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Brian S.

Brian S.

Joined on 07/31/06

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Backup drive

Buffalo 2TB DriveStation External Hard Drive
Buffalo 2TB DriveStation External Hard Drive

Pros: Overall very fast drive. Performance was on the high end of what's possible in an external enclosure right now. Really impressive considering the internal drive is only 5400rpm. Buffalo's technology makes it so you get the energy savings from a slower rotation speed without having to sacrifice performance through intelligent use of the integrated cache and associated firmware adjustments. Performance specs: Read: Min spd: 94MB/s. Max: 193MB/s. Average: 160MB/s. Access time of 16.8ms. Burst rate is 216MB/s. Subjectively I got read rates around 150MB/s. Write speeds averaged around 46MB/s. Much slower, but to be expected. Writing to a drive is always slower than reading from it. This drive couldn't be any easier to use, it's fast and it's priced right. Solid buy!

Cons: Tried to download their software to test it, download failed with no error messages. They should probably include their software on a CD in the package. Warranty is only 1 year. 5 is pretty standard but 3 is the industry standard for a consumer drive. One egg taken away for the short warranty period.

Overall Review: Buffalo is a growing name in the consumer storage space. Their NAS (Network attached storage) offerings have been competitive for quite some time. They offer a good value of performance and price. While they leave room for improvement in customer service and support they are quickly becoming one of the major players in the consumer storage space. They need to invest more in customer support and put longer warranties on their products. If they had a minimum warranty of 3 years on all their storage devices, NAS and local, then they'd be a real contender. Assuming, of course, that they also had to support structure to make that warranty actually useful to customers.

Most Critical Review

Solid Product, sketchy support

Corsair 64GB Voyager GO USB 3.0 Flash Drive (CMFVG-64GB-NA)
Corsair 64GB Voyager GO USB 3.0 Flash Drive (CMFVG-64GB-NA)

Pros: This is, by far, the best USB thumb drive I have EVER used. Now when I say that please take my meaning. I have been using thumb drives personally for 12 years and professionally for 10. I remember when 256MB was $80. This is simply the best thumb drive I have ever owned. Transfer rates were shockingly fast and access latency was unnoticeable. More speed info in "other thoughts". This thumb drive is small. Really small. Smaller than my motocycle key, and lighter. But due to it's all aluminum frame it's sturdy. The frame also acts as a heatsink, so while it does get warm during use, it never gets hot and the heat it does produce it dissipates fast. I spent more time with this review than any other of my eggspert reviews. The simple reason is I couldn't believe how good this drive is. I confirmed on 5 different computers at work, 1 laptop, 2 desktops and 2 servers. I tested it on 2 smartphones, 1 laptop and desktop at home. I'll say it again, this is the best thumb drive I've ever owned. When plugged in to my new LG G2 it was immediately recognized. However it mis-identified as being full, when it was not. I had to go into storage and choose delete on the USB drive, then it properly recognized the thumb drive. I recommend leaving the drive blank, plugging it into your phone and making sure you can copy something to the drive before putting anything on the drive. The drive neets to be formatted in "exFAT" File System; the phone also seems to require 16MB of unallocated space on the drive. So, again, just plug it into the phone before any computers.

Cons: Customer Service, this is where they lost eggs. First their customer service took an entire week to even respond to me, which is absurd. 24 hour max turn around time should be the goal of all modern companies. Second, they didn't actually help. I was just trying to confirm that the drive wouldn't work with my pre-paid smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Victory), it does not work with that phone. However their support (the special, reviewer contact mind you, was only so helpful as to send me a link to a compatibility finder. He couldn't even do that for me, give me a stright "yes" or "no". Very dissapointed with their support. I gather they will help you, but based on my experience I'd say you will have to push, HARD, to get the help you need. Be relentless, and patient. Clearly their largest area of need at Corsair. It is so small that if you don't put it on your keychain, or something else, it could be easy to lose. I don't count this con though since they include a string and keychain loop that allows you to prevent it. It's a problem already solved.

Overall Review: I can read from the USB drive at an average of 148MB/s. Minimum speed was 73MB/s and max was 164MB/s. Acces time is .6ms. I can write to the USB drive at an average of, well, I'm not sure. My hard drive benchmarking program won't work on the write test on this drive for some reason. Though subjectively I saw write speeds between 8MB/s minimum on pictures to a max rate of around 40MB/s on video files. Periodic bursts of 50MB/s write speed, though never sustained. I'd guess the average write speed at around 15MB/s.

Good RAM with a gimmick

Crucial Ballistix RGB 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G32C16U4BL (BLACK)
Crucial Ballistix RGB 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G32C16U4BL (BLACK)

Pros: Fast RAM from a great company with a Lifetime warranty. No issues on install, no weird behavior. Plenty fast for any modern machine, especially gaming.

Cons: RGB lights is just a cheap marketing gimmick. It serves no purpose, so it's not worth paying more for. RGB configuration does not save.

