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OCZ Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Died just outside of return period 11/29/2011

This review is from: OCZ Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Price/performance ratio is great - as long as it works.

Cons: Failed just outside of return period with Newegg, now I need to RMA. Reboots randomly trash data.

Other Thoughts: Normally I wouldn't write a negative review after a drive failure, because hey, it happens. But with this product, given all of the other negative experiences people have shared, it's starting to look like a trend.

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SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064/US 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Zippy, cost effective zfs cache drive 01/07/2011

This review is from: SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064/US 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: * Pretty fast
* Pretty looks
* Good price/performance/reliability ratio

Cons: * Maybe not as fast as sandforce
* No mounting hardware

Other Thoughts: I added this drive to my home storage server for use as l2arc. In this configuration it sits in front of a spinning rust raidz to serve as cache for random reads.

I have absolutely no complaints about this drive; it works as expected. When the cache is warm and reads are mostly coming off the SSD, I seem to max out around 100 MB/second which is a substantial improvement over uncached read speeds (which can dip very low for random workloads). Now this is somewhat slower than I had anticipated, and I'm guessing it's a limitation of my oldish system board + sata controller combination.

Given that, I wouldn't draw general performance conclusions from this; it's entirely possible you'll see better performance in a more typical configuration. At any rate, 100 MB/s is darn near the theoretical throughput of NFS on gigabit ethernet, so it's more than adequate as an l2arc cache drive in such a configuration.

This drive didn't include mounting hardware. I just velcro'd it to my case.

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ASUS P1-AH2 AMD Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 2 x 240Pin DIMM GeForce 6150 Black Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A nice, solid machine with a slim form factor and sleek looks. Capable of supporting Athlon X2 5400+ (at least) despite what the documentation claims. Mini jack, S/PDIF, gigabit ethernet, S-Video, DVI, VGA, firewire, card reader all on board - there are very few small form factor bare bones with all of these integrated. Fairly quiet during normal operation. The case is straightforward to work with. No problems whatsoever after a month of operation.

Cons: There's nothing really "wrong" with the Pundit, but it does have several limitations (mainly due to form factor). Some full-height PCI cards will not fit without modification. Lying flat, the left side of the case ("bottom" if oriented vertically) is bare, grey metal instead of painted black. The CPU fan can be a little loud under high load (HD playback, compiling kernel, etc). Only one hard drive bay (unless you're willing to sacrifice the optical drive). 2 GB RAM limit.

For some reason, the S/PDIF jack is in the front of the case instead of the back, which requires the front "door" to be open - or removed - when using optical audio. I have no idea why they placed this here.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a full-sized box as my MythTV system. I have 2 PCI tuners, so I needed a system with onboard S-Video, DVI, gigabit ethernet, and S/PDIF audio. This little box is the only one I could find on newegg that met all of these requirements.

To echo other reviewers, some PCI cards WILL NOT fit in the case. The lower PCI slot will accept larger cards, but the PCB cannot exceed the height of the metal mounting bracket by more than a few mm. I had to shave off several mm of my hauppauge tuner card to get it to fit. The top slot will only accept ~3/4 height cards.

The LEDs are blinding, especially at night. I covered mine with electrical tape, and they're still visible - sharpie or black nail polish might be even better.

The hardware all functions under Linux - if building your own kernel, you'll need CONFIG_SATA_NV (SATA), CONFIG_BLK_DEV_AMD74XX (IDE), CONFIG_FORCEDETH (ethernet), and CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL (sound).

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Display Name: Jeremy T.

Date Joined: 12/17/06

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  • First Review: 06/10/08
  • Last Review: 11/29/11
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