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WD My Passport X 2TB Portable Gaming Hard Drive for Xbox One and Xbox 360 WDBCRM0020BBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -WD warranty
-awesome scratch resistant design
-not too heavy
-pocket size
-fast and quiet HDD
-USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with 1/2 ports)
-it's a Passport series, so it takes power from the USB port
-personally my favorite brand and series of portable drives :)

Cons: -USB 3.0 cables (not only this one) tend to be very short among all manufacturers, really can't anything be done with that for extra 50 cents or so???
-really nothing to add here and I tried being picky :)

Other Thoughts: Drive comes pre-formatted as NTFS, so Mac users beware, but again this model is designed for XBOX so what do you really expect? ;)

I don't own an XBOX, so tested it with a high-end PC instead.

My test platform was Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H board coupled with i7-4790K CPU @ 4.7GHz and 2x8 GB RAM @ 2400 MHz. OS drive is a RAID0 pair of 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe drives. OS is Windows 8.1 Pro x64, all up to date.

HD Tune 2.55 benchmark results (nearly same for both Intel and Renesas USB 3.0, presented are ones for Intel

1) Transfer rates
Minimum: 51.6 MB/sec
Maximum: 114.2 MB/sec
Average: 86.3 MB/sec
2) Access Time 14.8 ms
3) Burst Rate 105.2 MB/sec

Renesas USB 3.0 hub at rear I/O:
4 GB file copied from RAID0 SSD on SATA3 to Passport X, about 30 secs, around 108-110 MB/s write speed on average (max 113 MB/s)
4 GB file copied from Passport X to RAID0 SSD on SATA3, read same as write

Intel USB 3.0 hub at rear I/O:
4 GB file copied from RAID0 SSD on SATA3 to Passport X, about 30 secs, around 110-112 MB/s write speed on average (max 114 MB/s)
4 GB file copied from Passport X to RAID0 SSD on SATA3, read same as write

OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Scores extremely fast on Intel Z97 SATA3 interface (check numbers in OTHER section)
+Locking SATA cables lock properly
+US based Customer Service (SSD comes with 3 year Advance Replacement warranty and free shipping)
+SSD Guru – a software management tool for Windows and Linux!
+New OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 Controller
+Awesome Toshiba MLC NAND chips
+Firmware updates made easy via SSD Guru (tested in AHCI mode on Win7 laptop)

Cons: -could be cheaper

Next one is not really a con, but I thought I’d mention it here. Upon first attempt to connect this SSD to my Intel Z97 sata3 controller where I also have 2 other SSD drives (Mushkin Chronos Deluxe running RAID0) my Gigabyte Z97-UD5H board lost connection to all drives upon cold boot, not sure why, but it went away after I reseated power and sata cables to OCZ ARC. Didn’t do anything different the second time and yet it worked fine.

Based on other reviews the lifespan of these drives might be short, will see about it personally as I installed this drive in my laptop for daily use mostly for entertainment. I will post another review in a few months giving update on this potential issue.

Other Thoughts: Time for benchmarks!

Compared this new OCZ ARC 100 480GB (controller running RAID mode) with AS SSD benchmarks based on my single AHCI mode Mushkin Chronos Deluxe and am impressed, OCZ scores way faster!
Reason why I had Z97 SATA controller running RAID is that my other 2 SSD drives are utilizing RAID0 (my Win 8.1 x64 OS and Programs are here).

OCZ ARC 100 running on Intel Z97 (RAID mode, SSD not a RAID array member) SATA3
SEQ Read 460.68 MB/s Write 433.00 MB/s
4K Read 21.09 MB/s Write 86.63 MB/s
4K-64thread Read 295.11 MB/s Write 289.89 MB/s
Acc. Time Read 0.038 ms Write 0.045 ms
Score Read 362 Write 420
Total score 972

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe on Intel Z77 (RAID mode, SSD not a RAID array member) SATA3
SEQ Read 492.79 MB/s Write 159.11 MB/s
4K Read 19.51 MB/s Write 57.27 MB/s
4K-64thread Read 189.51 MB/s Write 147.84 MB/s
Acc. Time Read 0.201 ms Write 0.233 ms
Score Read 258 Write 221
Total score 602

I am pretty impressed with performance of this drive.

TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: still works very well after 4 months

Cons: contacted TP-LINK Tech Support in early November '14 about IPv6 setup not updating correctly in Settings (old IPv6 SLAAC after ISP updates it). Was told to wait patiently for an update ... so I did, 4 months later there is still no update to this issue. disappointing.

Other Thoughts: Latest firmware Archer C8_v1_140903 (US model) is dated 9/3/2014 still. IPv6 is unstable in this firmware while used with Comcast as they periodically update the SLAAC address and C8 router does not resulting in loss of connectivity.


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