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James L.

James L.

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good drive for the money

OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G
OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G

Pros: slim drive fits thin laptops and slates good value for the money, especially when on sale faster than advertised in most tests very long life expectancy of 2 million hours, which means that the drive will probably outlast most of the other hardware in the computer excellent customer support and forum support

Cons: It took a lot of tweaking to get the system to stop freezing after windows 8 was installed. OCZ, I don't know if this was a problem with the drive, or Windows, but something you might want to look into since I could see in the reviews and on your forums that I was not the only one with this experience.

Overall Review: After some tweaking of Windows, with some assistance from fellow OCZ forum members, the freezing problem was solved. Many different tweaks were used, as well as, a firmware update. Any of those could have been the solution so I'm sorry but I can't tell you how to solve it in one step. If you have experienced this problem head over to their forum and do a search. Overall this is a fantastic little drive. I did a lot of speed testing on this drive using several programs including HD Tune Pro, SSD Benchmark, and good old file transferring. I'm not going to post all of them, but the basic results are: IOPS: Read: 78000-80000 Write: 81000-85000 File transferring to/from a faster SSD 10.3GB single file Read: 460-490 sustained, did peak around 510, and dropped to 425 for a few seconds Write: 420-445 sustained, 453 peak, 390 low Benchmarking had about the same results depending on the program and testing method. Random r/w is a bit slower, but not by much. Windows 8, after tweaking, boots in about 7-8 seconds. This is not the fastest SSD, but that's still not bad. Even my fastest SSD, which boasts 590/570 r/w, boots in about 5 seconds. For the average computer this would give a big performance boost compared to a spinning disk.

Most Critical Review

Great range, but poor connection speed

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Well packaged, oversized box from Newegg with ample padding. Included was range extender, ethernet cable, quick installation guide, GNU public license notice document, micro cd-documentation only The range extender is about the size of a 2 plug outlet. But when plugged into the top outlet the bottom outlet IS accessible! setup was very easy, from being plugged into the wall it was ready about 1 minute later Range is fantastic! From about 400 feet away, across the street, my laptop still had 3 bars of signal from the range extender.

Cons: After some frustration I found that the range extender must be reset (while plugged in) in order to successfully switch networks. I attempted several times to switch networks both manually and with the Quick Setup wizard. The only way I was able to switch networks successfully was to reset the range extender while it was plugged in. Also, the range extender would not connect at the rated speed using 2 different 300Mbps\270Mbps routers. The highest speed it would connect at was 144Mbps.

Overall Review: I used the web-based method first to connect. Setup using that method took about a minute and was very simple. The part that took the longest was scanning to networks. I first had it connect to my Verizon Droid Razr Maxx. It connected at 116Mbps, which is close to what my phone's wireless' fastest connection is. It achieved this connection speed using 2 computers. The first uses an Intel Advanced-N 6235 and the other uses an Intel Advanced-N 6230. The only difference between those 2 cards is the Bluetooth. I achieved 108Mbps using a 3 year old computer using an Intel Ultimate-N 6300 wireless card. With the range extender on the far side of the house, about 35 feet through 5 walls, the connection still shows full signal, but the rate has dropped to 21Mbps. The download that I had going has not changed in download rate (10Mbps average). Next I connected using WPS to my wireless 300Mbps Linksys router. WPS connected nearly instantly and was usable about 30 seconds later. Even though the router is a 300Mbps Linksys router the connection would not go over 144Mbps. I manually set the router to 300Mbps and it still would not go over 144Mbps. This is very disappointing since the range extender is rated for twice that speed. Even at that connection rate a 1.87Gb MKV file took just over 4 minutes to transfer. Results: Connecting to devices is easy if you reset the range extender between connections. Connection using a Verizon 4G cell phone a was reasonably consistent 96-116Mbps. Connection using a 300Mbps router was disappointing as it would not connect at a rate higher than 144Mbps. Connection to a year old 270Mbps router got the same disappointing results of 144Mbps 1.87GB file transferred over the 300Mbps router connected at 144Mbps and took just over 4 minutes to transfer. The gaming adapter (Ethernet connection) worked as advertised and connected my WD Live hub to the internet. Netflix worked flawlessly as expected. Playing a 1080p mkv was glitchy and pixelated, but the same movie at 720p played perfectly. Conclusion: When companies send me products to test I try my hardest to see the good in them. The problem with this range extender is that I just can't give it a good score. This range extender does not live up to it's specs. It refuses to connect at even half of it's rated speed. Playing 1080p mkv files is not possible. Though I can watch my movies at 720p, 1080p just looks better. If you just need to extend your network for internet or small file transfers this will work just fine. My tests showed that it really does double my network's range. With the range extender attached to an outlet on the outside wall I was able to walk across the street and sit on a bench at the park with 3 bars of signal. That's probably about 400 feet away. The connection rate at that range was 24Mbps. So as far as range goes this really does the trick.

