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SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Why the 3" cable? 08/17/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Great performer--fastest I've experienced from an external device.

Cons: It's highly out character for me to deduct an egg for something that is not part of the device but this is a such a major blunder on Samsung's part that I must
The case I'm using now has SSD ports facing up so I can rest it on top and plug it in, but even then the cable is so short that the drive won't lie completely flat.
Also, the drive does get a bit warm when transferring files which is why I like to sit my external devices on top of one of the top-mounted fans. It makes a real difference. However, this cable won't allow me to place it anywhere near the fan.
To continue on with this rant...what if my USB ports were on the front? Would I just let the drive dangle there by the cable? What were you thinking, Samsung??

Other Thoughts: I bought this from a local retailer due to promo code but have bought several SSD's from NewEgg along with many other components. However, I just felt compelled to sound about this. Rest assured I won't be the last one who mentions this. Samsung ought to send a longer cable free of charge to all those who ask.

Rant finished. The good has far outweighed the bad in my experience with Samsung.

Apotop 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 2 for 2 with this model 05/06/2015

This review is from: Apotop 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MASS3C256GBR

Pros: No issues during install
Very fast
Comes with 3.5” adapter
Good looks

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I’ve bought 2 of these Apotop 256 drives now and they both are near the top of the list of more than 30 SSD’s I’ve tested over the past year or so. One is paired with a Pentium G3258 and the other one with an i3-4360. There are other factors that can have effect on speed, especially software configurations, but both of these are almost identical as far as software. Win7 Pro is OS in both cases which tends to be a little slower than Win 8.1 but these two are quicker than most of the Win 8.1 PC’s I’ve tested.

More recently I’ve been testing only cold boot and reboot times (with a stop watch) rather than fool around with synthetic bench marks like I used to. Most of the systems I build will be going to somebody else and I know that fast boot times are what impress people the most. They are what impress me the most. If they boot fast then applications will load fast is what I’ve found in real life use. That said, I won’t knock anyone who prefers to do more thorough testing. I still use benchmarking software for other components.

So far, so good with this brand. I also bought 8GB memory from them several months ago that has been doing great.

Mushkin Enhanced Stealth 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997069S
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Stable from original boot up until now

Highest Passmark score of 38 PC's I've tested in past year

Low profile

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Used i7-4790 with Asus H97-E/CSM LGA 1150 board.

To some degree the high Passmark score can be attributed to i7 vs i5 and lower for the other 37 systems I tested. That being said its hard not to be impressed with this memory.

I only buy Mushkin occasionally due to pricing and availability vs some of the other big names but when I have it has been rock solid.

Can't remember if I had to change to XMP to get it to run at 1600 MHz, but if so it was painless like it always has been when I've needed to do that. I built this machine a couple months ago.


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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 12/10/03

  • Reviews: 55
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  • First Review: 12/13/03
  • Last Review: 08/17/15
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