Date Joined: 06/11/06
Pros: Packaged well, came quickly.
Overall Review: Runs quiet and cold, after hours of writing, swallowing terabytes of archives smoothly, as expected.
SMART reports are simple and clean.
In order to write a real review, would need to run tests after a period of months ... and I have not done that.
Pros: Manufactured Mar, 2013. SMART data says powered on 2 times, and run for 2 hours. Basically unused, if not new. Cosmetically perfect. Low cost, high capacity. Runs surprisingly cool.
Cons: Mine says "Seagate Pipeline HD" -- Not sure where "Skyhawk" comes from in description.
Edited -- with very little use, this died in just over 1 year!
Possibly a heavily used drive, that had its SMART data doctored.
Overall Review: Like another review below, I got thrown into a blind panic using HD Tune for a slow, bad sector check. Appeared for a moment that the last 9% of the disk was bad. Thankfully not. Partition Wizard also malfunctions, showing that the last 9% of the disk is some sort of ghost extended partition. These particular old Windows utilities, for some reason, think there are more addressable sectors than are really there, and that the drive is 2TB (to the power of 2), not 2TiB (power of 10). Linux hdparm -I, fdisk, gdisk, and gparted all agree on the last addressable sector, and size partitions accordingly. Two trillion bytes as advertised.
To reiterate, the SMART data is clean. No relocated blocks, no bad sectors.
Pros: Very nifty device, for the cut-rate price. It is a USB 3.0 hub, and does read volts and amps for every port.
Cons: Does not deliver much more than 1 amp to any single port. Does not seem to deliver more than 2 amps, in sum total, to combinations of ports ... so, it may be under-utilizing the 3+ amp transformer.
Overall Review: The wall wort says 3.5 amps, and delivers at 5.4V ... that maybe too much. The plug is too long to seat flush with the hub device. Have not had it long enough to discover if it will deliver more juice to a single port, given a different power source.
Pros: CrystalDiskMark agrees with observations, that it writes at about 22mb/s, and reads faster than my USB 3.0 rig accurately measures, 80 to 116mb/s. Faster than advertized! Excellent deal for an economy flash drive.
Cons: Would like a smaller, slimmer housing ... but these "cheap/flimsy" comments I read on other reviews are without merit. Very solid plastic, locks into place.
Overall Review: This seems to be an entirely different animal than the blue 16gb UV128's that I recently purchased at NewEgg, which read/write at 28 and 10mb/s. The starting (512 byte) sector is also different ... @96 for these yellow 32gb ones, and @128 for the blue. Hope that you all realize, that when you reformat one of these (to NTFS, to store 4gb+ files), you should always use the same starting sector that it was shipped with -- makes me wonder, why this info is not printed on every flash device? Due to the vastly different reports here on speed, would guess that ADATA is putting different guts into their UV128 product housings. Also believe some of the negative reviews come from folks using these as boot devices (splatting an ISO on them), then reformatting with an odd-numbered starting sector. tch tch. Never ever do that.
Pros: Mine shipped as a "BW-12B1ST a" with 1.00 firmware. $60 w $20 rebate = $40 -- fair price.
Just hope I get the rebate next year sometime. Price is much higher at the time of this writing.
Using ImgBurn through Wine in Linux, could read a 25gb BD-R in 11 mins, and write 25gb in 12 mins. I did not install the provided bloatware. It read old BD-R media, and could write and blank my more difficult DVD+RW media. Played a Blu-ray with VLC. No special drivers required ... the way I like it.
Cons: It makes a little whirr at full speed, and gets a little warm after 35 mins of solid use, but this is expected.
Overall Review: When using ImgBurn for writing BD media, you must must must UNCHECK Tools / Settings / Write / BD-R Verify Not Required (*) to reliably burn. It is insane to leave this on the default (checked) setting, using ANY Blu-ray Burner.
Pros: Works fine for me. A lot better than fiddling with screws to hot-mount a full sized drive.
Overall Review: The splash of color on the front hinge plate gives painted metallic flare to a dark case.
Pros: Discounted to <$5 a piece, I got these for what they are, inexpensive, give-away flash devices.
Sequential read at about 29M/s, and write at slightly over 10M/s. Adequate.
Have not detected instability, unusual buffering, or corruption.
Cons: Yup, they are USB 3.0, but do not really NEED to be, since the max read speeds are almost within USB 2.0 range.
Overall Review: I don't get all the negative reviews on these. A really bad, super-cheap flash device (and there are lots of them) will commonly write at well under 3M/s. These ADATAs cruise right along at 10M/s indefinitely without heating up. No speed demons ... but if you are expecting 30M/s write, then you have pay a premium. These are not premium, they are small capacity, and inexpensive.
Better than most everything in their price range.
Pros: Works well at advertised 6x speed on my old old LG BD-RE WH10LS30 w 1.02 firmware. Burned 6, no coasters. It is a marvel that 50 gig can be burned on durable media in about 30 minutes!
Cons: Kind of an ugly dark purple writing surface. (shrug)
Overall Review: I am using the free program ImgBurn in Windows and Linux, as well. It is compiled to work perfectly with Wine! You simply MUST MUST MUST toggle OFF the check beside "BD-R Verify Not Required" under the Tools / Settings / Write options. Always -- for any BD-R media. It is checked ON, by default for reasons I cannot comprehend.
Pros: For me, a device like this works, or it don't.
This one works well at USB 3.0 speeds, and looks nice.
Overall Review: You may need room, as the SD cards sticks out the side.
