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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE1T0BW
Pros: Prior to installing this, my PC was already fast. Asus Z87 Pro with EFI, Intel i4770k, 16GB RAM, AMD 950 3GB, WD 10,000 RPM HD and Windows 7.
I knew that I wanted to buy a 1TB SSD because with SSDs you lose so much space between having the drive formatted and over-provisioning.
The included Samsung Magician software does a great job of over-provisioning, but it takes your 932GB drive (or something like that) and leaves it with 838GB worth of free space. This is why a 512GB SSD is too small as a primary drive imo, because you are going to be left with <400GB of usable space.
Anyway, this SSD made my PC FAST! Following a fresh format, it can bootup to log in screen in 10-11 seconds. Log into desktop 1-2 seconds.
BF4 load times were cut from 1 minute-1 min 40 seconds to 45 seconds or less. New games like Skyrim load exceptionally fast, but old games like Oblivion, SW: KotOR II and Sim City 4 are where the speed really shines.
Loading in old games is literally close to instant. Having an SSD large enough to have all of your games installed on is awesome. ESO is the only game that still takes forever to load, the rest are crazy quick.
Applications like Photoshop are also incredibly quick now. Like others have said, basically everything is quick.
Cons: When I read all the reviews of SSDs on newegg, I had actually set my expectations for speed too high. Coming from a 10,000 RPM drive, it is a HUGE improvement.
But it wasn't as huge as what I had built up in my head after reading all these reviews.
Other Thoughts: Now that I have a 1 TB main drive for Windows and 2TB external for storage, I get to use my old 500GB 10,000 RPM drive for Linux.
Linux on this PC even on 10,000 RPM drive is insanely fast. I cannot imagine linux on the SSD.
But who wants to put linux on their fancy SSD? :P
* I was very pleased with the included Samsung Magician software. I am the type of person who would never clone a drive, and would always prefer a back up + fresh format & install. Samsung basically provided two separate software programs for each task, so I didn't have to install the drive cloning software.
This review is from: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: I have an Intel i4770k with an AMD 7950 3GB video card in a medium size tower with 6 case fans (Corsair 200R) .
Prior to installing this heatsink , my CPU max temp in games like BF4 would go all the way up to 79C. The GPU max temp would be around 75C.
The Noctua heatsink + Artic Silver 5 brought my CPU max down to 54C (in the winter) , while bringing my GPU max down to 64C. CPU Idle temp was reduced a good 12-15 degrees C or so.
Cons: None. Fit with plenty of space in my Corsair 200R. I have both side fans installed and could have gotten away with a larger Noctua heatsink.
Other Thoughts: I use Antec True-quiet fans, I could probably have better temps if I used stronger and louder fans.
By the time the AS-5 settles all the way my CPU max in winter should be 52C-53C.
First time buying Noctua, and I would definitely buy from them again. Very quiet heatsink. With the SSD, true quiet fans and this heatsink my PC is crazy quiet.
4 months on with no problems.
Pros: Very fast. Noticeable increase in boot up, application launching and installation (Vista SP1 <30 minutes) when coming from a 7200.9 RPM drive with an 8mb cache. While there is still some noise at times, this is the quietest drive I've over owned.
Other Thoughts: Now that computers have gotten so cheap, the biggest bottle neck people have is the CPU, so this is a really good buy.READ FULL REVIEW