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StarTech S354UFER Steel and Plastic 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Simple to setup and configure
Contains power cords for high voltage outlets
Cool and relatively quiet operation
No need for esata port multiplier if you're using RAID

Cons: Slow - write speeds are 20-25% of read speeds. I have a 4 drive RAID 5 setup where each drive is capable of ~90MB/s transfer. Read speeds reflect this, sustaining over 200MB/s. Write speeds sustain a maximum of 36MB/s over esata. My software 3 drive RAID 0 blows this out of the water sustaining over 500MB/s read/write. The software array has faster drives, but even a single 10 year old drive should perform faster than this enclosure when it comes to writes.

Other Thoughts: Would I buy it again? Maybe. It does a good job of redundant backup storage, but it's not winning any speed awards.

Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Warranty
Speed (Sandforce 2281 controller)
Reliability (Intel firmware, released after a LONG time, presumably to fix bugs in the controller)

If you're reading this review, you probably know all that by now, though.

Cons: Price - you're paying the Intel tax. Props to Newegg, though. Intel wants $500 for this device.

OEM - as in not retail. As in, no mounting bracket for 3.5" bays, no SATA 3 cable, and no shiny blue box. Fortunately, OEM doesn't mean shorter warranty in this case.

Other Thoughts: Follow the SSD optimization guides and use the Intel SSD Toolbox tuner for best performance. You may also want to install a fresh copy of your OS when installing a new SSD.

Queueing on this device is incredible. It's almost as if it was designed with enterprise use in mind. With a relatively high queue depth, this device outperforms pretty much any other SSD on the market, even other Sandforce 2281 SSDs.

Vinpower Digital 25GB 4X BD-R 50 Packs Disc Model OQBDR04LT-50
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Least expensive $/GB currently
12x LG BD drive with ImgBurn was able to burn these 4x disks at 8x successfully.
98% usable disk rate

Cons: Around 1 out of 50 have holes in the recording surface, making them useless for full images. Not a major con, as you can get 49 good ones for the price of 25 from other brands.

Other Thoughts: Nero software would not see the full size of these disks. I used ImgBurn instead, and found it to be miles ahead of Nero. Full functionality, able to see the full size of the disk, and, most importantly, free.


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Display Name: Matthew P.

Date Joined: 11/15/05

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 10/07/08
  • Last Review: 12/08/12
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