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Pros: EDIT: Sorry about posting this twice, but part of my comment section I didn't get posted the last time, hopefully Newegg can delete my previous post.
+480GB SSD for a good price! Although it formats to 443GB but that’s normal for any drive after formatting.
+The benchmarks I have performed have been very good, probably the best of any of my SSD drives that I own. Even the 4k benchmarks are great. I did try filling this drive to almost completely full, and still got just as good of benchmark speeds.
+It has Garbage Collection built in along with supporting Trim
+Three Year warranty that is listed on the packaging.
+The drive itself is lightweight like all SSD drives are, and doesn’t feel cheap to me.
Cons: I probably should not list this here, but I know some consider TLC memory a negative. But that really is what most SSD’s have come with. All my other SSD drives use TLC memory and I have yet to have any of them give me problems. I do not run my drives in RAID, just normal use on my desktop computer, or in an external USB 3.0 enclosure.
The plastic shell packaging can be a little annoying to get into, but the benefit is that you know you are getting an unused drive.
Other Thoughts: I did download their firmware update tool off their website. Although after running it I see that my drive already had the latest firmware on it (version 12.2).
I also own the 240GB version of this same TLC drive. So far I have been completely happy with both drives and both drives get similar speeds. The Benchmarks I did below were taken on my desktop computers USB 3.0 port. My desktop computer is an MSI Gaming 7 motherboard, using an Intel i7-4771 cpu, and Windows 10. The drive was formatted to NTFS.
AS SSD Benchmark:
SEQ READ: 520.25 MB/s
SEQ WRITE: 496.76 MB/s
4K READ: 43.39 MB/s
4k WRITE: 80.58 MB/s
4K-64Thrd READ: 389.61 MB/s
4k-64Thrd WRITE: 260.93 MB/s
Acc.time READ: 0.033ms
Acc.time WRITE: 0.037 ms
SCORE READ: 485 - WRITE: 400
TOTAL SCORE: 1148
SeqQ32T1 READ: 561.2 MB/s
SeqQ32T1 WRITE: 533.5 MB/s
4kQ32T1 READ: 339.4 MB/s
4kQ32T1 WRITE: 354.1 MB/s
Seq READ: 545.9 MB/s
Seq WRITE: 518.6 MB/s
4K READ: 36.64 MB/s
4k WRITE: 118.5 MB/s
ATTO Benchmark (MB/s):
0.5 WRITE: 26046 READ: 44544
1.0 WRITE: 55040 READ: 92964
2.0 WRITE: 119545 READ: 223854
4.0 WRITE: 269808 READ: 342879
8.0 WRITE: 385779 READ: 475906
16.0 WRITE: 454764 READ: 518914
32.0 WRITE: 503174 READ: 543703
64.0 WRITE: 522241 READ: 555745
128.0 WRITE: 512246 READ: 549049
256.0 WRITE: 517196 READ: 548890
512.0 WRITE: 518715 READ: 550323
1024.0 WRITE: 519971 READ: 551579
2048.0 WRITE: 521233 READ: 552841
4096.0 WRITE: 522502 READ: 555383
8192.0 WRITE: 526344 READ: 555383
Pros: +I am impressed by the first benchmarks taken, they are even better than my Samsung 830 Series 256gb SSD, all the benchmarks including the 4k benchmarks. The Total AS SSD benchmark score on this Silicon Power 240GB drive was 1203 vs 782 on my Samsung. I got similar benchmarks each time I have taken it.
+3 Year Warranty stated on the packaging
+Solid case around the SSD, its is just as thick as any other SSD I have tried. Its has a slightly rough texture surface which may make it feel cheap to some but its perfectly fine to me.
+Thin to fit in most laptops (100x69.85x7mm)
+Great price! SSD prices have been dropping a lot but this current price seems excellent to me for this many GB of space. My 240GB formatted to 223GB free space using NTFS.
+Supports built in Error Correcting and Wear Leveling to help the drive last longer
Cons: No negatives that I have come across yet. I know that some didn’t like that it doesn’t come with software, but most SSD drives do not anyways. I have a lot of different brands of drives in my desktop and would not want a bunch of software running for each of them. Software does very little anyways. But that is just my opinion.
Other Thoughts: So far I am very happy with this drive as its getting great speed and has a great price. I’m not sure yet if I will use this in my Desktop as my main operating system drive or if I will use it with my Nvidia Shield TV using an external USB 3.0 case.
