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This review is from: SHARKOON DG7000 Green Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Case, 3x140mm LED Cooling Fan Pre-Installed, Support up to 280mm Water Cooling Radiator Installation at Top & Max: 14.96" VGA Length
Pros: Looks great (subjective)
Easy to build in to
Good cable management
Room for multiple rads (240 at top, 280 at front, 120 at back)
PSU separated from main chamber
Cons: Side panels were difficult to remove and thin
Magnetic top filter a little flimsy and not well designed
Illumination uneven on front fan
Other Thoughts: I promised to rebuild my 9 year old’s computer and asked him what he wanted in a case, he said anything green. When I searched Newegg I found this case. I have never purchased Sharkoon before, however my son declared love at first sight when he saw this case. Not really my taste as I am currently using a Corsair 600, however after building his computer I must say that the green is rather attractive. The case looks great and the final build was actually one of my cleaner builds. I managed to squeeze in a full sized PSU, GTX 970 (Strix), 2 SSD’s and 1 HDD, an ATX motherboard and a 120mm aio Corsair cooler. The PC is extremely quiet and looks pretty cool, my son is very pleased with his new build. I will definitely take a closer look at Sharkoon from now on. I was pleasantly surprised. Recommended.
Being nitpicky, I was not overly impressed with the side panels which did not fit well and took effort to remove; also the top magnetic filter slid around and would not stay in place. Finally molex connectors were required for fans and front panel, I would have preferred SATA instead as it would have been one less cable from the modular PSU to worry about. No real deal breakers through when the cost of this case was considered.
This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1D)
Pros: 64gb capacity
Slide to use (capless design)
Cons: Capacity after format 58.9Gb
Formatted exFat by default (128kb)
Rattles slightly when shaken
Slow write speeds
Other Thoughts: Silicon Power has been in business since 2003 and I have many of their memory cards and USB flash drives, however this is the first USB 3.0 flash drive that I have of theirs and I was keen to test it. It is a huge 64gb in size and when it arrived I expected a behemoth, however it is similar in size to my 8gb and 32gb drives. It was well packaged and easy to open. The flash drive feels well-built, even though it is primarily made out of plastic and slid in and out smoothly from its case. I noticed a slight rattle from the flash drive when it was shaken, but I am sure that this will not affect performance. When pushed in to my test computer the internal LED blinked while the drive was being accessed.
I tested the drives speed using Crystal Disk Mark and observed write speeds of 58.63mbps and read speeds of 216.42mbps when plugged in to a USB 3.0 port. I was a little concerned by the huge difference in read and write speeds as reported by Crystal Disk Mark, read speed is excellent, however write speed appears to be slow for a USB 3.0 flash drive when compared to some of the other drives I own. I copied across a HD MP4 video and had no issues watching the video on multiple devices. No stuttering or skipping was observed.
I was surprised that by default the drive was formatted exFat with 128kb allocation, but reformatting to NTFC with 4096 byte allocation was easy enough. After formatting 58.9gb of usable space was available, pretty typical, but users should be aware that all drives shrink after formatting. I believe that companies should note formatted size on packaging.
One egg off for slow write speeds, however this is compensated for by the silly price of this 64gb USB 3.0 flash drive.
Pros: Exceptionally good value
Micron 16nm MLC NAND
Three year warranty
Cons: No hardware encryption
Not the fastest SSD available
No software toolbox
Other Thoughts: Finally ran out of space on my 500gb Samsung EVO 850 and while I love the speed of this SSD I was not able to stretch my budget to the 1Tb version. So I needed to find a reasonably speedy 1TB SSD that was within my current budget.
After some research I found some options, the Mushkin Reactor being one. This is not a new drive, however it is built around Micron 16nm NAND MLC memory with a mature Silicon Motion controller. While I have not performed any specific tests on this SSD, it feels similar in speed to my Samsung 850 Evo. I am sure that synthetic tests may show that the Samsung is the faster drive, but for everyday applications and games I don’t notice a difference.
MLC NAND should provide me with good reliability and the Silicon Motion controller is a mature controller with a good reputation. Initially I was put off by no hardware encryption or software toolbox, however on reflection I don’t use hardware encryption and I can find other software applications that provide the same functionality as a software toolbox, so no real loss there.
My main reason for buying this drive was MLC NAND and price, I was able to take advantage of a Newegg special pricing and picked this drive up $30 cheaper than the cheapest TLC NAND drive. While there are faster drives available they are considerably more expensive and for everyday surfing and gaming a faster drive does not translate in to a worthwhile cost benefit (IMO).