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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid Sporadic Performer!! :) 09/26/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: *Excellent Cost / Performance Ratio
*Excellent USB 3.0 Read Performance / USB 2.0 on Write Performance
*No cap - retractable

Cons: *Performance is somewhat all over the place but def acceptable.
*Gets pretty warm under heavy use.
*No USB 3.0 Write Speeds, more like USB 2.0 :(

Other Thoughts: So check this out... benchmark scores are pretty high, real life performance is a bit different.
Crystal Disk Mark gives this drive a Read / Write score of 123MB/s and 71MB/s respectively. Oddly... Anvil Storage gives 263 / 27!!
So, the next move is to transfer some real life files and find out what the real story is. So I broke out an x264 movie rip, Music & Picture folders. Tests were run on my HP Pavilion AMD based laptop which is equipped with an Evo 850 SSD.

Copying Need For Speed Movie 720p x264 Rip @ 1.95GB in size took 1 Minute 22 Seconds which averages 23 MB/s Write. Then moving it back to the SSD took just 20.3 seconds which averages out to 95MB/s Read. Pretty decent.

Copying Music Folder of 636MB / 48 songs took 28 seconds to move to the flash drive which averages 22MB/s Write.
Copying Music Folder back to the SSD was super quick with a 3.76 second time averaging 169MB/s Read. Wow.

Finally I found a few pictures folders to use to test as a typical use case scenario as well.
Copying my Pictures Folder of 1.48GB / 1,456 files which took 1 minute 57 seconds which averages 12.65MB/s write. So from that we can see that numerous small files, like many other drives, will slow the B05 down quite a bit. But no better or worse than any other drive out there. Moving the files back to the SSD took 50 seconds or 29.60MB/s Read.

So, I'm calling this drive sporadic due to it's speeds seeming to be all over the place. It's read speeds though are very very good. It would make a great NAS / Router USB storage type of drive sitting off a network somewhere. Honestly, that's probably what I'll use it for. I'll keep installation files & drivers on it sitting off my network for quick access. However, if you are looking for a USB 3.0 drive that can write files faster than USB 2.0 look elsewhere. This drive just can't do it.

So can I recommend this little USB 3.0 drive? Sure. SP has good reliability so I expect it to last for quite some time and I don't mind the slower write speeds. But if you are on a budget and need a 64GB drive the SP won't let you down.

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Silicon Power 128GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 75MB/s (SP128GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: *128GB for 29.99...yes please!!
*Class 10 speed for photo snappers and file lovers.
*Was easily recognized by my Laptop & Lenovo Tab 2 Tablet
*Advertised speeds were close to advertised
*Reliability - I've own several SP products and never had a problem.

Cons: *Advertised speeds were close to advertised but just fell short
*Reliability - but I've own several SP products and never had a problem.

Other Thoughts: So let's get to it shall we. Overall I like this SD card. 128GB is more than I'll ever need for my music, video & picture needs on my tablet. Personally, I use my Lenovo as a mobile jukebox while traveling to save my phone's battery for more important tasks like GPS & Hotspot duty. First, the package states "up to 75Mbps Read" speed. Well...most of us will probably care more about "write" speeds. Transferring files to the card may be more important to you than getting them off. And as far as I can tell it does a good job both ways.

Let's start with a single large file. I copied Top Gear ripped @ 720p which was 1.75 GB in size from my laptops internal Samsung 840 SSD to the SP 128 in 1 minute 36 seconds which gives us an 18.23MB/s Average write speed. What's nice is that AS SSD & Crystal Disk both confirm this real world test with the following results.

Crystal Disk 3.0.3 x64 = 63.66 / 20.25 Sequential Read / Write 4.088 / .542 4K Random Read / Write
AS SSD Benchmark = 60.17 / 19.03 Sequential Read / Write Acc Time 2.110 ms

Next, I tried pictures and music which will be a common scenario for this card.

Music Test Folder - 522MB took 31.42 seconds to copy from SSD = 16.83 Mbps
Picture Test Folder - 1.46GB took 2m 57 seconds to copy from SSD = 8.25 Mbps

Though write speeds are firmly in USB 2.0 territory, this card is putting out about the max anyone should expect from a flash based device such as this. While playing back the 1 hour Top Gear episode on the tablet fast forwarding, rewinding and skipping to any point in the show was seamless. Which indicates really good read speed for those who will fill this card up with movies, music and video clips for long trips.

My SP 32GB SD Card will absolutely be replaced by this 128GB monster! If you are in the market to upgrade your storage for phone, camera or tablet..look no farther. It won't let you down.

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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Budget Modem!!! 08/04/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)

Pros: *Full 100 Mbps Capable - Tested on TWC 50 Mbps connection
*Easy setup - Time Warner Cable Customer Support activated it in no time.
*Small and easy to tuck away
*Excellent Reliability so far - zero down time over nearly a month
*GUI is simple and intuitive (you won't really need to touch this..ever)

Cons: *Does not work with AT&T Uverse
*Not for TWC customers who have phone service as well - no old school RJ11 Phone Jack. You'd have to have an IP Phone that connects to your router.

Other Thoughts: Very impressed with this little modem. As an AT&T Uverse / Direct TV customer this device did not work with my AT&T service. We could not get the device to authenticate. You may have better luck, however, for me it did not work. My parents are Time Warner customers so I volunteered them for assistance. They do have home phone service, but use cell phones as well so they weren't out any call time. Hooked to my old Buffalo AirStation AC1750 Dual Band router, the CM3008 was able to fully utilize their 50 MB connection with ease. Here is what I got while using Speedtest.net with Google Chrome browser on both of their machines....

Wired - Dad's Desktop = 48.77 Mbps Down / 5.23 Mbps Up
Wireless - Mom's Laptop from the farthest point in the house = 25.69 Mbps Down / 4.66 Mbps Up

My parents have had no down time with this unit at all and I'm confident it will give users up to the rated speeds it advertises. As the majority of users have 50 Mbps or lower connections.. it's a solid choice to save a few bucks. Pair this with a decent router and you can't go wrong. Again, for TWC customers who use their existing RJ11 based home phones this unit is not for you. It's Coaxle Cable in...Ethernet out to router or single PC. If you don't use or need the home phone functionality your're good to go!!

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