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Pros: On 8/2/14 I posted my initial review with a promise to follow up. It is 4/16/16 and this is the follow up.
A quick review this has been my only system drive. Back ups and bulk storage have been on an external WD Passport drive. This drive just keeps on working. 31 logged "Unexpected interruptions" -- read power failures and a few BSODs and it is still testing at 100%. An EVO in another system is not worth the aggravation.
This drive has been my only system's mass storage device and I use this system to make money. I am buying another, larger one once the refund check arrives. For my next build these, soon to be two, drives are going into it.
There are faster SSD drives; going Intel NVMe on the next build. But make no mistake this drive is a tank and has kept my data safe no matter what I do or what happens with the system; 31 bad shut down and no issues.
SSDs are faster than HDDs. If you have not added an SSD to your system yet it is a significant upgrade in speed no matter which one you get.
So easy to install even I couldn’t foul it up. The hardest part was putting it in a 3 1/2 “ bay and making sure the BIOS was configured properly.
Intel’s Data Migration software was not used; this was a clean install for all software.
Intel’s SSD Toolbox software was down loaded and installed and is a very nice plus. It installs firmware updates painlessly. It runs SMART diagnostics on the SSD and hopefully will give advance warning if issues develop before failure. It optimizes the Windows OS for SSD use (very nice as it was a chore on a recent build using an EVO SSD.) And, it runs trim on a schedule and or on demand.
The five year warranty.
It was well packed by Intel. The shipping packaging would have killed a HDD. It was in direct contact with the outside of the shipping box and there was inadequate packaging material, it rattled around in the shipping container (first time ever for a Newegg shipment for me.)
It arrived ahead of schedule.
So why only three stars?
It has only been in use a month and a half. I plan on updating this review after it has been in use a while; after a year or so of use as the primary storage / use for everything drive not just the OS and a few select programs. The software is nice but I bought an SSD – So after about a year of usage I’ll update this. (Please see other thoughts.)
Cons: Has limited space.
I could live without the skull but the only one that sees it is my so...
Other Thoughts: It is official I am an Intel fanboy. After 1 and 2/3 years of usage as a primary storage device this wee beasty still checks out at 100% data integrity! The EVO in an other system cannot make that claim.
Note: The speed differences are, IMHO, not significant enough to risk my data for.
I bought this SSD as an experiment to test for myself if SSDs were ready to be used as the primary storage device. Based on reviews SSDs are infamous for not giving any warning before they fail. Then there are the recommendations to use them only for the OS and a few select programs transferring your file storage to a HDD. This is reportedly to save wear and tear on your SSD to extend its life; the five year warranty on this SSD is a nice safety blanket.
After researching a lot of SSDs this one was selected because it was supposed to be a workhorse of a drive. Intel is backing it with a five year warranty.
It was not the fastest in benchmark tests; solidly in the middle to near the top of the pack depending on the benchmark used by the tester.
But it is reported as consistently near the top in real life usage tests, e.g. gamming.
Additionally, it is supposed to be a variant of Intel’s DC S3500 server grade SSD built for home users not enterprise users. (Note: the 730 series has no error correcting memory.)
Let’s face it, the actual benchmark differences in speed between SSDs are faster than most of us can actually see when using our systems; they are all fast. I’m looking for solid SSD speed and long-term dependability – lots of write operations and deletes.
Again please recall, at this posting this SSD has only been in use for a month and a half.
This is the only drive in my system at this time. I run a lot of databases and spreadsheets some of which are large; some pull real time data from the internet and recalculate on a 300 second cycle refresh rate. I create and revise documents. I down load a lot of all of those things. Additionally, I like to check out different programs, which results in a lot of installations being removed. In plain language I am doing all the things on an SSD I did on a hard drive despite all the pundits’ recommendations against it.
The system this SSD is installed in was built four years ago:
Mother board: Asus P7P55D with “SATA revision 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 respectively delivers a native transfer rate of 1.5Gbit/s, 3.0Gbit/s and 6.0Gbit/s.”
CPU: i7 – 860 Lynnfield over clocked to 3.46 GHz based on Cupid CPU-Z.
Primary Storage: Intel 730 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s. It formatted at 223.47 for a 16.53 GB loss. Some loss on formatting is normal and user mileage may vary. (No stars deducted now or in the future for that.)
