Date Joined: 02/26/12
Pros: It's pretty, came in a pretty box. It worked with no issues, no firmware updates. Formatted NTFS and transferred my games folder to it to free up some space. Faster than my SATA SSD from PNY.
Cons: Not quite as fast as I hoped. Drive slowed down from approx. 400MB/s to 50MB/s after about 100GB of writing data was transferred. I've owned dozen's of SSD's and many from Intel but this is my first SSD 6 NVMe from them. It either throttled due to the way the controller and buffer behave or possibly it throttled due to a thermal issue? I have no idea what I'm talking about but I only experienced this with low end generic SSD's. I know this is a great price and it says intel but I really hope this is legit and not some counterfeit product. Time will tell. All my Samsung SSD failed me over the years but not one of my 5 SATA Intel drives, they are still working great.
Overall Review: I bought the 512GB version which has 2 storage chips, unlike the picture here. It has the same buffer chip and controller chip as shown and there is a product information label that goes across the chips. Here are the crystal bench mark results I received.
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1627.868 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 969.919 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 342.151 MB/s [ 83533.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 300.834 MB/s [ 73445.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 338.528 MB/s [ 82648.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 351.411 MB/s [ 85793.7 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 54.222 MB/s [ 13237.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 128.916 MB/s [ 31473.6 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [S: 46.9% (223.8/476.9 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2018/10/09 18:19:17
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17763] (x64)
My PC: Intel 4690k at 4.3Ghz, 16GB DDR3, Geforce GTX 970, kingsshare brand PCIe NVMe adapter on x8 lanes, buffer flushing disabled with write caching enabled.
Pros: I currently have a $500 espresso machine after buying 4 other different ones, none of them have the steam power this one does. I wish I could buy this machine again. It is LEGENDARY, nothing compares.
Cons: Does not automatically power off after use and no cleaning cycle.
Pros: No bent pins, CPU has performance very similar to my i5 haswell 4200M, a 7.5 on windows 7 x64 WEI score. Booted up to desktop under 10 seconds with a cheap SSD. Windows operations were very responsive and quick, the temps stayed very low 20 - 30'C idling and did not take much power from the supply. The GPU is powerful and way out performs the i5 intel graphics, there is no comparison. The price tag on this CPU is also a great deal, saved a lot of money. It's black edition and core is unlocked for speed. The CPU part of this APU outperformed my phenom II 965 under most applications but is lacking on some benchmarks. It beats my phenom II on gaming and photoshop applications.
Cons: The oem heat sink is the same one I got for an old sempron... all aluminum, not polished and the contact area is less than half the size of the APU. It is so bad that the CPU quickly reaches 60'C running a 3d graphics benchmark after 30 seconds with lots of case air flow at normal room temperature.
Overall Review: I feel using the stock oem heatsink will cause damage to the APU under normal conditions while gaming. Being a black edition it should atleast come with a dual heatpipe copper core heatsink.
Pros: Opened the box, brand new sealed. Plugged it in to charge but no light. I let it charge for 2 hours, tried different usb cords and usb outlets... nothing. wont power on or do anything. what a waste of time and money, iLive?? should be called iDead
Pros: Small enough to fit in a handbag, instant on AND off sliding switch, fairly bright 40" picture, light weight and auto selects the input your using. compatible with ipod, iphone, mac, pc, dvd.
Cons: Plastic Lens, easily scratches, do not try and clean. The image goes out of focus every few minutes after it turns on then gets less frequent. The color is unsatisfactory, you can adjust the color a bit in the menu but you just cannot get the color quite right. flesh tones are off and it just makes your photos and home movies look awful, your friends will end up looking at your computer screen instead of the projection. The power adaptor which needs to be plugged in for this to work is almost the same size of the projector and the cords dangle everywhere. In order to connect to an iphone or anything, a special adaptor needs to be used and most are not included with this projector. The fan on this thing is loud instantly like a laptop fan that is clogged with dust and at max speed. the lack of a built-in battery makes this hardly worth the price.
Overall Review: If your one of those people the spend time adjusting the color on your TV, this projector may not be for you. If you need a tiny projector that works on pretty much anything, this can be a life saver.
Pros: Works, solid board if you leave everything at default no OC. Looks nice, love those header adaptors. Came with USB 2.0 pci slot. The backplate is in COLOR and looks PRO! Excellent power consumption, much lower than previous boards. Has new GUI bios. Did not have to install any drivers for Windows 8 64-bit, however, had sound issues in video games until I installed the Audio Drivers. 3 different temp monitors on board, full feature overclock adjustments, manual and auto. nVidia Sli was easy to setup and worked well with my 550 ti's. The legacy raid worked fine, good performance. Got a 8.2 WEI score in Win8 with 3 SATAII SSD's.
