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Pros: In summary: this drive does make loading files you use frequently faster (including Windows/OS files and programs) and after some learning time it feels like an SSD depending on how you use it. The hard drive part of it also has the large capacity you'd expect from a traditional hard drive. However, as I'll describe below, you get some of the pros of both SSDs and HDDs while getting the cons of both. It's definitely a compromise and whether or not it's worth it really depends on the price when you buy it.
First off a quick description- this is a 1TB (or 2) hard drive with an 8GB SSD built into it. The SSD is essentially invisible to the end user- it's not a separate partition or anything like that. Rather it functions as a non-volatile cache which means even when you turn off your PC it remembers what files you use the most so that next time it can load it from there quicker. This means that after a while, it learns which files you use the most and those files will load a little bit faster.
In practice, this works ok. It is faster than having just a hard drive but it also is not as snappy as an SSD. I use my PC mostly for games and I noticed that the games I play the most do load quicker after a while, but if you load programs you don't use as often, it's as if you just have a normal hard drive. Boot times similarly feel somewhere in between an SSD and a HDD. Also, if you're constantly doing different things on your PC (for example, varying the programs you use, maybe because multiple people use it), you will notice that program load times will get longer as the files saved in the cache keep changing.
Cons: The cons are not nearly as obvious but since you are combining a hard drive and SSD, you also get the cons of both. I would expect that the SSD cache does have a limited lifespan of reads and writes and that given enough usage, would one day wear out. I'm not sure how this drive handles that, but the result could be anything from a slower drive (if the drive firmware is smart enough to stop using portions of the cache that exceed a certain read/write count) to data loss (if the drive continues to try to use the cache after it has worn out). I trust Seagate as a major brand enough to think that it has built in some kind of failsafe but that's something to keep in mind. Similarly, you get the cons of having a traditional hard drive- power consumption, vibration sensitivity, and the possibility of mechanical failure over time.
Other Thoughts: Finally, the bottom line on whether or not this drive is worth it comes down to the price. At the time of writing, I would say this drive is actually somewhat expensive, because for about the same price, maybe a couple dollars more, you can buy both a small SSD and a hard drive. If you have enough space in your system, this would be a better setup because you would get much more reliable and controllable performance increases by having a real SSD and choosing what programs you load to it. You would also have a hard drive for storing big files like media for example. This solution really gives you the best of both worlds, versus when testing this hybrid drive, I wasn't always convinced that the SSD cache was giving me much of a boost.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great price for 16GB of RAM. Does exactly what you'd it expect it to do. Whenever I get new memory I like to run Memtest just in case- a lot of times problems with memory can go undetected until later or only when you use more memory, so you want to make sure it's good to keep from tearing your hair out if something else goes wrong later. Ran a couple of passes with no problems. Also lifetime warranty is re-assuring in case something does come up later.
With laptops you're usually not going to have the option to overclock or adjust timings so to get the best performance, just buy the fastest memory your computer can support. After that it's really just plug and play and this memory is exactly that.
Cons: None at all. Like others, I prefer normal RAM to not have heatspreaders. DDR3 runs cool enough that you almost never need them anyway, and I'd rather have none than some cheap ones that are just taped on with normal tape (which can actually increase temperature).
Other Thoughts: I find 16GB to be plenty for most computers. I rarely use a lot of it, but when I do occasionally need to run some modeling programs for work (CAD stuff), it does come in handy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400
Pros: Appearance wise this thing looks great. Solid metal construction- it is very heavy when you first unbox it. Feels like a brick. Very big capacity- 8TB is more than what most people will ever need. Also, it is nice that a drive this big only requires one USB cable. Performance is what you would typically expect for a large size hard drive- very fast sequential read and write, but slower for random reads and writes (for example, lots of small files). This makes sense because the drive is slower spinning (5900 RPM) so it does take a while to get from one physical memory location to another.
Comes with a 2 year offer for 200GB of storage on Microsoft OneDrive. Even after the 2 year period ends your data still is accessible, just read only so a great option to upload some older photos or other files that you won’t need to edit after the fact.
Cons: Yes it is an external hard drive but that doesn’t mean it’s actually very portable. I wouldn’t bring this around much- it’s pretty unwieldy. Also, the Ignition Boost Technology is basically just a battery that provides the extra little boost in power to get the drive started up (spinning it up takes more power than keeping it running) and if you turn it on and off a lot there’s a possibility that this battery doesn’t get a chance to recharge and gets depleted. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but considering it’s best for this to be just left on, there are a couple of other cons:
First, the USB cable is pretty short. Not a problem if you’re just going to let the drive sit on the PC case, but my case is on the floor and I would rather have the drive on my desk, somewhere the cable won’t reach to. I could just buy another cable but quality cables are not the cheapest (USB is evolved enough that using cheap garbage cables can actually damage your stuff).
Second, as other reviews have noted, the need for power means this is only compatible with USB C 3.1. Older USB ports simply don’t provide enough power, even USB 3.0. There are plenty of reports of people trying to use adapters and not having it work. I have a newer computer so no problem there, but really since this is not a portable drive, it would be best if I could use it as network storage, but I’d need a separate always on server type computer to do that. I don’t believe any routers currently have USB C 3.1 ports, as that is what I think would be the optimal way to use this drive.
Other Thoughts: All in all still a good product. However, in conclusion I think it’s more of a niche product. Since it isn’t really portable you would probably be better off just buying a big internal hard drive for your desktop and save a few bucks. Would work nicely for laptop users, but be sure you have a USB C 3.1 port, not an adapter.READ FULL REVIEW