Excellent Value tower cooler for 2700X outperforms stock Wraith Prism3/11/2020 11:55:57 AM

Pros: - Runs cooler AND quieter than the stock Wraith Prism (Prism used factory applied paste) under load. - Quick, completely unscientific testing with AVX workload showed: - Wraith Prism @ 89C and very loud - GAMMAXX 400 @ 74C and far quieter - Excellent value for performance - AM4 mount is a bit unconventional, but was easy enough to install and seems to be performing properly - Cooler has mounting hardware for a wide variety of sockets.

Cons: - Minimal instructions might be challenging for a beginner. - Fan presses right up against RAM sticks on a fully populated (4 sticks of RAM) Asus Prime X470-Pro. Fan doesn't apply undue pressure on the RAM sticks, but it does block the bottom portion of the fan's intake side. - Baseplate is not particularly smooth or flat, but this is to be expected at this pricepoint - Included PWM fan does not have a very large RPM range. - Personal taste, but I'd prefer no LEDs on the fan.

Overall Review: Had trouble finding reliable head-to-head comparisons between Wraith Prism and GAMMAXX 400. Purchased hoping that it would at least be quieter than the Wraith Prism, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was quieter AND ran cooler. There's a chance that the paste on the Wraith Prism needed to be replaced -- when I pulled the Prism it ripped the CPU out of the socket despite all the twisting and prying I did to try to release the heatsink from the IHS... so improvement over a Wraith Prism might be lower if you were using different (better?) paste on it. Did not use the included thermal paste to mount the GAMMAXX 400 but I didn't use a super expensive paste. I used a bit more than usual to account for the unevenness of the baseplate, but not so much that it was spilling out the sides. After mounting I removed the cooler to confirm full coverage before remounting. Considering a fan swap to a PWM fan with a larger RPM range so that at idle it'll be even quieter and under load it might run a bit cooler.

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Inexpensive. Fast read speeds, (unsurprisingly) mediocre write speeds on 64GB3/11/2020 11:25:50 AM

Pros: - Quite inexpensive for a "not completely trash" 64GB drive. - Read speed on large sequential file transfers match advertised speeds (got 209MB/s in Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files to a PCI-E SSD) - Sturdy metal construction - Metal likely helps act as a heatsink and/or to dissipate heat

Cons: - 64GB model is not any faster than 32GB model -- performs nearly identically. - Write speed is intentionally not quoted on product spec sheet to either leave you guessing or so that the uninformed will think that the "Up to 200MB/s" also applies to the write speed... which it does NOT. - Write speed is only 25MB/s (measured with large sequential writes from Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files from a PCI-E SSD) - No Activity LED - Gets a bit warm under load, but not alarmingly so. - Curved shape can block adjacent USB ports

Overall Review: Honestly, the drive met my expectations given the low price. I purchased both the 32GB and 64GB model to see if performance increased on the larger capacity drive (this is true for some flash drives, but not this one). Based on the specs, I'd guess that the 128GB/256GB model does have faster writes (it is listed as having faster reads) but I'm really only looking for a 32-64GB drive and the price of the 128GB Samsung BAR is higher than at least one competing 64GB drive that I *know* has approximately 100MB/s writes. At time of purchase I fully expected that write speeds would be significantly slower than 200MB/s. I got the drive to check to see what the write speeds were -- which shouldn't be necessary because they should be provided by the manufacturer. I was hoping for more performance because I'm looking for a less expensive alternative for making USB OS install boot drives, Windows To Go drives, or for large file transfers between machines (mostly virtual machines). Unfortunately, based on my findings I'm going to need to keep looking. No Activity LED is only a minor annoyance. When trying to boot a computer from a USB drive, seeing activity on the flash drive can help determine if the machine is attempting to boot from the drive or if it is booting from internal media.

