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Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Read this if concerned about quality 02/16/2012

This review is from: Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: No, I don't work for Plextor - I'm just tired of reading negative reviews on this and all products from those claiming to have more tech knowledge than they do.

THOSE of us who actually posses a high level of tech knowledge LOVE these drives.

They DO perform as advertised - I know - I have benchmarked them more than one way. I have 4 of these and am buying 2 more soon.

They DO NOT slow down as long as you know how to properly set one up and use a OS that supports SSD features.

They ARE FAST - and a great performance value for the $$
They come with mounting brackets
They have the best warranty out there.

One reviewer gave one egg because it wasn't compatible with his system, but yet stated the drive worked fine. Hey pal - you are reviweing the product, don't dock eggs because you don't know how to integrate an SSD.

Read other thoughts if other reviews have you concerned about performance.

Cons: None - I am comfortable disregarding all reviews of less than 5 eggs so far - as for the one previous that gave it four eggs, I can't tell why he didn't go 5.

When reviews consistently start coming in about these totally failing (i.e. not booting, etc...) then I would pay attention.

If there is a con, it would be for less experienced builders/upgraders - you have to spend a bit of time reading up on SSD's - specifcally making sure you have an OS that will support its most important features (such as trim/garbage collection), know whether or not your MB will support one and on SATA 3 before you complain it isn't fast enough/doesn't work at advertised speeds - also know how to at least check alignment (free software is out there). And if you feel you have a speed/perfomance issue, at least base that, and and subsequent negative reviews, upon your proper use of the right benchmarking software.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 of theses in 3 different machines - one is a raid set up, 2 others are not. They perform flawlessly, as advertised utilizing more than just the benchamrk software the manufacturer tests with. I also have crucial M4's, and they run great too. I chose Plextor most recently because of positive reviews, they come with mounting brackets, & they were quite a bit less $$ - a nice warranty is reassuring.

As for performance: One past reviewer mentioned (about the plextor and M4 both) losing 1/2 their performance after a week - TOTALLY UNTRUE. If your SSD's are having that issue pal, which can happen with almost all SSD's, it is your setup/config, not the SSD.

My core compenents: Gigabyte Z68 micro MB, Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, Processor with Intel HD Graphics 3000, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL, OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W

From power on to all apps, anti virus, etc. fully loaded - 15 sec.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Read this if you are worried about the board 01/25/2012

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: A hint for faster boot up in final comments and "cons" should you have issues

I bought two of these for two identical builds. I build about one computer a month for family/friends and have been doing so for 20 years.

I was concerned over the negative reviews some folks gave this, but bought it anyway. I also have installed many other gigabyte boards and all are still working to this day. I suspect with quite a few of the negative reviews, the problems are not with bad boards, but with builders lacking the skills needed to get the board to function or diagnose the real issue, i.e. bad ram, ram not seated properly, PSU issues, for starters.

Well layed out board - plenty of room around the CPU socket for after market coolers. Mine function as they should and will buy more when the need arises.

Super duper easy to safely overclock with even for novice users (with right CPU and/or RAM of course)

Came with latest bios.

Cons: I tried to keep in service some older (from 2002-2003) SATA hard drives (Seagate and WD) that I had laying around for extra HDD storage on these builds, bios would always see them, but WIN 7 home premium 64 bit, not so much. It was 50/50. Not sure if this was a MB or OS issue, but had no problems with 2006 and newer HDD's I then used. The old and slow ones met Mr. Sledgehammer.

On behalf of those of us who build computers regularly and pro builders:

Having to read reviews from others complaining that the board doesn't have USB front headers, etc. and docking eggs for that skews the product ratings we rely on. Did you folks not know this stuff when you bought the board?

How about rating the product based on its advertised functionality and possibly your interaction with the manufacturer rather than docking eggs because you thought the manufacturer should have included more options. If you wanted more options, go buy another board - Geez already.

Other Thoughts: Should you choose to install a gigabyte utlity from the insall disc that has to do with automatically checking for updates to other gigabyte utlities you installed from that disc, you may experience longer boot times - in my case, nearly 60 seconds using a SSD hard drive. Once istalled, you can choose to disable that utility from windows start up, but the delay remains. Once unistalled however, boot ups were fast agaiin.

My core compenents: this MB, Plextor 128GB SSD (love it by the way), Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, Processor with Intel HD Graphics 3000, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL, OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance PSU, COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus RR-VTPS-28PK-R1 92mm Long life sleeve CPU Cooler, Win & home premium 64 bit.

From power on to all apps, anti virus, etc. fully loaded - 15 seconds. Handles video/photo editing just fine. I'm using integrated graphics and things look great.

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BYTECC DVI-D15 15 Feet M-M DVI-D Dual-Link Digital Cable w/Ferrites
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works Perfect 05/26/2011

This review is from: BYTECC DVI-D15 15 Feet M-M DVI-D Dual-Link Digital Cable w/Ferrites

Pros: I have 2 of these running to two 27" HP LCD monitors, at 1920x1080, with the cords running all around and over other monitor cables, power supplies, electrical cords, speakers and you name it. No interference whatsoever.

Cons: None

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Display Name: David V.

Date Joined: 01/31/04

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