WD_BLACK SN850X Review

The WD_BLACK SN850X is the best Hard Drive that I have ever had. WD_BLACK SN850X is currently the 16th Best Seller Ranking in Internal SSDS on the market today. If you have an ASUS Prime X670-P Compatible motherboard, it is the best Hard Drive for you! It is currently listed for $99.99 on Newegg and has excellent reviews from other users, with 4.8 out of 5 eggs by all reviewers.

The specifications of the Hard Drives are impressive. The most important of the specs are:

  • Model
    • Brand Western Digital
      Series BLACK SN850X NVMe
      Model WDS100T2X0E
      Device Type Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
      Used For Consumer
  • Detail
    • Form Factor M.2 2280
      Capacity 1TB
      Interface PCI-Express 4.0 x4
  • Performance
    • Max Sequential Read Up to 7300 MBps
      Max Sequential Write Up to 6300 MBps
      4KB Random Read Up to 800,000 IOPS
      4KB Random Write-Up to 1,100,000 IOPS
      Terabytes Written (TBW) 600TB
      MTTF 1.75M Hours
      HeatSink No

Newegg ratings of this Hard Drive are where it is rated highest among Internal SSDs. With a capacity of 1TB and the Interface PCI-Express, 4.0 x4, this Hard Drive will not disappoint any avid person. It does show Form Factor is M.2, so use caution if you are attempting to use it with other Hard Drives.

While there are other faster SSD for ASUS Prime X670-P DDR5, 3xM.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, USB4 Header, and 2.5Gb Ethernet Motherboard. If you currently have a 1TB, this is your best choice for a quality upgrade. The Form Factor rating is superior to many options listed above and is the most critical number for anyone. Game on!

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“WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 X4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T2X0E – Newegg.com.” Www.newegg.com, www.newegg.com/western-digital-1tb-black-sn850x-nvme/p/N82E16820250243. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Team Group T-FORCE CARDEA Solid State Hard Drive Review

I use this solid state drive in my home PC. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s fast enough and it operates well.  This drive boots up fast with the Windows operating system. If you would be interested in purchasing this solid state drive I would recommend it for a home PC, but would not recommend for a business or gamer. Generally you want something higher quality for that particular use. The T-FORCE CARDEA costs $23.99.


  • Size: 250 GB 
  • Connection Type: PCIe
  • Read speeds: 3300 MBps
  • write speeds: 1400 MBps
  • No Buffer
  • Transfer Rate: 150TB
  • MLC: Lasts longer in the long run
  • Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) : 3,000,000 hours
  • Warranty: If a product from team group’s company is damaged they will repair it.

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References:  newegg.com

SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280

I recently bought the SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 SSD drive for my gaming motherboard. I purchased it from Newegg for $95.99. The SSD drive works very well for my motherboard and it has 4.8/5 eggs on Newegg. It is 1TB, has a PCIe connection type, is an MLC drive, and has a 5-year warranty from Samsung.

I definitely would recommend it for others to get. As long as it works for the motherboard of your choosing, I feel it would work great for what it was bought for.

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WD Black 10TB Review

The WD101FZBX is a high-performance hard drive manufactured by Western Digital, a well-respected name in the storage industry. This hard drive boasts a capacity of 10TB, making it an ideal option for users who need to store large amounts of data, such as gamers, content creators, and professionals who work with large files.

One of the key features of the WD101FZBX is its 7200 RPM spin speed, which ensures fast data transfer rates and quick access to files. It also has a large 256MB cache, which further enhances its speed and responsiveness. The drive uses the SATA III 6Gbps interface, which is the latest and fastest standard for hard drive connectivity.

The WD101FZBX uses Western Digital’s advanced technology, including the HelioSeal technology, which provides an airtight seal to prevent air from entering the drive, ensuring that the disk components remain free from dust, debris, and other contaminants that can cause damage to the drive.

The drive has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 2.5 million hours, which is quite impressive and offers excellent reliability for long-term use. The WD101FZBX is also compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

In terms of pricing, the WD101FZBX is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors in the 10TB category. However, it offers excellent value for money, given its high capacity, impressive performance, and reliability. Overall, the WD101FZBX is an excellent choice for users who require a high-capacity hard drive with fast transfer speeds, high reliability, and advanced technology features.  The drive is currently $257.82 on NewEgg and is 4-star rated by > 2500 buyers.

