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LIVA X 4GB/64GB Mini PC
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3 out of 5 eggs CPU not as advertised 05/24/2016

This review is from: LIVA X 4GB/64GB Mini PC

Pros: Loaded Ubuntu Server 16.04 via USB DVD drive, installed fine. Added Ubuntu desktop on top. Runs fine in both text and graphics mode. Silent, boots quickly.

Cons: CPU is advertised as "upgraded to 2.25GHz". I didn't notice a BIOS setting to change the CPU speed. According to Ubuntu, it is 1.58GHz.

It would not boot off an older USB 2.0 FLASH stick with DOS installed, but that might have been BIOS settings. The system went directly into BIOS setup rather than booting off the USB drive.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy until the CPU speed issue is reconciled. Which is it? 1.58GHz or 2.25GHz? Would have gotten 5 starts if it's CPU were 2.25GHz.

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Klevv Urbane 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Model KM3U8GX4C-1600-09-09-09-24-0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Replaced 4x4GB Simms to up capacity to 32 GB. Inserted cleanly, recognized by system.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this brand of memory.

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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
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2 out of 5 eggs Fast enough, some lockups under heavy use 04/20/2016

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/240G

Pros: Easy to install and setup, no surprises. Much faster than hard drive.

Cons: Lockups under heavy data use. I wouldn't put an OS on these drives.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 of these drives. Both were installed in non-hot swappable SATA ports. The were used as storage for VMware virtual machines. When the drives worked, the VMs were about as fast as or faster than the host OS (which ran on a pair of conventional 7200RPM hard drives in a RAID1 array). The problem is that the drives would lockup under heavy usage, such as when the guest VMs (all Windows) were doing Windows Updates. Since the ports were not hot swappable, the host had to be rebooted to get the drives back. Kingston replaced one of them, but it still had problems (not as bad as the original). Both were moved from VM storage to normal data and have functioned well in that role but they do many fewer "write" operations now. I use other brands of SSDs for the VMs now.

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Display Name: Steve A.

Date Joined: 05/30/03

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 12/08/06
  • Last Review: 05/24/16
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