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This review is from: ASUS Model Hyper Kit Expansion Card M.2 TO MINI SAS HD ADAPTER
Pros: The part at least does exist for those arrangement that can take advantage of it. Not tremendously expensive.
Cons: Sits too high, as another reviewer stated. The PCB is too short to avoid video cards on X99 Rampage V Extreme.
Other Thoughts: I have the Rampage V Extreme X99, a high end enthusiast board by ASUS. The same company that distributes this Hyper Kit to use NVMe with drives. It is listed as compatible. However, the mini SAS connector is inline with the first x16 PCI-express 3.0 slot and is not usable as the mini-SAS connector conflicts with the video card. This motherboard is designed by ASUS for up to 4-way SLI. ASUS tech support says they can't possibly conceive every custom build. That's true and ultimately it is my fault for not measuring card length, but ASUS HAS to know that an enthusiast board is probably going to be part of an enthusiast build > enthusiast grade graphics cards are freaking LONG (most of them at least). ASUS has no shortage of long graphics cards in their lineup. To design this product such that the Hyper Kit interferes with a card installed in the first PCIexpress slot, where most builds will put their video card, is really unforgivable. For them to not make more than one kit version (length or fitment) is pretty thoughtless of them too. Whatever you do, make sure the M.2 socket and PCI-express slot placement allows this Hyper Kit to be mounted without interference from graphics, SATA ports/cables, USB cable, chassis (ASUS X99 Deluxe I believe is straight up),etc. Don't stick yourself with the expense of this kit and the NVMe drive as I did. It's so easy to not realize small considerations when building or upgrading a system. It's a crying shame that ASUS has shown such poor support for a premiere product like the R5E with regard to the 2.5" NVMe drive Hyper Kit (which will mostly find its way into high end builds).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Ergotron 33-310-060 Neo-Flex LCD Stand
Pros: STABLE! Looks good, great price, secure attachment to monitor, able to do many adjustments, holds the adjustment perfectly without gorilla gripping or "giving out"
Other Thoughts: This is the second ERGOTRON 33-310-060 Neo-Flex LCD Stand I have bought. These are great monitor stands that last. The first stand is 3 years old and has performed perfectly. One should note, that 23-24" monitors will not be able to turn vertically straight up and down as the stand is not quite tall enough. The information to understand this is listed in the product information, so it does not deserve an egg subtraction. All-in-all, these are solid stands for horizontal mounting of wide screen monitors up to 24" (possibly 25" - depending on weight.).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Low price, great performance, easy install with spacer, big name with good reputation, nice work with optimizing the top secret controller! A couple of months of steady use by a teacher and a college student for games, lesson plans, you name it and they are still running and performing great! They are a tremendous value thus far. Great packaging too! A small solid box with a firm one piece air pillow encasing the drive which was, as expected, inside an anti-static bag.
Cons: Finding information about these drives is very difficult. Toshiba tech support was even clueless about these drives while helping me find the cloning software that the documentation states comes with the drive. See "Other Thoughts."
Other Thoughts: By gosh, that young man at Toshiba Tech Support wasn't going to stop until he resolved the issue and resolve it he did! It turns out the cloning software is a free download at the software maker's site. This software comes preloaded on Toshiba HHDs and installs when the drive is first activated (according to Tech Sup). Toshiba's SSD pcb has an unused spot for a DRAM chip that is usually used for caching. Reviewer speculation is the caching is built into the controller. Of the few professional reviews I was able to find, the performance of this drive and the torture tests indicating dependability was right up there with the rest of the big names. What is lacking with it's no-bling look and top secret technical information is more than makes up for with value and performance. I am thinking two more may be a nice addition to each computerREAD FULL REVIEW