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)

HD Tune.

Minimum 110mb
Maximum 243mb
Average 190mb

Burst 408mb

The curve is smooth, no drops or variations.

Personally I would not trust 10TB of data on a single drive thus it's critical to either run these in raid1 with spare or backup your content to another drive, NAS or the cloud.

For what it's worth I have never had a Seagate drive fail on me going all the way back to a Barracuda IV 80GB PATA drive and the 8+ drives since.

Simply put this is the largest and fastest 7200K consumer drive on the market at the present time.

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