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G.SKILL AEGIS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GIS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Packaged just right, not too tight, yet not too loose. Didn't have to cut the package to remove sticks.

Already had 12GB RAM, removed the two 2GB sticks, replaced with this set for a total of 24GB. Everything I do is just Faster!

GSkill Customer Service, On Christmas Eve, when I emailed the center, they answered my question in less than 3 hours. That's dedication. Many other corporations would have taken that day off, or just had an office party.

GSkill has been my RAM upgrade partner since 2011 & has never failed me.

Before I finish Pros, let me repeat, this is FAST RAM.

Cons: Didn't install itself into my PC.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned in "Pros", I've been a GSkill customer since late 2011, the first set being an 8GB (4GB x2) notebook set for $29.99. Paid nearly 3x that for the same exact set nearly 2 years later, but that's the market. It was saturated in 2011, not as much so now.

Anyway, that's two sets. About 3-4 months back, bought another total of 8GB DDR2 RAM for a desktop, in two separate purchases (4 sticks of PC2-6400 total), and it boosted performance on that PC. That's a total of 4 sets. So far, so great, every computer above is stuffed to it's max, and all runs great!

This set though, is the best of all! 12GB is considered plenty as it is, but the PC (Dell XPS 8700) holds 32GB RAM, so I figured to try a 16GB set, and wow, am I glad I did!

Will soon be purchasing the same set to stuff the RAM of this PC to 32GB! That would be mainly for bragging rights.

As mentioned in "Pros", I just cannot thank the customer service rep enough for answering my question on Christmas Eve. That's dedication to it's customers like none other, and another reason why I'm glad that I found GSkill on that Black Friday sale in 2011.

One cannot ask for a better brand of very high quality RAM, backed by a higher quality dedicated team of professionals. It takes that first, in all areas of the business, including Customer Service, to deliver a high quality product.

GSkill does that very well, and I recommend the brand to everyone.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Everything, this is an exceptionally great SSD that I found on promo for $90. Faster than the 120GB 840 EVO, though not by much.

5 Year warranty.

Plenty of online documentation with instructions for everything.


The 840 Pro is the King of SSD's, yet to be beaten.

Cons: Didn't have the cash to purchase the limit of 2 when on promo.

Other Thoughts: If one can get these while on promo, do so! Yes, the 850 Pro has a 10 year warranty, but the 840 Pro is proven, it's the King of SSD's & yet to be beaten over the long run.

Though the 128GB models are a bit slower, it's plenty for most who aren't dual booting or has a ton of software installed (mine has less than 30GB used). If one plans to have a lot of games stored on the SSD, go for a larger model for even more speed.

Taking care of (not babying) these SSD's will make them last a long time. Samsung has their Magician utility to help with this, but sometimes their recommendation of 200MB of page file is too little, and a warning will show. Bump it up to 512MB if so.

These will also save on battery life if in laptop, though mine is the main SSD in my Dell XPS 8700, running Windows 7 Pro, where it's going to stay.

Be sure to follow the recommendation to leave 10% unpartitioned at the end, this helps to improve lifespan, and will help keep the speed up. Run the optimizer once monthly, this is a manual TRIM, other than that, this SSD needs no pampering.

ADATA Premier 16GB microSDHC UHS-I CLASS 10 with Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Better than the last brand! 12/24/2014

This review is from: ADATA Premier 16GB microSDHC UHS-I CLASS 10 with Adapter

Pros: Retail packaging, helps to keep product from damage in transit. Great read speeds (more in Other Thoughts).

Great price per GB for this type of item.

Much better than the Class 6 speed cards of this type on reads.

Cons: Write speeds could be better, depending on use.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned on Pros, while the write speeds aren't much faster than the card it replaced, the read speeds are 3x faster than a Class 6 card that I recently purchased, not paying attention to the details, just the price.

Though all wasn't lost on that one, took the ADATA adapter and placed the Class 6 brand in my digital camera & use this one with a USB 3.0 card reader.

Great replacements for Flash drives when on promo, and in my case, used to create a portable bootable Linux Mint OS. That allows me to boot & run my OS from most any computer that doesn't have Secure Boot, which is what I wanted it for.

That allows me to boot and use my portable OS on any computer w/out leaving a trace behind. Of course they'll wear faster with this type of use, but what's $7 on promo for these cards? If it lasts through the warranty & fails, no big deal, something faster will be the standard.

The only thing I see that needs improvement on these cards are write speeds. 16MB/sec writes are about tops, while reads are a decent 40MB/sec.

Then again, I knew I wasn't purchasing a SSD when ordered, and for the money (on promo), it's a good card.


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Date Joined: 04/17/10

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