Date Joined: 09/23/10
Pros: Just as fast as a full desktop. Running 3200G and 16GB 2400 RAM. All works good.
Cons: Wireless cables are springy and hard to keep out of the fan area. The little snap on wireless ends are fiddly and don't stay on real well. I taped mine down. Lack of USB ports. Had to use a hub for mouse and keyboard.
Overall Review: Would buy again
Pros: I'm struggling here.
Cons: I normally get along famously with Crucial products, but this P2 fell appallingly short. Using for main install of Mint 19.3 it takes 15 minutes to TRIM - Tested in an I5-8500 and 3200G. Slower making a snapshot than a cheap SSD. File transfer from another SSD to it was slower than a cheap SSD. Testing write speed showed about 395mb/sec It's a dud. Oddly the read speed was as advertised.
Overall Review: Would never get another.
Pros: I have never had a bad set of GSkill memory. This set went in a 300W Deskmini with 3200G processor. Speed set automatically at 2400 and the low latency is a bonus.
Overall Review: Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Pros: PSU quiet and I'm sensitive to that issue. I did replace the top fan with an Arctic 4-pin before even trying the included one. I like the shiny black. I like the HDD activity light and don't find the power button too bright. I've had very good luck with In Win cases. They look nice and they have very decent fit of parts. A great bargain.
Pros: Intel-i5-8500 ASrock -Z390M-ITX. XMP 2 loaded seamlessly. G.SKILL make good RAM. Never had anythinng but the best experience with it.
Pros: Installed Mint 19.3 Cinnamon on it, using Btrfs
Many SSD have pretty lengthy TRIM times running up to 2 minutes, and on the Monday morning schedule, it impacts using the OS until it finishes. This drive Manual TRIM "sudo fstrim -va" only took 3 seconds! This TRIM time is as fast as Window 10 (which has a 10 second requirement). This command: "sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep TRIM"
* Data Set Management TRIM supported (limit 8 blocks)
* Deterministic read ZEROs after TRIM
Endurance on this 500GB SSD is 300TB. It has a full GUI Linux SSD ToolBox (SeaTools) . You just download the GUI for Windows and extract it. Both Linux and Windows are in separate folders. This is a top pick for a Linux or Windows SSD.
Overall Review: Very satisfied with NewEggs price and free shipping. Obviously the SSD is a keeper:)
Pros: I could not get Mint 19 installed. It worked fine on a Windows 10 install. Apparently these will not be supported until future releases of Mint. Maybe 19.1
Cons: Being as Newegg does not offer refunds on Processors, I sold this on the internet.
Pros: Professional reviews indicate this drive is relatively low performing. I've found this often is not accurate because they trust synthetic tests. My test for this drive on Mint 18.3 and a Z270 i5-7400 platform, was to create a 6GB RAM_Disk and transfer 5.5GB of mixed files to the SSD, which used BTRFS. The speed was 9 seconds. My best high end drives gave 8 seconds. The boot time from boot menu is 10 seconds to desktop, which is exactly the same as my high dollar SSDs. Shutdown times are the same. The great thing about OCZ/Toshiba drives is the bootable toolbox allowing total independence from Windows. This GUI Toolbox also runs flawlessly on most Linux Distros. As good as they truly are, you don't have to wonder about Smartmon tools or Gsmartcontrol for accurate SMART information, and can do a firmware update online. Trim checked by: [sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep TRIM] Gives "Data Set Management TRIM supported (limit 8 blocks)" but not "Deterministic Zeros after TRIM" (which is a negative IMHO)
Cons: The endurance rating at 60TB is just okay, not impressive. Still, with normal use that's many years of use. Testing this drive extensively with Mint18.3 and BTRFS has shown it to be less than ideal for that file system. It's odd that trim behaves normally with Ext4, yet with BTRFS, it takes a very, very long time to trim either by cron or manually. I use BTRFS almost exclusively, so this drive greatly disappointed me in that regard. In
all fairness, I seriously doubt it is the fault of the drive. It's likely a bug in the Kernel (Hence staying with 5 stars.) That said, I think there are many other drives that would be a better choice for Linux/BTRFS at this time.
