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PAUL H.

PAUL H.

Joined on 10/22/02

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Most Favorable Review

Works, neat idea, cord is too short!

Ineo I-NA216U2 PLUS 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 to SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable with Protection Case for SSD/HDD [Supports 3TB+]
Ineo I-NA216U2 PLUS 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 to SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable with Protection Case for SSD/HDD [Supports 3TB+]

Pros: The photos and description don't fully illustrate how the plastic case also turns into a hard drive enclosure. You attach the USB adapter to the HDD/SSD and then put the assembled unit inside the plastic case for safe handling! When you're not using a drive, the adapter can be stored inside the case. USB3 read/write speeds on my Linux system with a fast sata3 SSD max out around 105MB/sec using this adapter. Was hoping it would be a bit faster, but that's still a lot better than the USB2 adapters out there.

Cons: The cord is WAY TOO SHORT! It is only about 3 or 4 inches long. It is also facing the "wrong way", meaning I have to plug it in upside-down and cannot see the acitvity LED. You will definitely want to get a USB extension cord to use with this.

Overall Review: Chipset is ASMedia AS2105 USB idVendor=174c, idProduct=5106

Most Critical Review

Disappointing

SYBA CL-ENC50053 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" White SATA USB 3.0 & eSATA Dual Interface 2-Slot Cloning, Backup Docking Station
SYBA CL-ENC50053 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" White SATA USB 3.0 & eSATA Dual Interface 2-Slot Cloning, Backup Docking Station

Pros: Heavy, feels sturdy, no fear of tipping over when loaded with drives. Included USB3 and eSATA cables. I liked the concept of 2 drive bays in one unit... Came in a European Connectland branded box with US power adapter inside.

Cons: One of the HDD activity LEDs does not work at all. USB3 suffers frequent disconnects. No SMART support over USB. eSATA has frequent errors and results in data corruption. Computer shows it is only connecting as 1.5Gbit/sec even though the stated specs say it should be 3.0Gbit/sec. Both my computer and this unit have JMicron chipsets so I would hope there's no incompatibility between them. Forget about max linnk speeds printed on box, the speeds are pretty slow. If you are lucky you might hit 90MB/sec (between the errors and disconnects), but if you have 2 drives mounted then you can only go 45MB/sec each. And if you are writing to one drive, it blocks reading from the other drive, so it's easy to get really slow in a hurry.

Overall Review: I have not tried the cloning feature as I have had no need for it. I am using Linux. I have a few other USB3 and eSATA adapters and enclosures from other brands which do not suffer these problems, so I'm fairly sure it's not a problem on my PC, but you never know. USB3 in particular has a bad reputation, but at least the eSATA should work reliably and at the advertised link speed! In hindsight it would be faster and more reliable to just buy 2 cheap USB2 hdd adapters and run them in parallel. Overall this unit was a massive disappointment and it has been collecting dust as I'm afraid to use it and ruin my data, and would feel ashamed to resell it to someone else knowing that it does not work properly. I bought this when it had zero reviews, and I waited beyond the return period before trying it, so lesson learned.

It is tiny and it works

HighPoint 600 Lite Series Rocket 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
HighPoint 600 Lite Series Rocket 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: It is tiny and it works. Adds four SATA ports. It shows up as an AHCI device so no special drivers are needed for Linux or Windows 7/8. Included four SATA3 cables, one for each port. Also includes full and half-height brackets in case you are installing it in a small system. Already has the latest BIOS installed, nothing needed to be updated.

Cons: No cons so far. It does exactly what I expected it to do. It may only operate at x1 speeds on some older systems depending on the PCIe port features.

Overall Review: Didn't bother using the RAID functionality on this card or installing the special tools. Just attached my disks and left them unconfigured and they will show up as individual drives to the OS. I use mdraid in linux to make my RAID5 and everything works fine while not being married to any particular RAID hardware. I could hook them up via USB SATA adapters if I wanted to get at my data if I really had to.

Good performance for the price

SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25
SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25

Pros: It is not the fastest performing SSD in its generation, but is not bad either. I would say it is middle-of-the-road compared to other brands of SSD I own from the same generation. Yes there are models with better performance, but at a much higher price. Still blows away a spinning disk.

Cons: It is a bit larger than some other brands SSDs, it is full 2.5" HDD sized device. Might make it tricky to squeeze into some laptops or enclosures.

Overall Review: Came with the latest firmware R211 already installed, no problems whatsoever so far. Windows 7 system performance score of 7.4 for the SSD.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only (CW-9060006-WW)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only (CW-9060006-WW)

Pros: Easy to install, leaves a ton of room around your CPU, making it easier to install RAM, handle wiring, etc. when compared to using a gigantic fan/heat sink mounted on top of it. No leaks after using it for a year and a half. :)

Cons: Around 40 degrees Celsius at idle, but with CPU under high load (compiling or rendering using all cores) it creeps upward steadily and after about an hour it can exceed 100 degrees! This triggers overheat alerts and emergency speed throttling of the cores. That is very disappointing.

Overall Review: I'm using a Core i7 920 processor. Ambient temp in the room is 24 deg C.

Wireless drops out constantly!

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH

Pros: DD-WRT pre-installed, gigabit ethernet, much much faster web interface than my previous Buffalo WHR-HP-AG108 running DD-WRT. Wifi throughput is also much better on 802.11g, when it works...

Cons: Wireless drops out CONSTANTLY. Want to watch a movie or play a game? Too bad because after a few minutes your connection will stall for a few seconds and then drop. It is immensely frustrating. WAN becomes completely unresponsive, has happened 3 times so far in the past week. Have to reboot to access internet again. No firmware updates from Buffalo, the pre-installed firmware is still the latest available from Buffalo. The vertical stand is no good, the router comes out and falls over at the slightest tug.

Overall Review: Reading reviews & forum posts about these problems it seems my experience is not unusual. I should have done that before buying... It seems the DD-WRT version of this router has issues. Newegg has a 30-day return policy so I'll keep experimenting for a few more days and then RMA it as defective if it still doesn't work. I have 2 older Buffalo wireless routers running DD-WRT for years and they don't have any of these problems. It's a big disappointment so far.