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Benjamin W.

Benjamin W.

Joined on 10/18/05

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Ryzen 3000 ITX upgrade

 
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Most Favorable Review

Inexpensive. Fast read speeds, (unsurprisingly) mediocre write speeds on 64GB

SAMSUNG 64GB BAR Plus (Metal) USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-64BE4/AM)
SAMSUNG 64GB BAR Plus (Metal) USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-64BE4/AM)

Pros: - Quite inexpensive for a "not completely trash" 64GB drive. - Read speed on large sequential file transfers match advertised speeds (got 209MB/s in Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files to a PCI-E SSD) - Sturdy metal construction - Metal likely helps act as a heatsink and/or to dissipate heat

Cons: - 64GB model is not any faster than 32GB model -- performs nearly identically. - Write speed is intentionally not quoted on product spec sheet to either leave you guessing or so that the uninformed will think that the "Up to 200MB/s" also applies to the write speed... which it does NOT. - Write speed is only 25MB/s (measured with large sequential writes from Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files from a PCI-E SSD) - No Activity LED - Gets a bit warm under load, but not alarmingly so. - Curved shape can block adjacent USB ports

Overall Review: Honestly, the drive met my expectations given the low price. I purchased both the 32GB and 64GB model to see if performance increased on the larger capacity drive (this is true for some flash drives, but not this one). Based on the specs, I'd guess that the 128GB/256GB model does have faster writes (it is listed as having faster reads) but I'm really only looking for a 32-64GB drive and the price of the 128GB Samsung BAR is higher than at least one competing 64GB drive that I *know* has approximately 100MB/s writes. At time of purchase I fully expected that write speeds would be significantly slower than 200MB/s. I got the drive to check to see what the write speeds were -- which shouldn't be necessary because they should be provided by the manufacturer. I was hoping for more performance because I'm looking for a less expensive alternative for making USB OS install boot drives, Windows To Go drives, or for large file transfers between machines (mostly virtual machines). Unfortunately, based on my findings I'm going to need to keep looking. No Activity LED is only a minor annoyance. When trying to boot a computer from a USB drive, seeing activity on the flash drive can help determine if the machine is attempting to boot from the drive or if it is booting from internal media.

Most Critical Review

Counterfeit

New Epson PS-150 PS-170 PS-180 M159B M235A M235B Receipt Printer Ac Power Adapter Cord
New Epson PS-150 PS-170 PS-180 M159B M235A M235B Receipt Printer Ac Power Adapter Cord

Pros: At first glance, the markings on the unit appear to be correct. Probably works - but I'm not going to risk deploying these in the field.

Cons: Closer examination shows several discrepancies between this product and a genuine PS-180. The most blatant indication that these are fake is that all 5 units have the same serial number on them. Genuine units all have a different serial number.

Overall Review: This review is for units sourced from "Computer Warehouse", not from the units sourced directly from Newegg.

Excellent Value tower cooler for 2700X outperforms stock Wraith Prism

DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Air Cooler 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED, Multi-platform Intel/AMD CPUs (AM4 Compatible)
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Air Cooler 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED, Multi-platform Intel/AMD CPUs (AM4 Compatible)

Pros: - Runs cooler AND quieter than the stock Wraith Prism (Prism used factory applied paste) under load. - Quick, completely unscientific testing with AVX workload showed: - Wraith Prism @ 89C and very loud - GAMMAXX 400 @ 74C and far quieter - Excellent value for performance - AM4 mount is a bit unconventional, but was easy enough to install and seems to be performing properly - Cooler has mounting hardware for a wide variety of sockets.

Cons: - Minimal instructions might be challenging for a beginner. - Fan presses right up against RAM sticks on a fully populated (4 sticks of RAM) Asus Prime X470-Pro. Fan doesn't apply undue pressure on the RAM sticks, but it does block the bottom portion of the fan's intake side. - Baseplate is not particularly smooth or flat, but this is to be expected at this pricepoint - Included PWM fan does not have a very large RPM range. - Personal taste, but I'd prefer no LEDs on the fan.

Overall Review: Had trouble finding reliable head-to-head comparisons between Wraith Prism and GAMMAXX 400. Purchased hoping that it would at least be quieter than the Wraith Prism, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was quieter AND ran cooler. There's a chance that the paste on the Wraith Prism needed to be replaced -- when I pulled the Prism it ripped the CPU out of the socket despite all the twisting and prying I did to try to release the heatsink from the IHS... so improvement over a Wraith Prism might be lower if you were using different (better?) paste on it. Did not use the included thermal paste to mount the GAMMAXX 400 but I didn't use a super expensive paste. I used a bit more than usual to account for the unevenness of the baseplate, but not so much that it was spilling out the sides. After mounting I removed the cooler to confirm full coverage before remounting. Considering a fan swap to a PWM fan with a larger RPM range so that at idle it'll be even quieter and under load it might run a bit cooler.

