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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Might be usable for target shooting

Cons: The so-called "Migration Software" is a joke. It won't copy more than 3 partitions, so (if you have more) you will have to use other means to "migrate". With three partitions, it takes forever, and then times out without further explanation. So, after wasting an hour doing nothing, you will have to use other means to "migrate". (I found that the disk copy feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5 (free) will align partitions and copy an entire 120GB disk accurately in about five minutes.)

The Samsung Magician has an "OS optimization" feature that creates an unneeded and undesired "hibernation file", destroys vital system settings, and results in significantly SLOWER performance. If you use it, be sure and backup your registry first, so you can restore your previous settings after the Magician messes them up.

With two different Asus AMD motherboards: When the ports are set to IDE, everything works fine, and the Samsung Magician detects the SSD drive, but warns that AHCI mode is not set. When the ports are set to AHCI, the Samsung Magician does NOT detect the SSD drive!

After less than one month of ~satisfactory performance, one SSD drive suddenly slowed down exponentially, and read/write speeds were too slow to benchmark, or use. Another failed with the identical problem in less than five months.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Mediocre board, deplorable service 07/16/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Quite a few nice features

Cons: Won't boot with a CD in a CD-Rom drive. Poor documentation. Confusing and undocumented BIOS. Inaudible on-board speaker. ALL SATA ports failed after less than 6 months (on one of the two boards I bought). Deplorable, time-wasting, RMA service.

Other Thoughts: I was very impressed by the specifications and review of this board, but after almost a year of constant problems, this will be the last Asus board I ever purchase.

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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Light weight

Cons: Doesn't meet promised performance standards. Supplied software doesn't work properly. Doesn't provide any real-time performance improvements. One drive has lasted several months (so far). The other failed within a week.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these drives. The "migration software" doesn't work properly, won't copy more than 3 partitions, takes forever, and times-out in the middle of the copy operation. Used other means of migration. The AHCI drivers supplied do not work with (two different) Asus AMD motherboards! The Samsung Magician cannot find the Samsung SSD if AHCI is enabled! The "OS optimization" results in reduced performance. The Samsung Magician and Crystal Disk Mark both show about 4-5 times the speed of an HDD, BUT there is no noticeable real life improvement.


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Display Name: Carl G.

Date Joined: 07/23/02

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 12/18/07
  • Last Review: 07/23/14
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