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Jerod S.

Jerod S.

Joined on 04/25/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice peace of mind

CORSAIR 16GB Flash Survivor Ultra Rugged USB 2.0 Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-16GB
CORSAIR 16GB Flash Survivor Ultra Rugged USB 2.0 Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-16GB

Pros: 16GB is nice. It is indestructable.

Cons: Kind of big especially if you have it plugged in next to other USB ports. It's also big in your pocket.

10/26/2008
Most Critical Review

All good but...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Everything everybody else listed...

Cons: Raid. Anytime I have it enabled on any drive, even with no raid set created, I get a BSOD on boot (vista 32 ultimate). I have looked for months on how to fix this because I want to created a couple raid sets, but to no avail. BIOS updates haven't fixed it.

10/26/2008

Many problems

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: If it worked, it would be a very decent board.

Cons: There are several specific problems that make this board such a headache. First, the included software for controlling fans is awesome... except it never "remembers" or saves my settings. Every time I reboot, I have to go change my CPU fan to be quieter; it simply won't save that stupid setting!!! Second, and this one is massive, it seems like about ever hour or two, an error occurs where the computer freezes for a split second and then unfreezes. This manifests it self in two very specific ways. The mouse will "jump" across the screen if being dragged smoothly, and more importantly, the audio will crackle or pop at the same time. It was so bad that I even bought sound card (I was using on-board audio which worked fine but for this problem) and the problem still persists. The last issue I've had is also pretty massive. USB drives randomly disconnect. They will be connected and working fine (e.g. backing up 4TB of data to them), and 10-60 minutes in, they'll disconnect and Windows says "cannot recognize this device. I've already disabled all the power-saving feature in Windows. This is the only mobo it does it on. Not on any of my other WIN 10 PCs, and it does it on all my hard drives on this motherboard. This only happens with USB 3.0.

Overall Review: In my opinion, the mark of a good motherboard is like the mark of a good film editor, when it's done right, you don't notice it at all; but if done poorly, it's flagrant and apparent. That's the case here. I wish it were both cheap and easy to ditch this board, but given all the effort and money it would take to switch it out (and how much I've already put into it), I'll probably just deal with it; and that's the saddest part: I've spent so much money and effort putting together my new 6700k rig upgrading from a 6-year-old 860, yet it's more of a pain than a pleasure. Yeah, it's way faster, but I don't have ASUS to thank for that.

Freaking Awesome

SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Really fast. Faster than pretty much any USB thumb drive. I've benchmarked it around 420MB/s. It's also much smaller than I thought. It's about the size of a business card. It's nowhere near as large as a 2.5" SSD. It's also really light weight. I put it in my pocket and forget it's there (but never washed it on accident!).

Cons: None that I can think of. I guess it's always nice if it's cheaper.

Overall Review: I use this nearly every day to take a bunch of video projects and other files to and from work. This way I can work on these on my 6700k desktop at home, my MacBook Pro on the go, or my 4790K desktop at work. I just plug it in and it instantly shows up as a local hard drive. I'm probably going to get my work to buy me the 500GB version so that I'm not using my personal property for so much work purposes.

12/21/2015

Slow

ADATA 32GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-32G-RBY)
ADATA 32GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-32G-RBY)

Pros: This is a slick-looking drive. Feels as solid as a plastic enclosure can get

Cons: I'm currently copying around 28GB of data from a 10k RPM drive to the USB drive, and according to TeraCopy, it's transferring at a blistering rate of 9.8MB/s. I am using USB 3.0, but even on USB 2.0, it could stand to go much quicker. 10MBps is 80Mbps, and USB 2.0 is rated at 480Mbps. I guess you get what you pay for.

FAST

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: It boots quickly. The UI is really nice. I'm starting to get used to the new start screen.

Cons: fast

12/18/2012