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Pros: My gosh this thing is lightening fast. It is immediately recognized as a "PCI Express x2" by the Asus Z97-Delux. Go to the Plexor site and download their PlexTool to get more information about the drive once it is installed. Having the SSD right on the board without an expansion card is really convenient.
Windows boots in about 8 seconds without fastboot.
I had to take off one egg just because of the UEFI boot issue (see cons). Otherwise this would have been a 5 egg item.
Cons: I have tried every setting on the Asus Z97-Delux but I cannot get the system to boot from this drive or even see it during Windows 8.1 installation if I set the system to do UEFI boot only. I have to boot this drive in Legacy MBR mode to be able to see it when installing the OS. I contacted Asus and they said it should work. I contacted Plexor and they said it should work and that they have a similar ASUS board in house that have working perfectly with UEFI. I updated the bios on the Z97 to 1304 (the latest) and the Plexor came with the latest firmware (1.04). But no dice. If anyone has this same drive and motherboard combination and has gotten it to boot from UEFI, please write to indicate what settings you changed in the bios to make it work. The drive works perfectly in Legacy MBR mode, it is just annoying to not be able to figure out the setting to get UEFI.
The one thing that may factor in here is that I have the SATA ports setup in RAID mode. The online review on the asus site with the Plexor has the SATA in AHCI. I can't switch to AHCI as I just can't fathom running without the redundancy of RAID on the data drives.
Other Thoughts: In my previous system that was 5 years old, I went from a spinning boot disk to a SSD. The speedup was impressive. I had a Crucial SSD that died just after the warranty ran out and I had to restore the system to a spinning disk while I waited for a new SSD to arrive. Going back to a spinning disk was torturous and I realized I was really spoiled with the SSD for a boot drive.
The old system would take about 30 seconds to boot and be useable. And I never thought about it much. But with this Plexor m6e, I am astounded at how fast the system boots and is completely ready even without fastboot.
To Plexor's credit, Plexor did offer an RMA on the drive, but I don't want to pay shipping again on the drive or do without the system during the shipping time.
Pros: I don't see a need for graphics on the CPU, but it came in handy for doing the 48 hour burnin before assembling the entire system. I put this in a Asus Z97-Delux with a Corsair hybrid cooler and it worked flawlessly on first boot. The HDMI on the Z97 let me hook it up to a spare monitor while running cpu and memory tests for burnin. Not an overclocker here so I wouldn't expect any problems.
Other Thoughts: I have a stack of Intel heatsinks that have never been installed on anything. I wish I could buy the chip alone without a heatsink here on Newegg. But that isn't an option.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When you pick up the package that holds 2 DIMMs you know this is some quality memory. And I was pleasantly surprised that they have two white LEDs on each DIMM that are shielded behind the silver bar across the fins. So it isn't super bright but you know the chips are properly seated.
Cons: The silver bar over the fins make the memory a bit tall but they still conform to Intel's standard for motherboard profiles. I have an ASUS Z97-Delux that reads the right model number for these chips, but runs them at 1333 instead of 2400. Tuning the board to override so that they are at 2400 had no ill effects. I ran a 24hr memory test with no instability or problems.READ FULL REVIEW