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Corsair Force LE200 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Respectable, Easy-to-Install, SSD 02/16/2017

This review is from: Corsair Force LE200 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBLE200

Pros: Great price (right now), instantly recognized - both externally via USB connection, and internally in an existing system (after initializing in Admin Tools), fast Quick Format, and decent speeds.

Cons: Does not come with any tweaking (optimizing) or benchmarking software, and after downloading it, "Corsair Toolbox", from the Corsair website I think I know why, i.e, it's mostly worthless.

The drive met my expectations but certainly did not exceed them. Although some benchmark times are included in "Other", sometimes the overall "feel" for an SSD is more important than statistics. In this case, the Corsair Force LE200 240GB SSD is certainly respectable, even though it might not blow your socks off.

Other Thoughts: Comparison of the PC's existing WD Raptor 150GB main OS drive (no slouch itself in its day) with the newly installed Corsair Force LE 200 240GB new-OS drive. The numbers are from CrystalDiskMark5 testing software; standard display, most numbers are MB/s:

READ
Raptor SSD
57.5 266.6
1.1 175.5
75.9 268.0
0.6 26.03

WRITE
Raptor SSD
70.6 256.8
1.1 158.1
81.4 223.3
1.2 67.56

Installed in this tower PC:

Motherboard - Abit IX38 QuadGT, LGA775, Intel X38, FSB 1333, Dual DDR2 1066

Processor - Intel Dual-Core Xeon E3110, 3 GHz (1333 MHz), LGA775, L2 6 MB, 45nm

Upgraded to Windows 10 at the same time.

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IOCrest SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card
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1 out of 5 eggs Slower than the SATA-II Motherboard Connection 02/15/2017

This review is from: IOCrest SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Compact. Could boot from SSD drive connected here. Idea sounds good . . . in theory.

Cons: My experience was unsatisfactory, e.g., my SSD speeds were about 30% SLOWER that taking the SATA-III Corsair LE200 240GB SSD straight to the motherboard's SATA-II connector! So, what's the point? $30 for a SLOWER connection speed?

Other Thoughts: Motherboard used - Abit IX38 QuadGT. No doubt some geek's geek can point out why the motherboard was my problem, but if you can't migrate these older SATA-II motherboards to faster SATA-III speeds with this Controller Card, why bother? Worse still, the speeds were actually SLOWER than just connecting straight up to the old board's SATA-II connector. Disk benchmarking software - CrystalDiskMark5.

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Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack
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5 out of 5 eggs Very Little Not To Like; It Is What It Is 01/04/2017

This review is from: Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack

Pros: Interesting lighting effects/colors. Despite some negative comments by other reviewers, I found the colors/effects to be pleasing . . . and I am a 71-year old geek, e.g., the white blades literally "glow" with color, and the LACK of brightness appealed to me, i.e., the colors and intensity are not garish.
Usual Corsair quality and workmanship.
Quiet, with very good air movement.

Cons: Poor written instructions/descriptions for a generally simple product. Will handle up to six fans, but each will require its own motherboard 3-pin power connector or Molex-to-3-pin splitter - none included.

Other Thoughts: The "SPEED " control DOES NOT control the speed of the fan, it controls the SPEED OF THE LIGHTING EFFECTS. This is not totally clear in the Newegg listing narrative or the instructions.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 01/15/04

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  • First Review: 12/05/08
  • Last Review: 02/16/17
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