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PNY CS1211 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Infinitely faster than the HDD it replaced.

Caught it on a Newegg Shell Shocker deal for $99.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I have no previous experience with PNY SSDs, but the Newegg Shell Shocker price had me sold, figured I'd take the chance.

This SSD replaced a Seagate Momentus ST9640320AS HDD in a Dell Inspiron N5010. I haven't bothered benchmarking at all, but I can tell you from real-world experience that this SSD has breathed new life into this aging laptop.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm sure it's good RAM, it's Corsair. I swear by them for a lot of stuff, half of the hardware in my current desktop build is Corsair product.

Cons: Didn't work in my Dell Inspiron N5010.

Other Thoughts: I used Corsair's "Memory Finder" tool on their site. It tells me this kit is compatible with a Dell Inspiron N5010. Found the RAM kit at Newegg and it was around $20 or so cheaper (give or take a few bucks), so I ordered through Newegg instead of Corsair directly.

- BIOS in laptop is most current version available - A15.
- BIOS recognized/acknowledged all 8192 GB, though running at 1066 MHz due to limitations of the system, which I had partially anticipated.
- BSOD during boot into Windows 10, KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE
- Shuts itself down with no warning during boot attempt from a Windows 8 setup DVD.
- Shuts itself down with no warning during boot attempt from Parted Magic DVD.

I reinstalled the original 2x2 GB modules (Micron MT8JSF25664HZ-1G4D1), and the laptop booted to Windows 10 and worked fine. Same goes for the Windows 8 setup DVD and Parted Magic DVD, everything worked perfectly.

But Corsair's "Memory Finder" filter on their site claims compatibility. Hmmm...

$37.99 purchase price for product.
$5.70 restock fee from Newegg applied.
$23.37 refund due after restock fee.
$10.40 to ship back to Newegg standard UPS.
$12.97 back in my pocket and egg on my face after all is said and done. Shame on me.

EXTREMELY disappointed with this whole experience.

I just ordered some RAM from Crucial directly - from what I understand, they guarantee upgrade compatibility, perhaps I'll have a better experience with them. Sorry Corsair, maybe next time...

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Crucial MX200 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very quick load times. Caught it on sale, never a bad thing.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I use this as secondary storage for game installs only, I like to keep those install files away from the OS and other stuff. Very fast load times - I don't have anything benchmarked, but trust me, it's a quick drive. This is my first Crucial SSD, hoping for the same good, long-lasting experience I've had with some other SSD brands.

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Display Name: Bruce K.

Date Joined: 11/18/04

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  • First Review: 06/24/12
  • Last Review: 05/22/16
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