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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Great budget/entry level big gig SSD 08/15/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP480GBSS3S55S25

Pros: The biggest pro is the price point at which you can pick up one of these SSDs...at least at the typical sale price.

In addition, the drive installed seamlessly. A simple jump into Disk Management and it was up and running in less than 2 minutes. When I installed the 240gb S55 I spent more time grabbing a sata cable (only to find a spare in my case already!) than I did provisioning the drive. But I truly cannot state it enough...I love how fast and easy this drive installs vs every other HDD that I've installed in 40% of my customer builds.

After that, you're getting into pros of SSDs and not pros of this SSD, things like quicker speeds, better reliability, quietness, better power efficiency.

However, that said, it is a great option for someone on a budget that wants to move into an SSD with large storage space.

Cons: There are a few minor cons...that don't really detract from the value of the SSD, but should be noted.

This came in the dreaded hard plastic shell packaging. Every SSD i've bought in the last 5 years comes in cardboard packaging. It was a little annoying to have to find scissors...

The packaging was not sufficient to protect the drive, so you're at the mercy of your shipping provider. It was literally a sheet of maybe 50 mil plastic that was protecting it...

The warranty was only 3 years, seems to me most of my recent SSDs were 5 year warranties. I did spot check and only 2 of 5 SSDs that I clicked on were 5 year warranties. I'm guessing since I typically buy enterprise drives for customer machines is the reason for the additional warranty. But even w/ that said, 3 years is on the low end of warranties.

I know it's not a huge deal, but the plastic used in the drive felt cheap. Granted you're not buying it to rub it all over your body, you're buying it to store data...and store data it does. But felt it work noting under the pretense that if they are cutting costs & using cheapo casings it might also lend true for the nand they're using too.

Firmware upgrades were not pleasant and overly laborious.

Advertised speeds are marginally slower than other SSDs in this segment.

Other Thoughts: For benchmarking I noticed that the speeds I was getting were significantly less than advertised. I used ATTO Disk Benchmark...this was my overall averages...

From .5kb to 8mb, doubling each successive transfer size, speeds in MB per second for writes followed by the second line of reads.

13, 20, 53, 96, 137, 183, 220, 246, 261, 261, 252, 257, 259, 255, 260
8, 34, 74, 104, 155, 202, 234, 258, 265, 267, 263, 268, 265, 266, 112

A few anomalies that I thought were just bad tests, but after running ATTO 3 times it came back w/ similar averages. But worth pointing out...

- on 512kb writes the performance was posting about 8% of expected speeds.
- on 8gb reads the performance was over half than expected, posting about 42% of expected speeds.

In any case, while most in home performance benchmarks will not rate as high as your typical manufacturer benchmarks, it's worth noting that they're claiming 540mb/s and i'm getting essentially half that max at 260mb/s.

For my system, i'm using a pretty average test bed, posting 3.8ghz quad core CPU and 12gb of 1800mhz RAM on a SATA 3 (6gb) primary controller.

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: The biggest pro is the price point at which you can pick up one of these SSDs...at least at the typical sale price.

In addition, the drive installed seamlessly. A simple jump into Disk Management and it was up and running in less than 2 minutes. I spent more time grabbing a sata cable (only to find a spare in my case already!) than I did provisioning the drive.

After that, you're getting into pros of SSDs and not pros of this SSD, things like quicker speeds, better reliability, quietness, better power efficiency.

However, that said, it is a great option for someone on a budget that wants to move into an SSD.

Cons: There are a few minor cons...that don't really detract from the value of the SSD, but should be noted.

This came in the dreaded hard plastic shell packaging. Every SSD i've bought in the last 5 years comes in cardboard packaging. It was a little annoying to have to find scissors...

The packaging was not sufficient to protect the drive, so you're at the mercy of your shipping provider. It was literally a sheet of maybe 50 mil plastic that was protecting it...

The warranty was only 3 years, seems to me most of my recent SSDs were 5 year warranties. I did spot check and only 2 of 5 SSDs that I clicked on were 5 year warranties. I'm guessing since I typically buy enterprise drives for customer machines is the reason for the additional warranty. But even w/ that said, 3 years is on the low end of warranties.

I know it's not a huge deal, but the plastic used in the drive felt cheap. Granted you're not buying it to rub it all over your body, you're buying it to store data...and store data it does. But felt it work noting under the pretense that if they are cutting costs & using cheapo casings it might also lend true for the nand they're using too.

