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OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast, reliable, high capacity, solid SSD. Purchased on late December of 2013 from M1cr0 C3n73r for approx. $320 before tax and still going strong (Pulled the box, blew off the dust off the box and still have the receipt). I *just* replaced it with a 1TB Samsung SSD and may transfer it to another one of my machines. Have nothing but good things to say about having owning this drive!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This was my first SSD to have ever owned. I was uncertain as what to expect from an SSD much less from an OCZ brand as I have never owned an OCZ product before. I must say I have not been disappointed. it will be hard for me to let go of this drive.

I couldn't help but notice two things... the significant increase of cost (rather than a decrease, but, oh well, I guess) and some of the negative reviews this product has received. Personally I have not had any issues using this drive between three computers, connecting it internally & externally and its durability. Some are just plain unlucky I suppose.

On another note, I shall add that the Samsung drives are certainly faster and more reliable, but this OCZ vertex drive also outperforms those of the Crucial, Sandisk and PNY brands from my experience. Having said that I must say this product is highly recommended.

ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great board for it's price - Always loved ASRock! 02/21/2014

This review is from: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Has IDE controller - did not have to sacrifice old but working DVD burners! Plenty of SATA ports (not uncommon on new boards these days) and great price for its capability and reliability.

Cons: After being able to fix a very unusual issue when I first got the motherboard, NONE!

Other Thoughts: I have always loved ASRock as well as several other motherboard brands. This particular board, however (More accurately the BIOS), gave me a weird issue. I had put the whole machine together as I have many, MANY other desktop computers. When I installed Windows fresh on it everything seemed to go smoothly, until I went to install my graphics drivers. I have a Sapphire ATiRadeon HD 5830 to be exact and had no problems using it in my previous build. I went to install the driver for the card and the driver installed just fine like it always does (Same version driver as before, mind you). Restarted the computer and I was a bit baffled. I could not set AERO and my resolution did not auto switch like it should have by the driver and/or CCC. Checking the device manager I had found there to be two graphics adapters rather than just my 5830 and my 5830 reported a problem as the other adapter was the AMD 760G which is onboard. Wait a tick... this board isn't configured to use the on-chip graphics and there are no outputs to even use it so why am I seeing this? I disabled it in the device manager and rebooted to see what would happen. I was able to set my resolution and my card worked, but I still could not set AERO and the Win7 troubleshooter couldn't detect the problem. Yet, I was able to run all my OpenGL and Direct3D 9, 10 & 11 games. What's going on here? After thinking I might have to return the board I decided to try something. I was on BIOS version 1.20 and ASRock had a newer version (1.50 as of this post) on their page. I decided to give the BIOS update a go and IT WORKED!!! For the record I had tried changing many BIOS settings prior to the update to no avail. I have had no problems since I did the BIOS update so if you run into this the fix is updating your BIOS! Other than that crazy issue I am loving this MB!!!

Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good heat sink, but could have slightly better design 12/16/2013

This review is from: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: Comes with directions for noobs LOL
Easy to install on AMD boards
Comes with everything necessary to install a typical heat-sink
Great coolant design
Does a fantastic job of keeping an 8 core AMD CPU cool!

Cons: The design of this heat sink causes obstruction!!! I had to remove two of my memory modules in order to install this heat sink, so headway was not taken into account when this heatsink was designed. If I put the heat sink in one direction it sat angled on the memory and would merely lean on the CPU which could not be installed that way, obviously! The only way that method would work would be to remove all four of my memory modules. Again, pretty obvious that would be a no-go. I had to turn the heat sink the other way so the heat pipes themselves were on the memory side which wouldn't even make it into the socket without pulling the first two memory modules out, but that was the only way this would fit in my system. I had 4x4GB DDR3 modules to make 16GB of RAM, but now I'm down to 8GB after installing this heat sink. 8GB is still plenty for most of the gaming I do and the heat sink does a fantastic job of cooling my CPU, but fact is I had to sacrifice RAM in order to use it. I actually wanted to get another Andy Samurai Master heat-sink again because it had the design that worked perfect in my last build. Lo and behold that one is discontinued so I had to settle for this one at more than double the cost.

Other Thoughts: Still a great heat-sink overall and had little to no trouble installing it (processor-wise). If I didn't have to pull two of my memory modules to make it fit, I would have absolutely no complaints. Minus one egg for lack of better design.


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Display Name: Gary K.

Date Joined: 08/23/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 08/27/08
  • Last Review: 05/24/15
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