Date Joined: 06/18/05
Pros: Reasonably fast 382.99 Read, 277.67 Write Crystal Disk Mark run in a dirty environment (other stuff running) so these are real world numbers.
1 TB Yeikes !
They do what there supposed to do .
Cons: None. I've only had these drives for 3 days.
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these puppies. I was looking for a replacement for my D: drive. The previous one died. I thought I had better buy a second for backup. So far so good. Good price for a TB of storage.
Pros: Small 2.5"
Runs fairly cool.
Cons: 15mm height. You can't put this in a laptop. Not a big deal for me.
Overall Review: Interesting: I ordered two of these, and one came formatted with some Segate easter eggs in it. Nothing interested me so I wiped it. The other one I ordered was unformatted. So I put a GBT initialization. GBT is the only way you can format these as one big partition. They come out as 3.63TB of useable space (nice). They run fairly cool. They are mechanical, but the large storage space makes up for it.
Update: I filled them up archiving data, and they do run very cool.
Cons: Not as fast as it should be. Could be my system setup not the drive.
When reading or writing, the drive gets quite warm, not hot, but on the edge of hot.
Overall Review: Seems to work ok. Not as fast as I thought it should be I was getting sustained 60MB/sec. This could be my hardware, not certain. When doing sustained reads, and writes, it does get very warm. Not real hot, but significantly warm. I'm giving it 3 eggs mainly because of the slower than expected speed. I'd feel better if I was getting 300MB/sec, and it was getting this warm. Again my hardware could be at fault.
Pros: Not too expensive.
Very light weight.
Thin profile, it will fit in most laptops.
Cons: Not super duper fast, but 550MB/sec is not shabby.
Overall Review: I bought this as a replacement for a 640Gig mechanical in an Asus 5600 laptop. The laptop is very nice and we have had it for a long time. But the mechanical hard disk was soooo SSSllllooooowwww... This new 2TB SSD gave new snap to this good old lap top. It's like a new machine. It's exactly what I needed.
Some people may be confused by this. When you plug this disk in for the first time. You will have to format it with your favorite flavor of formatting. Once properly formatted it works like a charm.
Pros: Made a noticeable improvement in speed.
Simple SATA III Interface. Just plug it in and go.
Reads & Writes around 350Mbyt using Crystal Disk. (I'll qualify this)
Cons: The only thing I can think of is it comes completely unformatted, and you have to get down and dirty with disk commands to get the drive to operate. A novice might have a little problem here. But linix, and Androide people might like the fact that the disk is unformatted, and they have a greater choice of disk formats they can install.
Overall Review: My system is a bit elderly, and not as fast as the systems today. I'm certain that the Crystal Disk numbers are limited by my older PCi Express 2.0 bus MOBO. But I did notice a bit more snappy operation in doing the usual things. It gets a little warm during operation, but nothing even close to alarming. I have a 500Gbyt Samsung M2 drive for boot, and this 1TB for big data (videos, music). Getting rid of my last mechanical drive did make a difference.
1 year later. Still going strong. Even though my system is very old, this drive gives it new life.
Pros: Simple straight forward, 8 outputs, mounting holes. 2Ghz BW Whoo Hoo.
Overall Review: I used this as part of a big antenna upgrade and it works perfectly.
Pros: Very sensitive, high gain, wide aperture, light weight, smaller that a huge moon raker log periodic (about 1/3 rd size). Pole mounted.
Cons: The mounting struts are a bit flimsy, but I added some support metal, and the thing is rock solid.
Overall Review: I went from 60 stations on a scan to 128-154 stations. I have finally installed the entire setup, and I can easily get 150 stations. It seems to have very high gain, yet a wide sensitivity aperture. I have this antenna paired up with a Lava Omni Antenna, and phase up the signals by delivering them by a matched length pair of coax cables down to the power injectors, with CD power to the pole mounted amps, and then to a combiner. I match the coax lengths for the two antennas so that their waves will add. The increase in sensitivity is incredible. I also used a Chanel Master amp module up on the pole. Wide spaced back ground plane has a low wind drag, thus making the antenna hold up to higher winds.
Pros: Small in size. You can mount 2 SSDs on it.
Cons: The M2 sockets are a bit trickey to mount your SSD. Carefully check alignment, and flip down, and bolt down to the board.
Overall Review: Works with Samsung 950 Pro M2 SSDs. Seems to handle the speed OK. There is a small green LED that is very bright, and
flashes with any system access to the board. Along with the second M2 socket, there seems to be some sort of small
edge connector on the upper part of the board. It looks like maybe a SATA connector or something like that. There is
absolutely no documentation that comes with this board, so you have to figure out how to attach the rear panel plate.
It ships from China mainland so there is a lot of bureaucracy to get the part through customs. Allow an extra week for
delivery. When are they come out with a board with 8 M2 slots on it? I'd be all over that.
Pros: Extreamly fast. 512Gbyt. Very small in size.
Cons: Somewhat tricky to install in it's socket. Carefully watch the aligment, and flip it down, and bolt it down.