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Inexpensive. Fast read speeds, (unsurprisingly) mediocre write speeds3/11/2020 11:17:52 AM

Pros: - Quite inexpensive for a "not completely trash" 32GB drive. - Read speed on large sequential file transfers match advertised speeds (got 209MB/s in Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files to a PCI-E SSD) - Sturdy metal construction - Metal likely helps act as a heatsink and/or to dissipate heat

Cons: - Write speed is intentionally not quoted on product spec sheet to either leave you guessing or so that the uninformed will think that the "Up to 200MB/s" also applies to the write speed... which it does NOT. - Write speed is only 25MB/s (measured with large sequential writes from Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files from a PCI-E SSD) - No Activity LED - Gets a bit warm under load, but not alarmingly so. - Curved shape can block adjacent USB ports

Overall Review: Honestly, the drive met my expectations given the low price. At time of purchase I fully expected that write speeds would be significantly slower than 200MB/s. I got the drive to check to see what the write speeds were -- which shouldn't be necessary because they should be provided by the manufacturer. I was hoping for more performance because I'm looking for a less expensive alternative for making USB OS install boot drives, Windows To Go drives, or for large file transfers between machines (mostly virtual machines). Unfortunately, based on my findings I'm going to need to keep looking. No Activity LED is only a minor annoyance. When trying to boot a computer from a USB drive, seeing activity on the flash drive can help determine if the machine is attempting to boot from the drive or if it is booting from internal media.

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Works exactly as expected12/7/2019 6:47:35 PM

Pros: Allows using an M.2 2230 Wi-Fi card in a normal PCI-E slot. Also works with non-standard sized M.2 cards that are the full 30mm wide but are narrower than 22mm Has Bluetooth functionality (via USB cable) Inexpensive

Cons: Antenna cables connecting to M.2 card could either be slightly longer or slightly shorter. As is, they're an awkward length. You have to kind of bunch the cable up to get it to the right length. If it were shorter it could be a straight connection, and if they were slightly longer, the cables could have a more gradual bend that would make them easier to connect. This made connecting the cables a bit tricky, but for the price, not a dealbreaker.

Overall Review: Works great for using newer M.2 Wi-Fi cards with machines that either lack Wi-Fi entirely or are stuck on mini-PCIe cards. I tried it with a handful of M.2 Wi-Fi cards, Intel AX200, 8260, 7265, Realtek 8822BE, and Qualcomm QCA9377 and all performed within expectations for the chipset on each card. Notably the QCA9377 is a non-standard size card. It is the normal 30mm long, but is narrower than 22mm wide. Still worked fine. Word of warning: Connecting the tiny antenna leads used by M.2 requires fine motor skills, decent eyesight and lighting. This isn't a failing of the Fenvi card -- just a note about working with M.2 Wi-Fi cards. Compatibility Note: Some have rated this product as "bad" due to "incompatibility with the Intel 7260". Please note that the 7260AC card from Intel was a transitional product that was sold as both a mini-PCIe card as well as a 2230 M.2 card. I believe the M.2 version is much more rare than the mini-PCIe version. Please check which version of the 7260 you have before buying this Fenvi product. It does NOT work with the mini-PCIe 7260. Newer Intel models (7265, 8260, 8265, 9260, AX200) should not have this ambiguity because they were not sold as mini-PCIe.

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Inexpensive, Seamless OC for Ryzen 300011/10/2019 1:32:21 PM

Pros: - 32GB - 3200MHz XMP for compatibility - Micron E-Die - Easily Overclocked to 3600MHz 16-19-16-36 @ 1.40V - THANK YOU FOR NO RGB!!!

Cons: - None really

Overall Review: Inexpensive and high capacity. Great overclock on Ryzen 3700X with B450 ITX motherboard. Excellent value. Provides the majority of the performance most people need at a fraction of the cost of Samsung B-Die.

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Counterfeit12/1/2015 10:56:37 AM

Pros: At first glance, the markings on the unit appear to be correct. Probably works - but I'm not going to risk deploying these in the field.

Cons: Closer examination shows several discrepancies between this product and a genuine PS-180. The most blatant indication that these are fake is that all 5 units have the same serial number on them. Genuine units all have a different serial number.

Overall Review: This review is for units sourced from "Computer Warehouse", not from the units sourced directly from Newegg.

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Just What I Was Looking For1/2/2015 3:05:23 PM

Pros: Tight timings, low voltage. Running 1400MHz @ 7-7-7-21 @ 1.35V.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I installed this memory in my HTPC which is using an H97-based motherboard and a G3240. Other motherboards may vary in their behavior, but mine does not allow the RAM to run faster than 1400MHz with this CPU, regardless of XMP (I'd tested 1600 and 1867MHz RAM borrowed from other rigs).

