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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great drive for single drive systems 12/04/2016

This review is from: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST1000LX015

Pros: For the price, this is a great 2.5" HDD that incorporates an 8GB MLC SSD cache. With a 7mm height it is small, lightweight, and great for thin devices that require a lower profile 2.5 HDD. It has a SATA3 6.0Gb/s interface, runs at 5400RPM, and operates extremely quiet with zero noticeable vibration noise. It comes with a 5 year warranty, which alone might be worth the extra $20-25 cost over the Barracuda drive with a 2 year warranty and no SSD cache.

I tested this drive in a laptop, which previously had an SSD to see how it compared. I also cloned to a standard 2.5 1TB Seagate 5400RPM drive to include in testing.(see data below) It increased the Windows 10 boot time by a few seconds over the standard HDD, but was not quite as quick as the SSD. Generally speaking, I noticed the laptop to be a bit snappier than the HDD when opening browser windows and other applications as I continued to use the laptop. My understanding is the SSD cache retains frequently used data as you work. So it's safe to say initially it will perform similar to a standard drive, but over time will perform better as it retains frequently used data.

Cons: I really have no cons to report on this drive.

However, when testing with a standard disk performance utility, it performed nearly identical to the standard 1TB 2.5 drive I tested in this laptop. (see Crystal DiskMark score below) I also did some testing by coping files to and from this drive and an SSD in another system along with a 2TB WD Green drive for comparison. I saw ZERO increase in performance when copying large files or any files for that matter. I ran through several iterations of the same files and still no performance increase. This leads me to feel that whatever logic the SSD cache uses does not benefit normal file transfers and data storage. There may be some scenarios that it does increase performance, but not during my observation.

Other Thoughts: This drive is a fantastic option for laptops or PC's where the only option is a single drive and storage is required. The price of this drive is equivalent to about a 256GB SSD. So for the same price you get 4X the storage at the same price and performance somewhere between a traditional HDD and an SSD drive. Also, to note these drives are fantastic in a PS3/PS4. I have had an older Seagate Momentus XT 500GB in my PS3 for years with a 4GB SLC Cache and load times on games are very noticeable.


Crystal DiskMark Results:
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Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 136.059 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 127.049 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.712 MB/s [ 418.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.340 MB/s [ 327.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 135.065 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 134.221 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.156 MB/s [ 282.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.311 MB/s [ 320.1 IOPS]

Test : 4096 MiB [D: 0.0% (0.3/931.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/12/04 12:59:04
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)

Windows 10 startup from shutdown (in seconds x 5 tests)
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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB
1)20.1
2)17.4
3)16.4
4)16.4
5)17.0

OCZ VECTOR SSD 128GB
1)16.0
2)14.4
3)14.2
4)14.1
5)14.5

Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 128MB
1)31.8
2)20.7
3)21.1
4)19.5
5)19.5

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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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3 out of 5 eggs Reliable but slow connection speed 11/27/2016

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: SETUP: The setup of this Powerline adapter kit is remarkably easy. Push and hold the button for 2 seconds and within 2 minutes do the same on the other. They pair and you are good go. This makes wiring components in your home extremely easy. Even more so than configuring a wireless adapter. These devices are smaller than other Powerline adapters I've tested, so that is a plus. They also have a connection quality light, which is handy as a quick reference before plugging in any devices.

RELIABILITY: For the duration of my testing, I used this in the "Office" setup from the below listed test scenarios. I have had no perceived latency or issues as compared to my normal 1Gbps wired connection. I get full use of my 25Mbps internet connection (30Mpbs as tested to speedtest.net)

Cons: CONNECTION SPEEDS: The connection speed advertised is VERY deceptive. Up to 500Mpbs is impossible to achieve, since the Ethernet port only supports 100Mbps. Most other modern Powerline adapters I've seen support a 1Gbps Ethernet port and I'd expect the same here. I installed one box connected directly to my network switch and moved the other around my home to obtain different speeds (see below). These speeds are slower than any other Powerline adapter I've tested in the recent past. In most cases Wifi speeds were more optimal.

