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5 out of 5 eggs Disclaimer: Free sample provided for review. 12/28/2015

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Pros: Smaller than the photos make it look; it is no wider/thicker than a USB A/M connector.
Solid and durable. I've given it a thorough workover beyond typical usage, stowage, and accidental wash-cycles with only scuffs to show for it. Still works as well as right out of the package.
For the price you are getting exceptional read/write speeds. Most USB3 flash drives in this price range offer worse speeds for the price and capacity. *cough-@D@T@-ahem*
I've had the sample for about a week now and I've been bulldozing it with CrystalDiskMark(CDM) when not working it over for durability. It's likely had between 1-2TB of writes done to it by now. Making a point of this because of all the "failures" posted in the reviews. Remember people are more inclined to write a negative review than a positive one when satisfied.

Cons: I do dislike how big that ring on the end is. I get that it is meant to be big enough to get a finger in it to pull it out of the port, but it could've been smaller and attached to a keyring as intended and pulled out by the keyring. Trivial at best, but something worth pointing out.

Other Thoughts: CDM benchmarks 9-passes of 16GB R/W in MB/s:
118.9 / 44.71 Sequential Queue Depth-32
7.207 / 1.606 Random Queue Depth-32
118.5 / 41.74 Sequential
6.732 / 1.546 Random

Yes reads are a bit slow, but I have tested slower that cost more with lower capacity.

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EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 80 PLUS GOLD 1000 W 5 yr Warranty Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI Ready and Crossfire Support Continuous Power Supply
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Pros: 1kW of continuous power delivery.
80Plus Gold efficiency which is negligibly lower than Platinum. (2%)
All cables are ribbon with no sleeving and all black.
Has two pure 6-pin connectors so no dangling 2-pin most other PSUs will have.
I can't test PSUs the same way other sources can, but it's EMI noise and ripple are extremely tight by the standards of those sources.
I can safely say even with ultra cheap headphones that love playing all the EMI noise coming from your PC; I hear no EMI noise from my PC. This is impressive.
^The above is a C&P from my previous review:
"EVGA PSUs are definitely on top."

Cons: Only two possible complaints:
1; The fan grill isn't supported by ANYTHING so don't try to hold the PSU by that or it'll bow inward.
2; The afore mentioned 6-pin connectors are not dedicated. They split off from their primary 8-pin in an extremely LONG parallel that I had to loop twice to get it looking reasonably clean. Seriously, it's about 4" (75mm) long. It should've only been long enough to swap which side of the 8-pin it was on. I can think of only one scenario where you could connect two devices on one cable, and that's extremely obscure and too ridiculous to mention.
^The above is a C&P from my previous review:
"EVGA PSUs are definitely on top."

Now for the third complaint:
It spontaneously died less than 9 months later.
My PC shuts down while not being particularly stressed, does not power-on with the power button. I turn off the PSU itself for ~30 seconds and when I turn it back on my system begins to power-on. Now I have mouse activity power-on enabled in my UEFI, so not strange it would immediately power-on. About 10 seconds into power-on I hear a crackling and sure enough sparks and flames are literally shooting out the back of my VRM heatsink. Turned off the PSU again and began the wonderful process of playing "find the part that failed" with my available collection of working parts while considering both the motherboard and in kind the CPU potentially dead. Testing a known working motherboard and CPU on this PSU resulted in a POST error code I have yet to identify with every attempt to power-on. Swapping the SuperNOVA 1000 G1 (Flextronic OEM) to a now 7y/o Antec NeoPower650 (SeaSonic OEM) allowed the system to POST and boot and I was thankfully up and running again.

Other Thoughts: The icing on the cake here; this all happens literally less than a week away from my birthday, and so close to Christmas money is tight for everyone. Especially those like myself with an income below poverty. I do in fact know a LOT about PCs; how to build, maintain, optimize, get the most performance for your money and much more. Yet for all I know about PCs I have had the worst luck when it comes to failure rates. Since 2008 I have had two ASUS 26" 1920x1200 Monitor failures; an ASUS HD4850 Matrix cooling fan failure; an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard failure; a Biostar TA990FXE failure (resolved replaced CMOS battery); a G.Skill Trident X 2x8GB DDR3 2400MHz failure (works at 1600MHz); an Antec Kuler920 pump failure; and a Coolermaster Glacer 240L pump failure while keeping it running low RPM. All in no particular order. This not including minor peripherals. I swear I am cursed...

