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Mushkin Enhanced ECO3 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tech support was GREAT... They were getting back to my emails within a few hours at most. Drive looked solid enough and the price was great. Specs look good for this type of drive.

Cons: Didn't come with ANYTHING; no cloning software or SSD tools available on manufacturer's website either. Unfortunately Dell Windows 10 image refused to install on this drive on a brand new Dell laptop where it installed onto an old s-l-o-w spinner HD and a different SSD (I tried multiple installs) without issues. I did manage to get Win10 to install using a backup image but the brand new PC kept getting BSODs (the SSD kept getting disconnected) after about 15 mins of usage. Cable was fine and PC works fine with the other drives I mentioned.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully I just got a fluke and I really hope that the company gets this straightened out because their CS department is great. That's why I'm still giving it two eggs where normally it would just get one.

Rosewill RHB-410 - Aluminum Mini-USB 3.0 3-Port Hub Plus 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Metal... partial metal. Works with SATA and USB3

Cons: Where's the rest of it? If you're going to name something "enclosure", heck it's even on the box, then you would expect it to actually enclose something. In this instance I ordered this thinking I would put one of my spare 2.5" drives in for protection and use it as needed. That is, as any other HD enclosure I've purchased. Not so here, the bare drive just sits connected to the unit and there's no protection for the drive at all.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this on a whim because there was a rebate. in retrospect, I should have done more research because even with the rebate, it's not worth it IMO. Oh well, live and learn.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H90 High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 140mm
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: A MUCH quieter pump compared to the competition. Nearly silent during normal operation. To me personally, this trumped the few degree advantage the competitor has on this unit..

Cons: Flimsy PLASTIC "backplate", and I use the term loosely here because it's so soft. The retainer nuts spun right around in it and I don't trust that it will hold during transport. Very little feedback when tightening the screws on the block due to all the plastic used. More pieces and a more difficult install than the 140XL. Only one fan and one set of hardware so customer on their own if they want push-pull. Doesn't appear that a matching fan is readily available.

Other Thoughts: Having installed both this and the 140XL in the last few days I can say that you get a lot more for your money with the competition in terms of actual hardware, performance, and "feel". The reason I had to switch to this was because the pump on the other unit made a high-pitched whine that caused ringing in my ears.

The H90 appears to be the "black sheep" in Corsair's line-up. It does not even show up on their web-page with their other liquid AIO cooling solutions. I think the popularity of this form-factor will be increasing due to increased case support and superior cooling of a larger radiator, and the quieter 140mm fans. Corsairs really needs to up their game if they want this unit to stay competitive. At a minimum provide 2 matched fans and a real metal backplate.

When installing, I would suggest just using your fingers instead of a screwdriver like Linus does in the accompanying video or you will end up rotating the nuts within the plastic back-plate.


Wayne P.'s Profile

Display Name: Wayne P.

Date Joined: 01/05/05

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 06/20/09
  • Last Review: 06/08/16
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