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OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great value SSD, Heavy case 09/26/2015

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-480G

Pros: Great value – $2.67 per Gigabyte compared to SanDisk, Kingston, PNY and other brands.
Excellent performance in my tests. Using AIDA64 benchmark, average linear read was 442 MB/s, linear write was 419 MB/s. Average random read was 273 MB/s, random write was 310 MB/s. Using AS SSD benchmark sequential read was 443 MB/s, sequential write was 431 MB/s.
Shipped with latest firmware, version 1.01. SSD Guru software was easy to find, install and use.
Low power consumption – SSD uses only 3.45 Watts in active state and 0.6 Watts in idle state.
3-year warranty is included. Compatible with Linux, Mac OCX and Windows operating systems. Simple and attractive deign.

Cons: Heavy casing – 110 grams. Samsung makes cases from aluminum and reduces weight in half. This is important if SSD is intended for netbook where every gram counts.

OCZ Vector 180 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Vector 180 240 GB solid state drive (SSD) comes with adapter for installing this in 3.5” bay of desktop, free copy of Acronis True Image 2014 HD cloning software, mounting screws and multilingual installation manual. Came with latest firmware installed, version 1.0.1. Downloadable SSD Guru software helps to maintain performance, update firmware and to check health status of Vector 180. Vector 180 features PFM+ (this abbreviation stands for Power Failure Management Plus) that prevents bricking SSD in case of unexpected power loss. Controller used in this SSD is proprietary Indilinx Barefoot 3, memory chips are 19nm MLC manufactured by Toshiba. Drive supports AES-256 encryption and warranted for 5 years. As always was quickly shipped by Newegg.

Cons: Housing is made of premium alloy frame with steel back and front panels instead of lightweight aluminum, like in case of Samsung SSD. Vector 180 weighs 115 grams compared to Samsung 840 Pro SSD that weighs only 54 grams. This is something you might want to consider if installing Vector 180 in netbooks. Only one of tests I performed on this SSD exceeded manufacturer specifications. Vector 180 240 GB scored 4942 in PCMark 8 benchmark suite (PCMark 8 storage bandwidth was 225 MB/s); AIDA64 results were: linear read 513 MB/s (OCZ claims 550 MB/s), linear write 472 MB/s (OCZ claims 530 MB/s), random read 347 MB/s, random write 443 MB/s; CrystalDiskMark showed linear read 545 MB/s and linear write 520 MB/s; Samsung Magician benchmark showed linear read 539 MB/s and linear write 511 MB/s, random read 87206 IOPS (OCZ claims 95000) and random write 90456 IOPS (OCZ claims 90000 IOPS).

Other Thoughts: I have owned this Vector 180 240 GB solid state drive for about 2 months before writing this review. For tests I have used system consisting of: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 motherboard, Intel i7-4790K processor running at 4.0 GHz, 16 GB (4x4GB) of Corsair Vengeance RAM, installed 64-bit Windows 7 Pro SP1 and enabled TRIM support. Software used for testing of performance: PCMark 8, AIDA64, CrystalDiskMark, Samsung Magician and Hard Disk Sentinel. Overall great SSD and I recommend this to my friends.

Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Corsair Gaming Extended Edition MM200 Mouse Mat 05/20/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: See my previous review for this MM200 Extended Edition mat.

Cons: In addition to my previous review: although these are minor issues, they often go overlooked by other reviewers. Included warranty card was not mouse mat but for power supply. Yes, it literally reads "...this warranty means your Corsair power supply is guaranteed to operate...". Mat's features in Russian language aren't properly translated and are copy-and-paste chunks of text. To be exact, English sections "Gaming-optimized surface texture" and "Non-slip natural rubber base" both read in Russian as "You won't lose your grip during intense gaming sessions".

Other Thoughts: See my previous review for this MM200 Extended Edition mat.


Volodymyr Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Volodymyr Y.

Date Joined: 02/05/07

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 04/10/07
  • Last Review: 09/26/15
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