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SanDisk Ultra II SDSSDHII-480G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The drive has sequential read/write speeds of 550/500 MB/s respectively. The random read/write speeds are 98,000/83,000 IOPs which indicate that the drive is above average and comes close to maxing out the 6 MB SATA specification. I am very please with the SSD drive's performance. The key specification that I used to decide to buy this drive was the random read/write speed. I have seen same sized drives that only have a 30,000 IOPS read/write speed that were priced the same or higher than this drive. I feel like the 4K random read/write speed is a truer measurement of the drives overall performance.

Cons: 1. The drive did not contain any software or instruction manual. Instead you get a single slip of paper instructing you to go to the SanDisk website to download the installation instructions and the dashboard software.
2. The drive did not come with any migration software to copy or clone the active hard drive onto the SSD drive. Your only choice would be to create a system backup using the Microsoft Backup function in Windows or a 3rd party program to clone the drive. There are several free programs available that will perform this task nicely, but at this price one should have been included.
3. Along with the drive was a piece of plastic that has an adhesive on one side that appears like it's purpose is to make the drive thicker if needed. I did not see any reference outlining what the plastic piece was for. If it was in the instructions it wasn't real intuitive or I just missed it.

Other Thoughts: Based upon my personal experience at installing SSD drives I would have to say that it would be difficult for a beginner to install this drive with the instructions available. There is a video available online that takes you through the steps using a product made by Apricorn that you would have to buy to clone the drive. Without that software and adapter you are pretty much on your own. It is a good drive with good specifications and I would buy it again, but it is not for the in-experienced person.

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Rexus PST-2 20/24pin Power Supply Tester
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Poor Instructions 06/24/2015

This review is from: Rexus PST-2 20/24pin Power Supply Tester

Pros: This appears to be a simple go/no-go tester for power supplies. It does a pretty fair job and it is easy to use.

Cons: The instruction for this unit are printed on the front of the device. The 1st step says to turn on the power supply. I did not feel comfortable doing that because the 20/24 pin connector could spark when you plug it in. Power supplies cost too much money to take a chance of damaging a good supply. I plugged in the 20/24 connector first so that the power supply would power up when it is switched on. Next I plugged in the 8 pin CPU connector. All of the connectors have to be tested one at a time because they all share the LEDs on the left of the front panel. The 3.3 volt LED will only light up when testing the SATA cable if it lights up at all. I don't know if the 3.3 volt supply is even used by the SATA devices. The connector to test the SATA leads is simply a cutout in a circuit board. If you look at the SATA label you will see a horizontal line directly beneath it. Looking closer you will see a vertical line. This label is trying to illustrate how to plug in the keyed connector. The -5 volt LED will not illuminate on Modern power supplies. Looking further you will see that leads 18 or 20 does not have a wired in the connector.

Other Thoughts: I do not know if the supply does a voltage range check before lighting the LED for the particular voltage that is associated with the LED. If it does I would be surprised simply because of the low cost of the unit. However, this tester will certainly let you know if the supply is bad. Since the tester does not appear to place a load on the supply you may have to plug in a fan or some other device to simulate a load. Some power supplies do not activate the fan without a load so don't get too concerned if the fan doesn't spin.when this tester is connected.

If this unit had provided a user's manual, or if the instructions were clearer then I would have rated the unit higher. However, for the money you can't go wrong with this tester unless you are expecting it to do more than it was engineered to do.

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Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs 5 stars aren't enough 06/11/2015

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: The first thing that stands out is the engineering and design that went into this case. For example the 5 1/4 inch drive bays have a simple latch that secure the DVD drives without using any screws. On top of that there are also a couple of holes on both sides of the slot so that you can screw in accessories that are too short to be secured by the latch.

The case has significantly more spaces for fans than most people would use for a air cooled system. The case comes with one 120mm fan in the front of the case and another one in the rear of the case. There are mountings for 6 more fans for a total of 8 fans.

The 3 1/2 inch drive bays are tool-less and the case is designed so that all of the wiring is behind the back side of the case (or behind the motherboard). In addition there are two 2 1/2 inch slots for SSD drives if you have those as well.

There are cutouts where most of the normal stuff (24 pin power, SATA connections, USB 3.0 connection, and also the 4 or 8 pin power connection at the top of the motherboard. Plus a very large cutout behind the processor. There should be no reason for a sloppy wiring job on this case.

The power supply mounts on the bottom and there is a removable screen that you remove to clean out the dust that is captured after an extended period of operation.

I would have to give this case more than 5 stars because I am that pleased with my purchase.

Cons: I am not a person that goes in for CLC (water cooling) so I did not install a radiator in this case. However, just from looking at it I would say it would be pretty difficult to install a 240mm cooler in this case because the space at the top is pretty tight. A regular 120mm fan is almost touching the motherboard when it is installed so if the radiator is mounted against the top then the fans would be protruding over the motherboard by some 15 or 20mm. However, the mounting holes are offset from the edge so there may be enough elevation to clear the motherboard, I guess it would depend on how your motherboard is designed. If it has large heatsinks near the top edge then I would guess that they wouldn't. If you use 120mm CLCs then you could mount them on the back of the case and also at the bottom.

Other Thoughts: I have seen comments about the case being flimsy and the doors flexing or giving when you twist the door. I have also seen negative comments about the drive bays being made out of plastic and concerns about how well they will stand up. Both the 2 1/2 inch and the 3 1/2 inch bays hold the drives snugly in place and unless you change them out an awful lot they should serve you just fine for the life of your machine. I think that the only negative thing I saw with the drive bays is the fact that there is some play at the bottom that might cause you to hear some vibration noise from the mechanical drives but it wasn't apparent to me. If you were concerned you could add a machine screw through the bottom of the case or wedge some foam between it and the case to resolve the movement.

I have built a lot of computers and I have seen a lot of cases. This is an inexpensive case so you can't expect it to be made out of 1/4 inch steel. However, it is the best designed inexpensive case that I have seen, with a lot more options than most, and I feel certain that you will be pleased with your purchase.

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Display Name: Virgil B.

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