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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Really been struggling to think of something, *anything* to write about what sets this drive apart. I've given up. It's an SSD drive, and it performs right around the same speed as any other SSD drive that you're likely to pick up off the shelf. It generates no heat. It generates no noise. And compared to spinning rust, it takes very little power.

There's just nothing to say about it; it's good! It's not phenomenal, but it's solidly good!

Cons: No screws included in case. No software included. No 3.5" adapters included. (And certainly no 5.25" adapters included!) No cables included. If you're upgrading from a laptop drive or a previous SSD (as in my case), you won't need any of that stuff anyway. If you do, go buy an intel drive that has everything. Or buy screws/cables/adapters on your own.

Other Thoughts: Solid drive. I immediately imaged my 120GB SSD, plopped it onto this drive, rebooted, and kept going without a hitch. Felt no difference in speed, but I didn't really expect to either.

Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good headphones, great mic 11/12/2014

This review is from: Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: Much better headphones & mic than some of Corsair's other offerings (*cough* Vengeance 1500 *cough*). Overall frequency response (with no EQ) is deeper and flatter. Microphone is much improved, instead of having unequal DC offsets left/right (which made absolutely no sense), now produces true mono output that has a difference of zero. Noise from microphone is reminiscent of analog tape hiss, and is easily removable with single pass of noise reduction software if you so desire.

Most importantly, if you don't install the drivers these headphones produce reasonable level output across the board. Other Corsair products (vengeance 1500) jump from 0dB on mute straight to 130dB one notch above zero, making them entirely useless without the drivers. Not the H2100Cs -- they behave like regular headphones as far as volume goes. (Maybe a tad on the loud side, but that's forgivable.)

Integrated volume control works well, if a tad bit delayed.

Cons: No dedicated mic mute button -- sorely missed! No indicator if the mic is muted either. No wireless charging (hey, gotta find some negatives somewhere).

Actual 'surround sound' is kind of weak. If I was in a first person shooter, blew something up and spun around I could hear it spin behind me. But if someone walked up behind me and started shooting I wouldn't instantly know what direction they were coming from only by the sound.

Other Thoughts: Associated software is bare bones but functional. (Word to the wise -- don't have two corsair headsets plugged in at the same time, it just crashes!) It allows you to turn on/off surround sound (faking either a 5 channel or 7 channel system), and also has an EQ. I tend to run my gear flat unless I have a good reason not to, and these headphones didn't really give me a good reason to mess with the EQ. Their minor sonic sins are of the variety that trying to fix them would likely do more damage than help.

Heat isn't a big issue with these headphones. I wore them three hours straight, and my ears (though not entirely dry) were barely humid. I suppose if you live in a very hot area that might be a consideration, but I think it'll be a non-issue for most.

Despite being battery powered, had similar heft as non-wireless headphones. I don't know what to make of that.

Overall a solid set of gaming headphones.

CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 128GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Interesting drive and quite quick! 09/16/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 128GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-128GB

Pros: It's an interesting package that Corsair has put together here! Gone is the rubberized coating from previous Flash Voyagers. Also a new case style; black/yellow/blue is out, now it's black & red. Activity light provided by a single red LED that's not obnoxiously bright but still easy to see (a definite plus!).

Case is made of some sort of metal. I wouldn't want to try and use this for self defense, but it does give the corsair flash voyager gtx a reassuring heft in the hand.

No software included on the drive. I'm listing this as a plus because often you find drives like this loaded with crapware, and almost always it's superfluous. Not so here; you're able to unwrap the voyager GTX, plug it in and boom 119GB of FAT32 ready in about two seconds. Of course you can re-format it however you like, but it's nice not to have to go through the initial format just to remove garbage.

USB2 compatibility verified. Yes everything that's USB3 should work with USB2 but it's nice to test that assumption. It does work with USB2 ports as well.

Write speeds don't seem to suffer even after multiple times filling the drive and formatting it. Some drives get slower and slower as you use them, never really being able to clear them and start over. Not so with this drive; I filled it four times and never saw any slowdown of performance.

Cons: The case (with USB cab) 3" D x 1/4"H x 1 1/8" W. So if you have two USB ports stacked on top of each other you should be OK, but if you have USB ports next to each other this memory stick is going to block the other port.

The reason for the metal case becomes abundantly clear once you start writing to the drive. THIS DRIVE GETS HOT while writing! Not so hot that you'd burn yourself, but if you do a lot of continuous writing to the GTX and aren't expecting the heat you'll likely reflexively drop the drive trying to pull it out. Once you know about it you're fine of course, but the first time it's a bit of a start. No off smells to be had from the heat, so the case is doing its job protecting the plastics inside by shedding heat to the environment.

Continuous reading from the drive doesn't produce much by way of heat. Slightly above room temperature, but nothing you'd likely notice unless you were already looking for it.

Other Thoughts: Speed... I never trust benchmarks like ATTO because it seems as though the ATTO speed never corresponds to much of anything in the real world. Besides, in the real world I wouldn't be using ATTO to copy files, I'd be using windows explorer or something similar.

So to test drives, I grab a group of random files (RAW photos) and copy them to the drive, and time how long the transfer takes. It's old school, it's low tech, and it gives exactly the performance you can realistically expect to achieve with this drive with real data. Then unmount the drive, reboot the system, then copy all the data back and see how long the copy back takes.

(Of course the drives that are feeding the system have to have high sustained transfer rates. RAID arrays handle this requirement quite nicely!)

With that in mind, my real world write test of this drive gave an average write speed of 82.8 MB/sec. I copied 35.8GB of data, and that took seven minutes thirty-nine seconds to complete. (I did the test a few times, was within a second or two each time.) This is the test that really sent the heat of the GTX quite high. Again not high enough to cause burns, off smells, or damage anything but high enough to surprise you if you immediately would grab the GTX after the test finished. 662.4 Mbits/sec write speed, sustained, average.

My real world read test was even better. I copied that same set of data off in five minutes fifteen seconds, for a real world sustained speed of 116MB/sec, or 928Mbit/sec . Enough to saturate a gigabit ethernet link from a thumb drive, that's pretty impressive! (Heat was a non-issue with the read test.)

So if you don't mind a wide USB memory stick and for some reason don't/can't add another internal SSD, the Corsair Flash Voyager GTX looks to be a very good compromise! It's not quite fast enough that I'd want to use it as a system boot drive, but if I were forced to I wouldn't be crying about it, either. Nice drive!


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