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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: * The Silicon Power 64GB Elite MicroSD Card is a class 10 flash storage card with a great price and above par performance. It’s perfect for cameras and will provide smooth streaming for mobile devices with OTG for watching HD movies and shows. The SP Elite is a great option for add-on storage with phones and tablets that have the coveted add-on MicroSD storage slot. *

- There’s not much to say about a MicroSD flash card. They all look the same and just vary in storage options. What matters most, I guess, is the benchmarks and read/write speeds. The Silicon Power 64GB has a micro adapter with it.

- Decent price for the amount of storage, but a little bit of a different story when it comes to its performance (see Cons). See Other Thoughts for benchmarks.

Cons: - Even though it’s a class 10 and its advertised speeds are up to 85MB/s, in real world performance, at least in my testing scenarios, the SP Elite didn’t score anywhere near that. It’s a decent performer, but not as good as other brands. My USB Card Reader may be a little bit of a bottleneck, slowing it down, but nonetheless, it isn’t a top of the line performer.

Other Thoughts: - The SP Elite has about 58GB that’s usable of the 64GB card.

- Below are benchmarks conducted through a USB 3.0 Targus Card Reader. There may be a little bit of a bottleneck there due to the Card Reader device itself, but the benchmarking data should relatively reflect what is expected of SP Elite’s performance. OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10586] (x64). Almost everything below is rated as Megabytes per second unless otherwise specified.

* Moving 5GB of Files onto SP Elite from 7200RPM HDD *
Time: 7 min 2 sec | Average MB/s: 12.3 MB/s | Peak MB/s: 14 MB/s

* Moving 5GB of Files from SP Elite to 7200RPM HDD *
Time: 4 min 45 sec | Average MB/s: 18.4 MB/s | Peak MB/s: 18.5 MB/s

* Below are CrystalDiskMark Test Results for Silicon Power Elite*
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Test : 50 MiB [G: 0.0% (0.0/58.2 GiB)] (x2) [Interval=5 sec]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 19.214 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 10.249 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.865 MB/s [ 699.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.267 MB/s [ 65.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 19.083 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 10.485 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.568 MB/s [ 627.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.270 MB/s [ 65.9 IOPS]

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Test : 1000 MB [G: 0.0% (0.0/58.2 GB)] (x1)
Sequential Read : 19.151 MB/s
Sequential Write : 12.660 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 18.259 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 0.397 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 2.608 MB/s [ 636.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.645 MB/s [ 157.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 2.757 MB/s [ 673.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.253 MB/s [ 61.7 IOPS]

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Test : 8192 MB [G: 0.0% (0.0/58.2 GiB)] (x2) [Interval=5 sec]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 19.188 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 8.230 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.595 MB/s [ 633.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.959 MB/s [ 234.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 19.083 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 8.178 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.353 MB/s [ 574.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.963 MB/s [ 235.1 IOPS]

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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Pros: * The Linksys WRT1900AC is an all-around workhorse of a router. Its hardware is unmatched and very few users will push this beast to its limits. It performs very well, has good features, and sports WRT functionality. It isn’t perfect, but I’d say it’s close. *

- All around minimalistic but well packaged router. I love the flat Ethernet cables that are starting to be included in higher end networking products, and Linksys includes a long one with this. The router has a physical power toggle switch, reset button, WPS, 12vdc power, a rarely seen eSATA/USB port, a USB 3.0 port and the generic WAN/4xLAN. There are also four detachable antennae. The included antennae are sleek, beefy, and powerful. The bottom of the router has rubber grommet feet to stay in place and optional mounting holes. Aesthetically, the router isn’t as modern or stealthy as Google’s OnHub router or anything, but it does resemble the Millennium Falcon in black and blue, so that’s pretty cool. Speaking of which, it’s pretty big and bulky, but it still isn’t an eyesore. The antennae aren’t nearly as ugly as most on the market. It certainly is sleeker than Linksys’s older router models. It has impressive ventilation, getting warm but not hot. The LED indicator lights are a shy white that wouldn’t pop up or annoy any eye. They’re just subtle enough to be nice and visible enough to be helpful.