Other Thoughts: CONCLUSION: I do think this adapter kit is really neat, reliable, and easy to setup. Below are some examples where I can see this being the best option:
1) Wiring stationary devices that do not have wireless adapters.
2) Wiring devices where wifi reception is poor.
3 )Wiring between cable/dsl modem to router so it can be placed in a more optimal location so long as the Powerline allows maximum internet bandwidth.
4) Need for the simplest way to wire device.

TESTING:
I tested 3 scenario’s and 2 tests per at 3 locations in my home. The tests included a 500MB file transfer through a simple windows file transfer, and also a test via LAN SpeedTest software. One test uses MBps while the other Mbps, so please keep that in mind. I also note the Wireless connection speed and frequency.

Test machine: Dell Latitude, i5, 8GB RAM, SSD, Wireless N (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Test destination: Intel NUC i3, 16GB RAM, SSD, 1GB LAN connection

Office 1st floor above router in basement:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 8MBps Down / 7.5MBps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 60Mbps Down / 55Mbps Up

WiFi: 5ghz 300Mbps
Windows File Xfer: 24MBps Down / 20MBs Up
LAN SpeedTest: 180Mbps Down / 100Mbps Up

WiFi: 2.4ghz 130Mbps
Windows File Xfer: 8MBps Down / 9MBs Up
LAN SpeedTest: 70Mbps Down / 60Mbps Up

2nd floor opposite of router:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 7MBps Down / 7.5MBps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 50Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up

WiFi: 5ghz --
No Connection

WiFi: 2.4ghz 130Mbps
Windows File Xfer: 9MBps Down / 9MBs Up
LAN SpeedTest: 70Mbps Down / 60Mbps Up

Basement same room/power segment:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 11MBps Down / 11MBps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 90Mbps Down / 75Mbps Up

WiFi: 5ghz 300Mbps
Windows File Xfer: 20MBps Down / 20MBs Up
LAN SpeedTest: 190Mbps Down / 100Mbps Up

WiFi: 2.4ghz 130Mbps
Windows File Xfer: 9MBps Down / 10MBs Up
LAN SpeedTest: 70Mbps Down / 60Mbps Up

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CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Solid little power supply. Could use extra cable 11/25/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

Pros: This is a well build 450W power supply with a 5 year warranty. The semi-modular design is very handy, since its most likely use is in a small case, Micro ATX or Mini ITX. Overall, the size is nice and somewhat compact so fitting in my Micro ATX case gave plenty of room to run cables without getting in the way. The fan is very quiet, virtually silent, and had no coil whine when idle or gaming. The fixed motherboard and cpu power cables are sheathed, while the modular cables are flat making them easy to run in limited space.

Cons: My only complaint is that Corsair does not give you peripheral cables to populate all of the modular jacks. You get 1 PCI-E(x2) cable , 1 SATA(x4) cable, and 1 Molex(x3) with FDD(1) cable. The CX550M provides that extra cable, granted it is a SATA(x3) and a SATA(x2) cable giving only one additional plug. This can be helpful for cable management and I don't understand why they don't keep them the same. All other CX models have enough cables to popular the modular plugs, sans the CX450M. If I could dock 1/2 Egg for this I would, so I had to give this 4/5. Since I only have 2 drives, I would have really liked the SATA(2) cable to reduce bundling cables.

Other Thoughts: With power requirements of current graphics cards decreasing, this power supply will handle most entry to mid level cards with consideration given to power draw from the rest of your system. It allows nearly all 450W to be used on the 12V rail, which is great for graphics cards.

This power supply ran the below system with no issues while maintaining very quiet operation.

i3-4170 (3.7GHz)
8GB DDR3 1866
256GB Samsung 850 Evo
1TB Seagate 2.5" HDD
MSI GTX960 Armor2x
Fractal Design Core 1100 Black mATX case

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