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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: The results I got from the benchmark is on par with the well-known Neutron XT MLC variant, which is expected based on the same design and is very good relatively. This SSD has the latest TLC NAND instead. The performance is all different in every different setup and usage condition. Think of RAID, pre-conditioning, TRIM, firmware updates, and host system specs and tweaks, etc. You shouldn't have any problems with SSD's anymore in terms of system stability given the current tech

Cons: SSD utility did not work in a Windows 10 laptop

Other Thoughts: With so many manufacturers and re-brands tied to the SSD market, and given some research I did in generally how the industry operates, I would conclude that most engineers (or professors) have little knowledge outside of their scope of expertise because they are not supposed to at the company's entry levels, (think of a intern in a certain department of a large corporation; it's absurd if they know everything), given that a re-brand company have any engineers at all, provided some companies have only one engineer working on a private order. Therefore I am not surprised that the SSD utility did not work and I wasn't able to get a release note on firmware versions

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: For CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 using RAID 0 Stripe size 64kb simple disk and 4C/8T CPU,
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 8) : 2952.706 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 8) : 686.912 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 423.208 MB/s [103322.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 413.322 MB/s [100908.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 916.315 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 933.248 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 32.993 MB/s [ 8054.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 97.429 MB/s [ 23786.4 IOPS]
Test : 500 MiB [C: 5.8% (26.0/446.6 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]; OS : Windows 10 Pro 64
Sequential write and 4k random read and write are low for high que depth, other results look much above average. If you extrapolate the data, this is significant improvement over non-RAID and thus not a bad compromise at all in terms of real life performance. However the NVME drives do not have any compromises. Other pros include Ultrabook compatibility, Bitlocker/edrive support, good warranty and cloning software.
SPCC S55 SSD when used alone is slightly slower than Vector 460/150 which is slightly slower than Vector 180 which is slightly slower than the fastest SATA SSD's available. But it is little bit faster than the MX100 or Ultra II. All of these drives are in the Toggle NAND category and the performance is laregly dependent on controller architecture, frequency and core count. However, it has better real-world features than drives like Vertex 460 such as proper RAID, ECC, AES, firmware and wear protection support. Don't believe in the MTBF numbers, they are generally useless. You shouldn't have any trouble with SSD's in terms of system stability if you use the proper system updates, tweaks and optimizations.

Cons: If other SSD manufacturers don't want to lose money due to too many competitors, stay out of the SSD market. It's not worth it for both consumers nor manufacturers. No one wants a crippled SSD when there are cheaper and better alternatives. People will do more research when faced with too many SSD choices. I wasn't able to update the firmware nor make the SSD utility work and I am not surprised given I am using RAID and the lack of third party company knowledge.

Other Thoughts: Using RAID involves tweaking the bios, loading the Intel RAID driver during Windows installation and possibly using DiskPart. I installed the latest bios firmware and RAID driver before I did anything. Based on experience despite what you read on the reviews, the rated speed in the specs are fair indicators of expected performance especially comparing to other similar drives. The drive probably will still have 100% SMART health status after more usage, which is expected.

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LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
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Pros: Latest in wireless technology for a range extender. This unit has 4x4 or quad stream MU-MIMO for simultaneous multiple client connections. This means it is implementing wave 2 which can be faster than more expensive and higher bandwidth wireless implementations.
Very flexible placement due to the high range of the wireless connection. Wireless n range is also significantly boosted by new wave 2 implementation. Signal can be good up to two floors below you such as in the basement.
An Ethernet port is included as with all wireless range extenders starting with the wireless-ac standard.
The design needed to implement this is much more involved as there is more hardware and antennas needed. Therefore, this unit is much heavier and bulkier than others.
You might run into problems using wireless-ac routers with older wireless-n range extenders. This unit would be the best replacement for that.
LED's used on the unit is simple but yet intuitive. The parent company is Belkin which is also American. This unit is made in Taiwan.
You simply press the WPS button on both the router and extender after you plug this in. There is no CD or bulky user manual included nor needed, which is the norm nowadays with many other types of products. Firmware updates are available on the easy-to-use Linksys website.

Cons: I could not think of any cons other than reminding you about the WPS vulnerability if used outside of your living space. Anyone would be able to use your connection otherwise.

Other Thoughts: Recommended to use with latest wave 2 standard wireless router. Wave 2 is more about wireless range beamforming and MU-MIMO than brute force closer range bandwidth. This wireless range extender is definitely on the expensive side but is very well worth its price tag. With the acquisition by Belkin, Linksys is now much more innovative than before and had become a leader in the industry instead of only a follower. Wireless range extenders are finally worth to consider as an alternative to landline range extenders which has no wireless. You can access the settings wirelessly at http://extender.linksys.com as expected with all wireless ac range extenders.

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Display Name: Zhe Y.

Date Joined: 02/11/09

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