- The speed that the Linksys WRT1900AC provides is pretty much as advertised. There are no hardware bottlenecks within this beast of a router which is to be expected when spending as much as this on a networking device. The Wi-Fi strength registers very strong, and using a Wi-Fi Analyzer program, being within the same room results in -37dBm, which is strong. The AC band is amazingly fast at streaming HD videos if you have the device compatibility for AC/5GHz. On Wi-Fi, my network speeds benchmark exactly what I pay for, and score about the same as a wired connection, which is quite impressive. Moving farther away doesn’t diminish the WRT1900AC’s power much. The four external antennae provide strong coverage and link speeds rather consistently. There was one bottleneck I ran into, however; check the Cons section.

- Setting up the Linksys WRT1900AC is simple and quick. I didn’t use the included CD, but you can if you’d like. Linksys had made it convenient by using their Smart Wi-Fi browser page, where you create an account to manage all your networking devices. If all you own are Linksys networking devices, the Smart portal is a hub to access all the devices within seconds. Nonetheless, you can just as easily use one device and set it up within mere minutes. It’s nice to see manufacturers competing to create the simplest and quickest setup method, and as time goes on, routers are getting to the point of Plug-N-Play

- Attaching a Seagate 1TB external hard drive to the Linksys WRT1900AC couldn’t have been easier. The drive popped up on my network instantly, without any configuration to it at all. I could access both USB ports occupied by hard drives, which allowed an instant NAS to be set up. This is perfect for nearly anyone looking to have their own network cloud. Store personal data on one and high storage files like movies and TV shows on another. You can always set up a DLNA server using these USB ports and easily stream media to any device in your home. Linksys has made NAS addition, which used to be a complex method of adding to a network, easy and Plug-N-Play.

- The Media Prioritization settings within Linksys’s Smart Wi-Fi Browser page are about the simplest and easiest Bandwidth Prioritization settings I’ve ever come across. It’s as simple as dragging and dropping a network device to “High Priority.” Beyond that, you can even select specific applications or online games to receive network speed priority.

- Honestly, I don’t use WRT or open-source firmware to tweak routers. On a list of things to hack for personalization, a router is near bottom of my list. But I do recognize a lot of people love to tweak their routers and Linksys’s WRT1900AC will allow the OpenWRT firmware, hence its name. I’d argue that this would be a good router to do such this on since its hardware is beefy and near limitless.

Cons: - The watershed moment for router testing in my home is the master bedroom; with nearly three walls and an easy 100 feet out of the way, it tasks the best of routers. In WRT1900AC’s case, its Wi-Fi signal held up and I could see the SSID broadcast, which isn’t the case with many of the routers I test. I streamed iHeartRadio since it’s much less of a bandwidth eater than say YouTube. It was able to play most of the stream but would break up for half a minute at a time intermittently. I can’t say I’m disappointed, but I was hoping it’d be able to hold its own.

- I know the hardware is impressive and that the WRT1900AC is more of a workhorse than anything else, but its size is pretty considerable. It takes up a lot of horizontal desk space so placement may prove a little tricky. Again, it’s understandable when sporting these types of specs.

- The router is a little expensive, but that can also be expected.

Other Thoughts: - I won’t include my network benchmarking tests since it is a relative statistic, varying from ISPs and bandwidth plans. However, I can say that when routing through my existing Netgear Centria 4700 router and the Linksys, the Ethernet wired speeds compared nearly identical. Wireless speeds were also fantastic. Using Wi-Fi when near the WRT1900AC, the benchmarks scored about identical to the wired connection speeds, bestowing the limit of the speed provided by my ISP. The AC band is extremely strong and even the N band performed at incredible speeds, above average.

* Overall, I was very pleased with the Linksys’s WRT1900AC. It pushes the boundary of Wi-Fi speeds and wireless performance. Its hardware is impressive and it doesn’t sag in performance nearly anywhere. *

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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Bang for your Buck SSD 05/14/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-960G

Pros: * It’s truly astounding how much the price of SSDs has dropped. Just a mere three years ago, buying a SSD for $1 per GB was expected. Now, especially with the OCZ Trion 150, you’re looking at less than 25 cents a gig. I don’t have a great track record with OCZ, though most of my experience with them was before they were bought out by Toshiba. It’s hard to judge an SSD, or really any hardware product, within a few days instead of months and months–in these cases benchmarks are really what a reviewer relies on; however, I have hope for the OCZ Trion 150, and so far the time I spent with it has been encouraging. *

- The OCZ Trion 150, like most SSDs, isn’t bundled with a bunch of accessories or surprises. You pretty much get the box, a plastic enclosure, and warranty/guide booklets. I must say, though, it surely is an attractive SSD, despite the fact that in most configurations it will be hidden. Its setup was like any other internal storage drive: SATA power/data hookup, disk initialization, and formatting of partition; ready to roll.