Cons: Control Center does not work well, it's lacking all sorts of things. Manual is generic stuff you already knew. This board would not overclock my CPU stable enough to run a game. My old board would overclock just fine. This board will not wake up on AC powerloss, like it says it supposed to. The board also will refuse to post at times when I try to overclock in the bios.
Overall Review: The MSI Command Center app for your iPhone, does not work with any AMD boards! Only 2 types of intel boards.
Pros: MSI 990FXA detected this pair as 1333. Set it to 1600 in bios and all is good. My LED's were by default, blue. Bright as the sun and look star treky. The led's move if there is heartbeat on the machine, it the machine freezes, so do the led's. Playing a game and the led's strobe like a rave. So bright they light up the room.
Cons: The package they came in its ultra cheap, ugly.
Overall Review: These blue LED, match color brightness and size wise of the LED's on my MSI 990FXA-GD65 mainboard.
Pros: On a AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.4Ghz. Stock Heatsink was a joke compared to this one. Without any Overclocking, the temps are at 20'C idle. Temps around 30'C most of the time. The heatsink compound it comes with is not very good, use a real one instead. I can barely put the case side on my Antec Lanboy from 2006. The 4pin fan is pretty but lacks structure integrity. You can barely hear this fan when set to a slow speed and sustain a temp around 40'C under a load. It's the best heatsink I've ever owned, built much stronger than a Zalman I owned. It looks polished, clean and neat. The box is also very pretty
Cons: Installation was a hassle for me. I read the installation instructions but were useless. It took me an hour to install this. Took the mainboard out to remove the old stock backplate, put on the new one. Then came the hard part, using the supplied tool to tighten the nuts that hold it to the board. Then the almost impossible part of adjusting those X clamps so they fit (had to push and slide the anchors) and get it all to face the direction I wanted (so the heat goes out the back of the case, not blowing up into the powersupply). You need a fairly thin and long phillips screwdriver #1 to screw in the screws to the anchors. After that, you realize the design could have been better. This heatsink is too generic. It does not hold steady and moves a bit, swivels like.
Overall Review: This heatsink is so generic it probably will work with any intel, amd, cyrix, power7, atari, cray or G5 cpu...
Would it kill them to make a snap-in heatsink for AMD???
Pros: Comfortable on my ears and around the back of my head. Could be snug for a person with an above average size head or neck. The sound is good, bass an treble is acceptable maybe a little better than average. Not a true flat response like Bose better sound than my $40 Sony active noise canceling wired headphones. Plenty of volume for a quiet environment it does however let all background sounds in. Not good for noisy environments. Paired easily with my iPod touch 4th gen iOS 5.1.1. Paired also with my cheap Targus AC 10 Bluetooth adaptor on my windows 7 64-bit machine and has about a 10 meter range thru a floor with some intermittent loss of audio. These look nice come with a posh little carry bag and USB mini cable. The retail package is pleasing. Very large on/off/pair button with red/blue led made it very easy to use and pair. Just hold the button for 5 seconds to turn on an 7 seconds to turn off. Audible status tones and blue led are brilliant in excess. Folds up to fit.
Cons: Plastic body is very thin and poorly crafted material. It will not take any stress at all before it breaks. The USB jack inside the headphones is the poorest quality imaginable, the plug is loose snaps in hard falls out very easily. The fake plastic chrome buttons are barely thicker than rice paper, wiggle and painted/plated poorly. Pushing any button while the headphones are on your hears produce painful clicking noise. There are times when the audio cycles on/off rapidly and the unit needs to be rebooted, not a big deal as it seems. Headphones get a bit warm and for some reason uncomfortable after an hour or so. The blue led light blinks every 4 seconds while listening to audio and it's one of those blinding cheap looking ones.
Overall Review: Perfect bluetooth headset for someone that can only afford this price and can provide it with TLC at all times. Battery is unknowns because it outlasted my iPod watching Netflix. Charges in about 1.5 hours. I really love these things but would pay a few extra bucks for more quality in the construction and durability.
Pros: Formats the same sizes my "64 GB" SSD (54GB NTFS) All metal body and looks pretty. I put 2 of these drives in a stripe via inside windows 7 disk manager and we get a nice 381mb/s read 128mb/s write using an old and quad core with sata2 from crystal disk benchmark. It looks like this drive was tested before it was put in the package it had a few GB written and read. I'm glad there is some quality control at OCZ still.
Cons: BSOD when installing windows 7 on these drives using a hardware nvidia stripe raid. I've had bad luck using hardware raid with other types of SSD's so it might be me. No 3.5 bracket or anything else. Ugly blister package. Shipped UPS mail took all week to get it and doesn't track well online.
Overall Review: I might ship regular UPS or FedEx next time.
Pros: Big bright perfect color touch screen is fair quality. Windows 8 plug and play.
Cons: Back of screen looks cheap unsure on backlight technology and touchscreen technology is not as good as my iPhone
Overall Review: Price is a little high but I'm not regretting this purchase. It brings new life to my pc.