The Benchmark scores speak for themselves about its very good speed, unlike some comments stating the opposite. Perhaps if its put in a laptop or an older desktop you may get lower benchmarks, but that’s the same for every brand of drive and not the drives fault.
Below are the Benchmarks I did on this drive. I did them on my desktop computer using the internal Sata ports. My Desktop is using a MSI Gaming 7 Motherboard along with an i7-4771 cpu, and Windows 10. The drive was formatted to NTFS.
AS SSD Benchmark:
SEQ READ: 520.53 MB/s
SEQ WRITE: 416.16 MB/s
4K READ: 43.57 MB/s
4k WRITE: 93.69 MB/s
4K-64Thrd READ: 392.39 MB/s
4k-64Thrd WRITE: 318.90 MB/s
Acc.time READ: 0.033ms
Acc.time WRITE: 0.105ms
SCORE READ: 488 - WRITE: 454
TOTAL SCORE: 1203
SeqQ32T1 READ: 561.3 MB/s
SeqQ32T1 WRITE: 500.2 MB/s
4kQ32T1 READ: 335.1 MB/s
4kQ32T1 WRITE: 354 MB/s
Seq READ: 545.5 MB/s
Seq WRITE: 492.0 MB/s
4K READ: 36.57 MB/s
4k WRITE: 119.5 MB/s
ATTO Benchmark (MB/s):
0.5 WRITE: 24770 READ: 44160
1.0 WRITE: 54901 READ: 82263
2.0 WRITE: 117796 READ: 206446
4.0 WRITE: 265838 READ: 342879
8.0 WRITE: 394936 READ: 472676
16.0 WRITE: 459997 READ: 519116
32.0 WRITE: 481332 READ: 543703
64.0 WRITE: 487893 READ: 555745
128.0 WRITE: 489080 READ: 549049
256.0 WRITE: 493362 READ: 548890
512.0 WRITE: 493674 READ: 550323
1024.0 WRITE: 493674 READ: 441579
2048.0 WRITE: 494811 READ: 552841
4096.0 WRITE: 497102 READ: 556663
8192.0 WRITE: 497102 READ: 555383
Pros: +Supports the new MU-MIMO technology. Although this technology will only benefit you if the device its connected to also supports MU-MIMO, which I have none of. Apparently there are not many on devices on the market yet which support MU-MIMO. This feature is supposed to allow the router to send to MU-MIMO supporting devices at the same time, as if each device has its own router, instead of quickly alternating between each device separately. You can still use this router like any other router though, without having to use MU-MIMO.
+The router was easy for me to setup and use. Although I did make a mistake and wanted to start over, I pressed the reset button for 10 seconds to reset the router, like the instructions state, but ended up needing to hold the button for 20 seconds instead.
+You can set up its external storage as a Media Server, FTP, or with secure folder access to assigned accounts.
+I like how the interface displays all the connected devices on a screen in a graphical style.
+Fast internet speed for the Time Warner Cable that we have. Our Time Warner gives us 200MB/s download speed, but I did get 235MB/s download speed when I tested it on the router.
+It works fine with 3 Xbox One consoles hooked up at the same time, and we have had no problems, two on wifi and one wired. We have another family that lives with us so we have a lot of devices connected, the last I saw on the graphical display, there were 34 devices connected, from phones, tablets, desktops, notebooks, etc.
+The routers Media Player feature works fine for me. With the devices in the same room I was able to play a 28MB/s Blu-ray movie that I bought to 3 other devices at the same time, with no problems through wifi using the external USB 3.0 port, playing from an external SSD drive. I didn’t try more, but just wanted to see if it could play it.
Cons: -No status lights whatsoever on the front of it, just the illuminated Linksys logo on top which only flashes when being setup or something is wrong.
-I definitely do not like the power adapter used, it’s huge and takes up space of other outlets on my power strip.
-The user interface is very basic. Although it has pretty much what you need, I just wish it wasn’t so basic. This might be a plus to some people though.
-I think another person mentioned this also, but I was getting slow benchmarks on the internet speed test. It was fixed after I rebooted the router.
Other Thoughts: Overall I have been happy with this router so far anyways. Its not perfect but no router is. I give it 5 stars because it works good for me, despite the cons I had listed.
The wireless range was good to me in our 65’ house, that has an L shape on one end. That is one place where the 5ghz signals have problems reaching in our house, and other routers have had the same problem that I have owned, as this one does also at that same location. But it reaches fine most places.
The USB 3.0 port did get good transfer speed at around 80MB/s using a wired connection, with an SSD drive.