Pros: Unlike most flash storage devices, this Exceria 32GB exceeds its plainly documented read and write speeds.
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 says:
Sequential Read: 92.231 MB/s
Sequential Write: 62.691 MB/s
This is about the same as what one sees on the status bar while copying large files to and from the device.
SD Formatter V4: 29.6 GB (31,876,827,648 bytes)
Will leave the debate of weather a "Mega" is 2^20 or 10^6 somewhere else.
Overall Review: Beware common low-end Sandisk cards that say something like 10 MB/s on the front. This is just a read speed, and often overstated. The write speed will often not be on the packaging at all, esp. if it is not particularly fast ... and it won't be!
It is good that NewEgg's intelligent user base is here to help the consumer see through this kind of bologna.
In order to enjoy the benefits of a really fast SSD card like this one on a computer you will need a reader attached through something BETTER THAN a USB 2.0 interface. These are rare. USB 2.0 is saturated at around 30 MB/s; significantly slower than this device.
I used a Transcend TS-RDF5K USB 3.0 purchased inexpensively here at NewEgg.
Pros: Unsure how hit will work.
Cons: In order for this USB hub to be immediately useful out of the package, it needs a Micro-B USB 3 cable for upstream connections. Mine was not shipped with one. Two items only in the packaging: The Hub, and Wall Transformer.
Overall Review: Was this a mistake? Is this the way it is supposed to ship, without the Micro-B data cable?
Pros: Electrically works, detects, and operates at expected speeds.
Cons: Has a large range of cylinders, around 20Gb worth, that cannot be formatted ... absolutely failing linear read tests.
Steel casing cover came dented on the side.
Overall Review: Defect from factory? Mishandled perhaps? Packaging did not indicate any abuse from UPS.
Pros: Works well, and consumes ridiculously low power, like 20 watts. The big heat sink is solidly mounted, and covers the CPU and chipset. The sink has long, widely separated, blades. This is the great thing about this mobo.
Cons: The BIOS reads a CPU temp of 70C as soon as you turn the thing on. This must be a BIOS or temp probe bug, because the CPU is not nearly that hot. Perhaps they have Fahrenheit/Celsius crossed up? I've seen this temp-probe complaint in the D510 reviews, but not here on reviews of this D410.
Overall Review: If well-ventilated, it can be cooled passively due to the heat sink configuration.
Pros: Of 11/15, no coasters so far. Writes effectively around the same speed of a DVD-R.
Overall Review: Hope they have good shelf life.
Pros: Have abusively written, erased, and appended a number of the disks, without any failures so far.
Pros: Works well with the BD-RE and BD-R disks I bought with it. Seems to burn all formats of DVD+-RW as well, and at about the same rate of speed. Can be used easily with (Linux's) growisofs, and free Winders utilities like ImgBurn. Came with a cable.
Cons: None so far. Appreciate the included, naggy software, but do not use it. It is not really necessary.
Overall Review: Have come to expect difficulties with new tech, but this was a delightfully surprise. The BD-RE disks, formatted UDF, are easily appended. Too bad those 50gig disks are so expensive.
Pros: Works well, and much cheaper than the store.
Cons: None so far.
Pros: I happened to get buy this when it was astoundingly cheap.
Price is higher now. Works.
Cons: I had some subtle system problems before bumping up the VDIMM to 2.1v, as recommended by the little sticker on the module.
A weird thing about this RAM is question of timings... What are they, really, anyway? The sticker on the memory says 5-4-4. SPD from my mobo says 6-5-5. Several other reviews here say 6-6-6. (shrug)
Overall Review: Well, even if it is not the lowest power, and quickest memory, it was a good deal for the price. It it is good for loading up a 400 mhz FSB system with a LOT of DDR2 memory.
Despite the cool branding and heat spreader (which is ornamental, or course), this is not bleeding edge faster-than-thou RAM. And even though I am able to make it run at 533, would not think of this RAM ideal for OC either.
Still, I am happy to have it!
Pros: Simply stunned at how little power this CPU draws, how cool it runs, and how quick it is. The mobo does not require anything other than the 20-pin power connector. The I/O speed through the SATA 3ghz interfaces is very good. BIOS is nice, and highly configurable with temp thresholds, fan speeds, etc. I *LIKE* it.
Cons: The tiny CPU fan makes noise after only a few days of operation.
Overall Review: I removed the heat sink and fan, and replaced them with a larger fanless Zalman sink made for video cards (2 diagonal holes).
It would be nice of the mobo had 4 holes, or better yet, it could take standard coolers for Socket 7 or P4.
Pros: Functions. That is, the CF/SD/USB ports that I tested, work.
Cons: The SD slot is UPSIDE DOWN. What? How? Why?
Common... This product should have gone through 45 seconds of testing by the manufacturer to figure this out before it was mass produced and shipped!
Overall Review: I wish I had not orded 2... (shrug)
Pros: Newegg always has what I want, cheap, and they ship fast.
Thank goodness the RMA process works well.
Will list the pros on the device, when I see one work.
Cons: The drive has bad blocks (read errors) on the last 4 gigs. Worse, no file system can be written to any area of the disk. I get odd write errors. Have tested on 2 different computers with multiple tools. The device is useless.
Overall Review: Am being shipped FAR too many defective OEM products!
Perhaps as high a portion as 1/4.
!! Don't they test these before they leave the factory?
I really like the Caviar line. Previous WD Caviar models have worked quietly and well for as long as I cared to use them. Hope the replacement works.