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ADATA Premier SP550 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Changed my rating only because of the software 04/28/2016

This review is from: ADATA Premier SP550 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASP550SS3-480GM-C

Pros: Posted just to warn abut using the SSD Tools bundled with the drive.

Needs improvement, ADATA!

Cons: This adds a caution to readers of this review, and the only drawback of the product, which is bundled with a vanilla version of Acronis and an optimization tool.

Don't use the tool for any optimization if you can help it. It is too aggressive. It will eliminate all of your carefully adjusted sleep and hibernate settings. Eliminates SuperFetch and other factors without giving you a chance to choose among the optimization factors.

For the price, I'll be happy to change these settings through Windows -- either 7 or 10.

The software makes an attempt to impress the eye with color candy. But it doesn't have the features of Samsung Magician, which offers some eight optional tweaks for "optimization." In the meantime of hunting down the nuances with Windows 10, I'm going to over-provision the drive by 5% <= 10% with a self-booting Acronis tool.

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Other Thoughts: Also -- if you do run the "optimization" part of the SSD Tools software, be prepared for a long delay after the desktop gives way to the blue "Shutdown" screen -- with the "Shutting down . . " message. Do not panic. Let it go, even if the drive light seems stuck on.

After that, you may have to raise an elevated CMD window in Win 10, execute a "powercfg -h on" (Win 10) or "powercfg /hibernate on" (Win 7) command, and go through the subtle process of getting back "Hibernate" in the Start->Shutdown-> submenu. And you'll have to reset all of your "Power Options" and probably tweak the "Advanced Options" to disable hybrid sleep and set your sleep and hibernate delay thresholds.

The drive works fine, just by plugging it in. Beware of software like this

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StarTech PATA2SATA3 Bi-directional adapter converts IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great and reliable product to extend life of IDE drives 01/21/2016

This review is from: StarTech PATA2SATA3 Bi-directional adapter converts IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE

Pros: Among the various offerings for similar products, I chose the StarTech PATA2SATA3 on account of other StarTech products I've used in conjunction with user-reviews of this same item. It works as one would expect, and the transfer rates reported in my Stablebit Scanner software for my WHS-2011 server system are consistent with those expectations.

I purchased the PATA2SATA3 specifically for connecting 500GB Hitachi IDE drives mounted in a hot-swap drive bay to my server for on-the-fly backup.

Cons: Really, the only "Con" I have for this product is the shortcoming of all such IDE-SATA3/SATA3-IDE adapters: they require some extra mouse-clicks and choices within Windows Device Manager when you want to use the "Safe to Remove Device" icon that otherwise provides easy removal for SATA devices configured for the built-in MSAHCI driver of Windows.

But I solved that problem -- explained in "Other" below.

Other Thoughts: I had previously purchased this product and RMA'd it for refund when I discovered the shortcoming already mentioned.

A little further internet research convinced me that the PATA2SATA3 could be hot-pluggable for a StarTech IDE hot-swap bay if its 5V power-source could also be powered down when you turn the key-switch on the bay to unlock the drive. Some gurus -- one UK user in particular -- had managed to (solder) connect an IDE-SATA converter similar to this one by locating a particular pinout on the bay's own little circuit-board.

Instead, I discovered two things: (a) the hot-swap bay had a rear plug to add a small 35mm cooling fan to the bay, and (b) the little power-plug connection for the fan powers down when one turns the keyswitch to unlock a drive caddy. So the solution to making the PATA2SATA3 hot-pluggable only required purchase of a 5V regulator from Radio Shack, soldering together a connection wire with appropriate plugs for the StarTech adapter and the fan connection so that 12V power is converted to 5V.

This all works like a charm, and has been working just fine for more than a year now.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Once again, I'll throw in my review for a G.SKILL kit.

These are great for the price (currently @ $76; I bought mine for ~$85.] Folks are wasting words to complain that they don't just "autoconfigure" to the rated speed, and they should know by now that the quickest approach simply means entering BIOS, choosing the XMP profile and the speed setting.

These RipJaws X units have slightly looser spec timings than the RipJaws Z ( . . GZH) model @ 9-9-9-24. By comparison they are also priced less: a Z kit will run you about $120 per kit. But 9-10-9-28 won't matter much for performance. See more in "Additional thoughts."

Cons: Nothing that faults G.SKILL or their product. To do a 1,000% coverage HCI Memtest-64 prelim test on a kit like this can take up to 5 days. Usually, a 300% test should be sufficient to verify the RAM as flawless at its spec setting. A 1000% test would be appropriate for overclocking with higher speed and different timings or voltage.

That's why I no longer go goo-gah about overclocking RAM these days. It's easier just to choose the spec speed, voltage and timings. RAM of higher speeds is not that much more expensive, and you can save yourself the testing nightmares.

Other Thoughts: I've been using G.SKILL almost exclusively since 2008: both DDR2 and DDR3 kits. Over time, I'd had two sticks of DDR2-800 go bad out of some 4 or 5 kits, and customer-support for the RMA replacement under warranty is stellar.

I have both this X kit and the Z kit mentioned above (1866, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V) running in two overclocked systems. I should be able to overclock either kit to 2133 -- if I want to go to the trouble.

Why the difference between X and Z timings, I could only speculate things like "a difference in black-part choices." And I could only guess that you could tweak the X timings and voltage to work at the Z spec -- but why bother?

G.SKILL tech support has always been stand-up when it comes to answering customer questions. They will likely tell you that you can run these (and other models) at a command-rate of 1 without fiddling with voltages. I did that right away with these X modules (and my Z kit, too) -- so I could do initial testing at 500% as I ordinarily would seek a 300% pass on totally stock specs.

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