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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 *
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]
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 *
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]
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]
Pros: * The EZVIZ Mini Camera isn’t groundbreaking in anyway when compared to what is already on the market. There are plenty of small cameras out there for you to place anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection. Despite the lack of anything truly intuitive, the camera does its job and works as expected. *
- The EZVIZ Camera itself is indeed “mini” as its name alludes. It is even smaller in footprint than my Logitech C930 webcam, which is quite a feat for a fully functioning camera. It covers almost an entire 120 degree span and has quite a lot of flexibility to it with the ball bearing stand, allowing it to be placed or hidden nearly anywhere. It is powered by a single cord to a wall wart USB outlet. There is an indicator light located on the front of the camera that may give away its position if not covered up. The indicator light informs you of various light patterns and colors to report the status of the camera. There is also an IR light for night vision recording and a hard reset button. The EZVIZ Included with the EZVIZ Camera is a magnet that you can attach to the bottom of the camera’s stand to allow mounting, along with double-sided adhesive. Also packaged with it are two screws and corresponding mollys for wall mounting; as well as a comprehensive quick start guide.
- The EZVIZ Camera sports an extremely easy setup that most of us have become accustomed to concerning Wi-Fi smart devices such as this. It pretty much consists of downloading an app, creating an account, scanning a QR code, and adding the camera to the network. Using the app, you can utilize all of the EZVIZ camera’s functions.
- Within the EZVIZ app, there are up to four cameras that can be connected and controlled from one hub, and this easy expansion to four different views at the touch of the finger is a welcome addition. You can mute the mic on the camera (see Cons), flip the video playback, make it full screen, or zoom (which quickly pixelates, understandably). You can also begin recording the camera’s image, which will save on the SD card you inserted into the device, change the resolution from basic to standard to high-def, and snap a quick picture that’ll save as a gallery, viewable right from the phone or later on when the SD card is retrieved. The pictures are pretty good quality, just like the video recording.
- The 720p Camera looks good enough. There’s a slight lag but not as a drastic of a delay that other devices tend to produce. Text on shirts can be clearly read, the light level is rather admirable, and it focuses pretty well. The mic picks up nearby sounds just as well too (See Cons).
Cons: - Though the camera resolution and clarity is above par, it doesn’t necessarily look like 720p. The footage can be grainy and the fish eye, though understandable, can be a turn off. However, if you’re using this to keep an eye on an area of your home like your office or what have you, it will more than suffice, as peoples’ faces are easily seen. Although, setting up the EZVIZ camera to overlook outside of a window is not a good idea. Screen frames over windows blur the camera’s focus and clarity, and distance and light rapidly diminishes the picture quality. Also, occasionally the camera will lag during an entire 10 second block and then will speed across the frames to catch up to real-time.
- The lack of included rubber mounts for the bottom of the stand is kind of disappointing. It slides around easily and you will have to either buy standoffs for the bottom or make up your own in order to keep it in place.
- The EVZIZ isn’t the most budget friendly camera. There are other alternatives for cheaper prices, but the 720p integration is nice.
- An SD Card will be required, as it doesn’t come with one. For the price, the least EZVIZ could have done was include a small 4GB SD Card for quick setup and install.
- The camera’s mic will not mute no matter how many times I try to mute the sound. It seems like my fingerprint just doesn’t register. The sound playback is there, but it’s also very tinny. Don’t expect spectacular audio playback and to be able to listen in on conversations; it just isn’t happening with the EZVIZ.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, the EZVIZ Camera is a simple device. It doesn’t have many bells or whistles, and a consumer will know whether they need something like this or not. It isn’t for everyone as a must have device, but may be for consumers who want to keep an extra eye on their office, bedroom, or an area where a safe is located. The EZVIZ is definitely NOT a home solution for security and monitoring; if you’re looking for security and home monitoring, look elsewhere. But if you need a cheap solution for monitoring a small area of your home or elsewhere, the EZVIZ may be just for you, and I can say that it will certainly do its job well. From its simple setup to its small form factor and its bare-knuckle design, it will serve its purpose well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * I’ll blatantly admit to having a bias toward Corsair when it comes to power supplies; I unabashedly love them. In my personal rigs, I’ve only used Corsair and have never regretted it. In all honesty, I don’t think I’d ever consider another manufacturer when it comes to PSUs due to the simple fact of how well Corsair manages to constantly improve and deliver their PSUs. The Corsair RM1000i is no exception to this rule. Pushing a 1000 watts and 83.3A on the 12V Rail, pretty much any SLI config and rig will be supported with room thereafter. The RM1000i is a beastly PSU. *
- The Corsair RM1000i comes in a packed-full box with a bunch of goodies and a few extras. Besides the huge brick that is the PSU, included is a bag of cable ties, a case badge, and rear mounting screws. I always love the felt-like bag that shrouds the PSU inside the box. It’s completely unnecessary from a manufacturer’s standpoint but makes the difference from a consumers’ view. It adds that taste and touch of the gold standard, assuring that you’ve bought the best the market has to offer. All the cables come in a nice large canvas bag with a Velcro strap. Again, not necessary, but its Corsair’s attention to detail that matters.
