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Pros: 1. Fast
2. No special handling needed for installation.
3. Looks good.
Cons: 1. Boot sector issue with Windows 8.1 after a couple months of use. My rig is in UEFI boot and one day it can't launch windows and when I tried to fix the boot files using a windows USB it just blue screen saying it cannot find some boot files
2. Before 1 there were intermittent cases half a dozen times I need to re-reboot the rig to boot up successfully.
Other Thoughts: It maybe because of the somewhat higher case temperature (~40C) for my gaming rig with dual 780Ti and a i7-3930K, but my other Kingston SSDs that actually store game content didn't fail that way (knock on the wood). I'm now back to spindle world for my boot device...
I didn't even bother returning it because usual inspection will yield that it is a Healthy drive (since you can still get files out). But some of those files are actually in corrupted states (e.g. larger AVIs/MP4 videos) which has skipped frame or whatever. No trust in Intel anymore.
Pros: Small form factor.
Relatively quiet (still a bit of fan noise)
Easy to assemble (see notes below)
Easy on power.
Cons: Don't ever try, not quick enough for 4K decoding. (I have a Brix Pro i5-4570R to handle this
Price is a bit steep if you factor in the RAM and mSATA SSD cost. Not such a big issue if you go for just 2.5"
Other Thoughts: For the assemble part, choose your parts wisely.
Look at the gigabyte.us compatibility list for RAM, very important! I bought a GEIL but it wasn't on the list and even though it's 1.35V it wasn't supported. No way to boot.
Also, it can't handle 4K video playback. Tried a couple sources and it's 100% CPU usage with pauses. HD (1920x1080) should be fine.
I put it in my room, works so great.
Here's my setup:
Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600 CL11 1.35V SODIMM.
Hitachi 1TB 2.5" HDD
Intel 530 series mSATA SSD 240GB.
Pros: 1. Low profile
3. Old system supported (try the R7 240, it won't even boot)
Cons: 1. Driver support is going out soon.
2. The performance is actually worse than Intel HD4400/4200 internal graphics accelerator.
Other Thoughts: To this day and time - early 2014, the use of this card is marginalized. I can think of someone wanting to pop this in a Sandy-bridge-era Pentium/Celeron board, but if you are building new HTPC/PCs, you better use the onboard graphics and invest in an i3 (Haswell) instead of splitting the capital between a CPU and a Video card. I have done benchmarking of this with an i3-4130. Believe it or not, the onboard graphics is around 50% faster than this card, while consuming less electricity and generates less heat in combination.READ FULL REVIEW
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