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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Failed! - FOLLOW-UP (edited) REVIEW, formerly "Decent budget-priced SSD with adequate performance" 02/14/2017

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III SLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: EDIT: NONE - See Other section below.
I compared performance to my Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD and it was roughly 90% as fast on sustained sequential reads/writes (512/470 MB/s) with Crystal Disk Mark, and almost 75% as fast on random 4K reads at 30MB/s vs 38MB/s on the Samsung.
Testing was done under Windows 10 on an ASUS Z170-A motherboard with a 6700K CPU.

Cons: Slightly slower than some of the more expensive opposition, though it would not be too noticeable outside benchmarks.
Clamshell packaging was a nuisance to open.

Other Thoughts: I was given the SP S55 240GB SSD to review and it has performed to expectations so far. I cannot speak to long-term reliability as I have only had it for two weeks, but will follow up if the drive fails or I see performance degrade significantly.
Depending on reliability, this would be an inexpensive and huge speed upgrade to a hard drive based system.
You could spend more an a 'name' brand but this seems like a decent SSD for those on a budget.

EDIT: As promised in my original review I am following up due to failure of the drive. I took it out of the system I was testing it in months ago and just yesterday went to install it as a boot drive in another machine. Booting off the SSD I was going to replace with it, the PC could not even see the drive. Two other SSDs I had stored in the same place were recognized and worked properly. I tested on another machine and it also could not see the drive. Due to catastrophic failure I am marking the score down to the minimum. I CANNOT recommend this drive any more.

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Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060025-WW)
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5 out of 5 eggs Cooler and quieter than my original Corsair H100i 01/13/2017

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060025-WW)

Pros: Easy to install in my NZXT H440 case.
Beats my original H100i temperatures on an overclocked i7-6700K @ 4.6GHz by ten degrees when under load (70C vs 80C). Admittedly the older cooler is about two years old, but it's still a substantial improvement.
It also runs quieter, both at idle and under load. I suspect this is due to an improved pump design (since I was using the same Corsair Quiet Edition SP120 fans on each), and the fact that the pump speed is variable in the new model. When set to Quiet Mode in Corsair Link it is barely audible.
Looks are attractive, especially the braided hoses, though I think the pump is more attractive in the original model as the LEDs stand out more with the Corsair logo.

Corsair Link software is much improved over early versions, with customizable display of system temperatures and pump LED color.

Cons: Corsair name on radiator is upside down when mounted with the hoses to the right, though it is hidden behind the top of my case so no big deal.
The screws to mount the fans to the radiator are slightly too long and hit the metal tabs protecting the radiator before they can fasten the fans tight. I managed to find some 3mm thick rubber washers to take up the slack, but this could have been a major annoyance if I didn't have any. If Corsair cannot source any screws of suitable length, they could at least provide washers with the kit.

Other Thoughts: I was so impressed with this AIO cooler's performance, especially when compared with its predecessor, that I am awarding it five eggs and ignoring the minor Cons. When I took off the overclock and ran at stock speeds, it stayed in the low 60s on my load test even on the Quiet setting. Since my rig is mainly for gaming, the H100i V2 will be more than adequate.
Note: I was given this product by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black
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5 out of 5 eggs High capacity, decent performance, plus a 2-port USB 3.0 hub 10/13/2016

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black

Pros: Decent transfer rates - on the fresh drive I got 220MB/s read, 137MB/s write, and after half filling it I got 163MB/s read, 110MB/s write (using Crystal Disk Mark). These speeds were also reflected in transfers of large video files.
The two USB 3.0 ports on the front are very welcome and allowed me to charge my Android tablet and also access a thumb drive as though it were plugged directly into the PC's USB port.
Appearance is quite stylish and the drive does not get excessively warm.
The Seagate Dashboard software is already installed on the device and does work, although you have to register to use the mobile app or cloud storage.

Cons: Only minor Cons for me but here they are:
There is some noise when accessing files or backing up many small files, but I've heard worse.
I would prefer Seagate used the more sturdy USB 3.0 B-Type connector at the rear rather than Micro B.
A base with wide feet that the enclosure could slip into would give me some reassurance that the drive could not fall over with a slight knock. At least it has small rubber feet to raise it for ventilation though.
I would also like to see a power switch at the rear, so I can completely power it down when not in use without unplugging it.
The Dashboard software requires registration to use the Mobile app (I won't be using the cloud storage). Also I could only back up my Android tablet via wi-fi even though it was connected directly to one of the front USB 3.0 ports.

Other Thoughts: This is pretty good value, in my opinion, for the capacity and performance this drive provides, in addition to its USB 3.0 hub functionality. As long as it holds up over the long haul following the two weeks I have been using it, I will be happy.
I've listed a couple of minor Cons, and improvements I'd like to see, but not enough to dock any Eggs.
Note: This drive was provided by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

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