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Pros: This is a very good combination of competitive performance with more space and a better price per GB than comparable drives. This formats out at 489.05 GB which is over 40 GB more than a formatted 480 GB drive. Crucial rates this for up to 220 TBW, and by enabling Momentum Cache it reduces wear and tear on the drive and also increases throughput by utilizing up to 25% of system memory for burst activity. Setting it up was a breeze, though I didn't use the Acronis True Image 2015. Very good drive that should be long lived without any problems, as I have had several Crucial drives and memory modules and never had a problem with any of them. I also have a Samsung 850 EVO and don't see any noticeable performance difference in actual use between them, and don't feel the premium price for the Samsung 850 EVO delivers much more for the extra money.
Cons: None, offers a very good value with good performance.
Other Thoughts: The only drawback was the supplied migration tool, a key for Acronis True Image 2015 which only recently was patched to claim to support Windows 10. Acronis just seems to get worse with every new version, I had tried a trial version of Acronis 2016 and while doing a clone it corrupted my system drive. I now use Maricum Reflect Free and it is simple to use and reliable, and hasn't let me down yet. Samsung and Crucial are among the most reliable drives and you wouldn't go wrong with either but why pay a healthy premium for the Samsung that doesn't show much better performance to justify the pricing, and this drive is rated at 220 TBW versus 150 TBW for the 850 EVO?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inserted these into a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H board and it booted up immediately, though only at 1600 because anything above that is considered over clocked. All I had to do was change the frequency since the stock timings were already recognized by my BIOS. i have it running comfortably at 2133 now and don't want to go any higher, though it probably would go higher. My temps are about 38 - 40C and only go up to about 44 - 45C when its being exercised and then drop right back.
Normally I am not into over clocking as it usually stresses the equipment leading to premature failure. This pair of modules are working very well and do not appear to show any signs of being pushed too far at 2133 so I will keep them at that speed for now and monitor their behavior and temperatures and drop it back if there is any indication that they aren't able to handle it.
Cons: None to report, my BIOS picked them up immediately
Other Thoughts: This is my first pair of G.Skill memory modules, and so far they have performed very well and are stable with moderate over clocking. I have a Crucial SSD running Momentum Cache and they're holding up well. It is weird how they will run one color of the same modules on sale one time and a different color the next. If you don't care what color they are then watch for them as they do go on sale fairly often.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASICS Men's GEL-Excite 3 Running Shoes T5B4N
Pros: Hard to say much good about shoes that lost most of their springiness within the first few wearings. The uppers still look new but they already feel like an old pair and they are just over a month old.
Cons: I have been rotating these with a couple of other Asics and have noticed that the "spring" in the cushioning has diminished markedly in just a few wearings. I no longer run so these are used for everyday wear along with low impact walking, and it is apparent that these are not of the same quality as my other Asics Gels.
I only paid 27, and at that these are just passable for everyday wear if you don't have any foot problems which I do. To put it plainly the "newness" went away after just the first few wearings. The uppers are holding out fine, but the reason why I get Asics Gels is for that extra padding and support for my well worn dogs, and this model simply is not anywhere close to the expected Asics Gel quality.
After owning them for a bit over a month and wearing them less than 10 times I would now say don't spend more than $25, and expect that they are really low end shoes and meant for general wear at best and wouldn't be suitable for running unless you like pounding your feet and knees into submission. These are about the same quality as I would expect from no-name shoes at a discount retailer, definitely not up to the Asics quality that I have become accustomed to.
Other Thoughts: I hope that the quality of these shoes is not going to be a predictor of the rest of their lineup in the future. I know this color probably wasn't their most favorable and thought that is probably why I got them on a deal, but now am wondering that Asics is aware that these were made with inferior materials and they're just trying to move them out.
Buyer beware, and unless they would have paid for shipping them back, it wouldn't be worth it. Asics Gels have been what I have been buying for years, but this pair has me thinking that they're now going with the cheapest Chinese manufacturer that they can find. This might provide additional profits in the beginning, but over the long haul their loyal customers will start to go with alternatives and they'll just become an "also ran" instead of a preferred brand, rather short sighted economics.