Allyn and Josh
I recently helped out a friend with an oddball computer issue, which as these things do, quickly evolved into a 'lets back this thing up and reinstall'. This system was six years old, and the specs weren't the best, but throughout the process of refreshing the system, I was constantly reminded of the primary bottleneck by the thrashing sound of the hard drive seeking away. Even with an older and slower CPU and RAM, the drive spent a majority of its time pegged at 100% utilization. With that, here is my top pick for that member of your HDD-wielding family with an older system – in the form of two recommendations in the most common 500GB class of SSDs:
Crucial MX300 525GB
The 525GB MX300 is a good performer, especially in budget use cases. It is currently $128 on Amazon ($0.24 / GB).
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
For those wanting a more performance consistency and a more proven product overall, the 850 EVO is another good route to go. Despite being one of my top choices for power users, its low price makes it equally justifiable for those on a budget (especially if purchased during the occasional sale). It is currently available for $170 ($0.34 / GB) on Amazon.
As a quick note for those looking for a middle ground between the two above choices, Samsung's 750 EVO 500GB is a good choice and currently runs at $150.
As pointed out in our exclusive Latency Percentile result sample above, SSDs reply to requests ~1000x faster than HDDs. Moral of this Christmas story: Friends don't let friends boot from HDDs.
Some years picking these selections is easier than others. This year is a bit harder than previous. I'm not entirely sure why, but it could be that I am just becoming jaded to the wonders of technology around me. Perhaps if there were massive advancements in things that will remove people from my lawn I would be a little bit more excited? This year has seen advancements in one area of technology that can get people excited. After four long years of 28nm based GPUs, we finally have the next generation of products out.
MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X
This overclocked 1070 has been a staple in my machine since I bought it early last summer. My wife didn't appreciate some of the budgeting measures that I had to implement to afford it at the time, but it has been worth it. The build quality is great, the cooling ability is well above average, and the gaming improvement from the last generation to this is outstanding.
XFX Radeon RX 480
This past year I had some serious hand's on time with the R9 380X from XFX and I came away impressed by the overall design and features that XFX has offered. They have applied many of these things to the latest RX 480 GPU from AMD. This number includes the nice removable fans for cleaning and replacement if needed. It is overclocked and it seems to hold its own in that particular price point. It is great to see both AMD and NVIDIA with new offerings for this year.
Logitech RGB G810
So my kid wanted one of these for Christmas. At first I was a little afraid, but then the darn thing turned out to be on sale! The RGB keys can be individually lit and colored, it features the Romer-G mechanical keys, and does not exactly break the bank when compared to other keyboards in this class. Hopefully he doesn't read this because this is one of his gifts… SURPRISE!
man the whole guide is
man the whole guide is expensive
Hey! I did put that $16
Hey! I did put that $16 infrared thermometer in there! 🙂
One of my picks was free! hah
One of my picks was free! hah
Ryan has been recommending
Ryan has been recommending more and more premium priced “things” over time :).
Podcast 149 (April 2011) – “Amazon Cloud Drive” (pretty cheap)
Podcast 150 – Free application for Android
Podcast 153 – used underwear “His lawyers briefs”
Podcast 250 or so – newspapers “papers”
Podcast 426 – $500 phablet
(Yes these are cherry picked for fun 🙂 )
Shadow Warrior 2 is a
Shadow Warrior 2 is a fantastic game, definitely agree with the recommendation. On my top five games list for 2016 for sure.
It was a hard choice between
It was a hard choice between that and Doom, but I love me some Lo Wang. The one liners and fact that it doesn't take itself very seriously reminds me of Duke Nukem and Serious Sam…
Shadow Warrior 2 is also the
Shadow Warrior 2 is also the first PC game to support HDR. The announcement came from NVIDIA, but I’ve was thinking of picking it up to see if I could view HDR from my RX480 to Vizio TV. Besides SW2 I can’t seem to find a way to test or view HDR content from PC. Microsoft/Netflix made an announcement last month, but you have to have a Kaby Lake processor or (maybe?) a NVIDIA 1XXX series card. Sigh, DRM.
Why not promote the Fury X
Why not promote the Fury X that is on sale for $299 at newegg and amazon (and probably other online shops) ?
In the Division it delivers 83% of the GTX 1080 performance for less then HALF the price. (and its quieter)
I’m mentioning this because The Division is a forecaster of performance for many future titles…
It’s not a bad deal, but I
It's not a bad deal, but I will say this: every time I plug in my Fury X here to do some testing, I am annoyed at the noise and sound that card makes…
Its true that you cant judge
Its true that you cant judge noise just from a db level, its characteristics also matters.
For example I can listen to the entire “four seasons” at 80db, but I would probably go “death” after 5 minute of skrylex.
I will know soon enough if the pump noise/coil whine is a problem in my case. (Corsair Carbide 330R)
For the noise, I can hear the
For the noise, I can hear the pump when the case is open and when I put my ear close. But otherwise, closed case and ambient noise made this the quiet video card I ever owned.
But, at idle, in the middle of the night, I think I could hear the pump. In contrast the H100 pump seem quieter… So not sure why the Fury X pump is audible, but the H100 is not.
The coil noise doesn’t seem worse of better then many GPU I used since the 8800GTS.
The noise is not my issue with the Fury X (Or performance)
But the heat sink is massive and “uncomfortably” fit even in my full ATX case. And the tubing is very stiff.
So all in all, I think the $170 4GB RX 480 is a much better all around deal. Its probably THE best GPU at the moment, even at $200
I ordered nvidia gtx 1080 🙂
I ordered nvidia gtx 1080 🙂