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This review is from: OCZ Enyo 64GB USB 3.0 MLC External Solid State Disk
Pros: If you're an IT professional who needs an external drive to work faster than any have before, this is a great purchase. The cost is a bit steep, but the performance is steeper! I've been seeing transfers and writes that weren't very far off from advertised speed, which is remarkable given that USB 3.0 SSDs are allowing for external drives to do what was previously impossible even for internal mechanical SATA drives. (I haven't posted benchmarks because my USB 3.0 implementation is new enough that there might be bottlenecks elsewhere on my machine, at a driver or adapter level.)
The drive feels rather light and plastic, but still well-made (and arguably, lighter is better since you have to carry it around even if it means the shell is cheaper.)
Cons: The primary concern? This isn't for everyone. You're paying the early adopter's fee, and the average person doesn't even have USB 3.0 ports yet or a need for tens of gigabytes to transfer at lightning speeds.
When USB 3.0 is ubiquitous, in 1-2 years, this drive will almost certainly be woefully outdated both in capacity and speed. SSDs have been getting faster and growing in capacity with every refresh, but the cost has been plummeting. In that time we might be looking at a 256GB SSD, half again as fast, in the same price bracket or lower. In other words, you might want a traditional, smaller USB 3.0 stick instead for less than a quarter the cost so your wallet doesn't feel the depreciation. I'd say that's the smarter, logical buy for 80% of everyone reading this review.
Other Thoughts: I'm giving this drive 5 eggs because it does exactly what it advertises, and it does it well. And if you're in my situation--where two machines with USB 3.0 ports aren't on the same network but you still need to transfer files in the tens of gigabytes on an almost daily basis--this drive is a godsend. It will quarter your wait times or better.
But as I said, most people aren't in that situation. Think carefully before you buy, spending this much money on an external drive (even one this fast) might be a waste.
This review is from: ADATA Nobility Series 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model AN005-16G-CGY
Pros: This drive feels very well-manufactured and solid. I haven't benchmarked it thoroughly, (I need to do more testing to make sure I'm getting full 3.0 bandwidth with my current setup and hubs) but it's doing everything I normally do with flash drives at least twice as fast as my fastest 2.0 models. Not a single issue thus far with daily usage for two weeks. I'm definitely seeing speeds previous drives will never be able to achieve in USB 3.0 ports. If you have any 3.0 connectors, you need this drive.
Cons: There are some opinion-cons that might matter to some people (not me):
1. Drive is physically long, so it sticks out of a laptop quite a distance. If you're clumsy, this makes it much easier to snap it off and destroy the USB port. You may want a tiny USB extension to allow for flex if you'll be using it while moving.
2. Cap attaches firmly to opposite end of drive, but I've already almost lost it twice. I don't expect to have it much longer. If you're a cap-fiend you might want a retractable model.
Other Thoughts: Given the cost of this drive, I'd strongly recommend it. It's not an exorbitant jump in price, but you do get a huge jump in performance if you've got the hardware. And it's still a perfectly solid 2.0 drive as well. If you're the kind of person who keeps USB drives around for years, why not get something a little more future-proof than last year's technology?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is a very sturdy and impressive-looking motherboard, that is also extremely stable. I have no real complaints about the hardware; I had zero issues with it for the entire time it was working. This will probably be the swansong of the LGA775 era, since processor architecture has finally moved on.
Cons: The POST LCD might not be as useful as one would hope. When there is a motherboard problem, the LCD will only display CPU_INIT (which is wrong, and misleading, and defeats the purpose of an LCD POSTer). The motherboard also gave the same error when a fan tried to draw too much voltage from a non-CPU power slot. Which is totally counter-intuitive.
But the real problem is with the manufacturer:
A failed BIOS update forced me to RMA this motherboard, which I completely understand. But when I received it back 15 days later, the motherboard made a small high pitched squealing noise when plugged into any power supply (and did nothing else.) The LCD just said CPU_INIT, regardless of what components were physically present. ASUS says I must RMA again. At this rate I'm going to be without a motherboard for an entire month, which is extremely disappointing and frustrating.
Other Thoughts: I paid a premium for this product, but thus far quality control/service seems minimal at best. The RMA Status page hasn't worked right (at all) since I received the first RMA number ~20 days ago, drivers pages had DL speeds of ~10KB/s or less, and I'm going to be without a motherboard for probably a month now. I understand that the RMA process can take time, but forcing a customer to wait an additional 2-3 weeks due to manufacturer error/faulty product is wholly unreasonable and greatly decreases my confidence in them.
This has been a great physical product, but the POST LCD has proven largely useless and the RMA process has failed me outright. If you are lucky enough to not encounter any RMA-necessitating issues with this product, you'll be the happy owner of one of the best motherboards out there. But if not, you may be stuck in purgatory for a long time while YOU do quality control on THEIR hardware and website.