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Pros: See below
Cons: See below
Other Thoughts: The RAM modules themselves are working beautifully, but it is worth noting that my modules defaulted to values not stated in the original specs. The RAM is quoted to run at 1600MHz with timings of 7-8-8-24, however my BIOS detected these modules to be running at 2166MHz with timings of 10-11-11-28 upon first installation. I hadn't even bothered to tweak anything, as these were apart of a brand new build.
I'm used to manufacturers down-clocking their modules for safety concerns, but these seemed to have been overclocked. I bought this RAM specifically for its timing, not it's megahertz value, and while it was very simple to manually set the values according to what's printed on the modules, it was mildly concerning that the values were so different from what was advertised.
No eggs taken off because Mushkin is a reputable company, and nobody is perfect. Hopefully it was just my modules that were affected, but thought it was worth noting. Always check your speed and timings in BIOS, just in case something like this happens; I don't want to stress my RAM any more than I have to.
Running a Maximus VII Formula motherboard if that's any help.
Pros: Physically, the drive itself seems well constructed, very solid without any noticeable blemishes or even a fingerprint. The migration software was very simple to operate, cloned my older drive without issue. Was detected immediately, my BIOS saw it no problem. Didn't use the bundled cable nor the screws so cannot comment on their effectiveness or lack thereof.
Speeds are a definite improvement over my slightly aging Sandisk Extreme SSD, which was purchased in 2011. I didn't use any benchmark software, I can just notice the difference fairly easily when it comes to launching games and applications; load times have been improved as have boot times by several seconds.
Cons: If it's not on sale, retail for this is $499, extremely pricey for less than 500GB. If you have the money by all means do it, but this will dent your wallet if you aren't careful.
Other Thoughts: This particular product got several good reviews from non-Intel based sites, including Newegg. I'm fairly new to the SSD world, so I enlisted help from friends and the Internet about all the terms used to describe SSDs and their specs. After weeks of deliberation, this one seemed to fit the bill to a T, since I was looking for dependability, longevity, quality and solid performance. With this being on sale for $200, I couldn't pass it up.
This drive is my main drive with my OS and games with no RAID configuration, and everything seems to have improved at least a little bit. The software needed to clone your original drive was so seamless, I almost couldn't believe how easy it was. Everything just worked. The migration software will also tell you about your drive's health and status, so hopefully that will aid in diagnosing the drive as it ages and avoiding costly failures. All in all, a great purchase and one I would recommend as long as there's a deal going on.
i7 4790k 4.0GHz
Maximus VII Formula Motherboard
16GB Mushkin DDR3 1600Mhz
Nvidia GeForce 680
Pros: Very fast even at stock speeds, haven't even bothered to overclock yet. It's a k variant so just in case I like the fact that I can unleash it further if need be. Came in fine condition, only small blemishes on the surface of the processor but it was purely cosmetic, no damage.
Cons: Stock fan is worthless in my opinion, even at just stock speeds. I averaged 50C just idling. I"d recommend an after market one just for the peace of mind that it'll run cooler and more efficient.
No i7 sticker
Other Thoughts: DIdn't buy from Newegg but found it first on here, so giving my opinion because the community has helped me in the past.
I'm a gamer, and the big test was Rome II Total War, which is fairly heavy on the CPU. My older i7 2600 did well but was showing its age when more than four or five thousand units were on screen. With the 4790k, it takes more than eight thousand before it'll begin to lag. Granted my other components play a part, but it's been a definite increase and it's all thanks to the 4790k.