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Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 Memory

Kingston is a technology company that makes mostly flash-memory products other computer items. And one of the products we’re focusing on is the Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 Memory. This memory is mostly made for home PCs due to it being 8GB, it is known as the fastest memory for home PCs, despite the fact it’s has no overclock. As I already said it’s capacity is 8 gigabytes, it’s a DDR4 3200 CL16, it is a Non-Error-connection code, it is a dual channel, it’s CAS Latency is 16, it’s voltage is 1.35v, and it’s access time would be 200. This memory is pretty decent as a home computer, but I would recommend a memory with an overclock, because it would way faster when you need it to be. plus this costs $71.98, there are way more cheaper and definitely more worth to buy, but if you still want to buy it the link is at the bottom.

information: https://www.kingston.com

where to buy: https://www.newegg.com

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Corsair Vengeance LPX Memory Review

VENGEANCE® LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit - Black

When I purchased this memory I wanted it for my computer at my workplace so I would not be gaming on it. So it had good ratings so I figured that it would be perfect the motherboard that I have that it will be going into is the Gigabyte x570s Aero G so far this memory I have installed it perfectly I have had no problem it came in pretty fast and was an easy install I would recommend it but I wouldn’t get it for gaming because its only 16 GB it is pretty cheap I am pleased with my purchase and would recommend you buying it for your use.


references:  https://www.newegg.com/corsair-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820233859

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX Memory Review

VENGEANCE® LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit - BlackI recently purchased the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX with 16GB DIMM Memory Module (CMK16GX4M2B3200C16) for my motherboard I use for gaming.  The motherboard I use for gaming is the A320M-K AMD Ryzen, it only takes DDR4 RAM.  I got it because it was fast, a cheap price, and I wanted 16GB or more of RAM. After making my purchase and putting the ram in the motherboard, I realized that this definitely wasn’t the best RAM that I could’ve came up with. The recommended GB for gaming usage is 32GB and I went under the recommendation, which caused my PC to be a little slow. Personally, if you’re going for gaming, I do not recommend this choice of RAM.

Reviews For This Memory:

Memory Details:

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Kingston Fury Beast Memory Review

I recently acquired the Kingston Fury Beast 32GB DIMM Memory Module (KF556C40BB32) for my gaming setup. My motherboard, the MSI MAG B650 TOMAHAWK, only supports DDR5 RAM. I opted for this module due to its speed, affordability, and the fact that I wanted 32GB of RAM. However, I later realized that I should have gone for a 2x16GB set instead, in order to take full advantage of my motherboard’s dual-channel capabilities. Although this module would have been a good choice for future expansion if I needed 64GB, 32GB is already more than sufficient for a typical gaming setup, making my purchase a mistake.

Despite appearing fast, the specifications (listed below) reveal the true speed of the RAM. When calculating the response time (40/5,600,000,000), the result is 7.14ns, which is not particularly impressive. I was disappointed with this result, especially when comparing it to the faster response time and lower CL of a DDR4 stick in my previous system. However, at the time of writing, the cost of the module is $125.82, which is a reasonable price for 32GB of DDR5 RAM.

I would strongly advise seeking out a dual-channel set of RAM and conducting the necessary calculations, rather than relying solely on the MHz specification. Dividing the CAS Latency by the frequency enables you to determine the RAM response time, which is a crucial factor to consider. By way of comparison, the G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 2x16GB boasts the same frequency, but with a lower CL of 36, resulting in an impressively fast 6.4ns response time. Furthermore, it is priced at a mere $119.95, making it both cheaper and faster than the Kingston Fury Beast. Consequently, I must advise against purchasing the latter RAM at this time.

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Creating an Ubuntu 22.04 Archive/Backup Server

This blog post is oriented toward creating a backup server using Linux Ubuntu 22.04 (or basically any fairly recent version of Ubuntu Linux)

All commands are in RED!

All actions are in BLUE!

