Date Joined: 04/15/04
Pros: low cost. works with windows 8. easy to upgrade firmware. Faster load times
Cons: After first installing, crystal drive mark benchmark scores were seq read 224 MB/s seq write 175 MB/s. Far less than specified max speeds. after installing software the marks went down to 220 MB/s and 110 MB/s. My Seagate barracuda 1TB drives in mirrored array score 76 MB/s and 177MB/s.
Overall Review: Windows experience index score 7.7 are the only numbers I'm happy with. Am considering buying a PCIe adapter to try and get performance levels up. also considering buying a better SSD. But for now I don't feel that I wasted my time or money.
Pros: Inexpensive and reliable. cas 7. does not need heat spreaders.
Cons: I could have and should have bought DDR3 1333. Gateway specs said PC used DDR3 1066 but it shipped with DDR3 1333 installed. I should have checked. My bad, memory good.
Overall Review: Works well in three channel with my FX6800 i7 920 x58 system. windows experience score 7.4 with Windows 8.
Pros: Silent operation. No seeking noise at all. Drives stay relatively cool. Very inexpensive.
Cons: I ordered two drives for a mirrored array and the drives came with different part numbers and different firmware numbers with the same model number. Both drives had up to date firmware so I could not update them to the same firmware.
Overall Review: Windows experience score 5.9 as expected. Crystal disk mark benchmark scores as follows;
1M sequential read 76 MB/s, Write 175 MB/s.
512k random read 42 MB/s, write 84 MB/s.
4k random read .6 MB/s, write 1.4 MB/s.
Queue depth 32 4k read 3 MB/s, write 1.4 MB/s.
The sequential write speed is 2 MB/s faster than my XLR8 SSD which scored 223(read) and 173(write), WEI score 7.7
Never trust a hard drive! Back up your data!!!! Mirrored arrays will not save you from Trojans, viruses or hackers.
To the cloud! Why not? It's free.
Pros: Cables attach securely. Great price. fast delivery.
Overall Review: Left angle connector directs the cable up from the sata connector on the back of the drive instead of down, like the right angle connectors do.
Pros: Can hold two drives. Comes with screws for mounting two drives to the bracket and screws to mount the bracket to the drive bay. Shipping was fast and free.
Overall Review: Made of plastic. Simple and effective.
Pros: Super fast, easy install. Live tiles are great. Beautiful interface. Smooth as silk. Feels like a big leap forward. Even has an app store like Google play and the apple store with tons of free or paid apps like smart phones and tablets have.
Cons: Few and far between, kind of a steep learning curve. Drivers for old hardware may not exist yet or ever. No 3 computer upgrade packs. Windows defender didn't stop the FBI lockout virus from taking over my computer. Fast and easy to reinstall to fix though.
Overall Review: Makes me want a touch screen so bad. Feels very fresh and new. Best Windows ever. Very happy with Windows 8.