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1 out of 5 eggs DO NOT BUY THIS CASE. 05/06/2016

This review is from: Antec P50 Black Micro ATX Computer Case

Pros: -none.

Cons: - a few weeks after my 30 day return period i tried to install a few upgrades only to realize that the top fan connectors were breaking apart. They are from a single connection spliced to allow two fans. A week later the front fan connector broke exactly the same way. A terrible design and terrible build quality. I've paid less for better quality cases. Stay away.

Other Thoughts: -I always thought antec suppiled better quality than this... its like they wanted to add more controllable fans so at the last moment they just taped something together. I am a IT admin, and unless something changes, I can gaurantee to never purchase nor support a purchase of any product by the brand again.

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4 out of 5 eggs cheap, has been working fine for 5+years 05/05/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: read title.

Cons: -Prone to issues when overclocking, older power supplies with irregular voltage patterns, most likely static.

Other Thoughts: -On an older build I would constantly find myself in Computer Management to remap the drive. Sometimes I'd have to either restart or even replug to get the drive mapped again.
-If I wasn't such a stickler for static prevention, I'd probably have lost my data like the rest of these sock-wearing, carpet-rubbers. None of the components purchased around the same time had suffered similar problems. I'm guessing it prone to power sensitivity issues..

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4 out of 5 eggs Fast for a M.2 SATA III(6GBPS) SSD. THIS IS NOT A M.2 PCI-E x4 (10GBPS) SSD. ***KEY DIFFERENCE*** 05/04/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal SSD Single Unit Version MZ-N5E250BW

Pros: -Extremely fast for an SSD (especially in RAPID MODE, unbelievably fast...note benchmark below..)
-small form factor.

Cons: - Does not produce the PCI-E X 4 M.2 speeds I was expecting. This was an overlook on my part as I had no idea there was any difference.
- Because this is a SATA3 M.2 and not a PCI-E X4 M.2, its basically exactly the same as any other SSD with a sata3 connection.(You actually lose more SATA3 ports, using M.2 disables the use of both SATA3/5 and SATA3/6 on my ASUS mobo.)
-Cheap packaging. I've seen more expensive packaging on lunchables. (I can't see how this is more expensive than the regular internal ssd as it seems like Samsung just took off the case and raised the price because its smaller.

Other Thoughts: Definitely seemed like I got played by Samsung. I had no idea they even made SATA3 m.2's. The whole point of buying this M.2 was because I thought it would perform much better than regular internal ssd's. With all of that in mind, the drive still performs marvelously.
The crystaldiskmark Win 10 64-bit benchmark,i5 4590 /8GB 1600ddr3 in RAPID MODE (Random fill, 5x@1000MB):
ALL READ WRITE
SEQ 7304 4844
512K 6938 4617
4K 693.5 402.4
4KQD32 649.8 366.5

(This was taken right after finishing a new build so all the newest drivers may not have been used. I'm not exactly sure but it looks like RAPID MODE uses some type of memory caching increasing the read/write speeds 10x. All of this makes the fact that its a sata3 m.2 and not a pci-e x4 a bit less of a slap in the face. For 90%+ of the builds which intend to use this device, the difference is insignificant. The bottom line, its 2x-4x faster to boot than my last ssd and will most likely hit the bottleneck of other components anyways,

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Display Name: Ryan F.

Date Joined: 06/23/08

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 06/25/08
  • Last Review: 05/06/16
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