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SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Not an owner, but posting advice for would-be buyers.

Cons: Low IOPS (beware)

Other Thoughts: Note the IOPS rating (Input/Output Operations Per Second). This is a measure of how many OPERATIONS a device can perform. Similar to a harddrive's read/write speeds (measured in ms).

The issue here is that while the *data throughput* is high, the IOPS rating is very low compared to most modern SSD's on the market. Make sure you consider this when shopping. I suspect this accounts for some of the complaints on this product.

When you have low IOPS and high data throughput capacity, in a nutshell it means if you will be doing mostly disk reads/writes on large files, you won't see much difference compared to a SSD with faster IOPS. So, to you this SSD will appear to be quick. However, if your computer will tend to perform disk read/writes on many smaller files, you're more likely to feel this product performs average or poorly.

Why? The IOPS restricts your "bandwidth" to a limited number of connections per second. While the I/O throughput is also impacted by several other factors, I'm just pointing out when this SSD might be the bottleneck for your system.

If you are going to use this drive to boot Windows for example, you might not be pleased with the result. It will be slower than other SSD's with faster IOPS, because loading Windows involves mostly loading thousands of (mostly) small files.

If you want a drive better suited to booting Windows, check out Sandisk's higher-end SSD's with faster IOPS (or look at Samsung's drives - the benchmark standard).

I hope this helps someone in their buying decision! :-)

ASUS E45M1-M PRO AMD E-450 APU AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Performer, For What It Is 02/21/2014

This review is from: ASUS E45M1-M PRO AMD E-450 APU AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Solid performance. Quiet. Small form factor. 5 6.0GB/s SATA connectors. Cheap.

Cons: Relatively slow. Not bad for a file server, but proving to be inadequate for my needs in a media server.

Other Thoughts: I think this is a great board for a media server - in general. Unfortunately, for my needs it struggles. I'm running Sabnzbd, Couchpotato, Transmission, Headphones, plus hosting DLNA and SAMBA, on Ubuntu Server 12.04.4. My server has 4 GB RAM (1066), 5 SATA drives (1 + 4 in a RAID5). I regularly max out the CPU (between 2.5 - 4 SysLoad).

If you understand what I'm talking about, then you should be able to figure out if this board will work for you or not.

I am going to bite the bullet and upgrade a Haswell i3 core, 35w or 45w. I need the extra power and the i3 does a great job of reducing consumption when it can operate in a low power state.

If you are only using this to server content, it's a fantastic workhorse (and cheap). I recommend it if your needs are less than mine! Dinged one egg due to not meeting my particular needs. YMMV

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Quiet
* Bought at good price over holidays. Wait for a sale if you can.
* Relatively fast for a HD
* No issues so far

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I ordered 5. I've only tested 4 so far (bought 5th as backup drive for my 4-drive RAID5 NAS box that is my home media server.

Now that I'm reading all these complaints about DOA drives, I'm going to test the 5th one.

I strongly recommend running a comprehensive SMART test program on new drives (I followed my own advice on the 4 in the box now, but not the 5th - yet)


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Display Name: David G.

Date Joined: 06/24/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/26/06
  • Last Review: 04/07/14
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