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Transcend 4-port USB 3.0 Hub w/ Power Adapter model # TSHUB3K, Supports IOS Fast Charging
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Would be 5 stars with a reasonable length cable 03/30/2014

This review is from: Transcend 4-port USB 3.0 Hub w/ Power Adapter model # TSHUB3K, Supports IOS Fast Charging

Pros: USB 3 speeds.
Able to power External Hard Drives.
Charging Port.
4 Ports.
Reasonably Small Footprint.
Sturdy construction.

Contrary to one reviewers comments, it does use a standard cable. It's obvious that James M. is overstating his Tech Knowledge as it is a standard USB 3.0 Micro B Cable that anyone with his "supposed" tech level would know. I used the Coboc CY-U3-AMicBMM-6-BK 6 ft. USB 3.0 A Male to Micro B Male Cable M-M item number N82E16812422985 purchased from Newegg for under $5 shipped that worked perfectly. That same cable fits all of my Western Digital USB 3.0 External Hard Drives so I have no idea what James' problem is.

Cons: The supplied 18" cable is way too short to be of any use, but I knew that when I ordered it. It simply isn't long enough to plug into a case and reach the desk. I connected mine with a 6 foot USB 3.0 Micro B cable and it works perfectly. See above Pros for specifics on that cable.

Other Thoughts: I will be ordering a couple more of these for other computers shortly. I've had this one for 2 months and used it enough to know that it will get the job done for me.

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ADATA DashDrive UV128 16GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-16G-RBY
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Not really USB 3.0 02/14/2014

This review is from: ADATA DashDrive UV128 16GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-16G-RBY

Pros: If you are looking for a fast USB 2.0 flash drive, this one fits the bill quite nicely. It does meet the speeds of 15 write and close to the 40 read (about 35 from my usage).

The slider seems to lock in place securely enough and it isn't so fat that it doesn't fit into tight places like some other brands do. While I've only had them about a week and a half, I have given all 3 of the ones I purchased a thorough workout and they are reliable enough for now. Who knows how long that will last as you really don't know about that for several years go by or they start acting up.

Cons: If you are looking for a fast USB 3.0 flash drive, look elsewhere. These don't even come close to USB 3.0's 40 write and 90 read. If it had been only one I would have thought I got a bad one, but all 3 of the ones I purchased are within a Mb of each other and are consistent between numerous systems. Speeds plugged into a USB 2.0 port are EXACTLY the same as when plugged into USB 3.0 ports that are known to be functioning properly (other USB 3.0 devices are writing at 70 to 90MBs).

Other Thoughts: These shouldn't be marketed as USB 3.0 when they don't function at USB 3.0 speeds. At best they are fast USB 2.0 drives. The only reason I am rating them as high as I am is due to how well they perform in USB 2.0 ports. Otherwise I would have rated them 1 egg for what I perceive as false advertising.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1) G.Skill brand name.
2) 8-8-8-24 timings
3) 1.5v

Cons: First set worked like a charm. Enabled XMP and all times correctly set. System was stable as a rock (i7-2700k, Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3). Easily overclocked system to 4.5 with stock volts and minimal effort.

Ordered second set to increase memory to 16gigs to be able to run VM,s and that is where the problems started. Set the memory timings to SPD default in bios prior to installing second set, but system would blue screen on loading windows 7. After numerous attempt removed the original 2 sticks and tested with the 2 new ones. System worked perfectly again, even with XMP enabled and OC'd.

Noticed that the timings on the two sets were slightly different. 8-8-8-24-5-24-218-2t for the original set and 8-8-8-24-5-23-138-2t for the second set. Manually set the timings for the slightly less aggressive original set and am able to run fairly stable with all four sticks (16gigs), but the system doesn't feel right. It seems to have a slight hesitation at times, like a system that has been Overclocked a bit too much, but is still stable enough to pass stress tests.

G.Skill's support site FAQ states it's doesn't support mixing sets like this which I find troubling. I specifically ordered two 8gig sets of two 4gig sticks instead of a single 16gig set of 4x4g or 2x8g to have some redundancy. I've had more ram failures than anything else (other than hard drives) and didn't want to have my entire system down for 2 or 3 weeks by having to send ALL of the ram back for an RMA in case of a failure. I've never run into a problem mixing identical sets (same model number) like this in my 30+ years of computing and can't understand why G.Skill should be any different.

Other Thoughts: I just had to send a set of G.Skill Ripjaws back for RMA when one stick stopped working. This was in a production machine that had to be running every day so I couldn't have it down for 2 or 3 weeks. Luckily I had installed two identical 2x4g sets in that system so it is still up and running with 8 gigs while the other ram is being RMA'd. No way would I purchase a spare set of ram just for emergencies like this, especially at current prices (the Ripjaws were purchased when the price was less than half of what it is now). That's why one would get two sets to begin with, for redundancy.

Not sure what G.Skill is going to say about this, but I have a feeling it isn't going to be good. I only have a week to return the original set so I have to do something rather quickly, but none of the options are that appealing to me.

I had always used G.Skill ram in Gigabyte boards as they tended to have fewer issues, but I will have to rethink this for future purchases. I don't see any of the other ram manufactures taking this stance about not mixing identical sets.

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Display Name: Donal I.

Date Joined: 05/20/02

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  • First Review: 01/04/07
  • Last Review: 03/30/14
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