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ADATA XPG SX910 ASX910S3-256GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Was fast when it worked.

Cons: Bricked after 10 weeks; everything lost.

Other Thoughts: Installed OK, and was fast, but drive bricked about 10 weeks into the build. Nothing *at all* to be done.

Worst still was that I was in final checkout of the system and hadn't integrated a backup strategy or disk image yet. I didn't lose a lot of critical data, but had to rebuild the entire machine. Three weeks later I am still installing software.

Called ADATA. Took 15 tries to get an answer. The guy was nice enough, and told me to cycle the power w/o the SATA cable connected, but, not surprisingly, this did nothing. So off the drive went at my expense. No option for recovery or mirroring services (I asked). Took 14 days after they received it to get it back to me, but I don't care, because I bought a Samsung OCX 840 Pro. I no longer trust ADATA drives, and I won't be using them in any of my machines moving forward.

Turns out the ADATA was also giving me BSODs. I didn't know it was the ADATA drive, until I replaced it with a different manufacturer and BSODs disappeared completely. No surprise in retrospect, given the eventual complete failure of the ADATA SSD. Unfortunately the elusive BSOD problem is what prevented me from certifying the machine, putting it into service, and implementing a backup/imaging strategy.

I tried to save $20-$30 on a no-name drive like ADATA, and I paid dearly for it. It cost me 10-15 hours to rebuild the system. I don't trust the new ADATA drive, and am going to simply use it as a system mirror, or maybe auction it online. Live and learn.

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G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No issues, no errors. Dropped 4 of these sticks in a MSI Z87-G45 and ran MemTest for several hours with 0 errors. Now running at 1600, but will kick up to 2133 when final system stability checkout is done.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is my second build with G.Skill mem, and, as with the first, they just work. Will purchase again.

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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great all-around board. Easy to set up, BIOS and manual are very well written (tip: download the manual from the MSI website; there is much more detail there and color screenshots if needed). No glitches or hiccups. Would definitely purchase again.

Cons: The only issue I ran into was a BIOS update. Board shipped with v. 1.1, which I upgraded to 1.3 as soon as I had the board up and running (no O/S yet). All seemed to go well, but when installed the O/S, the machine would hang on restart (but would shutdown OK). Spent a couple of days trying everything else, then finally installed v.1.2 of the BIOS and all worked fine. Not sure if it was v1.3 itself, or if I messed the BIOS update up when I initially went from 1.1 to 1.3. In any event 1.2 is running just fine.

Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI board, and I am thoroughly impressed. I've used Asus, Gigabit, and Abit boards in previous builds, all with good success, and all with minor glitches at first. This is probably the most trouble-free build that I have had.

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Display Name: Jon L.

Date Joined: 09/28/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 09/28/09
  • Last Review: 10/30/13
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