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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good Looking RAM
Works Great
Lifetime Warranty
Affordable

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have a Shuttle SH67H3 with BOM 2 and motherboard V2 with an i3-2100 (for now). This RAM works great, just popped it in and and booted up. I'm running Mageia 5 Linux x64 and it's reporting it as 1333 so all is well. I just now received it so I don't know if it has problems but I have 16GB of the Ares 1866 (2x8GB) in my main desktop and it's been running flawless for about 3 years so I expect the same from this RAM.

Some boards take goofy RAM, like Dell's, so I wasn't sure about using it in the SH67H3 but it seems to work great and I hope that helps some of you who just got the great deal on this machine as I did. Shuttle has some Ripjaws 1600 listed that has the same specs as this so I went with the Ares because it's shorter and looks better in my opinion. I'll update this if I run into problems. I almost wish I'd went with two 8GB sticks, but 8GB total should be fine for this machine and what I'm going to use it for, digital ham radio communication and internet (mostly, for now).

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OCZ VTX460-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Update After Receiving The SSD 07/28/2014

This review is from: OCZ VTX460-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Flash Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

Pros: Linux Support
Solid Good Looking 7mm SSD
Fast Speeds As Advertised
Competitive Price
Rebate Received Quickly

Cons: It didn't come from the future when we will look back on these products as slow junk!

Other Thoughts: I wrote another review before I received my drive with information about the NAND and controller speed and other technical info.

Now that I have the SSD installed it's great with speeds just like Bruce C reports which is between 500 and 550 MBs read and write depending which benchmark you use.

And like Eric O reports the speed doesn't drop to 100 MBs like an EVO with large files. The OCZ remains above 400 MBs even if the file is 10+ TB's in size!

See both of those reviews, they're not lengthy and give you solid numbers and information.



My boot time is 12 seconds flat in Mageia Linux 4. Do this in a terminal:

>systemd-analyze plot > boot.svg

It analyzes your boot time for each process and gives you a graph allowing you to see which ones take the longest so that you may improve them or remove them totally if it is something you don't use.

Mine was taking 27 seconds to try and connect to wifi. Since I'm wired I disabled connect wifi at boot cutting my boot time considerably! Had I been using wifi it would've been able to connect and I'd have about an 18-20 second boot time. You can click icons etc in less than 15 seconds but just don't have internet until it connects when using wifi.

ArchWiki has very good information on benchmarking and testing SSD's.



This drive is everything OCZ says it is and the Vector 150 is a few percent faster with a 5 year warranty but cost more. You'll never notice the difference without benchmarking it, you're paying for the extra warranty with a little speed increase for incentive and bragging rights.

Where the Vertex 460 shines is moving large files. I know the EVO is all the rage but it uses trickery, a little magic to reach the speeds it does and most reviews don't show you the numbers when moving a TB or two of data.

I'm not trying to knock the EVO but I never did like that about it or the TLC flash it uses. The Toshiba MLC NAND in the 460 is much better hands down, it's just a fact.

You will get your rebate! I received my rebate faster than they say but that don't mean you will. They say 8 weeks or whatever to give them plenty of time and during a heavy work load it may not be as fast as mine, but you'll get it if you follow the instructions.

Be aware that when it says 3 rebates per household to mail them in separate envelopes! Read the terms and conditions carefully!

I took the rebate card, popped it in a gas pump, done!


The OCZ Vertex 460 represents a great value in terms of quality, performance and price. Throw in Linux support and you have a clear cutting edge leader!

When word gets around the OCZ line will be what Linux users buy!

I did not install Windows on it but plenty of others have without problems.

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PNY XLR8 PRO 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB has turned out to be much better than my 120GB HyperX 3k's but we all know the smaller drives just don't perform as well. It is in my SATA II laptop but I did benckmark it in my desktop.

CDM:

Seq: 505.3 514.7
512k: 464.1 503.2
4k : 31.16 72.11
4k
QD32: 205.8 362.0

This was on an I5-3570K AT 4.3 GHz

It's a pretty good Sandforce based SSD.

Be sure to register at PNY for 2 additional years warranty!!!!!
TOTAL 5 YEAR WARRANTY!!!!

I also bought an OCZ Vertex 460 240GB that has not arrived yet. Look for a short report on it. I didn't do a lot of tests beyond basic performance to make sure it was not defective.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Only time will tell about durability but it is well built and feels solid.
Not as flashy as some others but still looks very nice.

Go to the PNY EU site to get FW 5.04, 5.05 and 5.07.
Mine had 5.42 I think and I updated it to FW 5.60 from the US site which did improve it.

You can't down grade it but you never know what might come about in the future so I downloaded the other FW just to have.

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Display Name: John S.

Date Joined: 12/06/01

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  • First Review: 05/31/14
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