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This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 1TB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
Pros: - Cost is great
- Speed is excellent* (see other)
- Small, compact design
- Tons of space for all you need
- Not mechanical spinning disk so much more durable
Cons: - See below
Other Thoughts: I tested the device in the following scenarios: USB 3.0, USB 3.0 non powered hub, and reformatting the drive with NTFS partion vs a Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB internal drive.
With the default exFAT partition, and a direct USB 3.0 connection, I was able to get:
SEQ: 418 MB Read/392 MB Write
4K: 20.67 Read/35.30 Write
Via USB Hub:
Seq: 413 Read/295 Write
4K: 18.94 Read/1.36 Write
Looking at those scores I was like the sequential were good, but the 4K is awful via the USB hub. Seeing how the drive was formatted exFAT I decided to try NTFS to see if it scored better.
Direct USB 3.0:
Seq: 418 Read/392 Write
4K: 20.67 Read/35.30 Write
4K-64 THRD 126.63 Read/135.87 Write
USB 3.0 Hub:
SEQ: 414.01 Read/374 Write
4K 20.61 Read/37.11 Write
4K-64 Thrd: 120.15 Read/138.55 Write
For comparison here is the 850 1 TB EVO drive:
Obviously the internal drive is fast, but overall the external never felt slow especially when formatted as NTFS. I think it had to do with the partition alignment being more in tune for the drive, so maybe you can play with the exFAT settings and get similar results.
All in all this was a joy to use. Real world use was excellent and very, very fast. I highly, highly recommend this drive. I know it's more than a hard drive, but if you compare internal SSD prices, this is a great deal, really fast, and compact making this my first choice from now on.
Pros: - Board layout is nice. I like the black PCB.
- When it worked, it was fast.
- BIOS was ok once I was able to get it to work.
- Good specs for the price.
Cons: - Board died within hours of testing.
- RMA process with Gigabyte took 6 weeks after they received the product. WAY too long IMO.
- RMA communication was poor at best. It wasn't until I started making phone calls a month after they received it that I got an update on what was going on.
- Board on initial post did not work because I was using 16 GB modules. I ended up having to update the BIOS via the BIOS specific USB port. That process was nice and did work successfully but I didn't realize this was even a thing until I started digging around online. A little bit annoying...
- Only 4 DIMM slots. They are still Quad Channel but you are limited to 64 gigs (after a BIOS update). Just something to keep in mind.
Other Thoughts: Honestly I would say my overall experience with this board was not great. From the get go it was a pain to get up and running because of the RAM issue, but once the BIOS was flashed via the special USB port, it worked fine. Actually it was quite fast. Everything worked well for about an hour after I got it up, and then out of no where the computer refused to turn back on. Nothing I could do would bring it back up. In fact, no power would even reach the board as far as I could tell. I swapped motherboards with everything else being the same and the system worked. Switched the board back, and it didn't work. Finally I RMAd the board and 6 weeks later FINALLY got a replacement. The RMA process from Gigabyte honesty was not very good. Poor communication and a clunky online system.
At any rate, the replacement is working fine and while I am glad the whole process is over, based on other reviews and my own experience, I may look elsewhere. However, the price is pretty tempting so you may want to tempt fate. Just know what you might be getting yourself into.
Pros: - 144hz Monitor
- 1ms response time
- Beautifully designed base and screen
- Screen rotates full 90 degrees for easy access to ports
- Price is right
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: While not a con of the monitor itself but something to consider is if you have nVidia cards you won't get the adaptive/freesync vsync features. However, with that said, for the price you are getting a very nice monitor.
I began testing on a Core i5 z97 platform with two GTX 960s in SLI. At 1080p, I'm able to maximize the graphics settings on most games. I was surprised that even at 144hz things seemed to move along nicely.
This was my first experience with a screen with a refresh rate of higher than 60hz, at least in person. I am quite familiar, however, with the technology behind FreeSync/Gsync and why having a higher refresh rate on your monitor is better in many cases. To begin testing, I tested on the nvidia platform. I started with a standard Asus monitor with an IPS panel same size as the ViewSonic. I then played two games for 5 minutes each before switching to the ViewSonic monitor. The games I chose were Tomb Raider and Mass Effect 3. My reasons for choosing these were because 1) they were two types of games that while similar in that they are in 3rd person, they both utilize different graphics engines and Mass Effect is a bit more uptempo while Tomb Raider for the most part can be taken at your own speed. I also wanted to see the differences with a fast gaming experience vs a more open environment so I could see how much of a difference I noticed. I also tried both screens with vsync on and off.
After doing this process a couple of times, I can honestly say that I preferred the 144 hz screen. Even with vsync on or off I felt that there was less overall screen tearing with vsync off and with it on I couldn't really tell the difference. Maybe that's not what your experience will be like, but it was for me. On the 60hz screen there was a notable difference between vsync on or off.
After I was done with the nVidia platform, I moved to an AMD graphics card. This was an R9 390X card. Even with a single card, everything was butter smooth on the 144 hz screen. FreeSync seemed to be working but I wasn't really sure how to tell, to be honest. I do think that it was a bit better overall than the nVidia platform, if only by a hair but that's purely subjective on my part. Either way, I really enjoyed this monitor and even if you don't have a graphics card supporting freesync, I think you'll agree that this monitor is very suited to gaming. I'm not sure I ever want to go back to a 60hz screen again.
For the price and what you get in this screen, I say for gaming this monitor should make your short list. It's a good deal and the smoothness that comes from my games makes it even better.