Joined on 01/11/04
My New Secondary Game Drive
Pros: FIVE Year warranty Price Speed SSHD's have matured I can't hear it
Cons: The only cons associated with any hard drive would be: Noise, Slow Speeds and Failures This Seagate exhibits none of these so far Synthetic benchmarks are placed here due to allowed character count in the review. I compare the FireCuda to my 2TB WD Black HD Tune: ST2000DX002-2DV164 Transfer Rate Minimum : 99.3 MB/sec Transfer Rate Maximum : 214.4 MB/sec Transfer Rate Average : 170.1 MB/sec Access Time : 12.1 ms Burst Rate : 146.3 MB/sec CPU Usage : -1.0% WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0 Transfer Rate Minimum : 92.5 MB/sec Transfer Rate Maximum : 180.5 MB/sec Transfer Rate Average : 144.6 MB/sec Access Time : 10.4 ms Burst Rate : 235.1 MB/sec CPU Usage : -1.0% Two items caught my eye. Burst rate and access time The burst rate is the highest speed (in megabytes per second) at which data can be transferred from the drive interface to the operating system. The access time or response time is a measure of the time it takes before the drive can actually transfer data. The WD Black wins both Crystal Diskmark: Seagate Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 87.527 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 154.426 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.216 MB/s Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.744 MB/s Sequential Read (T= 1) : 137.376 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 196.088 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.636 MB/s Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 4.706 MB/s WD Black Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 165.356 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 162.447 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.518 MB/s Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.631 MB/s Sequential Read (T= 1) : 165.891 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 161.710 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.545 MB/s Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.585 MB/s Depending what your performance preferences are the WD could appear as the faster drive despite NOT having 8 Gb of high speed NAND flash memory. Curious. Perhaps if I ran the synthetic benchmarks 20 times the Firecuda would learn what it is doing.
Overall Review: Seagate is a long to the game HD maker and created the first hybrid drive product in 2007. I can't tell you how many times I have read..."I am never buying another Seagate product." Personally, I have NEVER had more problems with any Seagate products (I have been buying HD's for 22 years) then any other HD brand I have owned which inclue WD, Samsung and IBM. The FireCuda ST2000DX002 is a 2TB Gaming SSHD Hybrid Hard Drive. It is also currently available in a 1 TB model. The FireCuda's final resting place in my system is on an Intel SATA 3 6.0 Gb/s connector on an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 mobo. On the FireCuda I now run all the games that won't fit on my game SSD. I replaced a WD Black WD2003FZEX which had been serving that function. As an aside, make sure you connect the FireCuda to an Intel SATA connector if you have one. Initially, I was using an Asmedia controller. While I was experiencing no apparent issues there were driver issues with the Asmedia SATA drivers and HWINFO. Seagate's blurb states "Performs up to 5X faster than 7200 rpm desktop hard drives." I don't know about that BUT an observation: There is a noticeable subjective decrease in access time for all the Program Files and data I keep on the FireCuda since the disk swap with the WD. To actually be able to discern the time decrease speaks well for the FireCuda. The speed increase is due, of course, to the 8 Gb of high speed NAND flash memory. Through the FireCuda's firmware, data being read from the drive is monitored and the most frequently accessed is cached to the flash memory. That is why I notice a speed increase. The data stored in the NAND will change over time. Initially there may seem to be very little if any speed increase until the monitoring firmware has a chance to figure out what you want so don't be disappointed right out of the gate. Let your FireCuda settle into it's new home and learn your routines. The Firecuda makes NO noise while the WD (from the get go) produced an audible spindle noise, which that drive is known to do. I prefer silent. My Win 7 install had gotten old, stale and developed habits I did not appreciate. Since a clean install was due, what better way to see how the FireCuda performs as a boot drive. The install took less then 30 minutes (nothing remarkable there) from an optical drive. Once installed Windows booted to usability in about 20 seconds, fast but not outstanding. I can't say if the few times I actually used the FireCuda as a boot drive gave the firmware time to figure out the best caching scheme. Seagate support writes "it may take a number of reboots to notice the full performance benefit". The same day I imaged, then copied the contents of the WD Black to the FireCuda. I didn't time it but it did not take long enough for me to think..C'Mon! More Benchmarking: I transferred the contents of my GTA 4 folder (15GB) to the FireCuda 210MB/s and the WD Black 202MB/s. HWINFO Reports the FireCuda temp as 27 degrees C and the WD Black temp as 35 dehrees C. Significant, cooler is always better Whatever you do... do not compare this drive to a pure SSD using performance benchmarks. If you do that you will be disappointed. In conclusion: The WD Black is now for sale. I prefer the FireCuda. It is completely quiet in my setting. It is faster in certain synthetic benchmarks, faster in my data transfer tests and subjectively faster to access programs and data. As of today he FireCuda also costs $18 less the a WD Black. Completely Recommended!
