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Acronis True Image 2014 Premium - 1 PC
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good program, but there are better 02/07/2014

This review is from: Acronis True Image 2014 Premium - 1 PC

Pros: Great for backing up your system to either an image file so you can restore the whole thing at once or as individual files to restore in case of accidental deletion. Also great for moving a system from an old hard drive to a newer one, like upgrading to an SSD.

Cons: Cannot back up to network drives very well under Windows 8 or 8.1. When trying to set it up for backing up to a network drive, it says it sets up correctly, but when it runs it doesn't authenticate to the other machine properly and the backup fails. I have not tried this under Windows 7, but Windows 8 and 8.1 totally failed. I could only back up to drives connected directly to the machine. It is probably due to UAC, but I flat out refuse to turn off one of the most vital security features of Windows 8 just to make this work. It is also very slow to start up, and I can't tell why. I have 4 SSDs in my system and no mechanical hard drives other than my backup target USB 3 drive, and yet this programs takes almost 3 minutes to start.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to back up to a network drive, and it failed. It's not the only program to do this, though, and it is better than several others that I've tried. Currently, I am running it to back up to a USB 3 drive. That, at least, works well enough.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent drive. Great performance, some would argue top of the line. The software that comes with it (Samsung Magician) makes it even better with a great caching routine and optimization settings. (I don't agree with all the settings, but it's mostly good.)

Cons: None. Maybe that it is only 6Gb/s SATA instead of PCIe?

Other Thoughts: Many people don't install the software, and for most drives they'd be right. For this one, you will definitely want the software. It increases performance significantly.

G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7Q-32GTX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent performance on Socket 2011, and easy to config, just remember to use the XMP profile. A lot of people don't seem to realize that they need to just set the XMP profile to get full performance out of it. Memory isn't plug and play unless you want to deal with the "slow but easy and stable" OEM stuff, but the config isn't hard at all. It just requires staying informed.

Cons: The heatsinks are a little tall and can interfere with certain coolers. My experiences with this memory are that it doesn't even need these cooler. They're barely warm to the touch while running full bore. Are they really needed? I prefer to just use a close loop water cooler to avoid issues like this.

Other Thoughts: These are the same modules that are used in other DDR3-2133 modules, but are tuned for lower latency instead. They can be overclocked, but it will raise the latency. It doesn't overclock to 2133 as well as some others because of this low latency tuning. This is more geared toward being able to load up a full 64GB on a Socket 2011 board without having crippling latency, rather than flat out speed. Think light sports pickup vs sports car. A couple sets like this will give you high end gaming performance while giving you enough memory to run all those VMs or high res Photoshop or video editing while not gaming. It does the job well.


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Display Name: Dan G.

Date Joined: 07/28/03


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