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This review is from: ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T LightScribe Support
Pros: This drive has performed flawlessly in 3 different builds spanning almost 6 years. I bought the drive in Jan. 2008 for a Core2Duo build, and it is still my main optical drive now (Dec. 2013) in my i5 machine. If I could buy a second one now I would, but this particular model is no longer manufactured. So instead, I bought the 24X updated version of this same drive just a few days ago. Not to replace this one, but to add a second optical drive.
Cons: NONE WHATSOEVER except that I can't buy a second one todayREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Wow! Amazing speeds! Pretty much one of the fastest SATA SSD's you can buy. Installation was a breeze, Win7 automatically detected as an SSD and adjusted settings accordingly. Did I mention this thing is really fast? Speeds for me were exactly as advertised, which is rarely the case for most SSDs. Newegg shipping was reasonably fast as usual also.
Cons: Price? I feel like I got a good deal but I guess it would have been cooler if it was free? Or if they had accidentally sent me a larger capacity one by mistake? Seriously though, no real "Cons" I can think of.
Other Thoughts: This drive is one of the highest benchmarked consumer SATA SSDs, look under benchmarks-> hard drives on passmark dot com. This drive is practically at the top of the list not counting PCIe SSDs. I actually got even higher benchmarks than are shown on Passmark. Speeds for me were as good as they are advertised in the item specifications. 540 MB/s read, ~520 MB/s write. Can't ask for much more on SATA. Only problem is now the only way I will get faster speeds is to upgrade to a PCIe SSD, which is a lot more expensive. But this one will probably last me several years and will probably be the boot drive for my NEXT computer as well as my current one. But seriously, if you are trying to decide between this drive and another brand, I would get this one. This drive also comes in 120 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB, and 1 TB versions also, for a price of course. Wish I could have gotten the 500 GB one, but this one will do very well. It's worth noting, however, that the 120 GB version is a little bit slower than the 250, 500, 750, and 1 TB, which all have the same, faster speed. Here's the machine I have this in:
i5-3570K @ 4.4 GHz
16GB G.Skill 2133 MHz DDR3
ASRock Extreme6 Z77 Motherboard
EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB GPU
Corsair H100i Water Cooler
Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB (THIS ITEM)
320GB WD Blue HDD
1 TB WD Black HDD
2 TB WD Green HDD
4 TB WD My Book USB 3.0
ASUS 20X DVD-R/RW
ASUS 24X DVD-R/RW
....all in a Corsair 400R Mid-Tower Case (recommended!)
This review is from: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty PC Game
Pros: This game is great. After waiting for over a decade, the sequel to the much-beloved Starcraft finally arrived in 2010. If you liked the first Starcraft, or you are a fan of the RTS genre, you can't go wrong with this game. And the system requirements are not steep at all, for people with less than top-of-the-line systems. Blizzard did a great job on this game.
Cons: The only problem I really have with Starcraft II is there is NO LAN OPTION!!! So you can't play your friend who is on the same network, etc. I'm sure the reason behind this is to force everyone (even in the same house) to purchase their own copy of starcraft thus providing them with their own registered battle.net account in which to play Sarcraft II multiplayer. Honestly, though, the game is good enough to warrant buying two copies so that two people can play online, even if its the same household.
Other Thoughts: If your hesitant to buy this game--DON'T BE!!! Also, be on the lookout for the two standalone expansion to Starcraft II -- Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void, focusing on the Zerg, and Protoss, respectively.READ FULL REVIEW