Overall Review: The first thing you need to do before anything else is download Samsung Magician, Samsung Data Migration Tool, and the 950 drivers. The Data Migration tool made transfering the OS from my old disk to this new SSD virtuaqlly painless. It took 30 minutes for the tool to migrate all my OS data to the new 950 SSD. I then powered down the rig, and pulled out the old OS disk, and powered back up. The system booted up oblivious to the fact that it was now hosted in a new 950 SSD. Everything went off without a hitch. I immediately ran Crystal Disk benchmark, and got 1508MB/s write, and 1606Mb/s read. I'm running PCIx2.0 on my MOBO, so at 1600Mb/s the bus is saturated. I need to go to a PCI3.0 MOBO. The data migration tool is very Samsung focused, and will only copy to a target drive that is a Samsung disk, so you cant use this tool for general OS copying. The 950 will run in a PCI slot cranked down to x1, but you will get only 416MB/s read, and 320MB/s write. In general the system performs noticably faster, the 950 seems to run fairly cool, only slightly warm to the touch.
All in all this is a very good buy, and very high performance.
Pros: USB 3.0+ a charging port. Solid plastic case. Right size. Hefty power supply.
Cons: Can't think of any. But I'll watch the power supply. There's a lot of bad power supplies floating around these days. It's easy to get another 12V power supply though.
Overall Review: The ports are arranged 3+1 charging port on one side, and 4 ports on the other side. It fits perfectly on top of the LCD monitor stand under the monitor. The 4 ports pointing to under the monitor can have all manor of USB doo dads plugged in to these ports and still have 3 ports pointing out towards you for plugging in Thumb drives, and all manor of other things. Very nice.
Pros: Fanless, and doesn't get too hot.
Makes 4K 60Hz out the HDMI with no problems.
Has all the popular connectors.
Cons: Thin PCB, I hope this doesn't affect reliability. So far so good.
Bulky heatsink, but does fit in 2 slots.
Overall Review: I bought this card to drive a Samsung 4K TV, and I needed something respectable to drive that 4K display. I ran Google Earth Flight Sim and it was smooth as glass. I must have been getting close to 60fps. It's fanless, and doesn't get too hot.
Pros: The resolution by far.
Not real big, but larger than a regular computer monitor.
The quad display.
The streaming TV feature. (This is really cool)
Small chrome browser built into the TV.
Good integration with the background picture for input selection.
Lots of other interesting features.
Cons: Using the mouse remote control can be a bit frustrating. I detect a bit of gyroscope pres-session or something like that.
Wonkey app interface that uses only a few keys on the keyboard, and no mouse support. Hmmm...
Overall Review: The picture produced by this panel is amazing. It's not real fast as far as pixel response time but much better that my old monitor. The picture is very smooth, and realistic. I had to turn down the brightness quite a bit. I have the back lighting set to 0. I'm using this panel as a computer monitor, but I do watch TV from a Hauppauge card on the PC. When watching TV, the received broadcast ATSC signal gets upconverted to 4K with a very good algorithm that looks like it does a good clean interpolation. So the broadcast TV looks better than a 1080 panel even though 1080 is what is broadcasted. The icons and text are so small, that I have to make them larger to see them. Photos look silky smooth on this monitor. The OS seems to be tightly controlled, and I have not yet found a way to pull back the main application and get access to the underlying OS. There are some Apps, but they all have this wonky interface. The browser is good, but my PC is better. You will want to connect a good optical mouse, and keyboard to it.. I like how I can use this second mouse to get at the overlay screen, and control the monitor input and other things. As a TV the picture is amazing, but the smart TV part of it is a bit difficult to use. As a computer monitor it's perfect.
Pros: Fast, Very fast, Tough ESD hardened.
Overall Review: This drive just took a huge ESD ZAP by accident. The resulting zap erased the drive completely. I thought this SSD was now a totally fried brick. But although it was empty, it took a format, and I was able to restore the data, and this drive was able to boot up again. I was amazed. The ESD zap was very strong, and had to be tens of thousands of volts. Always make a backup!
Pros: Huge, with room for far more goodies inside than you could possible fill.
Cons: This a bad one, but easy to fix. The rails that hold the disk drives in their bays is painted a nice shiny black. Unfortunately that paint is a bit of an insulator, so when you mount an optical drive, or a external dual 2.5" drive bay in this case, the frame of this external device is not grounded to the frame ground of the PC. So when I walk up to my DVD drive mounted in this case, and press the open tray button, and get a static electric ZAP from walking across the carpet, this kills the DVD drive, and caused the PC to reboot with some free complementary disk errors. Later I mounted a dual 2.5" Rosewell external drive bay, and pressed the open door button, and instantly erased my boot drive with a ESD zap.
Overall Review: The problem is easy to fix. Just take some sand paper to the disk mounting holes in the drive bay rails, and sand off a small area of paint. This will allow a low resistance connection path for the ESD current to flow harmlessly into the bulk of the PC case, thus preventing an ESD data disaster. If the frames of the external devices are allowed to electrically float in relation to the PC frame ground, then this harmful ESD current flows through the grounds in the signal cable inducing bad voltages in the sensitive circuits of the disk.
