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Pros: Highly recommended by Tomshardware for its excellent balance of cost, reliablity and very good performance in its monthly article on Best SSDs for the buck. For me, I bought this on sale for $0.50/Gigabyte of the more reliable MLC flash memory -- the special stuff used by Intel for their SSD's.
My experience with this SSD on an Intel DG965WH and Asus M3A-EM, both running Windows 7 Home Premium, are very good. Very fast when ACHI is enabled.T
his SSD has not disappointed me. Very fast boot times of about 15 seconds. Games seem to load about half the time compared to the harddrives it replaced.
Cons: There are no serious cons with this SSD. Would have been nice to have a bracket to mount in 3.5 inch harddrive bays. An annoyance but not worth docking eggs for.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this SSD to friends or anyone who asked my opinion. If I were in the market for another 500GB SSD I would buy another one of these SSDs in 480GB or 960GB.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Metro: Last Light - Standard Edition PC Game
Pros: This game has an engaging storyline and offers interesting perspectives to a westerner on Russian culture which was entertaining in a nice way.
Excellent graphics for a DX9 card (AMD 6850) on Windows XP on a 1680 x 1050 monitor.
Selection of Soviet-style weapons is good and their ballistics and damage is realistic. Plenty of ammunition, trading opportunities, medpacks laying around.
Interesting karma system which, if positive, opens up interesting alternative endings.
The core moral message that man is his own worse enemy is a timeless one.
Cons: Need to install STEAM and download updates, which are dilligent by the developer 4G, but not too much of a hassle.
I really do not have any serious grips.
Other Thoughts: Good game and story. I was not disappointed.
I purchased this game through STEAM and on a 350kB DSL system had to wait 8 hours for the download.
Its strange dealing with Russian Fascists while the Reds are dejure.
Did not realize that American nuclear weapons are so efficient.
Soviet biotechnology leading to weaponized Ebola, the Dark-ones, Watchmen, Btches and other mutated creatures is alive and well.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Pros: Windows 7 is the worthy successor to Windows XP that Vista should have been. I was pleasently surprised with how easy and efficient to install on an 7 year old legacy computer. The user interface to Windows 7 are different and it takes a little experience to become profficient. Learning curve is not very steep going from Windows XP. Windows 7 seems to be a very solid OS and the packaged applications are nice.
Windows 7 Home Premium has everything I need for my PC. I see little reason to upgrade to Professional unless you need memory greater than 16 GB.
Cons: Limited to 16GB of system Memory and one CPU Socket. I see no need for this. Need the Professional or Ultimate Editions for more than 1 CPU socket or 16GB of memory.
Other Thoughts: I was able to install a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium on a 7 year old Intel DG965HW with a Core2 Quad Q6600. Although Intel only provided specific Windows 7 support for the Chipset, I found that Vista 64-bit drivers available for this motherboard work very well with Windows 7.
I recommend this OS.
Going from XP Home to Windows 7 Home Premium is like an American being transplanted to England. The language is the same but the traditions are different expressed in different ways of doing the same tasks.
For Windows 8, its like being transplanted to where all of the English wackos, lunatics and eccentrics live.