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PNY CS2030 480GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - M280CS2030-480-RB
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4 out of 5 eggs Lightning fast, but needs cooling. 06/29/2017

This review is from: PNY CS2030 480GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - M280CS2030-480-RB

Pros: -Very fast: Sequential read/write on CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1 x64 is showing 2772 MB/s read and 1461 MB/s Write at 33% full (only after adequate cooling. See below.) Close enough to rated specs for me and honestly it'll probably vary a bit

-Loads up windows pretty fast. Once my motherboard finishes its checks I'm at the windows screen in no time

-This drive has true MLC NAND, not TLC with a cache like the similarly priced 960 EVO

-Stable

-Good PTP

-Got it exceptionally cheap.

Cons: -Overheats doing menial tasks without additional cooling (runs around 60 - 70C most of the time). Hits its 75C cap (where it stopped for me) fairly easy

-It's not clear how to get started with an M.2 NVMe drive and there isn't anything that would lead you in the right direction. There were no instructions in the box and nothing on PNY's website, so you're on your own! I had multiple issues that I had to go scour forums to learn the remedy to

-PNY's software either can't find its own drive, or will not display it because it already has the latest firmware, but it will not tell you of either outcome. It just displays a blank screen

Other Thoughts: Neutral:
-Dual-sided (apparently a problem for some users?)

Other notes:
-I set a high airflow 20mmx40mm fan blowing directly on the drive from half an inch away. The drive can now hit near its rated speeds fairly easy, with temps maxing around 57C. Before using this fan, the maximum write speed was 943 MB/s and the read was about 2400 MB/s, as it was overheating and throttling during the test

-Cloning my existing SSD to the new drive would not work, I could only do a fresh install

-If you have issues with Windows saying it cannot install to the NVMe drive, try unplugging all other drives (except your install source) and try again. This fixed the problem for me

-I'm still perplexed as to why many manufactures have yet to offer any serious cooling solutions that will keep their drives from throttling

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be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange
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4 out of 5 eggs Advanced builders only 03/05/2017

This review is from: be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange

Pros: -Incredibly spacious.
-Plentiful screws and other accessories to complete your build
-Fully modular
-Cable routing, tie points, etc ate all where you expect them to be. Designed by people who build, obviously.
-Full tempered glass window is gorgeous
-Great airflow with fans maxed out (didn't try it with just the stock 3 fans)
-Quiet
-Sexy as ****

Cons: -Does not contain any instructions on anything except a few components. There are no guides on disassembly or proper placement/mounting. This information is also absent from the website, so you're on your own! Hence the title. I would HIGHLY recommend against choosing this case if it's your first build
-I still have no idea if I mounted the power supply correctly due to an inane layout.
-Led strips only seem to fit onto included controller (not your motherboard RGB connectors)
-Expensive as far as cases go

Other Thoughts: Neutral:

-If you have a somewhat longer power supply, you probably won't be able to fit both fans on the bottom, or a radiator for that matter.
-Orange LEDs on strips are kind of yellow
-Assembly can take a long time if you are going to be tearing down a lot, so plan a good chunk of time for this

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SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 470 100407NT+4GOCL 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Pros: -When it works, it works well.

Fast Framerates. Pretty much on par with the RX 480.

-Fairly Quiet

I never heard it over my case fans.

-Sexy looking

Cons: -Constantly crashes to a blank single color screen

Sometimes it's black, sometimes another color, but it always requires a hard reset.

-When it didn't crash it would sometimes only show 1/4th the screen

Required a reset of display settings, which wasn't easy to achieve with only 1/4th the top left screen.

-Random graphical anomalies between resets

Strange bands or other artifacts that distorted the screen requiring another reset.

-3 different drivers all had no effect on the stability of this card

The same issues were present on all 3 of the latest drivers I tried. Earlier drivers than that don't seem to work with this model. This suggests to me there may be something inherently wrong with the card I received.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really liked the card, but it just didn't have any stability. I am returning it in favor of an RX 480, which I know first-hand from someone else doesn't have the problems this 470 had. Whether or not you will have the same experience, I don't know, but I can't game like this. If it's just a driver problem, Sapphire should have worked with AMD before releasing the product, because none of the available drivers work.

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Display Name: Thomas H.

Date Joined: 09/17/05

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  • First Review: 10/28/11
  • Last Review: 06/29/17
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