Pros: It provides a lot of storage for a minimal cost. This is the second one of these (different color) purchased. The first one beat the snot out of a thumb drive. Nice amount or portable storage for a nice price too. No I didn't buy the first one here. It was an emergency purchase mid build from a local brick and mortar store.
Cons: 1) The loss of a star goes against New Egg's shipping. The drive was at the bottom of the box in direct contact with the shipping box. All the cushioning was stuffed on top of it to hold against the outside of the box. This is the second time I've received a hard drive from New Egg Edison like this.
2) For whatever reason this drive vibrates in operation. My first one, an emergency purchase for a retailer, runs so smooth if not for the indicator light I would not know it was running.
3) There is no doubt the indicator light is on. I try to face it away from me because it is that bright.
Other Thoughts: It is a sorry state of affairs when a product loses a star because New Egg's standards seem to be slipping. Once, hey stuff happens; this is the third time. If this wee beasty fails because of being improperly packaged for shipping I'll post again.
My first one is a tank providing a lot of portable storage for a nice price for the last two years; especially if you can catch it on sale. It is an external portable hard drive. They are not built for speed. They are built to plug in and save a lot of data. That is what the first one does and hopefully this one will do also.
It is a WD. Even with WD's reported slippage on QC they are still all that IMHO.
This packaging issue needs to be addressed. I am specing out my next build. If it arrives battered and abused, again, you may lose a customer. The last build the mother board was so battered it was RMAed. The last hard drive was packaged like this one badly. Might be your Edison NJ facility needs a little QC work in the shipping department.
This is the first time I ever posted a negative rating for New Egg.
This is my second one of these drives. If it has issues I lay the fault at New Egg's Edison facility door step because the first one is a tank and this one may have survived shipping.
Pros: This is a mini (very small) ITX mother board and this was my first build in this format.
The PCB is solid. The daughter board is attached well. It has more features than some will fully use. It has enough PWN MoBo connectors for the ITX format cases I looked at. It is worth buying; just bought another one.
I am not greatly concerned about how pretty a component looks; I'd rather have a mounting point for another case fan than a side window. Please see Cons and Other Thoughts.
The egg was docked because of RMA tribulations. Electronics do fail. This was my third MoBo failure since the mid 1990s; it happens.
Cons: The MB USB 3 connector might be in the way of other components. A case speaker would be nice at this price point too. The PCI slot lock is flimsy. The daughter board is close to the rear fan and in my case it fit okay.
The sordid tale:
After stripping down the MoBo and testing everything but the CPU, I contacted ASUS Tech support on-line. They sent me directly to the RMA site. After three RMA forms (the third was the only approved one) and numerous telephone calls I received advanced replacement authorization. From there on everything went smoothly.
The shinning light is that almost 45 day obscenity was Justin. I have to believe the others tried to help. Yet, I kept getting new people getting involved and overridden by the next new people.
Yes, they replaced it. Yes it took forever and they do not honor their own deadlines. It was the worst time since I had to prove to Microsoft their update corrupted my system.
Other Thoughts: I hope ASUS contacts me. They need to improve the RMA process. Worst case was the guy that hung up on me when I tried to confirm the shipping address to send the defective unit to. The best case was Justin who actually explained what was needed and how to get it done. Somebody needs to give him a raise.
Case - Bitfenix Prodigy with optional mesh front panel and a Silverstone rear dust filter
Mother board - Asus Z87 I - Deluxe (Just replaced under warranty)
PSU - Seasonic X 650
CPU - i5 4670 Haswell 3.4 GHz
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 (PC3 106666) 2 X 4 GB sticks
OS HD - Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB SSD
Storage HD - Western Digital Velociraptor 1 TB HD
Optical Drive - Pioneer SATA Blu-Ray burner
Cooling has been upgraded and configured for positive pressure
Corsair H80i with fans changed out to -
2 X Noctua 120 mm NF-F12 PWM fans in push pull configuration
Front case fan replaced with -
BitFenix 230 mm Spectre Pro
Rear case fan replaced with -
Noctua 140 mm NF - A14 PWM fan
A closing thought. I like this MoBo enough to risk ASUS' customer service again and bought another one.