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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB-G2 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Performance for Nearly 3 Years 12/08/2014

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB-G2 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast. Dependable. Good memory and controller (sandforce). Quality finish and build.

Cons: Price is now half of what I paid

Other Thoughts: This drive is a horse and has not winced at anything I throw at it. Not sure why mine is so long-lived, but I do perform regular maintenance by consolidating free space regularly. W7 does the rest.

I replaced a three-drive SATA II SSD RAID 0 with this unit in Jan 2012 by cloning the image directly onto the Chronos. No hiccups at all, and the drive is still performing tirelessly. It has more than paid for itself.

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Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDCR120GB-7 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Performance for Nearly 3 Years 11/30/2014

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDCR120GB-7 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast. Dependable. Good memory and controller (sandforce). Quality finish and build.

Cons: Price is now half of what I paid.

Other Thoughts: To be honest, I have the standard profile drive (not 7mm) but the controller and the NAND are identical.

This drive is a horse and has not winced at anything I throw at it. Not sure why mine is so long-lived, but I do perform regular maintenance by consolidating free space regularly. W7 does the rest.

I replaced a three-drive SATA II SSD RAID 0 with this unit in Jan 2012 by cloning the image directly onto the Chronos. No hiccups at all, and the drive is still performing tirelessly. It has more than paid for itself.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great, Fast, Economical Machine 08/23/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone

Pros: Extremely small footprint. Runs Windows 8.1 with surprising efficiency. High quality fit and finish. Versatile. Runs cooler than I would expect for a passive system.

Cons: Wall-wart power supply. Wireless has limited range. Not suitable for multiple-thread, calculation-intensive computing - it is a Celeron and can only do so much at once.

Other Thoughts: I installed a 256 gig SSD, and 8 gigs PC3 10600 (bought from approved memory list supplied by Gigabyte). Loaded Windows 8.1 from a USB drive (F2 at POST got me into the boot options screen of the bios) and was up and running in less than 15 minutes.

I use this little gem as a field DVR for a vehicle-mounted thermal imaging camera I deploy during night operations. I needed a machine that could run all night and store large MP4 files, powered from a 12v to AC inverter power source. Typical video surveillance systems were too bulky and too expensive. The Gigabyte Brix has the power I need for on-the-fly video encoding from a USB capture card via open-source software, without a lot of electrical or $$ consumption . The resolution is better than the surveillance systems too.

When not in the field, I mount the Brix onto the back of a 19" monitor on the kitchen counter. Works perfect for streaming HD video and surfing the web .

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Display Name: Geoff R.

Date Joined: 10/05/05

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/30/14
  • Last Review: 12/08/14
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