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SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E1T0B/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had an existing 512GB SSD which I needed to upgrade due to capacity limitations. My preferred brand is OCZ, but as they don't make a 1TB SATA drive, and Samsung is quite the the leader in SSD manufacturing, and the price per GB was nice, I decided to go with this drive. I chose the Evo over the Pro as multiple review sites have stated that non professional users will not benefit from the extra features and durability of Pro drives.

Cons: After using cloning software, not the included software, to prepare it and enabling RAPID, I ran Samsung's benchmark in Samsung Magician to compare its performance to my OCZ Vector and Vertex 460 which I use for my games and temp files/page file, respectively. Sequential read and write speed is at 938/2566MB/s, respectively, as a result of RAPID, but the 64280 IOPS read and 35926 IOPS write speed is well below Samsung's specification. It is using the latest firmware, EMT01B6Q.

Other Thoughts: It's a fast drive. I'm wondering if Samsung still needs to work a few bugs out of the firmware, but even at the current speeds it's faster than any home user needs.

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Rosewill RNX-AC1200UBE2 - Dual Band Wireless AC1200 Adapter - IEEE 802.11AC a / b / g  / n, Up to 867 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi Data Rates, USB 3.0 Interface
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive, works fine with 802.11n, Realtek chipset. The software AP option is nice for if you only want to connect a device which does not support high level encryption, such as a game console, to the internet for a short period of time.

Cons: Constantly drops connections with on the 5ghz band, even when my router, a Netgear R6250, is speed limited to 300mpbs. Tried alternate USB ports and with and without the cradle. I used a laptop with 5ghz capability and did not experience the same problems. Downloaded the drivers on the Rosewill website, but they were the same ones which came with the CD. Both my desktop and the test laptop are using Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: Do not waste your money on this adapter, spend a little more on a name brand.

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Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs A very nice case, but has a couple of flaws 11/05/2014

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I had to upgrade my cooling as a Corsair H60 can't quite keep up with an overclocked FX-8350. I was using an Antec 1200 at the time, which is a great air cooling supertower, but can only mount one 120, radiator. Corsair has very few cases which can support the cooler I wanted, the H105, and wish the Obsidian 550D did, but Newegg had this case on sale along with a Corsair rebate, and can mount multiple radiators, so it was an easy decision to choose this case.

Packaging was bare, just a box, top and bottom styrofoam pieces, and a quick start guide, but that's all that's necessary. The carrying handles on the top make it easy to carry around. The military ammo box style latches make opening the side panels easy. Rubber grommets and plastic pieces make cable routing easy and neat.

One feature I've not seen on any other case is that an ATX board's center screw (center of the board, above the first PCIe slot) space fits over a plastic "clip" instead of a standoff, which makes alignment very easy.

Cons: There are several flaws which cause me to give this case a 3.5 egg rating. First is that my back side panel has to basically be forced into the correct place. Don't know if something is bent slightly to keep it from closing as easy as the windowed panel, but it is an effort. This case features tool-less drive installation, but the implementation is not the best for 3.5" drives. It features removable trays with 4 pins which fit into the normal screw holes. It wouldn't be such a huge deal, but you have to bend the tray to get one side in, and the pins have a habit of coming out.

The front air filter is behind the front door, which is held on by 3 tabbed metal latches which must be bent to lock and unlock them. They could break with repeated use, and a simple magnetic system, or a couple of screws, would have been much better.

Though this case is said to be able to mount fans on the bottom, one mount location requires the bottom 3.5" drive cage to be removed, and the other is directly behind the PSU.

This case has air filters for the front and bottom, but not the top, sides, or rear, and has numerous openings to allow dust in.

But the largest problem by a parsec is that the air hole design on the side panel causes a very loud whistling with 120mm fans due to the air movement, which makes them unusable. Tried 5 different fans, including one 120x120x12 mm slim fan with the same result. I know this is primarily a watercooling case, but there's no excuse for this.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the side panel fan issue, it's a good case that I'd buy again any day. My main reason for choosing this case, other than the price, was to be able to mount a rear 120mm radiator if the rumored R9 390X comes with a stock liquid cooler. I'd highly recommend this case if you have any intention of going liquid.

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Matthew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 08/06/04

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 11/22/13
  • Last Review: 02/28/15
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