thoroughly impressed

Team Elite 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Laptop Memory Model TED432G3200C22DC-S01
Team Elite 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Laptop Memory Model TED432G3200C22DC-S01

Pros: It's 32GB of fast memory

Overall Review: The timings of CL22 are the same as what the BIOS on my laptop are locked to, so this was a seemless upgrade. I was able to cut the page file in half to save space on the SSD. Photoshop no longer uses any of the page file when opening up RAW panoramas. As a test I opened a 0.85Gigapixel RAW panorama and it only used 12GB of RAM. I should now be able to work on much larger projects thanks to the extra headroom than the 8GB that came stock. Dell G5 SE 2020 Ryzen 5 4600H 1TB Viper VP4100 Gen4 x4 NVME SSD Radeon RX5600M 6GB GDDR6 graphics

Insane speeds!

Patriot Viper VP4100 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen4 x4, NVMe 1.3 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VP4100-1TBM28H
Patriot Viper VP4100 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen4 x4, NVMe 1.3 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VP4100-1TBM28H

Pros: Ripping fast booting and game loading DiskMark 4987 read 4322 write (well within margin of error as all drives will differ slightly)

Cons: The heat sync is very large and almost didn't fit in my laptop. I had to do a BIOS update and update the chipset driver to get Gen4 speeds from the drive. That's not really a con, but something to be aware of.

Overall Review: This drive really is insane. Boots almost instantaneously from the BIOS into the Windows login. It doesn't even show the loading screen. Dell G5 SE 2020 Ryzen 5 4600H Team Elite 32GB DDR4-3200 CL22 (timing locked by BIOS)

Keeps 65w cpu chilly

RAIJINTEK EOS 360 RBW AIO Water CPU Cooler, with 12025 Addressable RGB PWM fans, Addressable RGB tank, ARGB 3-in-1 cable, PWM 3-in-1 cable, compatible with INTEL & AMD morden socket CPU.
RAIJINTEK EOS 360 RBW AIO Water CPU Cooler, with 12025 Addressable RGB PWM fans, Addressable RGB tank, ARGB 3-in-1 cable, PWM 3-in-1 cable, compatible with INTEL & AMD morden socket CPU.

Pros: Easy to assemble Quiet Plenty of cooling capacity Easy to follow instructions

Cons: A cluster mess of cables

Overall Review: As most of our systems already had adequate cooling I decided to test this one out on my son's pc. The hardware is a little dated, but I figured the i7 3770s would still give this a proper run. Keep in mind that no other changes were made to the system, except that this cooler did improve the airflow slightly. Room temp was 71°F. Stock cooler CPU temps: Idle: 43-47°c 50% load: 50-65°c 100% load: 85-95°c EOS 360 CPU temps: Idle: 29-31°c 50% load: 34-37°c 100% load: 41-47°c The fans never sped up during the full load test. The system was barely audible the entire time. As you can see this AIO cooler barely even noticed there was a CPU under the copper. I am quite impressed at how well it performed. I did not test the RGB lighting as I don't currently have a motherboard with that header. There is a hot mess of cables that could have easily been simplified. Each fan has 2 cables, and the pump has a power cable that connects to sata power, and has the RGB cable too. For those of us that pride ourselves on cable management this is a disaster, and I had to knock 1 egg off for that. Don't let that deter you from purchasing this cooler. It still performs amazingly.

DOA

Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO Low Noise 240mm RGB Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm (CW-9060033-WW) Support Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4
Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO Low Noise 240mm RGB Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm (CW-9060033-WW) Support Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4

Pros: looks awesome, better than the previous h110i which I also own should perform better according to spec sheets

Cons: Item was DOA, it would be unfair to call that a con, though, as it can happen to any product.

Overall Review: item was DOA, checked power supply, cables, etc, but it never turned on This was a review item, and as such I post my reviews unbiased. I really want to like this item and it does pain me to post a low score. However, if the manufacturer would like to replace the item I will post an updated review.

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Purchased another for a friend

The seller shipped so quickly and the item was exactly as described. Was so pleased I purchased another for a friend before the sale ended.

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11/29/2017