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Works great!1/2/2015 2:38:38 PM

Pros: Has worked reliably since installation in the system

Cons: none

Overall Review: Added to a friend's brand new HP that shipped with a single 8GB SO-DIMM.

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Inexpensive, Mac Compatible1/2/2015 2:36:41 PM

Pros: Fast and Inexpensive. Has been functioning reliably in the system for more than 6 months so far. Breathed new life into the old work laptop.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I imaged over the boot volume in a Macbook Pro 15" Mid-2010 otherwise known as a 'MacBookPro6,2' to this drive. Works flawlessly, albeit at 3.0Gbps link speed due to the capabilities of the chipset.

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Pleased as punch6/6/2014 3:56:03 PM

Pros: Fast. Good bang for your buck for both the speed and capacity (32GB). I've witnessed sequential reads and writes in line with the advertised 200MB/s read 40MB/s write. Random read/write performance is also quite good for a flash drive.

Cons: Looks just like a pair of nail clippers I own so I'm always getting them mixed up.

Overall Review: I purchased this to replace my old OCZ Diesel 16GB as my workhorse flash drive. I'm completely pleased with the speed and am glad I'm getting the extra capacity as well. I know there are faster drives available. I may even get a faster drive. This is fast considering how cheap it was.

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6/6/2014 1:34:42 PM

Pros: Fast, inexpensive $/GB at the time. 500GB SSD

Cons: I've gotten so used to using smaller SSDs I don't have the drive anywhere near filled.

Overall Review: Replaced my 250GB Samsung 840 (non-EVO) with this. I bought this to see how performance compared to my 840 under a "normal" consumer workload. I did not need more speed or space. Unless you're (mis)using this in a write heavy enterprise application the TLC NAND will not be an issue.

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Gets the job done6/6/2014 1:20:31 PM

Pros: Decent sequential and random read speeds. 16GB for cheap. Small. Solid and simple construction.

Cons: Write speed is pretty slow, even for large sequential transfers. I let a coworker borrow it and they never returned it.

Overall Review: Needed an inexpensive 4GB+ flash drive to use as a bootable install drive for any one of several OSes. This fit the bill. It takes a while to copy the images over but its quick to boot from.

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Amazing3/23/2011 8:27:35 PM

Pros: Incredibly clean sound and much better bass extension than you would expect from bookshelf speakers utilizing only 5.25" woofers. Played through a number of acoustically challenging songs without distorting. Efficient enough to play loudly without distortion on my 25W/channel RMS receiver from the 80s.

Cons: The exterior finish is a bit cheap looking, but that doesn't detract from how they sound.

Overall Review: Replacing a pair of single 5.25" woofer bookshelf speakers of a different brand (think of the highest number possible) from 2004 and these blow the old pair out of the water. While they won't replace my main listening pair (3-way with a built in 10" 250W sub) they could probably do it if paired to a decent sub. Also these speakers are heavy and big, but I consider that a good thing.

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Great3/31/2010 3:01:05 PM

Pros: Quiet and more than enough power for my uses (HTPC). 80+ Bronze. I actually like that the unit did not come with a power cord. I have a box full of them and it's nice to start using them.

Cons: After doing research on 80plus.org I found out the unit isn't much more efficient than the model it replaces.

Overall Review: Needed a new PSU to replace a previous gen EA380 I sold to a friend when his no-name PSU blew up.

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Good Upgrade5/15/2009 7:39:35 PM

Pros: Quad core CPU, drop in replacement for X2 6000+ using Gigabyte MA-770 DS3P v2.0. I do a lot of video encoding so the extra cores and increased clock per clock efficiency is a big plus for me.

Cons: Memory controller isn't as efficient as the X2's using the same motherboard and RAM.

Overall Review: I wanted to get a Core i7 for even more encoding speed but simply cannot justify the cost at this point.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Fast and Cheap5/15/2009 7:35:25 PM

Pros: Good performance and high GB/$

Cons: Write speed significantly slower than read speed, but to be expected with cheap flash

Overall Review: Read speeds are 25+MB/s sustained Write speeds vary, but are usually between 7MB/s and 12MB/s sustained

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