- The Trion 150 doesn’t perform as well as some of my higher end SSDs in my system, but those SSDs were purchased or marked at a much higher price. The Trion 150 is a bang for the buck product, if there ever has been. The Trion 150 960gb model sports an amazing price. I’d dare to proclaim that the Trion 150 is likely the most budget friendly SSD for its performance. See “Other Thoughts” for the benchmarks I ran on the Trion 150. Its real-world Windows performance is hardly noticeable up against a better performing SSD, so you’re unlikely to notice an immense difference when comparing the smoothness of Operating System use. The boot speed will be just as fast and drastically different against a traditional hard drive.

Cons: - Though the Trion 150 does very well with Reading operations, its Writing performance is not as up to par. The biggest drawback I could find with the Trion’s performance was its higher file sized Write operations. See below for Benchmark results.

Other Thoughts: - The OCZ Trion 150’s Sequential Read and Write is definitely comparable to high performing SSDs that are on the market. Considering this, the Trion is definitely a bang for your buck. However, its IOPS score lags behind with Random Read and Write compared to higher-performing, more expensive SSDs. Also, its Sequential Write suffers drastically as the file size is increased. Its inability to stay competitive when writing large files is the Trion 150’s largest drawback. However, taking all of this into account, OCZ’s Trion 150 is a great budget SSD. You really can’t beat spending less than 25 cents a gig for an SSD. If you aren’t terribly concerned about the SSDs’ raw performance (trust me, it’ll be much faster than a traditional HDD), then the Trion is a great pickup.

* Below are benchmarks I performed on the OCZ Trion 150 960GB SSD. All numerals are defined as Megabytes Per Second unless otherwise specified. The “Other 500GB” SSD I tested with the Trion is a much more expensive SSD; however, it is 66% occupied. *

– Moving 20GB onto Trion 150 –
Avg: 112mbps - Peak: 130mbps - Time: 4 min
– Moving 20GB off of Trion 150 –
Avg: 100mbps - Peak: 230mbps - Time: 3 min 56 sec
– Moving 20GB onto other 500GB SSD –
Avg: 85mbps - Peak: 112mbps - Time 3 min 56 sec
– Moving 20GB off of other 500GB SSD –
Avg: 95mbps - Peak: 215mbps - Time: 4 min

* Below are CrystalDiskMark Test Results for OCZ Trion *
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100MB Test : OCZ Trion 150 - 100 MiB [D: 3.9% (35.3/894.1 GiB)]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 562.766 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 534.774 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 362.392 MB/s [ 88474.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 337.091 MB/s [ 82297.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 543.329 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 516.902 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 33.897 MB/s [ 8275.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 118.973 MB/s [ 29046.1 IOPS]
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16GB Test : OCZ Trion 150 - 16384 MiB [D: 3.9% (35.3/894.1 GiB)]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 558.291 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 313.534 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 85.693 MB/s [ 20763.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 311.081 MB/s [ 75947.5 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 531.192 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 216.206 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 32.978 MB/s [ 2680.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 122.277 MB/s [ 27655.5 IOPS]

* Below are CrystalDiskMark Test Results for Other 500GB SSD *
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100 MB Test : Other 500GB SSD - 100 MiB [A: 66.5% (309.4/465.6 GiB)]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 550.512 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 519.769 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 394.082 MB/s [ 96211.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 363.443 MB/s [ 88731.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 528.857 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 507.258 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 46.129 MB/s [ 11262.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 143.510 MB/s [ 35036.6 IOPS]
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16GB Test : Other 500GB SSD - 16384 MiB [A: 66.5% (309.4/465.6 GiB)]
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 550.344 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 520.105 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 393.617 MB/s [ 96097.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 350.137 MB/s [ 85482.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 529.698 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 503.698 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 41.398 MB/s [ 10106.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 146.660 MB/s [ 35805.7 IOPS]

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