Date Joined: 01/14/04
Pros: This was my second choice after Samsung could not deliver on time their 960 SSD devices. The motherboard, Asus Maximus VIII Formula, recognized the Intel 750 as bootable and was able to install Win10 Pro with default drivers. Intel's included small size disk appeared to be useless. Tested IO rates were on par with advertised values.
Cons: The Intel 750 series bios/firmware update method was confusing at best. The included desktop app, Intel SSD Toolbox is NOT the method to update the firmware. The actual method is found by wondering Intel webpages until you find a process where a boot DVD or USB stick is created and then boot the PC from it to perform the update.
Overall Review: The drive had a hard crash about 8 months in, would not be seen in the bios of two different machines. Intel was good about it s 5-year warranty and replaced the unit, but no one likes the down time. While waiting for replacement, installed another SSD M2 drive from competitor. Unfortunately, the Intel drive ended up on online auction because it only works in motherboards with PCIE 4x slots, generally only available in the last two years.
Pros: System built on a Asus Maximus VIII motherboard. Extremely easy setup, in my case transferring OS from backup archive
Overall Review: Installed Samsung Magician software and functions well. Added an addition 10% of usable space as over partition -- on a 2TB drive most people can afford this extra feature.
Pros: Loaded with Intel 6700K, 64gb G.Skill 3200C DDR4, Intel 750 series PCIe SSD and Nvidia M4000 Quadro. Build was relatively easy and was able to get a bios screen in about 2-3 hours. With just a couple of bios tweaks, was able to run at 4.5ghz, just to say so. Didn't really use the included Asus because in Win10 pro the setting as administrator are not passed to standard users. The bios update from USB worked without OS installed as advertised. Did not really use the colored LED features since the PC box did not have a window side.
Cons: A couple of the screw tiedowns to the PC Box were difficult to lower a screw into because of the higher level shielding plate. However, the shielding was appreciated as additional device protection. Remember to install anything under the water cooler fans on the motherboard before screwing down the fans in the back of the PC box
Overall Review: Even with the rather high price, I would recommend this product.
Pros: Bought four of these 8tb drives and all were fine and powered up.
Overall Review: Great archive and movie storage choice at an affordable price.
Pros: A host of possible configurations to handle many different consumer and small business situations. Bought two for two different locations and established VPN to join networks from both locations.
Cons: Extremely difficult to configure and hours reading Zyxel knowledge base articles, u-tube self help and email help desk. The manual that comes with the device is next to useless and is more like a dictionary that covers every radio button in the gui. Initial setup was easy and could get internet within a few minutes. Connect the LAN and wireless networks is through a bridge function and not described in the manual anyway as a use scenario. It easily took several days to work out the details of a VPN configuration. The device itself had a very long reset period and setting were slow to talk effect. I had to reset to factory conditions twice.
Overall Review: Maybe all VPN routers are difficult to configure, but this one seem to take it to another level.
Get the TheGreenBow IPSec client VPN software to help debug.
Pros: Extremely easy to build, quiet and very fast. Build with 8gb ram and 840 EVO. Win7 is fine.
Cons: Make sure you have OS installation on USB stick before buy and save yourself some time.
Pros: Very small and light weight, just big enough to fit a disk. Powered over USB, which cuts cord clutter. No excessive spin noise, great for home theatre
Overall Review: Have not tried the burn function.
Pros: Installs like any other hard drive. Advertised as special purpose for security systems and that is my intended use. I don't know if the special properties of the drive are valid or work.
Pros: Enjoyed a flawless system build, 16gb ram, 10tb disk, 500gb ssd, win7 Used as a archive and ip camera capture. Haswell graphics more than adequate. Power at plug came in at only 70watts.
Cons: Could not boot off USB drive like the Intel NUC can.
Overall Review: Didn't try the wireless attachment, one does not run NAS off of wireless.
Pros: Another flawless installation of g.skill RAM.
Cons: Plastic packaging sucks.
Overall Review: I've never had a problem with g.skill over several years and many systems.
Pros: Overall construction appears adequate.