At This Price I Expect More
Pros: Plenty of radios Somewhat future proof Attractive Sleek Design Great loooong power cord. Longest I have seen Good phone support USB 3.0
Cons: Lousy and Horrid Documentation Absence of configuration options Sets up with both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands named the same Poor range on all three radios Spotty performance USB 2. Seriously, Why even bother? Put two USB 3
Overall Review: I had problems with Linksys AC3200 from the get go. I always follow the set up directions exactly for routers because I don't want problems caused by me. Setup of the AC3200 was no different. I did as described in the quick setup guide. The first problem I had was terribly slow internet connectivity on all computers connected via ethernet. Seriously, it was almost as bad as dial-up. I took the router down put the old router back up and experienced great connectivity. It is the router...Right? After a few days and when I had time to troubleshoot I hooked the Linksys AC3200 back up and ethernet connectivity was OK. Why ? I have no idea. This is a top of the line and as of today a $260 router. For that price I want configuration options and they are few. Linksys targets this router for people that want lots of wireless power and don't want to diddle with the router or the software so I can see why their are very few config options BUT why not include "Advanced Mode" For the life of me I could not get my wireless desktop to connect on the 5 GHz band. I online chatted with support. They told me I had to name my 5GHz network something other then the default if I didn't only the 2.4ghz network will be seen. I asked where is that info in the documentation? No reply to that question. We continued on and later I asked again.. Where is this info in the support docs? No reply. Finally I did nothing but ask the question where is this info in the docs? Then I got this reply "I apologize if these information are not on the documentation for the router." And it wasn't. Sad. In Pros I wrote that tech support was good. And it is they solved my problem. I used the anectode to illustrate the terrible docs. In a nutshell for a router at this price that touts itself as an easy-to-use, plug and play solution it comes up waaaaayyyyyy short. Wireless signal strength to all my devices was less then the router I use that cost 1/3 the price. After a week of use I started having ethernet slowdown issues again...P U I can't recommend EA 9200 based on my experiences
This is a Great 60% Keyboard
Pros: Corsair makes good stuff Cool Spacebar Super Low Latency Full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. Keys are macro-programmable Light and responsive typing Linear MX Cherry Speed switches Space between keys feels normal While a larger download iCue is pretty thorough software Keyboard Rings Detachable USB-C cool if you want to customize
Cons: Corsair makes their own OPX switch which review more favorably the Cherry Red. No Arrow Keys Very hard to see the Fn designated keys Single Incline level. Maybe a bit high No USB Passthrough No Numpad Keyboard Rings Priced a little high but inline with comps
Overall Review: This is a gaming keyboard with remarkable performance. I wish it had arrow keys because I don't want to Fn or reprogram when in a driving game. Serious drivers though probably use a wheel but most of us aren't that serious. It's so easy on my finger joints. Very noticeable it's not just a number. I appreciate the extra desktop room I get. Not everyone has a massive area to game this gives you extra space. Serious gamers or Just Wanna Have Fun gamers will appreciate the K65 RGB Mini. Recommended without reservation. Thanks Corsair and Eggxpert.
The develo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit works as claimed
Pros: Setup was easy even though I had to manually pair the devices. Even low to the floor I had had room to easily insert the CAT cable. May take up two outlet spaces but gives one back Gives good speeds at distance Downloadable pdf with more complete instructions Easily navigable website Of course develo has an app so you can cook and check your network just like the folks on the devolo website
Cons: Their Technical Support Hotline reports back that the number cannot be completed as dialed. No Wi Fi Expensive Uselessly short CAT cables. About 8 feet and that isn't nearly enough. Spend a few cents devolo and include at least one fifteen foot cable. Quick setup guide is needlessly small and the print is even smaller. Spend a few cents and make sure it is EASILY readable. More force, then I felt necessary, required to use the plug outlet provided with some plugs Short 1 year warranty. No moving parts means longer warranty. If you register the device develo gives you another year. Still way to short Small manual connect buttons located inconveniently
Overall Review: Is everyone's router close to everything it needs to distribute signal. No. I have always put the router out of the way. As much as the vendors think they are selling me art they are not. I don't need to see it. I just need to have easy access. develo includes two eight foot cables. Useless for me and many others. I am not rearranging to get the devolo MAGIC 2 LAN Adapter within the included cables length to my router. As it is the devolo MAGIC 2 LAN Adapter is only 10 feet from the router AS THE CROW FLIES not as the floor and walls snake. So consider where you want or can put the devolo MAGIC 2 LAN Adapter and figure added expense for longer CAT cable(s). Everyone needs WiFi the devolo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit does not have that option. Why? At a retail price of $144 include the WiFi. develo makes a product that includes WiFi for an extra $40 get it instead. The real test for me the the devolo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit does what it says came when I put the devolo MAGIC 2 LAN triple Adapter in my detached, extremely old wiring, garage. It paired manually just fine and gave me the full 1 Gbps my laptop is capable of. There is no doubt the product works as described I just can't recommend it without WiFi. Spend an extra $40 and get the develo Magic 2 WiFi next
A lot of Mouse for a Great Price
Pros: Classically shaped for palm and claw grippers. Buttons strike right away and return just as fast Wheel is detented which I prefer Nice pamphlet pointing out all the features, buttons and lights Corsair Forums are good Two Year Warranty for a Gaming mouse is very good. They take a lot of abuse
Cons: 787 MB iCUE software download, really? Some nice videos on how to setup the CH-9303101 within iCUE BUT the video cuts out if I go to the software to do as directed. This can be alleviated if I watch on YouTube but it would be better not to have this problem at all.