Overall Review: I would recommend looking for RAM from Crucial that does not have lights built into it. Not only is it tacky, it draws more power and introduces another point of potential failure in your machine. I've long held that a PC should be so quiet and so nondescript you forget it's even in the room.

Great products, performance and value WITH Reliability!

CORSAIR RM Series RM750 CP-9020195-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.52 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR RM Series RM750 CP-9020195-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.52 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: Fully modular cables, that are flat, including motherboard and cpu cables! Highly energy efficient, 80 PLUS Gold Certified Fanless, completely silent, operation at low load, so mostly computer idle, maybe watching video. High build quality and Corsair product longevity! 10 Year Manufacturer Warranty! Nice compact size, great for ITX builds!

Cons: Warranty is conflicting website vs download brochure which is it? 5 or 10 year?

Overall Review: Over the past decade or so Corsair has become arguably the best manufacturer of PC components. From mice to headsets to power supplies, Corsair produces high quality products at competitive prices. This PSU is no different. Seasonic is my main for Power Supplies, they do offer an equivalent unit for slightly less cost. I have also noticed a slight difference between performance of the Power Supplies, not in terms of the actual power, but the Seasonic seems to stay quieter longer. My guess would be better thermal design, for instance maybe more or simply more intelligently routed heat pipes. It's a minor difference but considering the unit is cheaper and has a 10 year warranty for certain it remains my main recommendation. Still, prices fluctuate and things go out of stock. This unit from Corsair is a very close second!

No Modular Cabling, Why?!

CORSAIR CX Series CX750 (New) CP-9020123-NA 750 W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Non-Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR CX Series CX750 (New) CP-9020123-NA 750 W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Non-Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: This Corsair is powerful enough to run a computer with multiple graphics cards. In fact, outside of very extreme builds meant for very niche uses, like 3D rendering and animation, there is no need for any home consumer to buy a PSU more powerful than this. If you are reading this, and only intend to put ONE GPU in your computer, you're going overboard, buy a PSU rated for less power, it will save you some money but more importantly will be able to more efficiently power your machine with as little wasted energy as possible. Corsair makes a lot of really good products for the computer space, and this is no exception. The PSU (Power Supply) is quiet, energy efficient and has a solid 12v rail, which you need to run modern graphics cards. It does NOT have modular cabling but at least the wires are wrapped in a black mesh that gives everything a very clean look. 5 Year Warranty with a great company that WILL help you and has excellent customer support!

Cons: It doesn't have modular cabling, in today's day and age this costs you 2 stars. It should honestly not be considered optional anymore.

Overall Review: There are a lot of PSU's out there, so choosing one can be pretty confusing if you aren't familiar with the market. Corsair is a trusted brand and they do a good job putting together a near silent PSU that will last a very long time. They include a generous warranty to give you peace of mind, but currently my oldest Corsair PSU is about 10 years old, running every day, all day long, and I still can't even hear it. Many people go overboard when buying a PSU, 750Watts is more than enough power for basically everyone. You only need this much power if you are running multiple graphics cards in your Desktop. If you only have one GPU in there, even if you're using liquid cooling, this PSU will be overkill. Basically, your PSU is most efficient when it isn't near extremes in load, either low or high. You don't want to run it at 3% load, or 97% load. So figure out your computers power requirements at idle and full load (there are calculators online to help you with this, though many are bad, do your research.) and buy a PSU that's appropriate for your particular needs. More is not always better!

Another great product from Corsair!

CORSAIR CX-M Series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply CP-9020103-NA
CORSAIR CX-M Series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply CP-9020103-NA

Pros: Corsair makes a lot of really good products for the computer space, and this is no exception. The PSU (Power Supply) is quiet, energy efficient and has a solid 12v rail, which you need to run modern graphics cards. It has modular cabling and the wires are wrapped in a black mesh that gives everything a very clean look.

Cons: I guess everything could always be cheaper, but this is a good value for what you get.

Overall Review: There are a lot of PSU's out there, so choosing one can be pretty confusing if you aren't familiar with the market. Corsair is a trusted brand and they do a good job putting together a near silent PSU that will last a very long time. They include a generous warranty to give you peace of mind, but currently my oldest Corsair PSU is about 10 years old, running every day, all day long, and I still can't even hear it. Many people go overboard when buying a PSU, 650Watts is more than enough power for basically everyone. Unless you are running multiple graphics cards in your Desktop you don't need more than this. It won't benefit you at all. In fact, buying a PSU that is too powerful, by too much, can actually HURT your efficiency and create undue strain on the PSU itself. These are very minor, definitively technical concerns, but they are also very real. If you build a standard desktop with a single GPU, even AMD or Nvidia's top of the line GPU, this PSU will be more than enough for your build. A computer like that would idle around 60Watts, and even at load you'd be unlikely to actually exceed 500Watts.