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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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5 out of 5 eggs Small foorprint with large and quick access speeds 06/11/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: This is a review of a Samsung 500GB T3 Portable Solid State Drive I’ve been using for the past month.
The device is only a quarter inch thick and 2.25 inches wide and 3 inches in length. It is extremely light and is very shock resistant durable. Hence, with its small profile you can easily carry it with you to have access to large storage for data.
The device is accessed thru a USB 3.1 cable which allows for read speeds of up to 450 MB/s.

I benchmarked the read and write speeds with 3 software utilities.

With Crystal Mark 5.12 I averaged over 10 runs the following Read/Write speeds.

Seq Q32T1 431.1 MB/s and 284.5 MB/s
4KQ32T1 139.4 MB/s and 37.67 MB/s
Seq 437.2 MB/s and 219.3 MB/s
4K 22.51 MB/s and 2.48 MB/s

With HDTune Pro 5.60 my benchmark speed was 265.2 MB/s

With ATTO Disk Benchmark my speeds were 460.8 MB/s and 281.4 MB/s

Cons: There really are no Cons

Other Thoughts: I believe the device has a 3 year warranty

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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1 out of 5 eggs Quite slow and TP-Link Utility S/W is not compatible with Win 8.1 or 10 03/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: I experienced none, that may be a liittle to harsh, but that's my personal experience based on upload and download speed tests at Speakeasy. I have many TP-Link wireless adapters that connect into USB ports and they are considerably faster than this piece of hardware

Cons: Cons are the speeds this device measures when performing upload and download speeds tests on Speakeasy.
Comparing this item to a TP-Link TL-WN822N you can see the considerable sluggishness.

TP-Link Archer T8E TL-WN822N (usb connected)
Seattle 11.46Mbps/18.40 Mbps (up/download) 41.96Mbps/21.43 Mbps (up/download)
L.A. 13.13Mbps/23.02 Mbps (up/download) 32.87Mbps/23.88 Mbps (up/download)
N.Y. 11.04Mbps/19.70 Mbps (up/download) 42.09Mbps/24.14 Mbps (up/download)
Dallas 12.74Mbps/16.59 Mbps (up/download) 41.85Mbps/24.03 Mbps (up/download)
Chicago 11.66Mbps/20.26 Mbps (up/download) 43.47Mbps/24.54 Mbps (up/download)
Wash DC 12.02Mbps/20.37 Mbps (up/download) 47.95Mbps/20.69 Mbps (up/download)

These are the averages after 10 runs. I reset the router and modem a few times during these runs hoping the device would perform better than the dismal results I was getting.

Other Thoughts: Maybe a another driver update is what this device requires. These results were conducted on my desktop which is on the second floor of my home and where the modem and router are in the basement approx 16 feet underneath me.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 TH LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Nice Problem Free Board with Easy Set-up 02/04/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 TH LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This review is for the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard. The mobo is packaged in a box which protects the product during shipping. The board is also placed in an Anti-static bag. Removing the board from the silver polymer bag unveils a black colored board with a few light colored gold stripes on the heat sinks.
Setting up this system I placed in a 6700K CPU, two old 8800GTS 512 VGUs in SLI, and 16GB (2 x 8gb) of G. Skill DDR4 3200 ram, powered by a 1200 watt PSU. The CPU was water cooled with a triple 120mm radiator system with coolant flowing thru the tubes by a Swiftech pump. The SSDs where setup in a RAID0 configuration.
Flashing the board to the latest BIOS is easy. I flashed version F4 into BIOS chip.
Navigating thru the Bios options is easy; though, I am familiar though with the layout as I have used Gigabyte boards for years. But, if you have any concerns what an option does, just read the manual or Google it, or even go to a forum.

Once the board is powered on, and you set your Bios parameters you need to load an OS, drivers, and software. Then it is time to play and see what your system can do. My favorite benchmark is to run 3DMark06. This CPU maxed at 4.75 MHz at 1.425 Vcore. I pushed the vCore due to the fact the CPU was water cooled. CPU temps never exceeded 65C.
I was never able to test the Thunderbolt aspects of the board which appear to be one of the main appealing factors for using this board.

Cons: I really see no cons with this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: In summary, this motherboard seems to be placed in the middle of the pack of Z170 motherboards. It does use upgraded capacitors. The plusses are the Thunderbolt feature. The board comes with the usual 3 year warranty that most big manufacturers provide.

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Display Name: Alan K.

Date Joined: 06/06/05

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