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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works well in Dell Inspiron 15R SE (7520) laptop 01/27/2014

This review is from: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL

Pros: Fast ram, decent price, after a week of usage with no hiccups, I can confirm it works in a Dell Inspiron 15R SE (7520) laptop

Cons: none--I received what I ordered, and it works well, so only a positive experience with this after a week of use so far

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Kingston DataTraveler 108 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Gray) Model DT108/16GBZ
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs slower performance than advertised 01/16/2012

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler 108 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Gray) Model DT108/16GBZ

Pros: The drive is very small.

Cons: This drive has the performance specs of a the 4 GB version even though it should have higher specs because it is the 16 GB version. This is based on the performance specs currently (Jan 2012) advertised on the manufacturer's website. See other thoughts below for more details.

Other Thoughts: According to the manufacturer's website, the 16 and 8 GB versions of this drive should have 25 MB/sec reads and 10 MB/sec writes. There is also a 4 GB version that is lower-specced with 15 MB/sec reads and 8 MB/sec writes. A practical test of performance shows this 16 GB version actually has performance specs similar to the slower 4 GB version. The practical test of performance included wiping a drive totally clean, and setting up a single primary partition with a FAT32 format. After disabling virus, firewall, etc., and not playing with the machine during testing, I copied over a single ~2 GB file to get a practical value for writes. I then unmounted the drive and remounted it to clear the disk cache, and read back the the same ~2 GB file to test read speeds. Writes were around 7 MB/sec, and reads were around 16 MB/sec. These values are inline with the slower-performing 4 GB version. The reads and writes are only 65% and 75%, respectively, of the advertised values. Unfair!

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SilverStone Sugo SG05-B Black SECC / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case SFX 300W 80Plus Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Professional looking case, and decent airflow with 12cm fan. This case easily accommodates three 3.5" hard drives if you are willing to build a simple hanging bracket. Out of the box, there is room for one 3.5" drive, one 2.5" drive, and one slim optical drive. But if you just pull out the mounting hardware for these drives (it just unscrews so no physical/irreversible modding is necessary), you can easily fashion a simple hanging bracket to hold three 3.5" drives. It might be possible to even fit four 3.5" drives if you really stuff them together, and your mobo/cpufan combo is low, but I have not measured this out precisely to be sure. Ah, by pulling out the factory bracket, you can't have a slim optical drive. For me, that was not an issue as my boot drive is a USB plug (with FreeNAS).

Cons: It's a tight build as it is a Mini-ITX case. Rather pricey, but it is really nice looking, and not filled with shiny chrome-colored plastic, goofy blue fan lights, etc. If you do go for the three 3.5" drive solution I mentioned, you cannot have a slim optical drive in the system.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a small, but nice looking NAS case, you'll search for a long time, and find that there are not many options available in *this* size range. Sure, there are more options available if you want something bigger, but again, at *this* size range there are not very many possibilities. And the ones that do exist (at this size range...) usually only accommodate only one or possibly two 3.5" drives. Since it's so easy to make a simple hanging bracket to allow this case to hold three 3.5" drives, it is the perfect solution I was looking for for my needs. To make the hanging bracket, you can get some aluminum "L" beam at Home Depot for a few bucks.

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Date Joined: 07/18/01

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