Pros: Works just fine. No problems with installation. just plugged em in and boom 24Gbyts HEEEE HAWWWW
Overall Review: A bit pricy, but hay 17,179,869,184 bytes. That's huge!
Pros: Small, Metal, sturdy, feels solid, doors open and close precisely.
Cons: This can be a bad one, but it's easy to fix. They do a nice job of painting their little drive bay black. However the paint is a bit of an electrical insulator. When I mounted this nice little baby into my PC, I didn't realize that all the painted surfaces have insulated the drive bay fame from computer frame ground. So when I reached out and touched the little door to open it, I felt a significant ZAP! of static electricity, and there was a significant ESD event onto the upper drive bay. This ESD pulse traveled through the SSD mounted in the upper bay causing the entire SSD to be erased. When I tried to boot my PC, I got the dreaded "No operating system!" message. Luckily, I was able to restore the boot image, and the SSD seemed to be OK other than being erased.
Overall Review: The fix is simple. Take some sand paper to the mounting holes, and sand off all the paint in a little spot around the mount holes. Also make certain that the rails in your case are not painted in areas around the mounting holes for the cradle that is holding this drive bay. Try to make certain that there is a low resistance path from the drive bay frame and the PC frame your mounting this into.
Pros: Doesn't forget, fast, not too much heat.
Cons: Can't think of any. We all want to buy it cheaper.
Overall Review: Nice and fast. Not too much heat and power. Good RAM!
Number and variety of slots. We like slots.
Lots of SATA ports, we like SATA ports.
Lots of USB ports, you can never have enough of these.
Lots of Fan control ports.
Cons: Not much legacy support. Yup, it doesnt have even 1 IDE port, no floppy (just USB for boot), no old fasioned PS2 connectors (just USB). Zero documentation. Come on guys, at least a little something. Maybe a pamphlet that discribes this whole first birthday thing that it has to do.
Overall Review: When starting this puppy for the first time, be patient, and wait for about 1 hour while it figures it's self out. You may have to press the reset a few times during this process. After a few cycles, it finally figures out how to run, and boots up to a screen, hit F8 and have your OS ready to install. Everything went off OK, and I'm wrighting this review using this MoBo. BTW The don't give you the net drivers to get on line to be able to load all the other drivers you need to use this board. Come on guys, at least give us the net driver. I had to use another PC to get the net drivers, and then I could get all the rest. Maybe one of those little CDs, something.
Pros: Has the tiny micro SD card slot, cheep. Does what it's suposed to do.
Cons: A little bit cheep, maybe a little more plastic, A little more of a slot to plug the other cards in.
Overall Review: The SATA slot is a nice touch. Bang an extra terabyte, with the addition of a SATA drive.
Pros: Doesn't crash. Way faster!
Cons: Very different, takes some getting use to. But a generally better experience.
Overall Review: The install went far smoother than XP. There's a bit of a learning curve, but it's worth it. Darn it Bill Gates, just when I was ready to dich XP for Ubuntu, you come allong with this total masterpiece. Yeah Windows7 is increadable, but I like Ubuntu too.
Pros: Very easy to setup. You just have to have some patients and wait. Dose what you bought it for. Easy to twiddle with the various mysterious router settings. It's fantastically cheep, and does a whole lot.
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: You hook this thing up, turn it on, and wait about 5 minutes. Don't touch it, just let it sit there and watch it's little brain figure out your network, and bingo, your on the air. Now plunk in the ip of the router (192.168.1.1) and you can twiddle to your hearts content. I havn't done the WRT alternate OS thing, but I want to. However if you want an easy router to get going, this is it.
Pros: Small size. Big power. Lots of power connections, everything you need.
Overall Review: I'm running this on an older Mobo. I will switch this to a modern system in a few months. I'll let you know then.
Pros: I got it to work.
Cons: The pins in the Molex connector didn't fit properly, and the pins were pointing helter skelter in all directions. I was able to get the molex mated to one of my PCs power connector, and all functioned OK. No intermittents.
Overall Review: OKGEAR, look at the pins your using on the Molex. They aren't fitting properly.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to do.
Cons: A little bit stiff.
Overall Review: It does mechanically lock to the mating connector fairly well. However even at it's best SATA connectors have always been a little fragile.
Pros: 1. Fast
2. Dam fast.
3. Low power, can't feel any heat even when writing.
4. Did I mentioned this thing is fast?
Cons: 1. Tricky to get setup correctly. Do your homework first.
2. Expensive, but really not that bad. Perfect boot drive.
Overall Review: It is possible to not correctly setup your SSD, and cause things to bog down, and even hurt your SSD. Do a lot of reading before you jump and make a purchase. This is a new technology, and I will wait to pass full judgement. I had to do a bunch of registry changes, and other system changes to get things to really start humming. However I now seem to have this thing banging on all cylinders, and did I say it's real fast.