Update: As of Mint 19B Trim with Btrfs on SSD is just as fast as Ext4. The above con is no longer an issue - Hurrah!
Overall Review: I hope OCZ/Toshiba launches a 3D NAND enthusiast drive in 2018. I will try one.
Pros: Asrock Z270 Pro4. It works as it is advertised at 3600 MHz and XMP setting. No issues using Mint 18.3. I updated the microcode to newest version through the updater. Mint terminal: sudo lshw -short -C memory shows running at 3600 MHz
Pros: Everything worked.
Cons: Compatibility issue with Linux and a brand of NVMe SSD I own. I did not support trim. I've had 2 of these boards and each one required pressing Del key or F2 key twice to enter setup. Wait until 1st screen, press Del, then it restarts and you have to press Del key again or it skips to boot. I had newest flash and tried numerous keyboards. This is not mentioned in the manual. All other Asrock boards I've owned only require 1 instance of pressing the Del key.
Overall Review: I prefer Asrock boards to all others.
Pros: Many - See other
Cons: See other
Overall Review: Linux Mint 18.1 With Samsung M.2 960 Evo SSD. Asrock Z270M Extreme4 motherboard. i5-660K. No problems installing with default live UEFI session and either default Ext4 files system or BTRFS (set up 512Mb FAT32 flagged for boot/esp with Gparted.) Had to use newest version of Clonezilla to make a system image. Only problem was HDD Activity light flashing way excessively while surfing internet. I did research including calling Asrock and Samsung. Neither had heard of this. I tried it with Window 10 Home and had same behavior with Edge browser. I RMA The Samsung M.2 SSD. It works perfectly with Corsair MP500 M.2. A mystery.
Pros: i5-6600K, Z270M Mobo, 2133 DDR4 RAM
Just as fast to boot as 960-Ev* or RD40* . I used it with Linux Mint and created Ram-Disk to verify mixed file speeds of copy paste. Just as fast. Maybe synthetic tests show different, but they don't interest me much. Boots Win10 exactly same speed.
Overall Review: Easy to install Linux or Win10. Must use UEFI with CSM disabled and GPT Partition table
Pros: It's quiet
Cons: Broke one flimsy filament of the upper fan guard getting to out of the extremely obnoxious box (flap). Did not hurt it for using it. I generally love Arctic coolers. Not this. The screws holding the fan guard on were so tight, I was barely able to undo. They have to be undone to install. Then you have to insert the flat blades into the slots. I couldn't get my fingers in there to do it and it hurts to apply the force needed. I used wooden pencil eraser. Then you have to redo the cover screws. Poor quality screws. I put it in and am using it, but will never reuse it. Will discard and buy an Arctic Alpine 11 (not Pro).
Overall Review: I should of looked it over before buying. Didn't see it lacked standard Arctic Pushpins.
Pros: No adjustment, just fire up UEFI. Mobo Asrock Z270M with i5-6600K. Speed set - good to go.
Overall Review: Corsair makes quality products
Pros: Fast and easy to install Linux Mint 18-1 or Win10
Cons: Read Other
Overall Review: Linux Mint 18.1 With Samsung M.2 960 Evo SSD. Asrock Z270M Extreme4 motherboard. i5-660K. No problems installing with default live UEFI session and either default Ext4 files system or BTRFS (set up 512Mb FAT32 flagged for boot/esp with Gparted.) Had to use newest version of Clonezilla to make a system image. Only problem was HDD Activity light flashing way excessively while surfing internet. I did research including calling Asrock and Samsung. Neither had heard of this. I tried it with Window 10 Home and had same behavior with Edge browser. I RMA it. I do not have this issue whatsoever with a very similar performing brand of M.2 SSD. A mystery.