Firmware upgrades were not pleasant and overly laborious.

Advertised speeds are marginally slower than other SSDs in this segment.

Other Thoughts: For benchmarking I noticed that the speeds I was getting were significantly less than advertised. I used ATTO Disk Benchmark...this was my overall averages...

From .5kb to 8mb, doubling each successive transfer size, speeds in MB per second for writes followed by the second line of reads.

20, 30, 55, 92, 95, 125, 55, 225, 255, 250, 254, 260, 260, 255, 255
30, 45, 75, 58, 120, 180, 220, 255, 255, 260, 265, 265, 268, 262, 268

A few anomalies that I thought were just bad tests, but after running ATTO 4 times it came back w/ similar averages. But worth pointing out...

- on 32kb writes the performance was incredibly inefficient posting about 25% of expected speeds.
- on 4kb reads the performance was marginally less than expected, posting about 65% of expected speeds.

In any case, while most in home performance benchmarks will not rate as high as your typical manufacturer benchmarks, it's worth noting that they're claiming 530mb/s and i'm getting essentially half that max at 268mb/s.

For my system, i'm using a pretty average test bed, posting 3.8ghz quad core CPU and 12gb of 1800mhz RAM on a SATA 3 (6gb) primary controller.

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Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset - White
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4 out of 5 eggs Good wireless headphones 06/21/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset - White

Pros: - wireless
- macros and customization from the Corsair software
- battery life
- lightweight
- "stylish"
- comfortable as the best of the best...actually, this is the best PRO of all...it's the most comfortable headset i've ever worn

Cons: - Range is no where near 40 feet. I've got 4 different wireless headsets that all reach my basement bathroom from my gaming HTPC. It's 3 walls and 30 linear feet away...this states a range of "up to 40 feet" and doesn't reach the bathroom.

- coupled with the range issue, if the headset loses connection due to range, it's a pain to reconnect. All my other wireless headsets 2.4 and dect all reconnect as soon as they are back w/in range. This one needs to be cut off to reconnect...which adds 20-40 seconds.

- the lights, in my opinion are stupid. I hate them...i cut them off on my corsair mouse, i cut them off on this headset, but i shouldnt need to take extra steps to turn off the 'pretty light display' on these cans.

- the headphones would not work w/out a firmware update...which seemed counter-intuitive. I was about to leave a horrible review because it took me 2 tries and failures, before i could get it to work on the 3rd try...after downloading a f/w update.

- it claims 7.1 - the best i could ensure i was passing to the headset was 5.1, but realistically i couldnt even hear 2.1 sound...the audio quality was impeccable, but there was not anything close, even remotely close to 7.1 sound...which was why i was so excited about this set!

Other Thoughts: ** edit **

I took this from a 4 star review down to a 2 star review. My original review was forgiving because there were so many awesome standout points on this headset that I could forgive major setbacks (like the range). However, after using this headset via an OTG cable (otg = on the go...which is a function for cell phones...) I have been unable to use this headset on my PC since. So I connected the headset to my cell phone to give me a mechanism to listen to some shows I can only get on my cell phone and since then the headset is seemingly bricked on my PC. I've searched for a couple-few hours looking for a remedy, i've done 3 or 4 "fixes" from the corsair forums, but none have worked. So at this point, I can still use my headset for my cell phones, but once I connect it to my PC it "seems" to be bricked. Basically, the headset is worthless now...because $100 for a wireless phone speaker doesn't really ring through as value in my opinion. In any case, the inability to use it coupled with the range issues, it's 2 stars at best.

** update **

Overall the headset is great. I'd give it a 5 star review easily if it had better range &/or could automatically reconnect. I'm still learning better ways to use the headphones...it's truly a great and comfortable set of cans.

I'd ultimately prefer more volume, however it's very weird...while wearing the cans they seem too quiet & even at max volume, i'd like to cut them up higher. However, when I take them off, I can seemingly hear the for miles. My Savi - w430 can get a connection all the way to my kitchen sink, 45 linear feet, one floor up and 5 walls of interference...obviously this headset doesn't reach that far, so I take it off & leave it on my piano bench on the way up...but i can actually hear my buddies on skype from the sink...it's that loud...but while on my head, I feel a need for more volume??? Doesn't make sense!

Lastly, to that end, the headset is great...i can't stress that enough, it's sooo comfortable. But the reality is that it could be better...

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