- The PSU itself is aesthetically pleasing, minimalistic with matte black overtones. It’s sized at 150mm W x 86mm H x 180mm D. The quiet cooling fan is 135mm and has an attractive military gray color that fits well with the overall unit’s design. There’s a fat power toggle switch on the back surrounded by a generous honeycomb ventilation grill. On the front, there are 6 peripheral/SATA connectors, 6 PCI-E & CPU connectors, the obligatory 24-pin ATX power connector, and a fan test button. All the aforementioned connectors are paired with cables, as well as floppy adapters, a USB mobo cable to mini-USB, and a Corsair Link cable. A long power cable is also included. The cables are much better than the ones included in the older HX series as they are fully black with no eyesore rainbow colored wires showing. They still aren’t individually sleeved (hopefully, one day), so I would recommend the more attractive single-braided extension cables. There are plenty of options out there, BitFenix being my personal favorite. But for a quick and dirty build, these cables are more than suitable.
- The included Corsair Link technology essentially allows the user to link multiple modern Corsair hardware, like RAM and the closed-loop CPU coolers. The hardware is then bundled in software for monitoring the hardwares’ temperature, fan speeds, current and voltages.
- The fully modular design allows efficient cable management, allowing the builder to use only the necessary cables that the rig requires, which eliminates an excess rat’s nest of cables.
- The RM1000i comes with a 7 year warranty. That’s a generous warranty, speaking to the assured quality of Corsair’s PSUs.
- The fan doesn’t turn on until about 560 watts are being used. Cutting down on noise and dust intake, the fan will remain off most of the time since you will only reach that amount of power when/if your dedicated GPUs kick in. Even past 560 watts, the fan is hardly audible. It becomes much louder when the PSU exceeds 800 watts, but the sound is negligible when inside your rig.
- The RM1000i is rated at 80 Plus Gold but performs even better in actuality and exceeds efficiency testing standards. The
- The RM1000i came with a beastly instruction manual that nowadays are rarely included with products. Possibly just for nostalgic reasons, I love a beefy instruction manual. Even though it’s mostly comprised of many different languages, this one outlines all the specifications and intricacies belonging to the RM1000i; including the cables provided, the length, and the PSU’s power efficiency graph.
Cons: - Like most Power Supplies, the RM1000i has extremely strange cable pin outs. I’m not an electrical engineer but I figure there has to be a better and cleaner method to mapping pin outs and wires.
- The RM1000i isn’t the cheapest Power Supply on the market, but you do get what you pay for. It will likely be overkill for most rigs not using more than one GPU, but you couldn’t go wrong with picking it up if you’re looking for both quality and power.
Other Thoughts: * The Corsair RM1000i isn’t for everyone’s build as it’s mostly made for enthusiasts. Corsair has made a great many of improvements over their previous generation of PSUs, namely in component quality and build quality. I recommend it if you’re going with an SLI rig or something that needs a plethora of power with high amperage on the 12V rail. It runs quiet, the stock cables are more than decent, has plenty of extras, fully modular, integrated Corsair Link technology, silent fan operation, 80 Plus Gold, pushes 1,000 Watts, and is made up to snuff. Overall, it’s a fantastic PSU. *READ FULL REVIEW