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Lance M.

Lance M.

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Linux Perspective

Seagate Barracuda 120 SSD 500GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5 Inch SATA 6GB/s for Computer Desktop PC Laptop (ZA500CM1A003)
Seagate Barracuda 120 SSD 500GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5 Inch SATA 6GB/s for Computer Desktop PC Laptop (ZA500CM1A003)

Pros: Installed Mint 19.3 Cinnamon on it, using Btrfs Many SSD have pretty lengthy TRIM times running up to 2 minutes, and on the Monday morning schedule, it impacts using the OS until it finishes. This drive Manual TRIM "sudo fstrim -va" only took 3 seconds! This TRIM time is as fast as Window 10 (which has a 10 second requirement). This command: "sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep TRIM" Returns this: * Data Set Management TRIM supported (limit 8 blocks) * Deterministic read ZEROs after TRIM Endurance on this 500GB SSD is 300TB. It has a full GUI Linux SSD ToolBox (SeaTools) . You just download the GUI for Windows and extract it. Both Linux and Windows are in separate folders. This is a top pick for a Linux or Windows SSD.

Overall Review: Very satisfied with NewEggs price and free shipping. Obviously the SSD is a keeper:)

12/23/2019
Most Critical Review

Some Disappointments

ENERMAX Ostrog GT ECA3280A-BL Black / Blue Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ENERMAX Ostrog GT ECA3280A-BL Black / Blue Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looks nice, roomy, nice power switch, decent price. HDD LED nice as is the power LED.

Cons: USB 3.0 port on right is defective. Slightest wiggle of any device plugged into that port caused lost connection. Nothing visibly wrong inside the port. Took hours of troubleshooting to figure out (including putting another mobo in with different OS to make sure it wasn't the mobo etc. The 2.5" bay covers the bottom fan. It can be removed and put in the removable 3.5" cage. I did this and found 2 screw holes were already stripped (2.5" drive bay has very thin metal where the screw holes are.) This little bay is really crowded vertically for attaching SATA cables and power cables. Stupid because there is tons of free space in this case. Like the 2.5" bay was an afterthought. Case manufactures need to make SSD extremely easy. Why have a dark smoked side panel? You'd get it to see the innards and show lights, right?

Overall Review: RMA back to Newegg. As always they are the best!

Good little machine

ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System
ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System

Pros: Just as fast as a full desktop. Running 3200G and 16GB 2400 RAM. All works good.

Cons: Wireless cables are springy and hard to keep out of the fan area. The little snap on wireless ends are fiddly and don't stay on real well. I taped mine down. Lack of USB ports. Had to use a hub for mouse and keyboard.

Overall Review: Would buy again

Poor performance

Crucial P2 250GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2100 MB/s - CT250P2SSD8
Crucial P2 250GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2100 MB/s - CT250P2SSD8

Pros: I'm struggling here.

Cons: I normally get along famously with Crucial products, but this P2 fell appallingly short. Using for main install of Mint 19.3 it takes 15 minutes to TRIM - Tested in an I5-8500 and 3200G. Slower making a snapshot than a cheap SSD. File transfer from another SSD to it was slower than a cheap SSD. Testing write speed showed about 395mb/sec It's a dud. Oddly the read speed was as advertised.

Overall Review: Would never get another. RMA.

Perfect

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-16GRS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-16GRS

Pros: I have never had a bad set of GSkill memory. This set went in a 300W Deskmini with 3200G processor. Speed set automatically at 2400 and the low latency is a bonus.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Would buy again in a heartbeat.

Looks real nice

In-Win IW-BP655.FH300TB3 In-Win Case IW-BP655.FH300TB3 Mini-ITX SFF 1-0-- 2 Bays USB HD Audio Fan 300W Black
In-Win IW-BP655.FH300TB3 In-Win Case IW-BP655.FH300TB3 Mini-ITX SFF 1-0-- 2 Bays USB HD Audio Fan 300W Black

Pros: PSU quiet and I'm sensitive to that issue. I did replace the top fan with an Arctic 4-pin before even trying the included one. I like the shiny black. I like the HDD activity light and don't find the power button too bright. I've had very good luck with In Win cases. They look nice and they have very decent fit of parts. A great bargain.

Overall Review: Would buy again