Overall Review: The importance of the mouse cannot be overstated. It is how the brain inputs it's decisions into actions on the screen. The brain works very fast and the mouse must turn those decisions into actions almost instantaneously. To do this the mouse must move unencumbered on it's surface (I use a branded mouse pad) click easy over a large area (the buttons) and be fully customizable. I have been using the CH-9303101 for three weeks now and have found but one thing in the hardware I don't like and that is purely cosmetic. It is all one color. The Corsair logo is shiny but hard to see. Branding is important so it should be visible. The mouse itself has worked flawlessly. It is large, I have small hands but it has not mattered a bit. This means to me mouse size does not matter as much as some guys think. I have not missed a click or a scroll while gaming or doing mundane computing tasks. The CH-9303101 has an optical sensor. I don't think having a laser sensor is "better" (produce more of the desired effect) it is a matter of preference. 8,000Hz polling rate, 18,000 DPI, Quickstrike buttons with fast actuation, PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) glide pads for smooth movement, a drag-reducing paracord (braided sheath) cable, a lightweight design. The features that define the CH-9303101 gaming mouse advantages are: Sensitivity-The higher the resolution, the more sensitive your mouse will be...how many pixels your mouse pointer will move on screen for every inch you move the mouse SteelSeries Engine 3 has two ( X and Y ?) dials, sliders, settings for CPI or counts per inch. The dial starts at 250 and moves up to 4000. A very wide range. The selected value though can't be 2145 because the dial moves only in predefined increments of 8 steps. On the upper right corner of the Sensitivity, Angle Snapping and Polling Rate software adjusters is a very small question mark. Hovering the mouse pointer over the question mark produces a popup explaining what each is. That's good feature though obscurely placed. Acceleration/Deceleration - Movement is based on speed. If the mouse moves 1 inch, slowly, it'll move one distance. If you move it fast over that same inch, it'll move a lot farther. Angle Sampling- Analyzes mouse movement in real time and helps straighten your lines. Said to be beneficial when sniping. Polling Rate- the rate at which the computer is updated with the position of the mouse pointer All the above are easily adjustable via iCUE The iCUE let's the user define a per game (profile )setup file. That's a necessary feature. I set it up without need of a manual. To confirm the engine translates to the game. I set "Angle Sampling" to MAX and popped into Far Cry 5, scanned the sniper rifle along the ocean horizon and back. There was no drift I could discern. Of importance in gaming mice is the sensor. Laser or Optical. CH-9303101 sensor is optical. Lasers are employed on more expensive units but aren't necessarily better I am not going back to the Rival 100. The CH-9303101 is my new day in day out mouse. I like it that much. As far as no manual (it's important to have a complete and thorough manual) all the data that might be put in a manual maybe covered in the software. Take some time with it...remember it's a program that needs to be learned. If you want a gaming mouse and don't think 50 bucks is too much ( I don't) I can't think of any reason not to get the CH-9303101. It fits nicely in my small hand, the angle I hold my hand at makes it easy to click all the buttons. After time, if the hand is held at an unnatural angle such as with mice that look more like monsters joint pain after hundreds or thousands of clicks is an issue...if not now then in 5 years. Thank You, Newegg and Corsair.
Good enough but won't use again
Packaging worked but reminds me of how an auction site newbie would pack something. The little slip of paper begging for a 5 star review also states once opened you CANNOT return the item for compatibility reasons....how ya gonna find out for certain? Shipped reasonably fast, product works