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SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is by far one of the best upgrades I've done in a long time!

Windows boot and shut down times have been cut down significantly, with all applications opening up virtually instantly. Load times in games are just laughable now. But the most pleasant surprise was how painless the migration process was.

Samsung migration tool clones your OS drive right from within Windows, and makes it extremely simple. Copied all content from a 500GB WD Blue (about 50% full) in around 40 minutes (SATA to SATA). As long as you close out of all applications/files, you shouldn't have any issues. Also disabled my network card to avoid problems.

One shut down and drive swap later, picked up right from where I left off. Except now with a Windows 7 WEI score of 7.7 for HD transfer rates, and an overall score of 7.6 (up from 5.9).

Cons: Already had been exposed to SSD performance at work, just wishing I hadn't held off for almost 3 years before upgrading my home gaming rig. Was mostly waiting for the $/GB ratio to become more reasonable though.

Be warned that you may develop SSD-itis, and be inclined to upgrade all of your OS drives to SSDs. Already considering a Samsung 1TB SSD for my Mac OS X drive (hackintosh).

Had some initial concerns about the overall longevity of SSDs as well, but research addressed these fears, considering my average daily read/write amounts.

Other Thoughts: SAMSUNG 850 Pro drive went on sale almost immediately after purchasing this drive, and includes a promo code for Assassin's Creed Unity. But didn't want to deal with hassle of returns and re-cloning, though from SSD to SSD, it probably would've been like 10 minutes. Too happy with this drive to send it back - highly recommend it!

Case: Corsair 600T (special edition)
PSU: Corsair TX850
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 with (2) Cougar CF-V12HP
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Hard Drives: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit), Seagate Barracuda 1TB (Mavericks OS X 10.9.5), Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (Storage), Western Digital 320GB (Time Machine)
Blu-ray Drive: LITE-ON 12X Blu-ray Burner
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner (AD-7280S-0B)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB (R9-280X-TDFD)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Mavericks OS X 10.9.5

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SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still working as well! 04/29/2013

This review is from: SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter

Pros: Purchased in 2008, still does a great job doing what it's meant to do! I've tried comparing converted audio to non-converted audio, there is virtually no difference to my ears.

Cons: That it's discontinued?

Other Thoughts: Built-in sound card on my motherboard isn't the best, nice to have an optical audio out alternative. Even when using headphones, prefer to connect my headphones to my receiver getting the digital audio, instead of the standard mobo jacks.

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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5D-4GBSA
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Used this to upgrade a Macbook 3,1 from 1GB to 4GB. Immediate performance increase, Lion OS X 10.7.4 installed and runs great.

Get it while you can!

Cons: Dated technology, "relatively" pricey.

Other Thoughts: Love the memory, but amazed that for $5 dollar less was able to purchase 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 desktop memory.

This has always been the pricing game of legacy hardware, prices should plummet eventually.

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Mario S.'s Profile

Display Name: Mario S.

Date Joined: 02/16/05

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 07/19/06
  • Last Review: 11/15/14
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