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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Super fast, but inherently less reliable. 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-480G

Pros: Extremely fast and a little more affordable than similar drives.

SSD Guru software is a simple way to update the firmware and optimizing Windows services for either performance, reliability, or capacity.

3 year warranty is welcome considering it uses TLC NAND.

Cons: Acronis is NOT included with this model. Just download "Macrium Reflect Free" to get it cloned.

TLC NAND is the least reliable and not normally used for SSDs. It definitely should not be used for mission critical data. I make clones every few months and use cloud software for backups, so I'm not too worried about it.

Ultra thin 7mm drive does not include an optional height expander which may prevent a snug fit in some laptops or enclosures.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Seagate SSHD 500GB/8GB (ST500LM000) on a Lenovo Flex 2, Core i7-4510U, 8GB RAM with this drive. It's not a work computer.

Windows 10 Boot Time:
- 13 seconds: New 480GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD
- 30 seconds: Old 500GB/8GB Seagate SSHD

HD Tach reports a whopping average read of 452.9MB/s!

If you have any strange issues after installation, uninstall Intel Rapid Storage software and it will be fixed. You may even want to do this before installation.

OCZ was purchased by Toshiba and this SSD uses Toshiba TLC NAND. The speed may slowly drop off over time, so be sure to use SSD Guru and set aside a few GB of "over provisioning" in case of failing cells.

If at all possible, you should even consider turning off hibernation and disable the page file, as they are very write-intensive services. You will need lots of RAM to turn off page file, preferably 16GB+ to avoid "out of memory" errors.

MLC and SLC NAND SSDs are more reliable but cost a little bit more. Be sure this product matches your computing environment. Do not put this in a workstation or server!!!

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Netgear N450-100NAS N450 Wireless Gigabit Router + High Speed Cable Modem – DOCSIS 3.0
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert

Pros: Not many pros... It's a cable modem and low-end router in a single (large) box.

Modem status and connection cable conneciton information is interesting and somewhat useful for troubleshooting with the cable company.

Supports USB devices, but with such slow WiFi it's nearly pointless.

The base can be removed with a screwdriver and laid horizontally.

Hardwire connection speeds were fast and reliable.

At least it has port forwarding...

Cons: 2.4GHz WiFi will be a big problem if you live in urban areas.

Very large unit containing visibly empty space which could have housed an internal power supply instead of another wall rat to clog up your power strip.

Long, convoluted default SSID and Passcode.

Foreign phone technical support workers.

No firmware updates since it's release in late 2013.

Besides keyword and domain blocking, there are no child restrictions like time limits or scheduling for devices.

Other Thoughts: There are only three useful non-overlapping channels for the 2.4GHz spectrum, 1, 6, & 11.

On wireless channel 1 I could only achieve 15-20 Mbps downstream. Channel 6 was 25-30 Mbps. Channel 11 was around 20 Mbps. This is pretty poor wireless speed. I only pay for 50 Mbps internet but can't even achieve that with WiFi in a semi-rural area. If you live in an urban environment, get router that supports 5GHz!

I called their technical support just to see what they were like and after being on hold for 10 minutes, they spent another 10 minutes asking for all my personal information. Then they told me they couldn't help me without sending them proof of purchase. I felt that was fairly rude, a waste of time, and could not understand most of what was said.

Bottom line, this is a good modem boxed with a VERY basic router and certainly not a very good one. It's so 'not good' that I'll likely be hooking up a another router to it and using this for nothing but a huge modem. (Did I mention it's huge?)

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Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation STBD1000101 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: Much faster at loading AND installing games than the stock PS4 hard drive.

Grand Theft Auto V loaded 30 to 60 seconds faster and was more consistent.

Stock HDD GTAV Load Times:
1. 2:01
2. 1:32
3. 1:37

Seagate SSHD GTAV Load Times:
1. 1:04
2. 1:05
3. 1:05

Cons: No instructions on how to install it. It's not hard, but a novice might need to look up a video tutorial.

No way to clone your existing drive, meaning you have to reinstall every game which can be very time consuming

If you don't have Playstation Plus you also need to backup every save game from every user profile beforehand.

Other Thoughts: You will need a computer, a 1GB or larger flash drive, and a small phillips screwdriver to install it.

As far as one can tell there is no difference between this and a standard 2.5" SSHD. The term "Game Drive" is superficially plausible as the firmware might be optimized for the Playstation, but there is no way of knowing as the technical specifications are obscure.

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Display Name: Matthew H.

Date Joined: 01/05/05

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