All variables are in GREEN!

OS: Ubuntu 22.04

  • Assumptions
    • You already have a VM/Physical machine set up
    • You have 2 connected drives (still need to be configured)
    • You have gone through the Ubuntu setup steps (creating an account, installing the OS, and are currently on the Desktop)
    • You will be doing this whole install as the root user (I will provide the command in the instructions)
  • Open Terminal
    • Enable Root
      • sudo -i
        • Enter password
    • Update Linux/Packages
      • apt-get update
      • apt-get upgrade
    • Install gparted (for configuring drives and partitions)
      • apt-get install gparted
        • Y
    • Open gparted
      • gparted
    • Change the disk you are viewing to the one you need to add/create partitions for using the dropdown located at the top right of the program
    • Create a new partition table
      • Click device tab
        • Click “Create Partition Table”
    • Create a new Partition
      • Partition tab
        • Click “New”
      • Enter the following settings (mostly default, the name of the partition can change)
        • Click “Add” in the bottom right
      • Click the green checkmark to apply the settings you changed
    • Give yourself permission to edit the partition you made
      • Open terminal
        • Cd /media/LINUX USERNAME/
        • To list your disks, enter “ls -l’
        • Change permissions of the drives
      • The path to your drive is now in /media/YOUR_USERNAME/PARTITION_NAME
    • Create 2 folders and create identical subfolders for each backup you need
      • Folder 1 – mnt
        • Folder 1 – TestBU1
        • Folder 2 – TestBU2
        • Folder 3 – TestBU3
      • Folder 2 – backups
        • Folder 1 – TestBU1
        • Folder 2 – TestBU2
        • Folder 3 – TestBU3
    • Create a script on the Desktop called “archive.txt”
      • Add a “shebang” line
        • #!/bin/sh
      • Enter the commands to mount the backups to the /mnt/ directory
          • EX: mount -t cifs -o username=winbackups,password=backmeup // /media/LINUX ACCOUNT NAME/PARTITION NAME/mnt/TestBU1
      • Enter the commands to navigate to that directory
        • cd /media/<LINUX ACCOUNT NAME>/PARTITION NAME/mnt/TestBU1
      • Enter the commands to copy the files from the /mnt/ to the /backups/ directory
        • cp -ur //media/<LINUX ACCOUNT NAME>/<PARTITION NAME>/mnt/TestBU1/foo.txt //media/<LINUX ACCOUNT NAME>/<PARTITION NAME>/backups/TestBU1
      • Enter the commands to exit to the root directory
        • cd /
      • The following would be an example of the finished file
        • #!/bin/sh#Test1BU
          cd /
          mount -t cifs -o username=winbackups,password=backmeup // /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU1
          cp -ur /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU1/foo1.txt /media/larchive/archive/backups/Test1BU

          cd /
          mount -t cifs -o username=winbackups,password=backmeup // /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU2
          cp -ur /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU2/foo2.txt /media/larchive/archive/backups/Test2BU

          cd /
          mount -t cifs -o username=winbackups,password=backmeup // /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU3
          cp -ur /media/larchive/archive/mnt/TestBU3/foo3.txt /media/larchive/archive/backups/Test3BU

    • OPTIONAL: Make it a cron job
      • Open terminal
        • cd /etc/cron.weekly/
        • cp man-db /home/LINUX ACCOUNT NAME/Desktop
      • Edit the man-db file and add your own custom commands (it will contain exactly what is in the archive.txt file you made).
      • Rename the “man-db” file on the desktop to “archive” 
        • sudo cp /home/LINUX ACCOUNT NAME/Desktop/archive/ /etc/cron.weekly/
      • This job should now run weekly

Kingston Fury Beast RGB Dual Memory Kit

I recently bought this memory and tested it for my gaming PC. It works well for my PC even though it is not very fast because I choose non-overclocked memory. This memory is 32 GB (2x 16BG), which is what I recommend if you are buying memory for a gaming PC and don’t want to overclock. It is $86.55 on Newegg and has a 4.9/5 egg review.

Specs and Reviews:

Overall, it is very good memory and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for 32GB of DDR4 memory.

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