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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Solid design
Easy plug and play
Installed Windows 10 with no issues
Fits perfectly into my laptop
Great value and bang for the buck
SATA III interface
480GB SSD = lots of storage!
Very light = doesn't add weight to laptop
Super high-speed transfers (up to 540mb/s)
Silicon Power claims that this SSD comes with "Bad Block Management"
RAID support
3-year warranty!

Cons: For 480GB, I'd expect it to be a little bit heavier due to more components / parts, but the weight is on the light side
I only get 428GB (never the full 480GB ever!) but this pertains to all hard drives and SSD's
Does not do full 540mb transfers, I only got 300mb/s upload max and average was about 240-280 mb/s. A couple of times it dropped to just 5mp/s for unknown reasons.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd only recommend this unit if it was under $80. The transfer speeds were slow for me (compared to other SSD's I have). I would only use this as a storage drive that you hardly access and NOT as your primary operating system drive because it's a TLC (Triple Layer) and has 480GB space built in.

MLC- Multi Layer Cell
Lower endurance limit than SLC
10,000 program/erase cycles per cell
Lower cost
A good fit for consumer products. Not suggested for applications which require frequent update of data.

TLC- Three Layer Cell
Higher density
Lower endurance limit than MLC and SLC
TLC has slower read and write speeds than conventional MLC
5,000 program/erase cycles per cell
Best price point
A good fit for low-end basic products. Not suggested for critical or important applications at this time which require frequent updating of data.

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Economical and solid performing SSD 07/07/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: At just a little over 50 bucks, great price for 240GB SSD
It fits right into my laptop like it supposed to
3 year warranty
Not heavy, very light in weight
the screw holes fit perfectly (as it's supposed to)
SATA III connection 6GBps
supports RAID

PLEASE READ THE "OTHER" SECTION FOR SOME EDUCATION BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION. I HOPE THAT HELPS.

Cons: I've owned a couple of SSD's and this one is not the fastest as far as transferring files. My Samsung Pro Series was a lot faster, but then again, the Samsung SSD is higher in price (200 bucks not on sale).

Other Thoughts: Even with the fact that it's not the fastest SSD out there, for the price point and the fact that its still faster than a traditional spinning hard drive, I would highly recommend it.

Use it as your C: drive, or your Windows drive (or operating system drive just in case you're not using Windows). The startup for Windows 10 is still stunning fast!

As for reliability, I've never used a Silicon Power product yet so only time will tell with an update...but I've been using it for over a week now and its still operating like new.

SSD Education:
This drive is made of TLC memory components- TLC = Three Layer Cell
They're higher density but
have Lower endurance limit than MLC and SLC (MLC = Multi Layer Cell / SLC = Single Layer Cell)
TLC has slower read and write speeds than conventional MLC
5,000 program/erase cycles per cell
Best price point
A good fit for low-end basic products. Not suggested for critical or important applications at this time which require frequent updating of data...so using it as your C (or operating system) drive is ok...don't use it for a data drive that you delete often from it.

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CORSAIR SF Series SF450 450W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs Okay, this thing is seriously small but packs a punch! 05/25/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR SF Series SF450 450W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: - Small Form Factor - make sure you understand this before you purchase, these are made for smaller cases, called "Small Form Factor". If you're going to use a regular ATX (whether small, mid-sized or large) case, you're going to have to purchase the mounting adapter because this power supply is smaller than a regular ATX power supply, and NO, the adapter is NOT included in this package...sorry.
- Small but still packs 450 watts for your PC enjoyment
- Has smart temperature control - fans only turn on when it needs it
- Superquiet - again, due to smart fan control, the fans only turn on when it needs it and most of the time the fan doesn't even turn on, eliminating the buzzing noise during those night gaming sessions (or watching movies)
- Corsair - means reliable and a well known company that makes quality PC parts. I surely trust them and their products.
- Corsair's legendary 5 YEARS parts and labor warranty - they built this power supply to last!
- 80 Plus GOLD - this just means it's good and very efficient on energy
- Fully modular cable set - these are detachable cables so you can plug in only the wires that you need. It saves tons of space and the result is a clean looking PC install.
- 100% All Japanese 105 degrees celsius capacitors - I don't know what these mean but I'm sure it's quality parts they've used to ensure longevity and constant power.
- Comes ready for latest motherboards but also compatible with older motherboards too
- Lastly, aesthetically it looks good in a PC case

Cons: - Not really a big con, but they should of at least included one mounting back for ATX power supply cases. I didn't need one, but I think a lot of people (who didn't do enough research) will run into this issue.
- the SATA and power cables were strangely shorter than other power supplies I've used, I'm assuming they designed it this way to use with smaller cases.

Other Thoughts: This power supply runs super quiet, really quiet. I built myself a new small HTPC and compared with my older unit, this thing doesn't make a single sound. Especially at night when you're watching a movie and you've turned down the volume so the kids won't hear the movie. It's so quiet, you can literally hear no fans, just the hard drive spinning and/or the DVD spinning. With my older and much bigger HTPC, the fans were always on and you had to turn the volume higher so you couldn't hear the fans.

I've put my build specs below, but in my opinion, this is a great small power supply. When I took it out of the box, it was surprisingly small and I wondered if it would even power the Nvidia 960 graphics card but it did!

Overall, I'd highly recommend this unit. It looks great aesthetically cccccccccccccccccccccc. It does the job at 450watts. Quality parts and made by a reputable company, Corsair. 5 YEAR warranty, very long warranty. Lastly, its small form factor opens up a lot of doors for PC enthusiasts that build their own custom cases. GET THIS POWER SUPPLY if you're looking for a small form factor PSU but don't want to skimp out on the power quality.

Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini ITX Power
Asus H971I+ LGA 1150 Mini ITX Mobo
G. Skill Sniper Series 16GB RAM
Intel Core i5-4960K Processor
Corsair SF450 PSU
ATX to Mini ITX PSU Adapter
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
Samsung E850EVO 2.5" 1TB SSD
Seagate 4TB HDD
Strictly streaming, so no DVD/Bluray player

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Display Name: VANA M.

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