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G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZ
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5 out of 5 eggs G.SKILL has become a habit which reinforces itself . . . 09/22/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZ

Pros: I'm building and testing a Z170 i7-6700K system and taking my time about it. The first step is always testing the parts to beat Egg's 30-day RMA deadlines. I couldn't help but get started with the over-clocking, even to find the lowest stock-speed voltage and then bump up the perfunctory 200Mhz to 4.4Ghz. I mean -- RMA or not, I had to just find out where this project is headed, and see good things ahead.

The TridentZ DDR4-3200 16GTZ kit will run at stock settings with the processor under load at 4.2 Ghz turbo -- out of the box. You only need set the XMP profile -- and there's only one such profile. Otherwise, without XMP the kit defaults to 2133 Mhz which you'd want to use as a setting in the process of a CPU OC.

At 4.4 Ghz, you may have to tweak your now-minimal CPU voltage to get full stability, but the RAM only needs the XMP setting and speed set at 3200 Mhz. You don't need to increase VCCIO beyond "Auto," don't need to increase the XMP voltage fixed at 1.35V. They ran for a 600% coverage of HCI-Memtest-64 to the spec setting -- quite enough unless you change from the spec.

Cons: I'm trying to think of something . . . . I just can't.

Other Thoughts: I'm using the Sabertooth Z170 board (S model, but this applies as well to the Mark 1). These TridentZ's are supposed to work well with the Saber and the upper-tier ASUS boards as well. I believe a higher-speed GTZ kit is on the Sabertooth QVL list. That's how I matched them. G.SKILL does not yet have the Sabertooth Z170 on its configurator page for the TridentZ's.

There had been earlier problems getting the Sabertooth models to reach 3200 Mhz. Possibly a BIOS upgrade had fixed this, but I have yet to flash anything newer than March 2016. There is just no problem with the TridentZs.

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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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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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