Inexpensive. Fast read speeds, (unsurprisingly) mediocre write speeds

SAMSUNG 32GB BAR Plus (Metal) USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 200MB/s (MUF-32BE4/AM)
SAMSUNG 32GB BAR Plus (Metal) USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 200MB/s (MUF-32BE4/AM)

Pros: - Quite inexpensive for a "not completely trash" 32GB drive. - Read speed on large sequential file transfers match advertised speeds (got 209MB/s in Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files to a PCI-E SSD) - Sturdy metal construction - Metal likely helps act as a heatsink and/or to dissipate heat

Cons: - Write speed is intentionally not quoted on product spec sheet to either leave you guessing or so that the uninformed will think that the "Up to 200MB/s" also applies to the write speed... which it does NOT. - Write speed is only 25MB/s (measured with large sequential writes from Windows while transferring Windows 10 ISO files from a PCI-E SSD) - No Activity LED - Gets a bit warm under load, but not alarmingly so. - Curved shape can block adjacent USB ports

Overall Review: Honestly, the drive met my expectations given the low price. At time of purchase I fully expected that write speeds would be significantly slower than 200MB/s. I got the drive to check to see what the write speeds were -- which shouldn't be necessary because they should be provided by the manufacturer. I was hoping for more performance because I'm looking for a less expensive alternative for making USB OS install boot drives, Windows To Go drives, or for large file transfers between machines (mostly virtual machines). Unfortunately, based on my findings I'm going to need to keep looking. No Activity LED is only a minor annoyance. When trying to boot a computer from a USB drive, seeing activity on the flash drive can help determine if the machine is attempting to boot from the drive or if it is booting from internal media.

Works exactly as expected

fenvi FV-102 Wireless M.2 Wi-Fi Card to PCI Express 1X Desktop Adapter Converter, with 2x Antenna, For Intel AX200 9260 8265 8260 M.2 NGFF WiFi Bluetooth Network Card, Low-profile Bracket
fenvi FV-102 Wireless M.2 Wi-Fi Card to PCI Express 1X Desktop Adapter Converter, with 2x Antenna, For Intel AX200 9260 8265 8260 M.2 NGFF WiFi Bluetooth Network Card, Low-profile Bracket

Pros: Allows using an M.2 2230 Wi-Fi card in a normal PCI-E slot. Also works with non-standard sized M.2 cards that are the full 30mm wide but are narrower than 22mm Has Bluetooth functionality (via USB cable) Inexpensive

Cons: Antenna cables connecting to M.2 card could either be slightly longer or slightly shorter. As is, they're an awkward length. You have to kind of bunch the cable up to get it to the right length. If it were shorter it could be a straight connection, and if they were slightly longer, the cables could have a more gradual bend that would make them easier to connect. This made connecting the cables a bit tricky, but for the price, not a dealbreaker.

Overall Review: Works great for using newer M.2 Wi-Fi cards with machines that either lack Wi-Fi entirely or are stuck on mini-PCIe cards. I tried it with a handful of M.2 Wi-Fi cards, Intel AX200, 8260, 7265, Realtek 8822BE, and Qualcomm QCA9377 and all performed within expectations for the chipset on each card. Notably the QCA9377 is a non-standard size card. It is the normal 30mm long, but is narrower than 22mm wide. Still worked fine. Word of warning: Connecting the tiny antenna leads used by M.2 requires fine motor skills, decent eyesight and lighting. This isn't a failing of the Fenvi card -- just a note about working with M.2 Wi-Fi cards. Compatibility Note: Some have rated this product as "bad" due to "incompatibility with the Intel 7260". Please note that the 7260AC card from Intel was a transitional product that was sold as both a mini-PCIe card as well as a 2230 M.2 card. I believe the M.2 version is much more rare than the mini-PCIe version. Please check which version of the 7260 you have before buying this Fenvi product. It does NOT work with the mini-PCIe 7260. Newer Intel models (7265, 8260, 8265, 9260, AX200) should not have this ambiguity because they were not sold as mini-PCIe.

Inexpensive, Seamless OC for Ryzen 3000

Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2K16G4D32AESE
Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2K16G4D32AESE

Pros: - 32GB - 3200MHz XMP for compatibility - Micron E-Die - Easily Overclocked to 3600MHz 16-19-16-36 @ 1.40V - THANK YOU FOR NO RGB!!!

Cons: - None really

Overall Review: Inexpensive and high capacity. Great overclock on Ryzen 3700X with B450 ITX motherboard. Excellent value. Provides the majority of the performance most people need at a fraction of the cost of Samsung B-Die.

11/10/2019