Cons: The screw mechanism is poorly designed. The backside ring must be twisted slightly to align to the MB holes. The receiving nuts in the backside ring twist and there is no way to tighten to solid torque. The corners can still be depressed on top, leaving the impression it is now fully in place.
Pros: Put 16gb into a Haswell based NUC from Intel without any challenge.
Overall Review: Get a RAM disk and move all temp IO to it, saving your SSD stress.
Pros: Painless to install since you do not need to crack open the machine, connects to USB port. Software installed without any problems.
Cons: Don't waste your time on cheaper devices, buy only ones confirmed to work with your operating system.
Pros: No problems setting and continues to work unattended.
Cons: A little confusing that only four ports are POE, but I don't more than that. Also, it seems any of the ports can be connected back to the router, just wish the docs were more clear about that.
Pros: No problem installing in 1x PCIE slot and connects to my 3.0 USB flashdrive. If your getting a new camera with high res, you will want this connection.
Cons: Difficult to prove data rates, but were better than 2.0 USB.
Pros: Very quick, had sustained 100MB/s write of 60Gb, probably source limited hard drive.
Cons: It did get warm to the touch filling the device 1/2 full.
Overall Review: Great for computer backup or file transfer to remote location.
Pros: The overall size was a little more than expected. All of the drive bays were handy. The build quality was good and overall quiet running.
Cons: It was not possible to put two SSD drives in the special slots at the top of the drive stack, the connects collided. The fan opening below the power supply is probably unusable on carpet.
Overall Review: My cat accidently hit the power button while walking across the top.
Pros: Easily once of the best motherboards I have ever put together over 20 years. Built with 2x SSD RAID0 boot with 2 4tb hard disks and one SSD scratch disk. Overclocked to 4.4ghz without changing any voltages. First system that runs sleep mode correctly.
Cons: The RAM slots next to the IO ports will be hidden under your fans if you go with liquid cooler and sandwiched fans. Install RAM first. If you want RAID0 on boot disk, must be ready with disk driver on USB driver to load into WIN7 build sequence.
Overall Review: The AI suite software only runs as administrator with WIN7 ultimate and must be configured not to run in any USER accounts. That's done in the event scheduler.
Pros: No problems at, great price and performance at XMP settings.
Cons: Should have got 64gb
Overall Review: With RAM prices this low, just max out motherboard and have no problems with running multiple apps.
Pros: I cannot believe the rock bottom prices for 32gb of ram. Ram met all XMP timing and installation was easy.
Cons: Don't go shy on capacity, never going to be cheaper.
Pros: Quiet and adequately cools Sandybridge-E
Cons: Connecting the bracket to the cooling puck is difficult and the documentation does not show how the two parts mate together. The burrs on the bracket lock into the puck edges, but the process is difficult while holding the two piece together and tightening the screws.
Pros: Your typical microSD installed in my galaxy s3 for max memory.
Overall Review: did no speed tests, seems adequate.
Pros: Not the fastest graphics card, but that is not the point with a fanless design. Great choice for a HTPC, audio channel stays active in win7 when the television (samsung) is turned off. Have it coupled with TV tuner for free over the air digital TV
Cons: remember this is for HTPC, not gaming
Overall Review: Initially I was using the sandybridge 3000 video port and it seemed to work ok. Because the PC is on 24/7 for backup jobs and video survailence, there were random resets after one or two days. Disabling the Intel video interface and using the standalone graphics has solved the random resets.
Pros: compact, pretty box. simple user interface with 2 types of usb ports
Cons: at 4000mAh, not able to 2x charge galaxy s3
Overall Review: for just a few dollars more, i would now get the +10000mAh battery backups
Pros: Easy to install and worked as expected. With a small indoor UHF antenna picked up most of the local stations, will be attaching to an external roof antenna for better reception.
Cons: The installation CD did not come with the utility that allows the IR sensor to be recognized by Windows Media Center, but I was able to find it on the manufacture support webpage.
Overall Review: The remote does not seem to have an 'off' function for Windows Media Center, just on.