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PNY CS2111 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: - Well Built
- Cool Looking
- Fast Read Speeds
- Decent Write Speeds
- American Built, American Owned
- 4 Year Warranty

Cons: Read speed is a little weak compared to OCZ drives at this price point

Other Thoughts: Installed effortlessly. Shipped with the latest firmware already installed. Formatted and writing fast!

Benchmarks:

Samsung Magician:
Sequential Read: 497 MB/s
Sequential Write: 310 MB/s
Random Read: 44098 IOPS
Random Write: 31622 IOPS

AS SSD Benchmark:
Sequential Read: 497.76 MB/s
Sequential Write: 294.15 MB/s
4k Random Read: 22.92 MB/s
4k Random Write: 48.51 MB/s
4k-64thrd Read: 235.58 MB/s
4k-64thrd Write: 174.99 MB/s
Access Time Read: .066ms
Access Time Write: .075ms
IOPS Read: 60308
IOPS Write: 44799

Much faster random write speeds than my Samsung 840 EVO and similar Sequential Read speeds. Overall, for the price (paid $69.99 elsewhere) the performance remains impressive. Hopefully the reliability follows suit.

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ADATA S102 Pro 32GB Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Grey) Model AS102P-32G-RGY
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Solid Construction
-Looks minimalistic and professional
-Surprising performance (USB 3.0) (See other thoughts)
-No stupid retraction mechanism

Cons: - Cap fastens well, but is retained by plastic, which I can see wearing down over time. Not a big deal, however.
- Can barely fit on a key ring. And I mean barely.

Other Thoughts: Last year I bought an ADATA UE700 32GB flash drive and its USB 3.0 performance was impressive. Unfortunately, carrying it around on my key chain all day scratched the plastic up badly and furthermore, the retraction mechanism on the drive broke not once, but TWICE. It was after this that I decided to look for a more durable flash drive that was also affordable and performed well. This is where this drive shines.

The construction is a very nice painted aluminum with a matte plastic end and cap. I'm sure the paint will scratch off at some point but I like the fact that the body is metal. The body does have one flaw, however which is also my biggest complaint about this flash drive. The hole on the end that's meant for a lanyard or something absolutely does not fit most size key rings. I had to hunt all over my house for a key ring small enough to fit the hole. I then had to cut a piece of the key ring so that the drive could actually dangle from it. It was ridiculous and a large oversight by ADATA, to be honest.

Performance is surprising. Newegg lists this as a drive able to read data at 100MB/s and write data at 50MB/s. I'm happy to report that during benchmarks this drive exceeded these specifications when connected to a USB 3.0 port.

Benchmark Tool: "USB Flash Benchmark"
Drive format: exFAT
Description: This tool tests writing and reading from 16MB down to 1KB with three different file sizes: 100MB, 10MB and 1MB.

Average Read Speeds: 119.28 MB/s
Average Write Speeds: 82.54 MB/s

I'm very pleased with these results. Solid performance, construction and competitive pricing make this a winner. Just make that key ring hole bigger!

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Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Extremely Happy 07/13/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: - Sleek
- Minimalistic
- Quality Materials
- Great Features

Professional looking with great cooling performance. There are no sharp edges in this nicely painted and constructed case. Removing the fans and their respective filters is extremely easy. The magnetic door on the front is a nice touch as well. Running wires behind the motherboard tray (that can also hold 2 SSDs) is fuss-free and makes for a very clean looking and professional setup. Airflow will not be a problem with this case, even with the fans (using the nifty fan controller) on the middle setting. Overall the price, performance and aesthetics of this case are absolutely on point.

Cons: The feet on the bottom may not be tall enough to elevate the bottom fans off the floor enough to breathe properly if you place this case on a carpeted surface.Not a big deal in my case, however.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case after a decent amount of research. I was looking for a crisp, professional looking case that would keep my components cool while staying quiet. My last case (Raidmax Smilodon) had Green LEDs and many, many 80mm fans that annoyed some... visitors in my dorm room. It was cool when I was younger but as I prepare to join the work force and begin a life my own, I needed something more mature and fitting.

The amount of space behind the motherboard tray fit the tons of wires that remain unused by my non-modular power supply. I also managed to cram an SSD back there, which I found to be a pretty neat feature. Removing the middle Hard Drive case is recommended and also very easy to do for better cooling. The two fans that came with the case are extremely quiet on the 7V setting. For extra cooling I added a top exhaust fan and a bottom intake fan (140mm and 120mm cooler master fans, respectively). The case, while not silent, is very quiet and barely audible from more than a few feet away during the day. Cooling performance is great, lowering my idle temps by a few degrees Celsius when compared to my old case. I attribute this to fewer but larger fans and the absence of all the wires strung about, disturbing airflow.

The quality of materials is, for the most part, fantastic, minus the door and front plastic panels which feel a bit cheap. That being said, there are no sharp edges to be encountered in this case. Setup was easy and frustration free. The cable braiding is of extremely high quality and really impressed me.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. This purchase was a major upgrade over my last case and it's everything I wanted it to be. Cool, quiet, sleek and easy. What more could you want?

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Display Name: Tyler D.

Date Joined: 08/21/05

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 04/07/13
  • Last Review: 12/02/15
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