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Pros: Upgraded to this drive from a Corsair Performance 3.
This drive is excellent. The drive benchmarks on my x58 setup are:
Seq. read: 501mb/s
Seq. write: 311mb/s
Windows Experience Index (Windows 7 x64) - 7.9
AS SSD score: 764
Other Thoughts: I have tried other SATA III drives (Corsair Force GT) but the x58 platform is known to have SATA III bottlenecking issues due to Marvell controller. With the FOrce GT I would get around 200mb/s seq. read speeds which was very low. Anything that is sandforce based will give the lowest speeds imaginable on this platform. This new LAMD controller performs exactly how it was intended to, very very well.
My setup is:
Rampage III Black Edition
Core i7 930 @ 4.48Ghz
Corsair Dominator GT 6GB 1600 C7
2 x GTX480 Hydro Copper SLI
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB
Pros: The performance doesn't degrade no matter how many benchmarks you run. Ive been benchming this drive like crazy since day one because I became paranoid and was under the impression that maybe this SSD will begin to lose performance over time but nope, benchmarks are still identical to day 1.
It is extremely fast. I use it with an EVGA X58 FTW3 board's SATA III. The read and write speeds are exactly as advertised ~360MB/s and ~110MB/s
It is silent and stays cool. I guess this would matter if you are using this with a laptop but for me it doesnt matter much. But its always good to have one less component in the case generating much heat.
Cons: Games dont really benefit much from an SSD...any SSD in general.
So yea for this particular drive, no complaints whatsoever.
Other Thoughts: Ive had this drive since the very beginning of February and it is now September and I have not lost a drop of performance. My read and write speeds are still identical to day 1.
Rates 7.6 in Windows Experience Index
This drive is much more reliable than the new Force 3 and Force GT series. Just head over to the Corsair forum and see for yourself.
Im planning to purchase another one very soon, perhaps the 128GB version.
Pros: When it comes to just raw performance, this card is an absolute beast. Can easily handle everything thrown at it (Witcher 2, Deus EX: HR, Crysis 2, Metro 2033)
SLI scaling with this card is amazing. Micro stuttering is a thing of the past (at least for me it is because I have never experienced it with my setup). You can also SLI this card with a high quality 750W power supply.
If you have a 120hz monitor and need to push 120fps in games, this card definitely gets the job done and it gets it done right
Doesn't require much power. People tend to exaggerate how much power this card requires. Not only can a 750W unit handle this card but it can handle two of these cards in SLI without breaking a sweat (GPUs at stock speeds).
1.5GB of vram as apposed to 1.2GB offered by the GTX 570
For this price, it cannot be beaten.
Cons: You might say to yourself now that heat and noise doesn't bother you but plan accordingly because this card WILL get hot no matter what your ambient temperatures are. A heat source like this card WILL affect your overclocks if your components are heavily overclocked.
If your CPU or motherboard overclocks are crucial to you, better plan on purchasing an aftermarket cooler for this card or a water block.
DO NOT think about doing SLI with reference coolers. No matter how good your airflow is, just dont do it.
Other Thoughts: The best way to go with this card is with a waterblock. I personally have the EVGA Hydro Copper version of this card and it is phenomenal when you dont have to worry about heat or noise. Easily overclocks to 900Mhz and beats the pants off a GTX 570
Regarding PSU, I have no idea where these nuckleheads get the idea that you need 1.5kW PSUs... From PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, a Corsair TX750 easily handles 2 GTX 480s in SLI. Now if you plan to overclock the cards, THEN you will need some headroom such as a 1000W unit. Head over to OCN and ask the users and PSU Guru if you need more evidence.
I currently have the money to change to 580s but there is just no point. Such a huge price difference for a side grade just isnt worth it. I plan to stick to 480s until Nvidia rolls out the 600 Series.
EVGA X58 FTW3
Core i7 930 4.42Ghz
6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1684 7-7-7-20
EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper SLI @ 850Mhz