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GIGABYTE USB 3.1 Add-on Card Model GC-USB3.1
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5 out of 5 eggs So far so good 12/08/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE USB 3.1 Add-on Card Model GC-USB3.1

Pros: Cheap
Small form factor
Win10 drivers
Doesn't need power connector

Cons: None really (yet)
Some inconsistent speed, likely attributable to my devices

Other Thoughts: I bought this to complement my StarTech USB 3.1 hard drive dock, so far it has worked fine. I have seen a noticeable improvement in speed and latency. On the other hand, the speed seems fickle. It will easily peak over 150/MBs but then dive to 20s and even lower. In one instance it transferred the first gigabyte of a file quickly but the last half at snail pace. I think this is either due to my docked hard drive (2 TB of 4 TB used) or my SSD (brinkline of capacity). Overall it is still faster than when I ran the drive over USB 3.0. Have not tried Type-C yet but this meets my expectations regardless. Also, strangely, my computer boots faster now. I have this plugged into a PCI-E 2.0 x8 slot.

RiDATA Valor 25GB 2X BD-RE Inkjet white hub-printable 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model BDRE-252-RVIWNCB50
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: No coasters (so far)
Inkjet printable

Cons: None; knew I was getting slow discs
Takes 1-3 hours to write to capacity

Other Thoughts: These are perfect for data backup. If you want to throw a disc in and quickly burn a movie, look elsewhere. These are the kind of discs that are better suited for burning overnight or while you're watching a movie.

It does NOT take long to format these discs. Based on other reviews, I was expecting a long time. It takes no more than 2 minutes if you have Windows 7 or higher and only need the discs for data (i.e. drag and drop) via UDF format. You right click on the drive in Explorer and just click format. It may take longer with a commercial burning application, especially if you are burning video. Other issues may arise, which may explain some of the negative reviews, but so far I've had errors and no coasters.

I previously purchased 2 spindles of Memorex (15-pack) and to my disgust nearly HALF of all discs were bad. These RiDATA cost about the same yet they are inkjet printable, re-writable, and I get 20 more discs. The speed is super slow but I knew that and am fine with it since I am just using the discs for data backup.

Well worth the money, would recommend and buy again

memorex 25GB 6X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Recordable Media Model 98683
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1 out of 5 eggs Unfortunately....awful 05/17/2014

This review is from: memorex 25GB 6X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Recordable Media Model 98683

Pros: Price

Cons: Coasterville
Waste of money
Should've listened to the other reviews

Other Thoughts: I rarely give bad reviews but this product warrants it. I've been a longtime Memorex user but this time they have truly let me down. No wonder these were on sale.

So far I've had nothing but coasters, regardless of file size, write speed, burning program used, etc. I previously burned 2 of 2 Verbatim Blu-Ray at DOUBLE the rated speed with ZERO problems. I can't even get 1 of these to work at LOWER than rated speed.

I am using a LG burner with Windows 8.1. I can understand maybe one bad disc, but all of them so far? At this point I would be happy to just get one good burn. I guess from now on I will stick with Verbatim discs.

AVOID. Not worth the trouble.


SEAN B.'s Profile

Display Name: SEAN B.

Date Joined: 04/06/10

  • Reviews: 26
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  • Last Review: 12/08/15
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