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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid Intermediate Storage between SSD and NAS or Archive Drives 11/15/2016

This review is from: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST1000DX002

Pros: This is my 2nd SSHD, my first was Seagate's first effort with just 2GB of NAND and while performance and NAND Flash memory amount has increased, sadly capacities have not.

Still, SSHD's offer a solid option for those who want more storage than they can afford for lots of SSD storage, but want better speed than the larger archive or NAS drives that run 4+TB but offer slower speeds at only 5400rpm.

As before, I was very impressed with the acoustics and temperatures of these SSHDs. They tend to generate much less heat than my WD Black Drives and also spin up less aggressively.

In terms of performance, as expected, you see some fast instantaneous transfer speeds from frequently used files which are going to use some System RAM along with the onboard RAM for some deceptively high speeds. After that, you have about 8GB of Flash that acts similarly to the old Windows Vista ReadyBoost, a faster buffer that allows you to access some files faster instead of having to wait for the disk to spin-up. This is actually the most noticeable difference as you will often see the file structure and any thumbnails or previews of pictures faster than on on a mechanical drive that has powered down.

Overall speed is up there with the fastest of mechanical drives with roughly 200MB/s sequential reads and 150MB/s sequential writes with slightly faster access times due to the flash memory, round 6-7ms.

Cons: -As mentioned before, 1TB and 2TB aren't great options for most who may consider just spending more for a slightly smaller SSD. These still make some sense in SFF desktops or PCs that may only have room for 1x3.5" and a 2.5" or m.2 SSD. My Alienware X51 for example would fit this mold.

-Price. Not anything earthshattering but probably close to the floor of what Seagate wants to sell any drive. I could see someone paying maybe $25 for half the storage for a fast SSD instead though. Just a thought.

Other Thoughts: Would be a much more compelling option if it came in larger capacities, my first SSHD is 2TB and it is still going strong today. So very reliable, quiet and fast drives, for being mechanical anyways!

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Kingston 8GB DataTraveler SE9 G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (DTSE9G2/8GB)
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome price, form factor, functionality 10/22/2016

This review is from: Kingston 8GB DataTraveler SE9 G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (DTSE9G2/8GB)

Pros: Great price point for these USB 3.0 drives. I bought 6 of these to put our wedding photo originals on to send to close relatives, but these would also be awesome for OS imaging USB keys as 4GB is pushing it nowadays.

Read speed is excellent, the feel is instantaneous although write speeds are not stellar. Not a big deal for mostly Read usage.

The size and form factor is awesome. Quality metal housing and substantial feel. The big difference with these over their predecessor is that the key ring portion is beveled so it works better on a key ring.

My label printer also was able to print labels that fit perfectly on this USB stick.

Cons: None, newegg is awesome

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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Pays for itself in a year 10/12/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: Stop paying your cableco to rent their SLOWER modem when you can own your own, and also maximize the bandwidth you are paying for.

+Works flawlessly with Comcast XFinity, just need to call the 1-800 number and provide the MAC address.

+Great performance, I'm getting my full 150/150 speeds now, before I was getting closer to 120/100 on an older Motorola/Arris Surfboard modem.

+Good build quality

+Full Gigabit bandwidth for your AC or AD router

Cons: Somewhat expensive, but you will still save money over the life of your 2 year contract

Other Thoughts: Buy early, don't rent, seriously don't pay to rent inferior hardware if you have the choice!!!!

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