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Samsung EVO 850 Review

<![CDATA[Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquarted  in Samsung Town, seoul. It comprises numerous affilated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and the largest south Korean chaebol.
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The 500 GB model of this give you the best value for only $156.99. With this drive you get a 3 year warranty, and it has a MTBF of 2,000,000 Hours.
In my review of the SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB, I can determine that it is one of the fastest and most reliable drives for the low price. This is all done by the SAMSUNg MGX Micro Controller put in these drives to help give them the boost over other SSDs, and defintly over any traditional hardrive
Storage Size – 500GB
Read – 540MBps
Write – 540 MBps
4KB Random Read – 98,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write – 90,000 IOPS
Life Span – 2,000,000 Hours
Overall the Samsung EVO 850 500GB is an amazing SSD. The speeds for the drive are outstanding compared to other drives in this price range, with a fair amount of storage space. For a home PC this drive is great, it is just about all the storage you will need, and it is faster than you would ever need for a home pc. In the end I would give this SSD a 7.5/10 for its great speeds and storage for a machine that will mainly be used for surfing the internet and even more intence office tasks.
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Kingston HyperX Fury RAM Review

<![CDATA[Kingston Technology It is the largest independent producer of DRAM memory modules, currently owning 64% of the third-party worldwide DRAM module market share. (Wikipedia)
I was looking for the FASTEST* RAM I could find for the MSI B350 PC MATE. I had done some extensive research on good, reliable, and fast RAM. Through this research I came acrossed the HyperX Fury RAM by Kingston Technoloy

Some specifications of this RAM is:

  • Amount of RAM: 8GB (2×4)
  • Speed in MHz: 2400
  • Generation: DDR4
  • Parity/ECC: No
  • CAS Lantency: 15
  • Access Time: 6.25ns

After using the RAM for an extensive amount of time, I am able to say that I am impressed. For the low price of $101.99, I can say  that this RAM is at the higher end of the spectrum when it come to looking for high end RAM for a lower price. With the high speeds that it can handle, and the low price, I can safely give Kingston’s DDR4 HyperX Fury RAM a 8.5/10.
NOTE: This is part of a classroom project.



Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

This is a review on AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.  The Threadripper line up was meant for gamers and media development.  AMD’s Threadripper is a powerful series of processors, and the fastest for the price; set at only $549.99 (Newegg).
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale California, that develops computer processors and related technologies. AMD is the second-largest supplier and only significant rival to Intel in the market for x86-based microprocessors. (Wikipedia)
Specifications for the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X:

  • CPU Socket – sTR4
  • 8 Cores
    • 16 Threads
  • Clock Speed – 3.8 GHz
    • Max Overclock – 4.0 GHz
  • Cache –
    • L1 – 768 KB
    • L2 – 4 MB
    • L3 – 16 MB

In conclusion, the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X  is a power CPU for gaming and all around tasks. The 1900X is one of the fastest CPU’s for gaming, within the price range. All around AMD CPU’s are really powerful CPU’s for the price. Ryzen’s 1900X Passmark scores is 19,626 whilst the fastest Intel CPU at the same price only scores 14,592 (Passmark).
Other reviews on Ryzen’s 1900X:
TomsHardware: Threadripper CPUs for high-end desktops.
Tweak Town: A strong and fast processor
NOTE: This is part of a classroom project.

MSI X399 SLI PLUS Review: Gaming Motherboard

<![CDATA[MSI is a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. They’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring and best gamers and use their knowledge and expertise in our products in return. Dedicated to gamer-driven innovation, MSI leverages its remarkable R&D strengths to craft top-notch, well-acclaimed notebook PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop PCs
(Micro-Star International) is a Taiwanese multinational information technology corporation headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. It designs, develops and provides computer hardware, related products and services, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, All-in-One PCs, servers, industrial computers, PC peripherals, car infotainment products, etc. (MSI Wikipedia)

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Supports Ryzen ThreadRipper (TR4) Series Processors
  • 8 DDR4 slots that support up to 128GB in quad channel
  • 4 PCI-Ex16 slots
  • 2 PCI-Ex1
  • 8 SATAIII Ports
  • 3 M.2 Slots
  •  Supports SLI & Crossfire
  • Integrated Realtek ALC122 Codec Audio

In testing the motherboard I found that it is extremely fast, and better than most motherboards at this price range ($349). It supports a beastly cpu, large amount of ram, lots of storage options, and even a few M.2 slots. This motherboard is a great option if you are looking to get into the Ryzen Threadripper scene for a lower price. As this is an expensive motherboard, higher-end Threadripper boards can cost you anywhere from $500-$600. In conclusion, the X399 SLI PLUS motherboard is a great, well rounded, motherboard that gives you a lot more, for the little price that you are paying to get into the Threadripper scene.