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Silicon Power 2TB Armor A80 Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model SP020TBPHDA80S3B Blue
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5 out of 5 eggs Disclaimer: Free sample for review 09/08/2015

This review is from: Silicon Power 2TB Armor A80 Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model SP020TBPHDA80S3B Blue

Pros: The blue shell you see in the photos is billet aluminum carved into a one-piece shell, sand-blasted, and anodized. Very nice texture to it and since it's sand-blasted instead of brushed it won't show oily fingerprint stains. Wipe it clean every now and then and it'll always look as good as the day you got it.

Opening it reveals how almost perfect the water-resistant seal is with one exception I'll go over in the cons. The seal goes all the way around the interior housing on both sides leaving no chance of water getting through aside from the possible exception afore mentioned.

Not an SSD, but for these volumes you would not expect that. The model tested as the review header should show is the 2TB model which is very fast for a HDD, especially a 2.5" HDD.

Shock pads surround the HDD effectively, a nice soft rubber with plenty of flex and compression to it in every possible direction.

Most surprising of all is the USB3.0 to SATA Data/Power circuit board and chip are well optimized. Easily surpassing most USB3.0 flash drives out there for sequential speeds which is amazing. This would make an excellent on the go drive for recording 1080p video, or at least transcoding from the recording drive to this on the fly. Let these CDM benchmarks justify that:

USB3.0 500MB 5-pass Read / Write in MB/s:
131.5 / 130.9 Sequential
42.21 / 62.56 512K Random
0.491 / 1.561 4K Random
0.562 / 1.570 4K Random Queue-Depth 32

USB2.0 500MB 5-pass Read / Write in MB/s:
31.59 / 34.78 Sequential
22.36 / 34.36 512K Random
0.479 / 1.522 4K Random
0.526 / 1.544 4K Random Queue-Depth 32

Also comes with a 2' long USB3.0 M/A to M/A aside from the 2" one shown on the side.

Cons: There are two key faults in this design. The first is the afore mentioned fault with the water seal. The only way I can see water getting in is through the USB port. Now this port has a rubber cap that fits rather snuggly inside the port. If there was some kind of snapping or locking clamp involved then that port cap wouldn't worry me at all. However the cap is made of the same soft rubber used for the shock pads around the drive and is very snug in that port. I wouldn't intentionally test it's ability to prevent water getting into the enclosure, but it should offer at least the protection described.

The other fault I'm concerned with is the material used for the side covers. It's not a brittle plastic, but it is plastic. It'll certainly crack and/or break with sufficient force, but should survive the kind of impact described.

Other Thoughts: Now combine the two cons and you have the potential that if the drive were dropped on the side with the USB port cover into a puddle on the side of the street; you could very well crack the side cover, dislodge the port cover, and water splashes in. Dead drive? No... it's not powered. Open up one side, put it all in a ziplock bag with a piece of bread on top and set it in a closet or other confined place with a small heater running for about 8 hours. The warmth will evaporate any water that got on the circuitry as well as around the drive itself. The bread will absorb the evaporated water. Now you should go over the circuitry on the board and the drive for debris and smudges. Put it all back together and it should work fine provided it survived the shock which is likely. All that said, this situation is highly unlikely. If you are fiddling with the drive in such a way this could happen, it's a niche circumstance at best. It's likely going to be tucked into some pocket or pouch in your laptop bag, getting pressed into other luggage when traveling. This level of protection is actually rather overkill for typical stowage situations.

Now if you check my other reviews you'll learn I love poking holes in others. This is no exception as in only two reviews we have one case of user error to redeem: The drive only goes to sleep if your system allows it in your power profile. If you disable HDD spindown and set prevent system idling to sleep, this will not happen. Two options, both system configurations, and neither having anything to do with the quality of the product. Perhaps best to ask about these things or contact support before posting a review that cannot be edited or deleted without contacting Newegg support.

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