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This review is from: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: No problems using with Asrock x99 extreme 4 Mother board. Fast. Small form. Been running about a month and a 1/2 without any problems.
Cons: Samsung magician does not see the drive if that is important to you. Really not much faster than my samung evo 850 drive when it comes down to actual use.
Other Thoughts: My benchmark speeds using crystalDiskMark were (Read): 2181,451,1592 and 48.4MB/s and (Write) 1304, 400, 1307 and 172 MB/s. So yes it benchmarks great, but when timing the boot from where I enter my password (wind 8.1 pro 64bit) till when the lass start-up program loads is 35.5 sec using an exact clone of the drive on a 250GB Samsung EVO 850 ssd vs. 33.2sec when running the exact same drive on this samsung m.2 drive. The EVO 850 drive has read/write speeds around 550MB/s. Glary utilities reports a 38sec boot time for the 850 Evo drive vs 35sec for the samsung m.2 drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: JBL Loft 50 Three-way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Pair)
Pros: These JBL's sound pretty decent for one hundred and fifty bucks (assuming the rebate comes through). I am using them by themselves without any center channel, sub's or rears. They are not as efficient as many other, more expensive speakers, but I can highly recommend them.
Cons: My wife wishes they were another color and may paint them (except the grills). She also thinks they are intimidating size-wise.
Other Thoughts: They came in two days- pretty quick for three bucks shipping. They are not a bad sized speaker. So far I am very pleased.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1 x 200mm top fan, 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 140mm rear fan
Pros: I spent many hours researching a case for my new build, and settled on this one. I wanted one that could handle the DeepCool Lucifer V2 processor cooling fan, and like the idea of the drive pullouts and that had fan filters. I found that the case was pretty well laid out inside for running cables and everything. It is fairly quite with all 4 fans running on low- doubt I would ever need them on high. The "small" fan is fairly quiet as well and is controlled by the motherboard and is not always on since the system runs pretty cool. Thermaltake support was been pretty quick to respond to my questions and the rebate came quickly.The build quality seems pretty good for the most part. I am happy with my purchase!
Cons: The front fan filter screen should have been made to be removable for easy cleaning, but it is not and will need to be vacuumed or blown out once it is dirty, but I knew that when purchasing it. The main problem I had was with my SYBA 5.25" Mobile Rack- it could not be mounted in the case until I modified the mobile rack by putting a rail along the bottom edges of it and some dowels on the sides of it- Wished I could post a picture of what I did to the rack so you could see what I'm talking about. The mods worked but the 5.25" slots may not work with all 5.25" devices if they are not a full size device like a cd/dvd or blueray player/recorder. It would also be nice if there was a small handle or tab on the side cover to aid when you are opening it up- it takes a little bit of doing to grab the fan case and pull on it to get the door to open (while pressing the release at the botton) and I have large hands.
Other Thoughts: A nitpick but the sata drive numbering on the PC board where all the slide-out drives plug into (on the inside of the case) is opposite how the drives are labeled on the outside of the case. I was getting a rattling from the side filter that is removable when my dvd player would spin up, which I quieted by installing some of those small rubber "adhesive feet" around the outside of the filter. If for some reason you power on the case with the side cover open, the led color of the side door may be out of sequence- just remove power to the case and be sure the door is closed when you start up.READ FULL REVIEW