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AMD B450 Motherboard

My computer I am using now has A55M-P33 motherboard. It uses AMD A55 chipset. I have ordered a new motherboard for my next PC upgrade.

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

GIGABYTE B450M DS3H (AMD Ryzen AM4/M.2/HMDI/DVI/USB 3.1/DDR4/Micro ATX/Motherboard)

Some pictures of it.

Front View
Main View
Back Panel

When I upgrade my desktop with this new motherboard, there are some upgrade for whole system.

Let me list these news below:

  • DDR3 to DDR4
  • SATA II to SATA III
  • USB 2.0 to USB 3.1
  • PCIE Gen.2 to PCIE 3.0

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NexStar CX Super Speed 2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

I need an external enclosure for my 2.5-inch SSD or HDD. Here I bought it from A-Power computer store. I paid about $31.

Model number  NST-200S3-BK

There are so many different models on market. It is hard to find which one is the best. I just pick up it based on the following features.

  • Aluminum casing. Cools down hard driver fast.
  • Support 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and SSD
  • Maximum transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0
  • Maximum transfer rates up to 480 Mbps with USB 2.0
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1
  • Hi-quality shielded USB 3.0 cable ensures data integrity and speed
  • Attractive blue LED indicates Power and HDD activity

nexstar-box

Open the box, there are USB 3.0 cable, quick installation guide, installation screws, and an enclosure itself.

nexstar-parts

Take a closer look at the enclosure:

nexstar-body

It is a good product. I touch it and can feel the quality.

SATA II vs SATA III

My desktop PC motherboard just support up to SATA II. You know I have a SATA III SSD drive. I would like to see more improvement on speed.

The specs of my PC:

SATA II is 3Gbits/s – 300M/s

SATA III is 6Gbits/s – 600M/s

1) I installed the SSD on my Desktop with the onboard SATA II connection.

See the report below:

sata2-ssd-benchmark-1

SSD is connected as a second drive.

sata2-ssd-benchmark-2

SSD is connected as a primary drive. System is installed on it.

sata2-ssd-crystaldiskmark

Testing result by CrystalDiskMark.

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Got a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD

I traveled to San Francisco last week. Crucial new SSD MX100, 256GB is a good deal, when I went into a computer store in downtown. The special price is $99.95 plus tax is $108.70.

The original price on price tag is $109.95 in US dollar. In Canadian Computer Store, say NCIX, it is 119.99 after $10 saving now, of course adding tax is about $134. It is a big saving, about 20% less in total.

So, I purchased it there and brought it home and installed it in my desktop.

Have a look firstly.

crucial-mx100-256g-box

Look at inside the box.

crucial-mx100-256g-device

 

Let me put the specs below for reference:

  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
  • Module Size: 256GB
  • Specs: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5″ Internal SSD • 550 MB/s Read / 333 MB/s Write
  • Series: MX100
  • Product Line: Client SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • Part number: CT256MX100SSD

I have a HDD installed, which is also SATA III, or SATA 6Gb/s, harddrive. But the mobo is A55M-P33. It is only support SATA II, or SATA 3Gb/s.

It is a problem, but not a big problem. I can still install the hdd into my desktop. It is just running on SATA II mode.

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD is shipped with a software, Acronis TrueImage 2014. It is a system software, which is used for backup, recovery, migration, etc. So I use it to clone my Windows 7 system from HDD to SSD. I am not describe it in details here. It is quite simple, just make a Acronis 2014 bootable disk and boot the pc with it. Choose Clone Disk function to complete this task.

Now, I can feel the speed benefit from this SSD when I boot the PC. I can feel how fast program opening. I will do some SSD test later and post the results here.

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