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Cory D.

Cory D.

Joined on 09/13/01

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Corsair 256GB Voyager Slider X1 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (CMFSL3X1-256GB)
Corsair 256GB Voyager Slider X1 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (CMFSL3X1-256GB)

Pros: size, both physical and capacity. 256GB in a USB drive that's not much bigger (smaller in some cases) than drives with much lower capacity.

Cons: It isn't the fastest drive out there, I ran a couple benchmark but the numbers are nothing to write home about. The drive is plenty fast to watch full HD movies from but copying to it can take a bit depending on file size.

Overall Review: I know benchmarks are great for comparing, but real world results for me tend to be 45 seconds per gig for writing files. Most videos I write to this drive range between 3.5 to 7GB so it can take a few minutes per video but it's worth having the ability to transport them in my pocket. My benchmarks don't seem to be quite as high as some other reviews but I'll post my results anyway. Comparing mine to other benchmarks, your speeds may be closer to theirs than I'm getting. My equipment is: MB: Z97E-ITX/ac CPU: i7 4790k RAM: 16gb (2x8) 2133 HD: Transcend MTS400 256GB M.2 SSD OS: Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview build 10074 CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 4K: read 6.922 - write 0.078 Seq: read 43.84 - write 24.30 I have to give this thing 5 eggs. It may not be the fastest thing out there but it has made my life much easier. When copying multiple videos/large file you'll have to give yourself a few extra minutes but that's been the case with all portable drives I've encountered anyway.

Most Critical Review
ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006
ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006

Pros: -texture has a nice grip/feel to it -locks/unlocks phone by flipping cover -can easily select what you want to control

Cons: -can't control Spotify -If playing a downloaded podcast, it only shows the minutes of the final hour. If the podcast you're listening to is 2 hours 42 minutes, and you're at 1 hour 30 minutes in it'll display you're at 30 minutes of a 42 minute podcast. It's a minor flaw, but I like to know how much time I have left and I'm stuck opening my case occasionally to check.

Overall Review: This case is a great concept but I'm hoping Asus updates their phone so it'll allow control of more than just the "play music" app so those using Spotify/Pandora can control their music too. I like the case but due to not being able to control Spotify, I need to leave the case open while in my car so I can skip tracks. My phone doesn't fit good in a car mount (at least my iOttie mount) because the case interferes with the mount seating properly on the phone when the cover's open. There's a couple mentions of wireless charging with this case, I'm not sure what they mean by that but I have a couple QI wireless chargers and I don't get any indication of my phone charging when set on either of my chargers. If you're looking to add QI charging to your ZenFone, I'd do more research before assuming this will add it to your device. I see it has been mentioned more than once so maybe it requires a special/better charger than I have? Regardless, look into it more before purchasing for that reason. While it's possible my phone's defective or my chargers aren't compatible, my research says this case does not add wireless charging.

solid performer

Intel 670p Series M.2 2280 512GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNU512GZX1
Intel 670p Series M.2 2280 512GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNU512GZX1

Pros: -Price -Intel SSD's are known for their dependability

Cons: It isn't the fastest option

Overall Review: The included benchmark is the 512GB 670p, it was ran on an older/budget laptop. Against the 512GB XPG SX8200 Pro it replaced, the Intel tested a little (~5%) slower in every area. However, while it benchmarks slower I don't notice a decrease in real world performance. You can't go wrong with Intel SSD's, they're comparable to the competition in price and performance but their dependability is unmatched.

Powerful PSU

Rosewill PMG750 80 Plus Gold Certified 750W Fully Modular Power Supply | ATX, 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.92 | 135mm Quiet Fan | 5 Year Warranty
Rosewill PMG750 80 Plus Gold Certified 750W Fully Modular Power Supply | ATX, 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.92 | 135mm Quiet Fan | 5 Year Warranty

Pros: single 12V rail, fully modular, quiet at idle, the flat ribbon cables fold/tuck away where I need them to

Cons: fan still spins at low loads

Overall Review: While the fan doesn't stop spinning at idle like some PSU's, it's plenty quiet (my CPU fan is louder than the PSU at idle). It has a powerful single 12V rail so there's no need to worry about load balancing. IMO, a single 12V rail is almost always the best choice if it's available in the size you need. The PSU is fully modular which was easier to hide the wires (this replaced an EVGA W1 600W non-modular). I have this in a Rosewill FBM-X2 with an RTX 3070 XC3 ULTRA. The PSU has some decent weight to it, 3lbs 5 oz for the PSU without the cables, all parts included it's over 5lbs.

great looking case

Rosewill FBM-X2 Micro ATX Mini Tower Desktop Gaming PC Computer Case, 240mm AIO Support, USB 3.0
Rosewill FBM-X2 Micro ATX Mini Tower Desktop Gaming PC Computer Case, 240mm AIO Support, USB 3.0

Pros: -Fits a Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 CPU cooler -lots of space for hiding wires -plenty of room

Cons: None yet

Overall Review: This is a great looking case, and despite the manufacturer saying there's a max CPU cooler height of 150mm, I was able to fit a GAMMAXX 400 (155mm) with no sort of modification. For the price, especially if you can catch this when it's on sale, this is a great case. You can see in the image how easy it is to hide the wires, I used a basic, non-modular PSU for this budget gamer build. Ryzen 3600, GTX 1650 Super, 16GB (2x8GB) 3600mhz, 1tb m.2 SSD, MSI B550M PRO-VDH

nice mouse

CORSAIR M55 RGB PRO Ambidextrous Multi-Grip Gaming Mouse, Black, Backlit RGB LED, 12400 dpi, Optical
CORSAIR M55 RGB PRO Ambidextrous Multi-Grip Gaming Mouse, Black, Backlit RGB LED, 12400 dpi, Optical

Pros: *texture *weight *shape *RGB

Cons: *none yet

Overall Review: The mouse is great, the sides (pinky and thumb areas) and main body have different textures, both suit their respective needs well. It took me a bit to learn how to change the light color by the scroll wheel (it's under "DPI", not "lighting" like the logo) but I eventually got it figured out. I didn't choose the mouse because of its ambidextrous but I can see how the symmetrical design can be be beneficial. I have a sort of claw grip when I use a mouse and this one's great for that. I've been using the mouse for over a week, the lighting was left alone after I got it set the first time but I've went in to change the actions & pointer speed a few times. I'm pretty sure it's set where it'll stay but making changes is easy in Corsair's iCUE software if I decide it's still not right.