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Patriot EP Series 32GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PEF32GSHC10233
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Decent speeds -> I don't have a usb 3.0 adapter, so these speed results are what you would expect with the 2.0 adapter you have laying around the house. 17.5 write, 19 read, with very consistent speeds down to 64KB blocks. This exceeds Class 10 USB drives by double, though I am sure it exceeds it by much more, I have a USB 3 SD adapter ordered but figure I would give
this review early due to other negative reviews.

Also, I've tested this with a Raspberry Pi, I am current running the latest Wheezy build as of 10/6/12 just fine, fast boot ups but since this is my first Pi it may just be the OS (extremely likely, don't have a base to test against). Not all models/brands of cards are compatible with the Pi, so knowing someone else has gotten one successfully on his first build should be reassuring.

Cons: None so far.

Since I am not using this on an HD camera I cannot state my recommendation for it, but it does meet and exceed Class 10 speed requirements so it may just depend on your camera's bit rate at that point. I would have to try and get a USB 3.0 adapter to give a better review, and have one ordered.

Other Thoughts: 30.5 GB Usable.

Disregard the bad review by the person who stated the 55.7MB of space available. That person didn't understand linux partitions, or open up the partition manager on his computer to view the remaining unallocated space on the drive. It had nothing to do with a defect but was a User error.

I use Patriot RAM, and both the ram and this USB drive have been so far flawless for me. If it dies I will report it. I've had plenty of other brands exceed expectation in one product, yet fail in another (ocz-ram/usbdrives corsair-usb drives). We will see how well this lasts, if I don't post again, assume that this product has continued to work.

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ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overclocks well, lot of options.
Has the ability to have 2 completely separate BIOS's, which allows you to switch to one if another one fails for some reason (which I will go into later), but it doesn't allow you to downgrade (atleast it didn't let me go from version 1004 to a lower one).
AI Charger lets you charge an iPad, ROG Connect allows you to adjust cpu parameters from another computer through a USB cable. A list of other 20 gimmicky features that are somewhat useful but very proprietary and with limited support.

Cons: Expecting to update the bios to use Ivy bridge? Good luck.
I've lost 2 seperate RAID arrays. The ones on the native Intel chipset, it would just set one of the SSD into a non-member of the RAID array. The only way to set it to RAID? Delete the entire RAID array and start from scratch. Have a partition recovery program handy. Then to top it off, the MARVELL controller is absolute trash. How can I tell? Well it seems that they must've tested the latest BIOS update without it enabled. I had to constantly switch BIOS's (remember how I stated it had two? I had the latest BIOS 3501 on one, and a very old one on the other)
Windows would not let me install to the native Intel raid array I had as long as the Marvell controller was in raid mode. Windows would state at the disk format screen that "ensure the disks controller is enabled in the BIOS menu"
Or better yet, after attempting to turn the controller into raid mode after installing Windows: "reboot and select proper boot device or in

Other Thoughts: insert boot media in select boot device."

Essentially... Pretend that 2 of the 4 Sata 6G ports are useless, and that you will have nightmares if you decide to attempt a RAID array on the Marvell chipset. Also, Asus messed up big time in one BIOS update which completely messed up waking up from sleep.
Realize that many of these issues were resolved by switching to older firmwares, but I lost features, support for Ivy bridge, and in the middle of it all my RAID arrays. For a $350 dollar board, that is ridiculous. Also, if you update both BIOS's, you can't downgrade and your completely outofluck.
USB 3.0 was iffy. Great most of the time, but had issues attempting to boot off of it. May have been a windows issue.

When deciding on motherboards, ignore any features given by 3rd party chipsets, they will be the first to fail or give you issues.

I will likely be contacting my CC company and labeling this item as defective after the firmware update, attempting to get my money back

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVY3S-32GB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Epic fail of a product. 04/08/2012

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVY3S-32GB

Pros: Corsair follows up on there rebates- I have to contact two other companies that have failed to do so. Corsair is fast and the rebates come in quickly. I have to commend them for that.

Cons: After being on my fourth (original, replaced by newegg, 2 RMAs with corsair) and it failing as well, I filled my final RMA for the fifth drive.
That tells you about the reliability of this drive. I would never store any important data on this drive, as the item will likely fail at any given time.
Symptoms varied from failure to failure. One time if I plugged it in, a Windows pc would constantly pop up every second until I had over 100 windows asking to format the drive. Another, LED would light up, detection on the pc, then nothing. Just randomly too, from connecting it from one device to another. Read other people's reviews. It's not just me.

Other Thoughts: By the fifth replacement, I was ready to tell them to just keep the drive. It was too much of a hassle and I'll just stick to a slow 16 & 8 GB I had laying around. It's all the same though, it seems like the item never reached the location (or they threw it away from the odd Chinese plastic container I used to package it).
Look at the reviews, and decide if your willing to accept the failure rate as seen by the group of people who have left reviews. It may be slightly biased as people who are upset write more often, but I would generally never buy a product that has more than 1 bad comment per page (with the exception of comments where you can tell the person has no idea what they are talking about).
I would write this off with my credit card, but unfortunately the manufacturer warranty lasts five years and I can't claim it until after that.

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Display Name: Ryan B.

Date Joined: 05/26/08

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 12/02/08
  • Last Review: 10/06/12
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