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Patriot Blast 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs SSDs are finally in my price range! 08/19/2015

This review is from: Patriot Blast 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PBT120GS25SSDBK

Pros: Much faster than my HDD, installed Windows 7 and waiting for my Windows 10 upgrade. Boots in 10 seconds or so, and not even hooked up to true sata 3.0.

Cons: I don't think anything is as fast as advertised, but what's a marketing department without hyperbole? Nothing worth losing a star over.

Other Thoughts: I was concerned about the lack of reviews, but I'm very happy with this SSD. It's my first, so that's usually the best, right?

I hooked this up to SYBAs PCI-Express x2 card and tested with ATTO. I got 403000 read and 325000 write. To compare, I hooked it up to my mobos Sata 2 and got 280000 read and 250000 write. You should get better numbers on a true sata 3 mobo, but still decent performance if you want to pair this SSD with a decent sata 3 card.

SYBA Combo USB 3.0 + SATA III 6Gbps, v2.0 PCI Express, x4 Slot Controller Card Model SD-PEX50055
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5 out of 5 eggs Very nice upgrade to Sata 2 Mobo 08/19/2015

This review is from: SYBA Combo USB 3.0 + SATA III 6Gbps, v2.0 PCI Express, x4 Slot Controller Card Model SD-PEX50055

Pros: Plugged this card into my Pcie x16 2.0 port and hooked up a Patriot Blast 120gb SSD. It is definitely faster on the card than on my sata 2 mobo. For what it's worth, I tested with ATTO benchmark software. On the Sata 3 card I got 403000 read and 325 write. On the Sata 2 I got 280000 read and 250000 write. Not a real world test, but it does show that the card works. Not true sata 3 speeds on every mobo, but gives me a definite improvement.

Cons: Pretty easy setup. As others suggested, I got the USB 3.0 drivers from Etron Tech. Best drivers should be bundled or on SYBA's website. I can't see any reasons to knock off a star, though.

Other Thoughts: This card is a nice upgrade if you want USB 3.0 or Sata 3 without buying a new mobo, memory and chip. 29.99 instead of 200 or so, and it should hold me over for another year.

Make sure you PLUG THIS CARD IN! You should have a 4 pin connector on your power supply. The plug in on the card is to the left of the sata connections. If it's on the right, flip it over. :)

Someone else mentioned cable speeds, but don't worry about that. unless your older cables are damaged, not properly seated or so on, they be just as fast as new "6.0 gb" cable.

Finally, if you plug this in to a PCIE 1.0 instead of 2.0, you are going to get slower speeds. Figure out exactly what you have and where you can plug this in before you buy.

Rosewill R-BC-01 Battery Charger for AAA/AA Alkaline ,Ni-MH, Ni-CD and 9V Batteries(battery not included)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I said in my first review that I was getting a kill a watt and wanted to test this charger, and i did. This charger runs on about 2 watts of power, give or take. So even after a full day, this thing uses less power than a 50 watt light bulb does in one hour. Hope I got that comparison right, but anyway, only pennies to recharge batteries. So definitely cost effective. I should have known that, since it just does a trickle of power to slowly charge the batteries.

Cons: Like lots of others, I managed to break the lid. I'm sure I did something stupid, like try to move it using the lid as a handle... but use care, it's the most fragile part of this charger.

Other Thoughts: 10 bucks cheaper than when I got it, great price if you want to recharge ALKs for low power devices.


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Display Name: Ray P.

Date Joined: 10/07/09

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 11/01/10
  • Last Review: 08/19/15
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