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This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
Pros: Fast install - just follow the instructions.
Fast device - what do you expect from an SSD?
Fast delivery: ordered on Monday, arrived on Tuesday.
Nice capacity - 0.5TB
Works with Mac Mini, flawlessly.
Overall speed is about the same as my WD 2TB hard drive with Thunderbolt interface.
Cons: o I wish SSD's were less expensive.
o I wish this SSD had a Thunderbolt interface along with the USB3. My experience is the T'bolt is WAY faster than USB3.
o This device has about the same overall speed as a physical HD with T'bolt.
o For some unknown reason, Time Machine does not want to back up the SSD.
Other Thoughts: I am not using the built in encryption since the SSD is attached to a non-portable computer (Mac Mini in my home office). My primary need is for a device that does not have "spin-up" time when not used for the last 10 minutes. The SSD satisfies that need. My data is now instantly accessible at all times. No more spin-up delay.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: High quality build
Good drivers and mobo monitoring software
Installation easy peasy
Cons: Mobo software could have somewhat better documentation. This is not a big deal, but it's nice to find something to "con" about.
Hardware-wise there are no cons.
Other Thoughts: I love ASUS mobos. This one is a winner. My favorite part about this one is that you can hook a ridiculous number of HD's directly to the mobo, and they all perform well. I have 6 HD's, an SSD for booting, and a DVD burner. No add-in cards for more SATA ports. However, if the need should arise, there are at least 2 slots available to make more ports.
If you get an i5 CPU you can hook a single monitor to the mobo direct. Makes initial installation easy -- you can leave out the video card during early parts of the build, if that suits you.
Pros: * Price is right.
* VERY QUIET. So quiet that I thought the pump might have been broken. All I could hear is a light purr of the fans running at slow speed.
* Very good at cooling. CPU holds steady at 87F unless I do something to light up all 4 cores.
* Compact unit, and installation is very easy compared to prior builds.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: HEED THE ADVICE from Corsair: Point the radiator fan so that it sucks cold air from outside into the case. I have never had a water cooler this effective before. I've been using water for about 10 years.
ASUS Maximus VII Hero. Quad core 4.3 GHZ I5 CPU. Cooler Master HAF tower case. Six 2TB hard drives, plus SSD to boot from.
Takes some effort to get the temp over 95F. I use a fractal calculator to light up all cores at once at close to 100%.
Radiator is a skinny, wimpy looking little thing. You can easily see thru the radiator. So I guess that means the cold air gets into the radiator fins easily. The overall effect is like I said above: really good cooling.