Pros: Absolutely great for everything I do. The graphics are perfect for displaying all 400 specimens of my butterfly collection at once while recording sound and video at the same time. Doing this while also doing a five-way 3 monitor conference with Australian University and splitting 2 displays shows just how strong this product is. I never fail to be impressed with AMD processors. I like their sturdy pin system. No hair like springy wires like the other brand. Very forgiving. I've built 2 systems with this APU and had no issues or glitches.
Overall Review: The 3D graphics test out with Passmark 30% higher than the competitors $300+ processors. In modern systems the processor is not the bottleneck. Even with the fastest SSD like my Vector, this processor easily outruns it multi-tasking. AMD APU is very simply a great product. Their stuff just works and keeps on working.
Pros: Bolton 88 chip-set and UEFI layout is very easy to navigate. Fan speeds can be customized. Works beautifully with Linux Mint 18. Instantly set 1866 memory.
Cons: None except only one sys fan post. I knew that going in, so no problem.
Overall Review: I've built 2 inexpensive systems with this board in the last month, and both were super easy with no glitches.
Pros: About 20% Faster than my best SP 5400RPM for making system images with Paragon. About 20% faster for data transfer. I put 13GB mixed files and an Win 10 iso on it from Samsung 840 Pro in 2.9 minutes whereas the 5400RPM USB HDD took 3.6 minutes.
Cons: Slippery. Dont drop!
Pros: UEFI BIOS is very spiffy and super easy to navigate. Great fan control because the percentages can be easily set and really do the job. Secure boot setup is a breeze. All Win 10 drivers were onsite for download the morning Win 10 launched. Wow $30 rebate! Feels like stealing it -such a nice board! Large for a Miro ATX, which I very much like. Runs Win 10 Pro perfectly.
Overall Review: More for you money by far than other brands. I've tried all brands. Need support You dial the number, get a real person and she connects you to support.
Pros: Does exactly what I want with Win 8.1 on FX build for general use and will be Win 10 ready with DX 12.
Overall Review: People that can't get systems to boot need to disconnect all power, then jumper the board. With the jumper in reset position, hold the power button down for 15 seconds. If that fails to fix the issue try taking the CMOS battery out and hold the power button down (of course with the power disconnected.) You must reset date/time. This will cure 90% of these issues.
Pros: Durable, positive engagement, can use without the key, and works with one drive if desired. I can change OS like socks now.
Pros: Has ice blue LED. Glides like a dream, and locks positively, yet unlocks perfectly. Stellar ergonomics! Read 16, Write 5. Not loose or floppy. Seems durable.
Cons: Wish more body colors were available in this 530 model, and not just slide colors.
Overall Review: If you don't need speed, and just want a smooth inexpensive drive for everyday use with no obnoxious cap to loose, then I recommend this product.
Pros: Based on color, no LED, and overall ergonomics, it gets the generic award of the year. Read 15, Write 5. For the price and functionality, it's just ok. It seems pretty durable.
Cons: Slow enough write, you need to drive a steak to see it move.
Overall Review: It just sits way back in my cache of dedicated drives. I put Memtest86+ on it and plan on using it rarely. For that, it's as good as a $50 drive.
Pros: Speed 15 W & 9 R. It has a secretive LED light located on the side of the slide. It blinks slowly when idle and faster when writing. Non-typical.
Cons: The slide is obnoxious to me. It does not glide forward in a glass smooth movement, and once locked, it must be firmly pressed to release. For this I dock and egg. There are many brands nowadays that glide and lock smoothly. I put Avira Rescue on it and set it way back in my cache of drives. Using it once in a blue moon, will mitigate my dislike.
Overall Review: XP, 8.1, or 7 all do not have eject in the right-click in Explorer. I have never seen this in a flash drive, although it is the norm for USB HDD. It does, however have the safely remove in the tray icon.
Pros: Anvil, Crystal, and AS SSD, give advertised results. Real world transfers of 1.5 GB mixed files from a Vector to this drive in 6 seconds is very impressive. The executable and bootable Toolbox make secure erase, firmware updates, and TRIM on demand a breeze.
Overall Review: I may get another of these to create a REfs Storage Space.