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VANTEC CB-STU3-2PB USB 3.0 to 2.5
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Pros: I purchased this enclosure simply to house 2.5" drives to make System Image backups for several computers running Windows 10.

It works fine for that.

Cons: Although the enclosure works fine, the construction is fairly cheap. I am docking one egg for that.

Other Thoughts: I really like the fact that the USB 3.0 to SATA cable/adapter is removable from the enclosure. This is handy if you simply desire to plug a 2.5" drive into a computer for (say) transferring files and don't particularly need the enclosure at that time. The cable/adapter will also fit/store inside of the enclosure (when no drive is present) which is handy -- no USB pigtail sticking out.

I much prefer the appearance and construction of the Orico 2.5" enclosures (at about the same price), but I have had numerous issues with them (for some reason) being unable to complete a System Image backup on Windows 10, although they work fine on Windows 7.

I am at a loss to explain this, but out of 5 Orico enclosures, I have 4 that "hang up" about 80% of the way through when trying to create a W10 System Image. This happens with multiple different drives and on multiple computers. One of the Orico enclosures will complete a W10 System Image. Apart from the W10 System Image issue, they work fine for simply transferring files.

I have two of the Vantec enclosures and both are able to record W10 System Images on all of my computers and with any drive installed.

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SYBA M.2 PCI-e To PCI-e 3.0 x4 Card Model SI-PEX40110
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5 out of 5 eggs Does what I bought it for 11/12/2016

This review is from: SYBA M.2 PCI-e To PCI-e 3.0 x4 Card Model SI-PEX40110

Pros: My motherboard has only a single M.2 PCIe slot. I bought this card so as to be able to clone my current M.2 PCIe OS drive to a new/different M.2 PCIe SSD.

It worked fine for that.

Cons: None.

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3 out of 5 eggs EVO 850 a Better Value 08/25/2016

This review is from: Samsung 250GB 750 EVO SSD SATA III 2.5" MZ-750250BW

Pros: See other thoughts.

Cons: See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The EVO 750 series was originally designed for the OEM (system builders) channel, but has found its way into the retail market. Performance wise, the EVO 750s are decent drives. But a questionable value when compared to the EVO 850 series.

The EVO 750 and 850 drives benchmark about the same on Sequential Read and Write, but there are significant differences between the two.

Warranty: EVO 750 three years, EVO 850 five years
NAND: The EVO 750s use Samsung's older 2D Planar NAND, the EVO 850s use Samsung's new 3D Vertical NAND.
TBW (Terabytes Written): Because of the 3D NAND, the EVO 850s can sustain a significantly greater number of Writes as compared to the EVO 750 series. 70 TBW for the 250 GB EVO 750 vs. 150 TWB for the 250 GB EVO 850. In other words, the same capacity 850 EVO has a bit more than double the expected life.
4K Random Write Performance: The EVO 850 is about 12.5% faster.

Samsung's suggested retail price for the 250 GB EVO 750 is $74.95, but I have seen it advertised for as much at $89.95.

Summation: The EVO 750s are good little drives re: performance, but the EVO 850 series enjoys a significantly longer warranty (40%), better Flash/3D NAND, and more than DOUBLE the TBW rating.

For these reasons, I would suggest that, comparing capacity to capacity, the EVO 750s should be a solid $20-25 less than the EVO 850 series in order to be a value.

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Display Name: Bruce C.

Date Joined: 11/26/12

  • Reviews: 42
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  • First Review: 04/08/13
  • Last Review: 11/20/16
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