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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5
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  • Owned 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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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazed with how well this cools my XFX HD 6870 2GB! On triple monitors, stock cooler would idle at around 60°C with a 50% fan speed, and max out at 82°C with a 80-90% fan speed. Loudest fan in my case at all times, even at the 20% minimum. This is what primarily drove me to purchase the Mono Plus - fan noise was starting to induce hulk-like rages after draining a year's worth of my patience.

After installing it, felt the need to stick my finger in the fan to make sure it was spinning! Now one of the quietest fans (regardless of the speed), and performs really solid. With the Mono Plus, card now idles at 48°C with a 50% fan speed. After a few hours of Crysis 2 (100% GPU load using 1.8GBs of RAM), MSI Afterburner registered a 64°C max temp with a 65% fan speed.

Happy to report that this cooler is now safely suppressing my inner green monster. Oh, and it keeps my card cool and quiet too.

Cons: Took a look at the install instructions online prior to receiving the cooler, instructions could use more polishing. Watched a German reviewer's You**be video installing it on a GTX670 instead, install is a lot easier than it looks.

Thanks to how well it dissipates heat, noticed an increase in my overall case temps. But the exchange of warmer case temps for a MUCH cooler and quieter GPU was a no-brainer. Skipped installing the included heatsinks, thanks to the infamously inconvenient mixture & cure process. Need to purchase thermal tape, expecting to see additional drop in overall temps.

Cooler takes up about 2.5 mobo slots, which may interfere with Crossfire depending on the placement of your PCI-E slots. But with all of the CF/micro-stuttering issues, rather hold out for the HD8xxx series.

Other Thoughts: The XFX HD 6870 2GB (XFX-687X-CNFC) board uses a 2-pin adapter, and is not compatible with the included 3-pin or 4-pin adapter. Ended up swapping the stock cooler's 2-pin clip with the Mono's 3-pin adapter. No splicing necessary, just needed to carefully remove the white plastic clip head on the adapters and route the red (voltage) and black (ground) wires correctly. The yellow wire isn't required, as it only reports RPM.

This mod should help those concerned with compatibility, as I prefer to have the card manage the fan speeds vs. my mobo or direct power from PSU.

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SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned 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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Date Joined: 02/16/05

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  • Last Review: 11/15/14
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