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This review is from: Addonics M2 PCIe SSD - PCIe 3.0 4-Lane Adapter
Pros: Provides your M.2 SSD with 4x PCI Express lanes. (z97 motherboards only provide 2x)
Bootable (depends on motherboard)
Cons: None at this time
Other Thoughts: I purchased a Samsung XP941 256 GB SSD for my new z97 motherboard a few months back. I didn't do my research and was disappointed to find that z97 on-board m.2 slots are only allocated 2x PCI Express lanes. This limited my SSD's performance to 700 MBps read, 500 MBps write.
I purchased the Addonics M.2 to PCI Express x4 adapter hoping that I would be able to use my SSD at its full speed. Sure enough, after switching my SSD from on-board m.2 to the Addonics card my SSD now averages at 1050 MBps read, 700 MBps write. No OS re-installation was required and it booted without me having to change any BIOS settings. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
Pros: It works, and it works at a very reasonable price!
Cons: Runs a little hot, but the passive cooling seems to keep up with it. I have suspect it would struggle if it were running under load in an environment with a higher than average room temperature. Not worth an egg for me.
Other Thoughts: I have this little guy running in a server that does not have integrated graphics. I know that I could have bought cheaper for this role, but I just liked the idea of seeing a brand-new r5 series GPU in my device manager :PREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Pros: High performance, easy to use, easy to clean
Cons: Can be a little pricey by itself at times. I usually catch it when it is on sale or bundled. Not worth an egg.
Other Thoughts: I have been using Arctic Silver since 2003. Since then I have built hundreds of computers (for both business and personal use) and nearly all of them have this silver goop sandwiched between CPU and heat sink. I have never bother to try any of its competitors because I have never had a problem in my 11 year experience.READ FULL REVIEW